The nd:YAG is a Q-switched laser that can be used for anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, and tattoo removal.
- Downtime: very minimal
- Pain Level: Mild
- Results Duration: Long Lasting
Facial lines, skin laxity, tattoos, lentigines, nevus of Ota, café-au-lait, and melasma
Redness, swelling, itching, and mild scabbing for a few days after treatment
Multiple treatments may be needed to achieve an optimal outcome
Handpiece delivers laser energy to achieve the desired result
Topical or local anesthesia administered prior to treatment
Elimination of tattoo or skin lesion, reduction in aging symptoms
Results visible after treatment plan is completed
The Q-switched nd:YAG is a laser manufactured by Continuum Biomedical. It has a wavelength of either 585 nm or 1064 nm and is versatile enough to use for aging symptoms, vascular lesions, hyperpigmentation, and tattoo removal.
The board-certified physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York have an extensive range of laser devices that allow us to customize all our patient’s treatments to ensure an optimal outcome. We have the experience and expertise to help you meet all your aesthetic goals with comfortable treatments and minimal downtime in most cases. Our team would be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns and create a personalized treatment plan to keep you looking and feeling your absolute best.
How does the nd: YAG Laser Work?
This Q-switched laser offers rapid pulses that can effectively shatter ink in tattoos or melanin in some types of skin pigmentation. The laser targets the ink or melanin without harming surrounding skin and tissue, reducing discomfort, side effects, and downtime. Although patients may need a series of treatment sessions to achieve their desired results, the improvements will be long-lasting.
When Will I See Results?
Results of your nd:YAG laser treatment will become evident once your skin has healed from your final treatment session. In some cases, these results will be permanent.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
Recovery after an nd:YAG laser treatment is usually minimal. You may experience some mild swelling, redness, itching, or scabbing at the treatment site, but this should not prohibit you from your daily activities.
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Questions and Answers
Q: Is The nd:YAG Laser Safe?
A: Yes. These devices have been approved by the FDA for decades and have a long track record of safety and success. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience using this device and will use their expertise to customize your treatment so it is as safe and effective as possible.
Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A: The number of treatment sessions depends in part on your aesthetic goals. If you are looking for tattoo removal, you will likely need a series of sessions to achieve an optimal outcome. If anti-aging is your goal, you may see satisfying results from one or two appointments. One of our doctors will meet with you in person to assess your specific concerns and desired results. From that discussion, we can create a customized treatment plan that will meet your expectations beautifully.
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: Again, this depends on your aesthetic goals. Treatments to remove tattoos or specific lesions on the skin may offer permanent results. If you are seeking the procedure to address signs of aging, you may need to repeat the procedure periodically to maintain your positive results.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: Side effects associated with the nd:YAG laser are usually mild and temporary. You might notice some redness and swelling around the treatment area, which should subside within a day or two. Make sure you protect the treated area from direct sun exposure to avoid potential damage to the skin.
Q: Am I A Good Candidate For nd:YAG Laser Treatments?
A: The nd:YAG laser is a versatile device that can be used to address a host of skin concerns. If you have body ink you would like to eliminate, or hyperpigmentation concerns that are making you self-conscious about your appearance, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified physicians to find out if the nd:YAG laser is the right treatment for you.
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