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A superior method of tattoo removal using the Q-switched ruby laser.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2262615     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Q-switched ruby laser was used to treat 101 amateur and 62 professional tattoos in 80 patients over a period of 22 months. Using a 5- to 8-mm spot size and energy fluences of 2-4 joules/cm2, an average of three retreatments resulted in complete pigment removal in four, nearly complete pigment removal in 84, significant pigment removal in 11, and minimal pigment removal in two amateur tattoos. Using identical parameters for professional tattoos, there was complete pigment removal in two, nearly complete pigment removal in five, significant pigment removal in 18, minimal pigment removal in 25, and very little pigment removal in 12. Professional tattoos with red, yellow, and green pigments faded, but required multiple retreatments. While transient hypopigmentation occurred in many patients, skin texture and hair growth returned to normal in all cases and no hypertrophic scarring was seen.
A Scheibner; G Kenny; W White; R G Wheeland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of dermatologic surgery and oncology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0148-0812     ISO Abbreviation:  J Dermatol Surg Oncol     Publication Date:  1990 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-02-07     Completed Date:  1991-02-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707501     Medline TA:  J Dermatol Surg Oncol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1091-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, University of California, Davis.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia, Local
Laser Therapy*
Middle Aged
Postoperative Care
Skin / pathology,  surgery

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