The Q-switched Ruby laser is a valuable tool in treating complex tattoos without damaging surrounding skin.
- Downtime: Minimal
- Pain Level: Mild
- Results Duration: Long Lasting
Tattoos, pigmented lesions, scarring, birthmarks
Mild redness and swelling for a day or 2 – bruising and skin darkening for up to one week, particularly when treating birthmarks
Can be used on nearly any area of the face or body
A series of treatments may be needed to achieve the desired outcome
Handpiece delivers laser energy into the dermal tissue
Topical or local anesthesia administered prior to treatment.
Elimination or reduction of tattoos and pigmented lesions
Results apparent once skin heals after final treatment session
The Q-switched Ruby laser is manufactured by Palomar and has a wavelength of 694 nm. It is used to treat brown spots, tattoos, pigmented lesions, nevus of Ota, and café au lait macules. The laser features a short pulse with higher power and superior absorption by tattoos and pigmented lesions. The laser can remove complex tattoos without damaging the surrounding skin. Dr. Geronemus and our New York dermatologists have been featured in major media outlets discussing laser 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 Ruby Laser Work?
The Q-switched Ruby laser is one of the most effective for tattoo removal, with the ability to eliminate even the most stubborn ink colors like teal, sky blue, and lime green. The laser pulses shatter the ink pigment into microscopic particles so the body can flush them out through natural functions. The Ruby laser is effectively absorbed by the ink, leaving the surrounding skin and tissue intact while minimizing bleeding during and after treatment.
This procedure treats unwanted tattoos in fewer treatments than some other laser devices. Downtime is also minimal since the laser does not damage skin and tissue in the treatment area.
When Will I See Results?
You should see the results of your treatment within days after your last appointment, once the skin is fully healed.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
Recovery after treatment is minimal, with most patients resuming their regular activities as soon as the procedure is over. You may notice some swelling and redness for a day or two, but it is unlikely to be severe enough to limit your routine.
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“Treatment of small and medium-sized congenital nevi with the Q-switched ruby laser.” Arch Dermatol. 1996.
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“Q-switched ruby laser therapy of nevus of Ota.” Arch Dermatol. 1992.
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“Lack of efficacy of the Q-switched ruby laser in the treatment of vitiligo.” Arch Dermatol. 1992.
Real Patients Before and After photos
Ruby laser treatment for Café au Lait macules on cheek
Ruby laser to treat lentigines and sun damage on hand
Ruby and PicoPlus lasers used to remove benign lesion on cheek
Ruby Laser In The News
Drs. Kanchanapoomi, Bae and Ng, to receive award for best resident/fellow abstract at this years ALSMS conference.
Questions and Answers
Q: Is The Ruby Laser Safe?
A: Yes. All of the lasers used at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York are FDA-approved and boast a track record of safety and success. The Q-switched Ruby laser is one of the most precise lasers for treating tattoo ink and pigmented lesions, further enhancing its safety and efficacy.
Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A: That depends on what we are treating. Tattoos usually take a few treatment sessions to achieve full results, while other concerns may be successfully addressed in a single treatment session. When you meet with your doctor at your initial consultation, you will receive a treatment plan so you know what to expect moving forward.
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: In many cases, the results are very long-lasting, since the tattoo or mark is removed from the skin. However, results vary from patient to patient.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: Side effects are generally mild and temporary and might include swelling or skin redness for a day or two after treatment.
Q: Am I A Good Candidate For Ruby Laser Treatments?
A: This treatment is a good choice for patients that have tattoos or pigmentation concerns they would like to eliminate. The treatment works equally well for men and women and is appropriate for most skin tones.
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