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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2013 Apr;6(2):117-9. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.112677.

Successful treatment of laser induced hypopigmentation with narrowband ultraviolet B targeted phototherapy.

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Venkat Charmalaya - Centre for Advanced Dermatology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.


Q-switched 1064 nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Qs 1064 nm Nd: YAG) laser plays an important role in the treatment of pigmentary skin disorders, including tattoos. Although it has high efficacy and safety, adverse effect like hypopigmentation may occur causing anxiety to patients. We present a case report of Qs 1064 nm Nd: YAG laser induced hypopigmentation which was successfully treated with ultraviolet B targeted phototherapy, with rapid and satisfactory re-pigmentation.


Laser induced hypopigmentation; Q-switched 1064 nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet laser; targeted ultraviolet B phototherapy

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