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What does YAG stand for?

YAG stands for erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet

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Erbium lasers can diminish wrinkles, improve pigmentation and resurface the skin. An acronym for erbium yttrium aluminum garnet, this type of device gets its name from the crystal the light passes through in order to focus the energy for the desired effects. Keep in mind that you will need a series of treatments, on average.
• Laser therapy: Laser pulses enable the dermatologist to remodel the surface of scars by smoothing and sculpting them. Most commonly used are the carbon dioxide laser, the yellow light laser and the erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser. • Soft tissue filler: In this procedure, bovine collagen, polymer implants, collagen-type fillers or the patient's own fat taken from another site is injected in tiny quantities below the surface of the skin to raise pitted scars.
Treatment options may include cryosurgery, electrocautery, skin grafting and surgical lasers. A CO2 or erbium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) laser may be used as an almost "bloodless scalpel" to remove excess tissue, Dr. Dover explained, noting that this may be followed by dermabrasion.
Treatment of punched-out atrophic and rolling acne scars in skin phototypes III, IV, and V with variable square pulse erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser resurfacing. Wanitphakdeedecha R, Manuskiatti W, Siriphukpong S, Chen TM. 2009. Read Abstract.
Recycling stainless steel orthodontic brackets with Er:YAG laser - An environmental scanning electron microscope and shear bond strength study Prince K Chacko, Jithesh Kodoth, Jacob John, Kishore Kumar Date of Web Publication -- 9-Oct-2013 Abstract Aim: To determine the efficiency of erbium: Yttrium aluminum garnet.