Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser (Nd: Yag Laser)

Definition - What does Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser (Nd: Yag Laser) mean?

A neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser (Nd: Yag laser) produces a ray of high-energy light through a synthetic garnet crystal. The laser is used across a wide variety of applications including medicine, dentistry and manufacturing industries. In the cosmetic surgery context, it is used for laser hair removal, to reduce skin pigment disorders and to treat so-called “spider veins” that show up as a network on the skin’s surface.

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Although laser hair removal is seldom completely permanent, it is popular since it results in long-lasting hair removal and often reduces hair regrowth, while also causing the hair that does regrow to be softer and lighter in color. The Nd: Yag laser is among the laser types used for hair removal.

Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet lasers are also used to treat melasma, a condition in which patches of brown to grey skin appear, particularly on the face. Cosmetic surgeons also use it to treat dark circles around the eyes, as well as xanthelasma, a condition that causes yellowish growths to develop on the eyelids.

A wide variety of skin discolorations caused by pigments or minor abnormalities of the veins that cause marks and blemishes respond well to treatment with neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet lasers. Some doctors also choose this type of laser for tattoo removal and to help scars to fade. With men, laser treatments can cure shaving bumps caused by curly beard hair growing out and then curling back to penetrate the skin.

Recent findings show that treatment with Nd: Yag laser can promote collagen and elastin production in the skin, and they are now used for skin rejuvenation treatments, too.

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