What is a Q-Switched ND:Yag Laser?

That tattoo that seemed such a good idea when you were 18 or out after a night of drinking has lost its appeal.  There are plenty of mistakes made in the past that we can’t change.  Fortunately, your tattoo isn’t one of them.  As the “gold standard” of tattoo removal, the Q-Switched ND: Yag laser is the most reliable and effective treatment method available.  Unlike continuous wave lasers, this option uses pulses of light to target only the pigmented lesions, minimizing damage to the surrounding, healthy tissue.  Over the course of multiple treatment sessions, the laser will begin to fade targeted discolorations such as tattoos.  Dark inks such as blue or black and even red typically respond most quickly, while others such as greens and yellows require more time and treatment to fade significantly.  The Q-Switched ND: Yag laser is also useful for treatment of hyperpigmentation such as melasma or lentigos.

What are the Benefits of a Q-Switched ND:Yag Laser?

·        Significant to complete fading of tattoos or hyperpigmentation depending on size, location, depth, and color

·        Quick treatment sessions of 10-15 minutes typically occurring 4-8 weeks apart

·        Side effects (if they occur) are typically minimal and usually resolve quickly.  These may include temporary redness, swelling, and pinpoint bleeding.  More serious or permanent side effects are rare when performed by an experienced physician and may include hyper- or hypopigmentation and infection.  Your provider will discuss these further in your visit.

Learn More about Q-Switched ND:Yag Lasers

If your tattoo is no longer a welcome sight, laser removal should be considered.  Treatment with a Q-Switched ND: Yag laser is not only safe, it is more effective and produces more desirable outcomes than options such as dermabrasion or surgical excision.  To determine how well this procedure may work for your own tattoo or hyperpigmentation, schedule your consultation and treatment with our Baton Rouge dermatology practice or Lafayette dermatology practice.