What's In a Name? by Ada Polla
One of the hardest things about my skin care line, Alchimie Forever, is that our products are named after laser terms – parts of lasers, types of lasers, and names having to do with quantum physics. Of course, product usage and the name have nothing to do with each other – that would make all too much sense… This strange nomenclature was defined by my father, dermatologist Dr. Luigi Polla, the first physician to have laser technology available for treatment in dermatology in Europe. Here is a summary of what our strange laser names mean:
Nd :YAG : This laser enables hair laser removal for patients with dark skin types, and allows the treatment of superficial varicosities of the skin. This laser also has rejuvenating properties.
KTP : KTP lasers are primarily used for vascular treatments such as rosacea, port wine stains and also for the treatment of pigmented superficial lesions such as lentigos, pigmented seborrheic keratoses. This laser also has rejuvenating properties.
Superpulse : Superpulse lasers are used to coagulate superficial epidermal lesions with high accuracy.
Excimer : Excimer lasers are used in eye surgeries to correct myopia and in dermatology to re-pigment vitiligo spots.
Diode : Diode lasers are used in laser hair removal treatments and also in aesthetic vascular applications.
Yttrium: Yttrium is a chemical element. Garnet YAG (Ayytrium Aluminium Garnet) is used in the manufacture of YAG lasers; it constitutes the amplifying medium of the laser.
Kantic: The word Kantic refers to quantum physis, based on energy packets called "quanta“.
Alexandrite: Alexandrite lasers are used in laser hair removal to remove unwanted hair on lighter skin types.
Q-switch : Q-switch lasers produce laser pulses that are extremely high in intensity and extremely fast in terms of pulse duration. They are used to remove age spots and sometimes to remove tattoos.
532nm: 532nm is the wavelength that emits in the green color spectrum.