Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser removal of facial amateur tattoos in patients with Fitzpatrick type VI: Case series

Josef Haik, Rachel Kornhaber, Moti Harats, Hadar Israeli, Arie Orenstein

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Abstract

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 evaluated 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1448-1452
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Volume15
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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