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Skin Therapy Lett. 2011 Nov-Dec;16(10):1-3.

Optimizing outcomes of laser tattoo removal.

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Dermatology & Skin Cancer Institute, Coral Gables, FL, USA.


Since the elucidation of the concept of selective photothermolysis, quality-switched lasers have been the gold standard for tattoo removal. Proper patient education prior to commencing treatment is crucial to ensure realistic expectations and compliance. This article reviews appropriate device selection and technique. Clinical pearls and pitfalls are presented, as well as cutting-edge techniques and technologies are discussed in order to enable the laser practitioner to optimize outcomes.

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