Treatment of tattoos by Q-switched ruby laser. A dose-response study

C. R. Taylor, R. W. Gange, J. S. Dover, Thomas J Flotte, E. Gonzalez, N. Michaud, R. R. Anderson

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Abstract

Tattoo treatment with Q-switched ruby laser pulses (694 nm, 40 to 80 nanoseconds) was studied by clinical assessment and light and electron microscopy. Fifty-seven blue-black tattoos or portions thereof (35 amateur and 22 professional) were irradiated with 1.5 to 8.0 J/cm2 at a mean interval of 3 weeks. Substantial lightening or total clearing occurred in 18 (78%) of 23 amateur tattoos and 3 (23%) of 13 professional tattoos in which the protocol was completed. Response was related to exposure dose. Scarring occurred in one case, and persistent confettilike hypopigmentation was frequent. Optimal fluence was 4 to 8 J/cm2. Clinicohistologic correlation was poor. Q-switched ruby laser pulses can provide an effective treatment for tattoos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)893-899
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Volume126
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Taylor, C. R., Gange, R. W., Dover, J. S., Flotte, T. J., Gonzalez, E., Michaud, N., & Anderson, R. R. (1990). Treatment of tattoos by Q-switched ruby laser. A dose-response study. Archives of Dermatology, 126(7), 893-899. https://doi.org/10.1001/archderm.126.7.893

Treatment of tattoos by Q-switched ruby laser. A dose-response study. / Taylor, C. R.; Gange, R. W.; Dover, J. S.; Flotte, Thomas J; Gonzalez, E.; Michaud, N.; Anderson, R. R.

In: Archives of Dermatology, Vol. 126, No. 7, 1990, p. 893-899.

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Taylor, CR, Gange, RW, Dover, JS, Flotte, TJ, Gonzalez, E, Michaud, N & Anderson, RR 1990, 'Treatment of tattoos by Q-switched ruby laser. A dose-response study', Archives of Dermatology, vol. 126, no. 7, pp. 893-899. https://doi.org/10.1001/archderm.126.7.893
Taylor, C. R. ; Gange, R. W. ; Dover, J. S. ; Flotte, Thomas J ; Gonzalez, E. ; Michaud, N. ; Anderson, R. R. / Treatment of tattoos by Q-switched ruby laser. A dose-response study. In: Archives of Dermatology. 1990 ; Vol. 126, No. 7. pp. 893-899.
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