When choosing a laser facility for your procedures it can be very confusing. There are many factors that should go into your decision.
At Vanish we believe the following criteria are most important in choosing a laser facility, whether it’s for tattoo removal or skin aesthetic laser treatments:
What type of laser is the facility using?
There are many types of lasers available in the marketplace that are each designed for specific things. Unfortunately, because there are so many choices, some facilities use lasers that were not designed specifically for the treatments that they are offering to the public. It’s exceedingly important that the facility has a laser specializing in the procedure that you’re having performed.
We have heard several stories from clients about bad experiences, where the facility was using the same laser for tattoo removal as they were using for hair removal. Unfortunately, this misuse of the laser can cause scarring because requirements for hair removal are different than what needs to happen with tattoo removal.
At Vanish, we use the Astanza Etherea MX and Astanza Eternity Ruby Q-switched lasers. These are designed specifically for tattoo removal and skin aesthetic laser treatments, such as rejuvenation and discoloration (age spots, sun damage, birth marks, etc.) removal. So what the heck does all that mean?
Nd:YAG: uses light focused from a flashlamp. The flashlamps discharge high current pulses. Nd: YAG is an abbreviation for neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:Y3Al5 O12 )- the crystal used to pass the light through to create the laser.
1064 nm wavelength used to work on black, purple and browns.
532nm: wavelength used to work on Red, orange, yellow.
Ruby 694 nm: wavelength used to work on blue, green; actually uses a ruby crystal to generate the laser. The Ruby aspect of our laser is one of the main unique features that we can brag about. There are very few lasers in the country that have the Ruby laser capability. This is what allows us to do an outstanding job removing difficult colors such as blue and green.
Q-Switching indicates there is a gated mirror in the laser that gathers photons and releases them in a powerful burst. This is important because it creates ultrashort pulses that can produce 300°C tissue temperatures in nanoseconds. This is part of what allows the pigment to shatter because of the fast thermal expansion and photoacoustic (shock) waves it creates.