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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Jun;64(6):1111-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.11.005.

Treatment of tattoo allergy with ablative fractional resurfacing: a novel paradigm for tattoo removal.

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Department of Dermatology and Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. omar.ibrahimi@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Q-switched lasers are the gold standard for tattoo treatment. Allergic tattoo reactions present a treatment dilemma. We present the application of ablative fractional resurfacing (AFR) as a novel method for tattoo removal.

OBJECTIVE:

We describe two patients with tattoo allergies, referred to us for treatment.

METHODS:

AFR was used in a series of treatments to remove the allergic-ink portion of a multicolored tattoo on the upper extremity of a 52-year-old man. In a 31-year-old woman with a red and black tattoo on her lower extremity, AFR was combined with a Q-switched neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser.

RESULTS:

After a series of treatments, both patients experienced significant to complete removal of the offending tattoo inks with substantial or complete resolution of their symptoms.

LIMITATIONS:

This uncontrolled observational series is based on two patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

AFR appears to be safe and effective for removal of allergic tattoos. AFR can be combined with other treatments such as Q-switched lasers. The potential for a series of AFR treatments to remove tattoos, including allergic tattoos and inks of any color, merits further study.

PMID:
21571169
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2010.11.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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