At Bayside Dermatology, we specialize in a number of innovative laser treatments, using some of the most high-tech laser devices in the industry. One of our most popular laser devices is the Q-Switched YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser – a versatile laser that specializes in the treatment of hyperpigmentation issues like sunspots, acne scars, and even tattoo removal!

How Does the Q-Switched YAG Laser Work?
One of our most effective laser devices, the Q-Switched YAG laser generates a high-intensity beam of light that selectively targets and breaks down pigmented skin cells or tattoo ink, without causing damage to the surrounding tissue. The Q-switched YAG laser is particularly effective in treating hyperpigmentation, tattoos, and certain types of acne scars.

The Q-Switched YAG laser is a non-ablative laser, meaning that it does not remove the top layer of skin. Instead, the laser energy is absorbed by the pigments in the skin or tattoo ink, causing the pigments to break down into smaller particles that can be naturally eliminated by the body as waste products over time.

Advantages of the Q-Switched YAG Laser
One of the key advantages of the Q-Switched YAG laser is its versatility. It can be used to treat a wide range of skin types and colors, making it a popular choice for patients regardless of their skin type, tone or texture. The laser can also be adjusted to different wavelengths to target different types of pigments, allowing for customized treatment to achieve optimal results.


  • Tattoo Removal
  • One of the most common uses of the Q-Switched YAG laser is for tattoo removal. The laser is able to break down the ink particles into smaller pieces that can be removed by the body’s immune system over time. Depending on the size, color, and design of a patient’s tattoo as well as their specific skin type, multiple treatment sessions may be required for complete tattoo removal.

  • Hyperpigmentation Issues
  • The Q-Switched YAG laser is also highly effective in the treatment of hyperpigmentation issues and sunspots. The laser can be used to target and break down excess melanin in the skin, which can improve the appearance of sun damage, age spots, and other types of hyperpigmentation.

  • Acne Scarring
  • Using its multiwavelength technology, the Q-Switched YAG laser emits high-powered laser energy that is absorbed by the scar tissue. This will then trigger the body’s natural healing process and promote the growth of new, healthy skin cells – while reducing the appearance of superficial scarring along the skin’s surface.

  • Side Effects & Downtime
  • The Q-Switched YAG laser is highly effective and offers patients results with minimal downtime or side effects. In some cases patients may experience minor redness, swelling and discomfort but this should dissipate within a few days following treatment.

    For more information on this or other laser treatments, be sure to contact Bayside Dermatology today.




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