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Treatment of fireworks tattoos with the Q-switched ruby laser.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15996426     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The best approach in managing patients with explosive traumatic tattoos is the immediate removal of particles during initial care. Delayed treatment makes the situation more difficult to manage. Under certain conditions, a Q-switched ruby laser can be considered an excellent alternative. METHODS: We report a new case of multiple facial fireworks tattooing managed successfully with a Q-switched ruby laser under low fluency pulses at 4.5 J/cm2. A pretreatment test zone was initially performed, and then three treatments were conducted at 6-week intervals. RESULTS: More than 75% of the lesions were removed without scarring. CONCLUSION: The Q-switched ruby laser can be a safe and excellent choice for the removal of explosive particles.
Fouad El Sayed; Alfred Ammoury; Rola Dhaybi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-05     Completed Date:  2005-08-02     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  706-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.
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MeSH Terms
Blast Injuries / surgery*
Facial Injuries / surgery*
Laser Therapy*
Middle Aged

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