tokyo skin clinic

Nd:YAG laser skin rejuvenation & tightening

How does the laser treatment work?
The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of targeted heat. The laser's Dynamic Cooling Device technology protects the upper layers of the skin with a cooling burst of cryogen gas. Together, the long-pulse laser and DCD cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.

What can I expect during treatment?
Treatment will take place in the clinic. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Your doctor will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small handpiece. Each laser pulse is preceded by a short pulse of cooling spray. A treatment usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the area being treated.

Does it hurt?
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves in several seconds and is minimized by the cooling spray.

How many sessions will I need?
Many factors impact the efficacy of individual laser treatments, including the severity of the condition being treated. On average at least three sessions are recommended for a satisfactory result.

How do I prepare for treatment?
If you have had a history of perioral herpes prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. Your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or self tanning products before laser treatment. The intended treatment area should preferably not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth light for 14 days prior to treatment.

What can I expect after treatment?
A cooling gel pack and an anti-inflammatory cream will be applied following your treatment. Any redness or swelling should resolve within a few hours.

What precautions should I take after treatment?
After laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers.

What are the side effects?
The risks are minimal. Side effects may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering, and purpura (a laser bruise) in the treated area—these usually do not last more than a few days. Permanent side effects are rare.