For dark brown pigment spots such as birthmarks and sun spots the Q-switched Alexandrite and Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers are ideal treatment tools. The Q-switched lasers can also be used to remove unwanted tattoos. The Q-switched lasers target darkly pigmented tissue, whether this is due to melanin or dye, and leaves lighter tissues unaffected. The result is to fade pigment in the treated area, and even if an area requires multiple treatments for full effect, each treatment will show significant improvement.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Previous techniques for tattoo removal, including dermabrasion, salabrasion and CO2 lasers removed the tattoo, but left scars. However, the Q-switched lasers are able to more selectively target the tattoo ink than previous lasers. The light from the lasers target the ink, breaking it up and allowing the body to remove it via natural processes.
Q-switched Laser Procedures
Q-switched laser procedures begins with a consultation with Paul M. Friedman, M.D. during which he looks at your skin and the area to be treated and determines an appropriate treatment regimen for your skin and the desired results. The day of your treatment, the treated area will be prepared with an anesthetic cream to minimize discomfort. If you are especially sensitive, an injectable anesthetic can be used as well. You may experience some redness, swelling, and crusting of the treated area, but this will resolve in a few days, and the discomfort associated with the procedure is typically minor. If you would like to learn more about Q-switched laser treatments, contact one of our doctors at the Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center in Houston, Texas today.