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What is a neodymium YAG laser?

  • Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) is a crystal that is used as a laser medium for solid-state lasers.

  • The triply ionised neodymium [Nd(III)] dopant (ie a substance added in minute amounts to another pure substance to alter its conductivity), typically replaces a small fraction of the yttrium ions in the host crystal structure, since the two ions are of similar size.

  • The neodymium ion provides the laser activity in the crystal.

  • Nd:YAG laser has a wavelength of 1064 nm and has the capability to reach deeper layers of skin tissue than other types of lasers.

  • In Q-switched mode, Nd:YAG produces 2 wavelengths, one in the infrared range (1064 nm) and the second beam of 532 nm wavelength which is useful for superficial skin lesions. Q-switching refers to the technique of making the laser produce a high-intensity beam in very short pulses

How does neodymium YAG laser work?

Lasers work by emitting a wavelength of high energy light, which when focused on a certain skin condition will create heat and destroy diseased cells.

What is a neodymium YAG laser used for?

The following skin disorders can be treated with Nd:YAG laser beams:

  • Vascular lesions

  • Spider Veins

  • Varicose Veins

  • Facial Veins

  • Freckles

  • Hair Removal

  • Tattoo removal

  • Onychomycosis

  • Wrinkles in Photo-aged skin

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