Q-switched laser technology creates high-intensity pulsed beam light. The energy emitted by a Q-switched laser is concentrated into ultra-powerful pulses that last just a billionth of a second each. Because the energy’s contact with the skin is less than other lasers, Q-switched lasers are known for preserving surrounding tissue and a reduced risk of unwanted side effects.

Q-switched lasers can also produce different wavelengths of light, which makes them versatile treatments that can effectively address many conditions. The most popular type of Q-switched laser is Nd:YAG, which emits 1064nm and 532nm wavelengths. This type of laser is prized due to its vast range of applications.




The Q-switched laser excels in the treatment of unwanted pigmentation or tattoo ink. The laser produces short pulses of energy that pass harmlessly through the skin’s top layers and are selectively absorbed by the abnormal pigment. This causes the pigment to shatter into smaller fragments, which can then be cleared away naturally by the body’s immune system.

The Q-switched laser can also be calibrated for anti-ageing and general skin rejuvenation. Under these settings, the benefits of treatment include removing dirt, dead skin cells, excess oil and bacteria for a smoother, clearer and brighter complexion. The laser also heats the deeper skin layers to stimulate new collagen production over time.

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Laser Toning: Laser toning treatments with the Q-switched laser involve little discomfort, as the energy setting used is very low. No topical anaesthetic cream is required. Laser rejuvenation can be done in a lunch hour, making it an appealing option for people who cannot take time off work or social engagements to recover.

Q-switched Mode: You will be aware of warmth in the treatment area and will feel a slight sting, as if a rubber band is snapping against your skin. Your eyes will be covered with protective eyewear.

Laser Toning: After the procedure, you may notice mild redness in the treated area that settles quickly. There are no obvious changes to your skin immediately and you can resume normal activities right away.

Q-switched Mode: Expect some initial darkening and scabbing in the treated areas. These conditions are temporary, and after about five to seven days, they will begin to fade. Allow scabs heal on their own, without attempting to remove them. The pigmentation will become progressively lighter with each treatment. Usually, three to four treatment sessions are required to reduce most of the pigment.

The number of Q-switched laser treatments required to achieve optimal results varies. Depending on the condition being treated and the size of the treatment area, the number of recommended treatment sessions ranges from three to 10. Your dermal clinician will advise you regarding what to expect.

Yes, the Q-switched laser is safe for all skin types, including patients with skin of colour.

The China Doll Laser Facial is a multi-part procedure that creates a porcelain doll’s complexion. During the treatment, a layer of fine carbon particles is applied over the face and allowed to dry over a period of 15 minutes. Then, the Q-switched laser is passed over the skin to heat up the carbon and cause an implosion of the carbon particles. As the laser travels across the skin, the carbon layer is gently vacuumed up, exfoliating the skin and removing debris frоm dеер within the pores.

The treatment is non-invasive and gentle on the skin. Only a mild pins and needles sensation is felt. Most people describe it as a light tingling feeling that is easily tolerated.

The China Doll Laser Facial minimises pore size and stimulates collagen renewal for a smooth, glowing complexion that can be seen and felt. The benefits of this treatment include:

  • Collagen and elastin stimulation
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improvement in pore size
  • Enhanced tone of the skin
  • Improved skin texture
  • Dead skin cell removal for a cleaner complexion
  • Reduced acne, acne scars and post-acne discolouration
  • Restored skin integrity and radiance

A dermatologist should assess any pigmented lesion to ensure it is safe to treat with a laser and we are not mistreating melanoma. 

The success of a Q-switched laser treatment is determined by a number of factors including: the correct diagnosis, the choice of laser settings, pre-treatment skin preparation and other concurrent prescription creams and medications.

The Q-Switched laser is a versatile laser that offers different wavelengths to target a variety of skin conditions including sun spots, age spots, freckles, pigmentation and some birthmarks. An added bonus of this laser is its rejuvenation effect on the skin.

The Q-switched laser has been around for many years. Dermatologists have a lot of experience in the use of this laser for treating skin pigment. Many scientific papers back its safety and efficacy. It’s our go-to laser for those with skin of colour