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Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Removal of Facial Amateur Tattoos in Patients With Fitzpatrick Type VI: Case Series


Haik, J and Kornhaber, R and Harats, M and Israeli, H and Orenstein, A, Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Removal of Facial Amateur Tattoos in Patients With Fitzpatrick Type VI: Case Series, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: new methods and technology, 15, (11) pp. 170-174. ISSN 1545-9616 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Introduction: Q-switched neodymium:YAG (Nd:YAG) lasers are reported to be gold standard for laser tattoo removal. In particular, the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm is widely recognized for the removal of blue/black amateur tattoos. However, treatment modalities in Fitzpatrick Type VI skin carry a greater risk of complications including alterations in pigmentation compared to fairer skin (Fitzpatrick Type I-IV skin). Therefore, the aim of this case series was to describe with the use of the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, the removal of carbon-based amateur tattoos on patients with Fitzpatrick Type VI skin as an effective and safe method.

Methods: Twenty-five patients with Fitzpatrick type VI skin, from Ethiopian origins, with facial tribal tattoos, were treated with the QSwitched Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm. Digital images were taken upon every treatment and the clearance rates of the tattoo was evaluated by imaging software.

Results: We observed an average tattoo clearance rate of 95% among the 45 facial tattoos in 25 patients presented in the case series with minimal pigmentary and textual changes evident.

Discussion: These positive aesthetic results have a significant psychosocial impact on the lives of those with Fitzpatrick Type VI skin, in particular the Ethiopian Jewish population.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:laser; tattoo removal; Ethiopian; Jewish
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Clinical Sciences
Research Field:Dermatology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:112615
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-11-18
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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