Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- What kind of Q-switched laser will you use?
- How many sessions will I need?
- How much improvement can I expect?
- How much will treatment cost?
Pre-procedure prep for Q-switched laser: Avoid tanning before treatment with all Q-switched lasers. Wear sunscreen to keep your skin from tanning during the pre-treatment period.
On the day of treatment: Avoid skincare products on areas you plan on treating with Q-switched lasers. Makeup, moisturizers, and lotions can interfere with the outcome of your treatment.
What To Expect
Q-switched lasers make use of a handheld device, which shoot energy into the underlying layers of your skin. You can sit or lie down. depending on the area being treated.
Protective glasses are worn for the duration of the appointment. Skin may be red immediately after treatment with a Q-switched laser. Some physicians may bandage the treated area afterward.
Who should do it: Hire a skilled and qualified dermatologist who can operate the Q-switched laser while monitoring the effects it has on your skin. Your physician should be board certified and have plenty of experience.
Duration: If you plan on using a numbing agent before treatment, arrive at your appointment 30 minutes early. For a small age spot, laser treatment may only take a few minutes. Treating a large tattoo will take considerably longer, lasting 30 minutes to an hour per session.
How Painful Is It?
Q-switched lasers can be painful. If you're sensitive, you may choose to use a topical numbing cream ahead of time to lessen any pain.
Options for anesthesia: A skin numbing cream is a good idea. Ask for it if you aren't offered it.