Q-Switched 532/1064 Laser

The Q-switched 532/1064 uses a neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet as its source. For this reason, it is known as a YAG laser. Dr. Gallacher expertly treats a variety of skin concerns with this advanced laser.


What Makes It Special?

The Q-switched YAG produces high-energy beams of light in two different wavelengths. The first is a beam of 532 nanometers and the second is in the infrared range at 1064 nanometres. Both create heat that destroys the targeted cells.

Especially Effective For Tattoo Removal

This solid-state laser is especially effective for the removal of tattoos. The 1064-nm wavelength is ideal for removing black or dark tattoos, while the 532-nm wavelength is best for red and other warm-colored inks (violet, brown, orange, and yellow).

Other Uses

The Q-switched YAG is also effective in the treatment of other conditions, including:

  • Spider veins in the face and neck
  • Some vascular birthmarks
  • Melasma
  • Varicose veins in the legs
  • Pigmented lesions (age spots, freckles, Mongolian spots, café-au-lait macules)
  • Hair removal (particularly dark hair rather than blond or gray hair)
  • Onychomycosis (a common nail disorder caused by a fungus)

Is It Safe?

Both YAG wavelengths are considered safe for all skin types. However, as with any laser procedure, there may be side effects. They are usually mild and may include:

  • Mild pain during treatment
  • Swelling, redness, and itching that may last for a few days
  • Blistering (rare)
  • Changes in skin color
  • Bruising (rare)
  • Bacterial infection (which can be treated with antibiotics)

In most cases, patients will require multiple treatments before achieving optimal results, especially in the case of tattoo removal.