The Q-Switched laser produces 2 wavelengths, one in the infrared range that penetrates deeply into the skin without injuring the top layer of skin and a second beam of that is useful for superficial skin lesions. Q-switching refers to the technique of making the laser produce a high intensity beam in very short pulses.

The laser can be used to rejuvenate many areas of the body including the face, neck, chest, and back.

Treatment Conditions

  • Sun damaged skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Pigment
  • Nevus of Ota
  • Café-au-lait lesions
  • Solar lentigines
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Melasma

Q-Switch Laser Benefits

  • Removes brown age and liver spots (lentigines)
  • Removes freckles
  • Removes brown birthmarks and Nevus of Ota
  • Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Stimulates new collagen synthesis to improve skin tone
  • Safe for all skin colors and types

The high-speed light energy is released in a series of very fast (nanosecond) pulses, which microscopically vibrate and shatter the pigment into tiny particles deep within the skin. These particles are then naturally reabsorbed and disposed of by the body.

The Q-Switch laser’s energy also targets the building blocks of healthy skin, stimulating new collagen growth to replenish the collagen we lose as we age.

For more aggressive treatment of advanced photodamage, a physician can change the settings of the Q-Switch laser. After this one-time procedure, the skin will appear slightly red, like sunburn, for a few days.

This more advanced treatment is appropriate for patients with light to medium skin tones and significant photodamage including large brown “sun spots,” an increased number of moderate wrinkles, and a ‘leathery’ texture.

The laser can also be used to treat deeper pigment problems, including melasma.

The Q-Switch works very well in combination with the PicoSure Focus or SmartSkin CO2 fractional resurfacing laser to reduce the most common types of acne scarring. The laser’s energy stimulates collagen remodeling, and over time the appearance of acne scarring is minimized.

Download the pre and post-treatment instructions form and learn what do to before and after your treatment.

Pigment Treatment Form

Remember to sign the form and bring it with you to your appointment.

The laser can be used to rejuvenate many areas of the body including the face, neck, chest, and back.

After treatment you may experience mild to moderate redness, which is common and should resolve itself within a couple of hours.

For the more aggressive treatment, skin gets darker to the point of scabbing and then flakes off with 5 to 7 days of treatment date.

Patients will feel a difference in the texture of their skin after the first treatment with the Q-Switch laser. Because collagen takes time to grow, you will continue to see improvement over the next few weeks.

After 4-6 sessions, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement, including smaller pores, more even skin tone and softer texture. Many patients choose to have monthly or quarterly touch-up sessions to maintain their results.

Results will vary from patient to patient. Continued aftercare including sunblock and adequate skin care products will be important as well as maintenance treatments to help sustain the results.

For those dealing with melasma, it can be challenging to treat and long term remissions are difficult to achieve. Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center will work with you to develop an effective treatment regimen combined with a medical grade skin care regime to help you successfully treat and manage your melasma.

“My first appointment at the Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center was great! The customer service from the moment you walk into the lobby was outstanding. The doctor was very detailed and explained everything to me to make sure I was comfortable before proceeding with my treatment. I felt very comfortable and would 100% recommend it to others.”

Amanda P, 2017

*Individual results may vary

Why Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center

Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center combines science and aesthetics to promote healthier, more beautiful skin. We specialize in proven and highly effective non-surgical treatments to help you achieve your desired results.

Mill Creek offers a full range of injectables, body contouring, laser treatments, light therapies, and beauty services and products. We have over 14 years’ experience in finding the right combination of treatments for each client.

You are unique. So is your treatment.

Our approach is highly individualized and designed to address your needs, wants, and concerns. Prior to receiving any initial treatments, you’ll receive a comprehensive consultation so we can customize a treatment plan specifically for you.

Our doctor and professional aestheticians are trained in the latest and most advanced techniques in medical cosmetics.

Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center invests in a wide range of lasers and devices that ensure our clients achieve the highest results. Our lasers and modalities can be used singularly or in combination to achieve optimal results.

Dr. Lin has a comprehensive knowledge of laser physics and advanced laser training. He attends Harvard conferences each year to collaborate, test, and review the newest and most effective procedures, treatments, and medical devices. This keeps our clinic current and at the forefront of technology.

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