Q-Switched ND YAG Laser Treatments

When patients visit us to remove birthmarks, moles, hyper-pigmentation and tattoos. Enhanced Blackpool uses a Q-Switched ND YAG laser. This laser was designed to target various types of pigment in the skin, and can achieve significant lightening of pigmented lesions and tattoos. However, whether the Q-Switched ND YAG laser is the best treatment option for you will depend on a number of factors, including the specific issue being treated and your medical history.

How the Q-Switched ND YAG Laser Works

The Q-Switched ND YAG laser works by targeting specific pigment in the skin, which TARGETS the damaged skin cells in the treatment area. When it comes to laser tattoo removal, the Q-Switched ND YAG laser targets ink pigment and breaks it up into smaller particles through powerful bursts of energy.

The ink is then absorbed into the blood stream and eventually expelled from the body. The Q-Switched ND YAG laser utilises two energy frequencies; 1064 nano-meters, to target deeper skin layers, and 532 nano-meters, to address hyper-pigmentation and more superficial layers.

Laser Skin Treatments

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Enhanced Blackpool uses a Q-Switched ND YAG laser. This laser was designed to target various types of pigment in the skin, and can achieve significant lightening of pigmented lesions and tattoos with dark colours like black/dark blue/grey or red colours such as orange and brown. However, whether the Q-Switched ND YAG laser is the best treatment option for you will depend on a number of factors, including the specific tattoo, size and colours. No treatment will be given without a patch a test. 

Thread veins also referred to as spider veins, are tiny damaged veins or broken capillaries just below the skin surface. Long-term sun exposure, pregnancy, rosacea, alcohol, smoking and standing for long periods of time can all attribute to a broken thread or spider veins.
 
They can appear anywhere on the body but are most common on the face and legs. The most effective proven treatment for thread veins is Laser Therapy, which breaks down unwanted veins using brief pulses of laser light. The laser targets only the unwanted veins, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. A visible reduction in unwanted veins by as much as 75 per cent can be seen from one to three treatments and the results are permanent. No treatment will be given without a patch test. 
 
The following contraindication particularly applies to vein removal
 
  • Anyone above a Skin Type 4 cannot be treated. Very dark skin may pigment easily.
  • Tanned skin cannot be treated
  • Anyone with veins above 1.5mm and anyone with varicose veins
  • Patients who take daily Anticoagulation therapy, Ibuprofen, Herbal supplements such as Ginkgo, Ginseng or Garlic, patients may bruise easily.
  • Patients who take high doses of Iron may have an increased risk of hyperpigmentation.
  • Patients who take blood thinners, Aspirin, Warfarin, Coumadin are contraindicated.

Birthmarks, freckles, melasma, hyper-pigmentation, sun & age spots can be removed using a Q-Switched ND YAG laser. This laser was designed to target various types of pigment in the skin and can achieve significant lightening of pigmented lesions and tattoos.

However, whether the Q-Switched ND YAG laser is the best treatment option for you will depend on a number of factors, including the specific issue being treated and your medical history. No treatment will be given without a patch test.

Acne and acne scarring can be a source of frustration, embarrassment and discomfort. Many people suffer from acne from all ages and across all skin types. This skin condition can be painful, sore and highly irritating and in many cases unsightly. If diagnosed with acne, your doctor or dermatologist will talk you through various treatment options to reduce acne inflammation and acne scars.
 
Laser treatments can be used to target acne and acne scarring. Non-ablative laser treatments work by heating up the underlying skin tissue without harming the surface. This stimulates your body to produce new collagen (a type of protein found in the skin) which helps repair the damage caused by scarring and can vastly improve skin appearance. 
 
Enhanced Blackpool uses Nd: YAG laser technology for active acne and scarring. This targets and destroys large sebaceous glands that overproduce sebum and cause acne in the first place. This wavelength also stimulates the production of collagen in the skin, which is vital in the successful treatment of acne. The number of treatments is dependant on each individual which will be discussed at your consultation. No treatment will be given without a patch test. 

Stretch marks most often occur due to rapid weight gain, pregnancy, puberty or some form of a health condition such as Cushing’s syndrome. They can also occur due to family history though this is less common. For muscular individuals, they can also be found on the shoulders and upper arms due to the rapid increase in muscle size frequently as a side effect of anabolic steroid use.

Essentially, they are due to an inability of the skin to keep up with the development of the body and therefore, is pulled upon. This causes a contrast in colour and visible lines upon the skin. The good news is, clinical research has shown the use of ND: YAG laser is effective in the reduction of stretch marks. However, researchers have recommended that those with stretch marks and are skin type 4, 5, and 6 should avoid using laser treatment due to hyper-pigmentation being a side effect. 

What the Q-Switched ND YAG Laser is effective for?

  • Varicose Veins 
  • Acne/Acne Scars 
  • Stretch marks 
  • Pigment and Melasma 
  • Ageing Face and Neck 
  • Birthmarks dark, black, red, brown or pink pigment 
  • Tattoo Removal dark, black, red, brown or pink pigment 
  • Carbon Facial Skin Rejuvenation 
Dependant on treatment you will need several treatments to achieve optimal outcomes. The number of treatments will depend on the specific issue you are looking to address and the size of the treatment area. For example, treatment of hyperpigmentation issues, like dark spots caused by sun damage, will typically need fewer sessions than tattoo removal. We will recommend how many sessions we feel you may need at your consultation with us. 

Contraindications

The following contraindications apply therefore treatment cannot be carried out. 
 
  • Hepatitis B (highly infectious, virus not easily destroyed)
  • Blood disorders (Haemophilia)
  • Heart conditions, especially when taking blood thinners such as warfarin.
  • High blood pressure (can only treat when controlled or lowered)
  • Skin diseases and allergies (fungus infections, broken skin, active eczema or psoriasis)
  • Diabetic (skin is slower to heal)
  • Very sensitive skin (sunburn)
  • Anti-coagulant drugs
  • Pregnancy (some disorders arise during pregnancy but can disappear after birth)
  • Keloid scarring (after injury there may be an overgrowth of skin. Further keloids may develop after treatment).
  • Epilepsy (an epileptic fit could be brought on)
  • General ill health (this can affect skin healing time). 
  • Taking Accutane 
  • Sunburnt or tanned on an area to be treated 
  • Area to be treated exposed to sunlight including artificial 48 hours prior to appointment. 
  • Anyone above a Skin Type 4 cannot be treated.
  •  Very dark skin may pigment easily.
  • Tanned skin cannot be treated
  • Patients who take daily Anticoagulation therapy, • Ibuprofen, Herbal supplements such as Ginkgo, •Ginseng or Garlic, patients may bruise easily.
  • Patients who take high doses of Iron may have an increased risk of hyperpigmentation.
  • Patients who take blood thinners, Aspirin, Warfarin, Coumadin are contraindicated.
Aftercare can differ according to the treatment selected. We will advise you how to best maintain your skin during the consultation. However, the main pre & post care for all the treatments are below. 

Pre-Treatment Care

  • No sun exposure in treated area 2 weeks prior (this includes sunbeds) as there will be a high risk of burning.  
  • No fake tan. 
  • Please remove all makeup before the appointment if the face is being treated. 
  • It is important you inform your clinician if you have any changes to your medical health or medications in between sessions as some medications such anti-biotics can be a contraindication.

Post- Treatment Care

  • No sun exposure in treated area 2 weeks post-treatment (this includes sunbeds). 
  • Use SPF 30 on the face for the next 48 hours. 
  • Use a cold compress or Aloe Vera Gel if needed. 
  • Please do not use any creams or Lotions with alcohol in that may cause a burning sensation. 
  • If you find that side effects listed above persist longer than 72 hours please seek medical advice.