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Lasers are commonly used in cosmetic and medical procedures in part because of their ability to be able to target parts of the body with a high degree of precision. Lasers can also penetrate the skin far deeper than topical treatments. Usually when we hear about the lasers involved in these treatments, it’s easy to assume they’re an identical tool. Lasers actually come in a variety of constructions and uses, and an interesting application in cosmetic procedures is the solid state laser. Lasers can use different materials to excite ions into emitting light, including liquids and even gases. Initially ruby crystals were the first type of solid state laser in production, but the industry has developed specialized models with one of the more common lasers using neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet, or Nd:YAG. Some machines will redirect the laser through potassium…


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