Nd:YAG Laser Tattoo Removal in Individuals With Skin Phototypes IV-VI: A Case Series Laser Tattoo Removal in Darker Phototypes
Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences,
Vol. 13 (2022),
10 January 2022
Introduction: Although tattoos are ancient and very popular among young people, it is also a reason for regret, and many people today have the desire to remove them. Among the possibilities for this, laser removal is the most successful procedure with the highest degree of pigment removal and the lowest risk of complications.
Methods: This study was recorded on three patients with tattoos, and only the black pigments were removed. None of the patients involved had a history of skin allergies, skin cancer, and/or keloid formation. Case 1 had a professional tattoo removed in the right calf region in two sessions. Case 2 had an amateur tattoo that was removed on the scalp in three sessions. Finally, Case 3 had two professional tattoos, which were removed from the face in a total of eleven sessions. The following equipment was used: Spectra XT Q-Switched Nd: YAG 1064 nm with a pulse width of 5 ns; Pico Ultra 300 Nd: YAG 1064 nm with a pulse width of 300 ps; and SoftLight Q-Switched Nd:YAG 1064 nm with a pulse width of 17 ns.
Results: In general, satisfactory results were obtained, but hypopigmentation was present in Cases 1 and 3. This was probably due to sun exposure at the laser removal site, the short interval between the sessions, and/or higher radiant exposure combined with a smaller spot size, respectively.
Conclusion: To achieve successful tattoo removal in the higher phototypes and reduce unwanted effects, the professionals must know the best parameters to be used, as well as the adequate foundation on the individual characteristics of each patient and the tattoos. Furthermore, patient compliance with the pre/post session care and a suitable interval between the laser sessions are essential to avoid undesirable complications.
- Q-Switched Laser; Nd-YAG Laser; Laser tattoo removal; Tattoo removal
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