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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2019 Apr-Jun;12(2):95-104. doi: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_72_19.

A Prospective Open-labeled Study of Tattoo Removal with Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Utilizing the R0 Technique and Correlation with Kirby-Desai Scale.

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1
Skin and Laser Clinic, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
2
Department of Dermatology, Ashwini Rural Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Solapur, India.
3
Alok Clinic, Panvel, Maharashtra, India.
4
Dr. J. W. Aurangabadkar New Skin Clinic, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Abstract

Introduction:

The Q-switched Nd: YAG (QSNY) laser is considered the standard device of choice for laser tattoo removal. Newer concepts such as R0 , R20 methods aided in faster clearance of tattoos. The Kerby-Desai scale [KD scale] has been proposed to predict the approximate number of sessions needed for tattoo clearance.

Objective:

To access the efficacy of R0 technique for tattoo removal in skin types IV to VITo evaluate the Kerby-Desai scale and its correlation to the number of sessions actually required for tattoo clearance.

Material and Methods:

Twenty-two patients with single colored amateur were treated using modified R0 technique and the number of sessions were corelated with Kirby Desai scale.

Results:

We found that R0 method require significantly less sessions than predicted by KD scale.

Conclusion:

Tattoo removal with the R0 technique using PFD allows faster clearing of tattoos and significantly cuts down the total treatment duration needed for tattoo removal.

KEYWORDS:

Kirby–Desai scale; Q-switched Nd-YAG laser; R0 method

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