What is a Q Switch Laser?
Q Switch Laser is a 1064 Nd-Yag laser that delivers specialized nanosecond energy to reduce or eliminate abnormal melanin (brown pigment) in the skin.
What is melasma?
Melasma is a chronic skin condition characterized by abnormal production of melanin pigment, leading to visible dark “patches” on the skin. Typically these dark brown patches are seen on the cheeks, upper lip, and forehead. Melasma appears to be associated with sun exposure, hormone changes (pregnancy), and genetic predisposition (hereditary factors).
How does the Q Switch Laser work?
The laser energy gently breaks apart the abnormal melanin (brown) pigment into smaller particles that can then be effectively removed by your body’s natural cleansing processes.
What can I expect during my treatment?
Our highly trained laser specialist will apply the laser energy to your skin. You will hear a slight snapping sound when the laser is fired and may feel a slight tingling or warmth. Most people find the procedure very comfortable. No topical anesthesia is required.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is quick and only takes 15-30 minutes.
Who is a good candidate for the Q Switch Laser?
All skin tones, from light to dark, can be safely treated with this laser. Patients who are pregnant or nursing cannot be treated. Also, those who have received Accutane or any oral Vitamin A acne therapy cannot be treated for 6 months after their last dose.
Is there downtime?
Since there is no downtime and minimal side effects, you can return immediately to your daily activities.
How many treatments will I need?
Treating melasma is a gradual process that requires multiple sessions. Typically it takes 10-12 treatments for best results. Since melasma is a chronic skin disorder, maintenance therapy is needed to control the production of melanin and strict avoidance of sun exposure.