[Accidental dirt tattooing. Removal with Q-switched ruby laser].

The Q-switched ruby laser (wave length 694 nm; pulse durations 25 ns or 40 ns) cause selective damage to natural and artificial skin pigments. Treatable lesions include benign pigmented growths (benign, lentigo, ephelides, caféau-lait spots and Becker's nevi), as well as amateur and professional tattoos. The Q-switched ruby laser is also very effective in the treatment of traumatic tattoos. We report our experiences with two patients whose traumatic tattoos resolved completely without any scarring after ruby laser therapy. Our findings show that Q-switched ruby laser treatment may represent the therapy of choice for these tattoos.
AuthorsS Hellwig, M Schönermark, C Raulin
JournalHNO (HNO) Vol. 44 Issue 10 Pg. 592-4 (Oct 1996) ISSN: 0017-6192 [Print] GERMANY
Vernacular TitleSchmutztätowierungen. Entfernung durch den gütegeschalteten Rubinlaser.
PMID9019469 (Publication Type: Case Reports, English Abstract, Journal Article)
  • Adult
  • Facial Injuries (surgery)
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies (etiology, surgery)
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy (instrumentation)
  • Pigmentation Disorders (etiology, surgery)
  • Tattooing
  • Treatment Outcome

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