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Tattoo removal using ablative laser technology

07 May, 2013

Tattoo allergies should not be removed by the usual Q Switch laser, however Fractional laser, including Fraxel has been successful in this situation. Dr Davin Lim discusses the role of fractional lasers and tattoo removals.

Tattoo removal is usually done with a Q switch laser. This laser essentially shatters the large pigment particles into smaller sizes, which is then cleared by the body’s immune system. In patients with tattoo allergies, treatment can be complicated by disseminated allergy. Tattoo allergy is characterised by an immune response to the pigment- the most common colours include red, purple and orange.  Patients can also develop an allergy to black ink, especially if it is mixed with other colours. Clinically, an allergy can present as areas of red, bumpy itchy skin, or areas of dermatitis around or in the tattoo.

A recent study by Harvard University has shown that Fractional laser using the Scition system has been successful. Dr Davin Lim and Dr Shobhan Manoharan have also treated similar patients with tattoo allergies with equally successful results.

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