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Laser Tattoo Removal: A Review
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
© 2011 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 1–13, January 2012
How to Cite
Kent, K. M. and Graber, E. M. (2012), Laser Tattoo Removal: A Review. Dermatologic Surgery, 38: 1–13. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2011.02187.x
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
Tattoos have played an important role in human culture for thousands of years, and they remain popular today. The development of quality-switched (QS) lasers has revolutionized the removal of unwanted tattoos.
To thoroughly review the literature on laser tattoo removal pertaining to its history, its theoretical basis, the various devices used, potential adverse effects, and future developments.
Material and Methods
An extensive literature review of publications related to tattoo removal was conducted.
Reports exist demonstrating the efficacy of laser removal of different tattoo types, including professional, amateur, traumatic, cosmetic, and medical. The literature supports the use of different QS lasers for removal of tattoos. Some colors have a more-complete response using particular wavelengths.
QS lasers can effectively and safely remove different types of unwanted tattoos.