The Versatile Yag Laser

Within the last decade, the cosmetic industry has been deluged with a host of cosmetic laser solutions, and none more powerful and versatile than the Yag laser.

The Yag is used to carry out a variety of cosmetic procedures including skin rejuvenation, tattoo removal, and hair removal. The ND: Yag and the Erbium or Er: Yag, are the 2 main types of lasers in this class.

The Nd Yag laser generates a concentrated beam of light that reaches deep into the underlying layers of the skin.  It generally has a wavelength of 1064nm but the Q-switched Nd: Yag produces two wavelengths. The wavelength of the Er: Yag is 2940nm.

The Yag laser is used in several cosmetic procedures including the following:

Skin rejuvenation: The Er: Yag is commonly used for skin resurfacing, as it is very effective in reducing moderate wrinkles, and improving skin discolorations.   The Pixel 2940 Er: YAG by Alma lasers is one of the most advanced treatments for sun damaged skin.

The Pixel 2940 is a fractional ablative laser that directs a powerful burst of laser energy onto the skin. As the heat produced by the laser interacts with the layers of the skin, it continually exfoliates the outer layers using a very controlled action.

The laser precisely targets only specific areas of the skin, and does not damage the surrounding cells, and as a result, recovery time is much shorter. The Pixel 2940 also stimulates collagen and tightens the skin, thereby improving skin tone and texture.

Tattoo Removal: Studies have confirmed that the Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser is one of the most effective lasers for tattoo removal. The Harmony XL Q-Switched Nd: YAG by Alma Lasers is a safe and efficient handpiece that works on different skin tones. The laser has the capability to target different tattoo pigments, because it is designed with 2 discrete wavelengths. It can therefore remove both dark and bright tattoo colors.

The light from the Q-Switched Nd: YAG is absorbed by the tattoo pigments. The heat then breaks up the pigments into tiny pieces that are later eliminated from the body. It generally takes about 6-8 treatments spaced at least 4 weeks apart, to remove a tattoo.

The Cooled long pulsed Nd: Yag laser by Alma lasers is the treatment of deep blood vessels and wrinkles.  The 1064nm wavelength of the laser makes it ideal for treating deep vascular conditions.  The continuous contact cooling system helps to protect the epidermis, while the underlying dermis is being treated. The laser is also flexible enough to allow the physician to adjust the contact temperature during treatment.