The Nd YAG laser

What is Nd YAG laser?

A laser is a source of high-intensity light that can be used to treat various conditions of the skin. Nd YAG laser is a non-ablative form of laser, which means that it does not break skin tissue during treatment. This type of laser treatment is designed to accurately target pigment cells. It can be used to treat pigmentation, and as an effective means of hair removal.

How does it work?

During this type of laser treatment, the laser works by emitting a beam of light that travels through the skin and into the hair follicle or area of pigmentation. The light energy is absorbed by the targeted pigment and turned to heat, which in turn damages the cells that contain the targeted pigment. In cases where the treatment is used specifically for hair removal, the hair follicle and shaft is destroyed by the heat of the laser.

Nd YAG laser is administered with a hand piece that delivers the light beams to the targeted area of skin. Because the laser is so concentrated, surrounding tissue remains unharmed.

During the treatment, you will wear protective goggles. The YAG laser is mildly painful for treatment of pigmentation spots such as liver or age spots, but quite painful for treating tattoos. Dr van Heerden will always use topical anaesthetic, and occasionally a local anaesthetic. It is also necessary to do anywhere between 5 to 9 separate treatments for tattoos every 2 to 4 months.

Who should undergo this type of treatment?

Dr van Heerden makes use of this special laser to remove tattoos and to treat pigmented freckles or liver spots. In addition, this laser is used widely for laser hair removal. Dr van Heerden is able to perform laser hair removal on all areas of the body, as long as hairs are dark coloured. Unfortunately red, grey or blonde hair does not react to laser.

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DR J STEVE VAN HEERDEN

Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin, nails, hair and its diseases and is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. As a dermatologist, Dr Steve van Heerden treats a wide variety of diseases and disorders of the skin, nails and hair. Dr van Heerden’s practice is located in Brooklyn, Pretoria and offers a comprehensive range of dermatology services.

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Physical Address: 421 Marais St, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181
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