An Advanced Vascular Laser

Pigmentation Removal

Is your skin in need of rejuvenation?

When patients visit our San Diego office to remove birthmarks, moles, hyperpigmentation and tattoos, we may suggest the use of the 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. Nd-YAG vascular laser is used to treat small red or blue veins, red birthmarks (port wine stains), rosacea, angiomas and keloid scars with minimal downtime (red- purple discoloration may linger 2-4 days after a treatment). Two to four treatments are required for clearance of veins and other red lesions.

Advanced Laser Technology

How the ND: YAG Laser Works

The 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 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 laser utilizes two energy frequencies; 1064 nanometers, to target deeper skin layers, and 532 nanometers, to address hyperpigmentation and more superficial layers.

Nd: YAG Laser

Frequently asked questions

Is the Nd: YAG Laser Safe?

The Q-Switched ND YAG laser is a safe procedure, when administered by the expert providers at Lanoi Cosmetic Dermatology.  We go to great lengths to ensure that our laser skin treatment experts undergo extensive training with laser devices and can administer the latest treatment techniques safely and effectively.

How Long do Treatment Results Last?

The typical patient will need several treatments with the Nd: YAG laser 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.


The normal recovery period varies between two and five days, depending on your skin sensitivity and the treatment performed, but you can expect to see a substantial difference in hyper-pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, and your overall skin texture within one week of treatment.

For some conditions, it may take a few sessions to see the best results. In general, the heavier your skin blemishes, the more treatments you’ll need.

What to Expect During Treatment?

When you visit our practice for treatment with the Nd: YAG laser, your provider will first make a detailed assessment of your skin concerns, to ensure that this laser is the best skin treatment option in your situation.

Once the treatment begins, your provider will numb the area with a topical cream or may use a local anesthetic to further reduce discomfort. You will also be provided with protective eyewear.

Your provider will guide the laser across the treatment area, and deliver powerful bursts of energy to break down pigment. Some discomfort is common during this stage, as the laser will cause micro-damage in the skin. However, most patients handle this procedure very well, and our providers work diligently to ensure maximum comfort.

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