Nd:YAG is a type of deep-penetrating laser that is used to treat a range of aesthetic conditions that affect the face and body.
Nd:YAG is a type of deep-penetrating laser that is used to treat a range of aesthetic conditions that affect the face and body. It is an ablative treatment which means that the laser targets the epidermis layers of your body. This is the tissue below your skin (dermis) and it is also where your body produces collagen which is responsible for maintaining elasticity.
The basic conditions that the Nd:YAG laser treats includes:
- Pigmentation and moles
- Ageing skin
- Acne treatment
- Spider veins
- Varicose veins
The laser has also been used for a number of dermatology applications such as the treatment of rashes, lesions and infections of the nails. In Perth Dr Anh will discuss your expectations of laser treatment during your initial consultation. She will then gain an understanding of what you want to achieve and your current condition so that she can recommend the best laser for the desired results.
Implentation of Nd:YAG for the following conditions
Pigmentation and moles
Pigmentation including moles and freckles can be treated with the Nd:YAG. This laser treatment will deeply penetrate the skin to remove the skin cells that produce pigment.
The Nd:YAG laser can be used as an aesthetic laser which improves the cosmetic appearance of your skin. Due to the restorative properties of the Nd:YAG it can also treat wrinkles and reduce age spots with comprehensive skin resurfacing.
The Nd:YAG laser resurfaces the skin, improving skin quality and reducing the appearance of dermalogical conditions including warts and other fungal-born lesions.
Atrophic scars are treated using an Nd:YAG laser which stimulates collagen synthesis which ‘fills in’ the scar.
Active acne and acne scars can be treated with the Nd:YAG laser. It’s important to use an Nd:YAG laser for acne scars and other atrophic scarring as the source of the scar exists in the follicle of the skin which is deeper beneath the dermis, the same as the cause of acne.
Spider veins and Varicose veins
An ablative laser is required to effectively eliminate or reduce veins and vascular lesions. These can include lesions such as red spots on the face, spider veins and varicose veins. This procedure works by ablating the veins, which are then absorbed by the existing tissue in the epidermis.
You should not require multiple treatments of the Nd:YAG unless you have a dermatological condition such as an infection which can return. Dr Anh will go through the number of treatments required during your initial consultation where she will also discuss everything to be expected before, during and after your laser procedure.
Fraxel uses fractional technology where the skin is only treated in columns. The Nd:YAG utilises a special garnet crystal as a lasing medium and is generally applied to the entire area or small targeted areas when focusing on moles or age spots. There are many different types of ablative lasers, and Nd:YAG and Fraxel are only two of them. They are however, leaders in the laser cosmetic industry which is why Dr Anh uses them at her practice.
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