Pitfalls in Laser-Based Device Tattoo Removal: A Literature Review

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Nattanicha Chaisrimaneepan


tattoo removal, pitfalls, lasers


Laser therapy has been popular and widely used for tattoo removal. Basic principles for utilizing lasers in tattoo removal for different types and colors of tattoos are required to minimize and avoid unwanted side effects. Appropriate parameters of lasers are not the only keys to successful laser removal treatment. In this review, common pitfalls in removing tattoos with lasers are discussed. Several factors should be taken into consideration and realistic goals should be discussed at the first encounter with patients. Non-ablative lasers may apply to a simple tattoo without any cutaneous reaction while ablative lasers are better for traumatic tattoos. Laser is not always the best option for tattoo removal in some circumstances and other measures can be considered for the best interest of patients and outcome.


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