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Q-Switched Nd: YAG Laser for Tattoo Removal in Singapore

You may want to have a tattoo at one point of time in your life, but regret your decision later. In that case, the Q-Switched Nd: Laser YAG can be used for tattoo removal. Read on for more details on tattoo removal and the effectiveness of Q-Switched Nd: Laser YAG.

Why is it difficult to remove a tattoo?

Since the tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin, it is sealed by a tough network of collagen fibres. Therefore, it is not easy to remove the tattoo pigmenting without impacting the surrounding tissue.

What kinds of tattoo pigments are difficult to treat?

Tattoo pigments, including yellow, fluorescent inks and green are more difficult to treat when compared to the ones, which are dark blue and black in colour. It is a challenge to treat these pigments, as they have an absorption spectra that falls on the edge of the emission spectras available in the tattoo removal laser.

What pigmentations can Q-Switched Nd: Laser YAG help with?

The Q-Switched Nd: YAG Laser is suitable for tattoo removal, birth mark, coffee spots, freckles, senile plaques, pigment caused by injury, eye line and lip line. While YAG laser treats dark colours such as blue, black and green, it can also treat bright colours, including red, orange and yellow.

How does the Q-Switched Nd: Laser YAG work?

Tattoo ink and natural pigmentation, including melanin, absorbs short pulse duration/high peak energy Q-switched pulses, creating a photo-acoustic effect within the pigment clusters. This effect breaks down the ink into smaller particles, which can be more easily removed by the body’s natural filtering system. The high energy YAG laser can precisely deliver a strong laser energy directly into the pigmentation. The laser reduces the appearances of the tattoo or other pigmentations with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. A patient may require six to eight or more sessions, four to eight weeks apart. This requirement can vary by the individual.

What are the benefits of this treatment?

  • Administered by a trained doctor, and simple to switch between wavelengths
  • ND: YAG crystal rods provide an escalated power, which can ensure a more efficient pigment removal.
  • Able to treat a wide range of tattoos and pigmentation conditions
  • Capable of treating dermal pigmented lesions such as nevus of Ota

Are there risks associated with this treatment?

Side effects are minimal, but as with any procedure and treatment, these can vary by the individual.