Laser tattoo removal, precautions, and unwanted effects.

Yvonne Eklund, Agneta Troilius

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Laser tattoo removal uses the physical properties of photoselective thermolysis in order to remove tattoo pigment. The technique has gradually improved over the years with the development of Q-switched lasers, with overall good results and a relatively low degree of adverse effects. However, lasers cannot always erase the unwanted tattoo completely, and there are still risks of unwanted effects such as scarring, pigment changes, ink darkening, and potential aggravation of latent skin conditions. This chapter will discuss the precautions that have to be taken and what pitfalls to avoid before starting the procedure of laser tattoo removal. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-96
JournalCurrent Problems in Dermatology
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Dermatology and Venereal Diseases
  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health


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