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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, 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 Q- Switched Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm. Digital images were taken upon every treatment and the clearance rates of the tattoo was evalu- ated 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 signi cant 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:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Dermatology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:112615
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-11-18
Last Modified:2018-02-07
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