The Q-Switched Nd:YAG is a pigment laser developed to remove black, red and other colors of tattoo pigment, certain brown growths and birthmarks from the skin. Q switch lasers are a new generation of pigment lasers that treat superficial pigmentation such as freckles and lentigines; deeper pigmentation such as Hori’s and Ota Nevus as well as green, sky blue and black tattoos. Repeated laser treatments are often necessary depending on the indication. The tattoo or pigmentation will be treated at intervals of two months or longer until either the pigment is removed or further improvement is deemed unlikely.
Condition could be treated with Q-Switched laser
- Tattoo removal
- Age spots
- Skin rejuvenation
- Treatment of onychomycosis (toenail fungus)
What happens during Pigment Laser Treatment?
Treatment of the pigmented skin lesions is usually done in stages under topical anesthesia, which is often applied for about 1 hour before the procedure.
What happens after Pigment Laser Treatment?
Pigment laser treatment often causes mild damage to the superficial layer of the skin (epidermis). This appears as redness and swelling soon after the laser procedure and lasts for several hours.
You may experience some burning discomfort for several hours after the laser treatment. Pain and discomfort can be relieved by taking painkillers (e.g. 2 tablets of paracetamol) and by using an ice- pack.
Over the next 5-7 days, superficial scabs which form over the treated areas will fall off by themselves. It is important not to pick at the scabs as this may result in infection and scarring.