The Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser works by targeting specific pigment in the skin, which targets the damaged skin cells in the treatment area.
When it comes to laser tattoo removal, the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser targets ink pigment and breaks it up into smaller particles through powerful bursts of energy. The ink is then absorbed into the bloodstream and eventually expelled from the body.
Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser is used for treating pigment-related problems
It can provide dramatic lightening of most tattoo colors, but tends to be most effective on darker inks. When it comes to green and yellow tattoo ink, this laser may not be the most effective option.
The Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser is a safe procedure provided by our expert dermatologists.
The typical patient will need several treatments with Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser to achieve optimal outcomes. The number of treatments will depend on the specific issue you are looking to address and the size of the treatment area.
For example, treatment of hyperpigmentation issues, like dark spots caused by sun damage, will typically need fewer sessions than tattoo removal.
Before treatment a topical cream or may use a local anesthetic to further reduce discomfort, the laser delivers powerful bursts of energy to break down the pigment. You will also be provided with aftercare instructions and follow up.
After the procedure, you may notice redness and swelling in the treatment area. Some patients may also experience very mild bleeding at the treatment site.
Aloe vera may be used on the skin after treatment, to soothe any discomfort. It is also important to cover up the area with gauze, to help the skin heal faster.
Over the coming days, you may notice some crusting at the treatment site, as the skin begins to heal. To reduce the chances of scarring, it is vital to let the scab heal on its own.