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IP Indian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

Efficacy and safety of Q-Switched Nd : Yag laser in tattoo removal at tertiary care center in Gujarat

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Author Details : Bela B. Padhiar*, Kalpesh Prajapati, Amru Bhukya

Volume : 5, Issue : 3, Year : 2019

Article Page : 232-238

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Introduction: Tattooing has been practiced for at least two thousand years. Much effort has been exerted
in attempting to make tattoos brighter, more colourful and stable. In the present, it is believed that laser
therapy is the best method in cosmetic terms of tattoo removal.
Aims: Evaluate the efficacy and safety of Q switched ND YAG laser in tattoo removal.
Materials and Methods: This was a “randomized, prospective, interventional” single centre study carried
out in dermatology outpatient department of GMERS Medical College, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, a tertiary
care teaching hospital in western India. Total 89 patients with tattoo of red, green, blue and black colour
in scripted on different parts of their body according to inclusion and exclusion criteria were enrolled for a
period of 1 year and 5 months (January 2016 -May 2017) in our study.
Results: Majority of the participants (58.5%) were from 21-25 years of age group. Mean age of participants
was found out to be 21.9 years. Amature tattoo 63(70.8%) were outnumbered then professional tattoo
26(29.2%). Blue-black tattoo (92.1%) was more common than red-green (7.9%) colour tattoo. Most
common reason for tattooing was fashion (69.7%). More than three fourth participants (78.7%) needed
6 sittings for tattoo removal. In 13.5% participants, it was 10 sittings while in others (7.8%) it was 3-5
Conclusion: Excellent response was seen in amature tattoo group as comparison to professional tattoo
group and almost all of the study participants were either satisfied or very satisfied. Only minor adverse
reactions were reported after tattoo removal.

Keywords: ND YAG laser, Blueblack tattoo, Red green tattoo, Amature, Professional.

Doi : 10.18231/j.ijced.2019.050

How to cite : Padhiar B B, Prajapati K, Bhukya A, Efficacy and safety of Q-Switched Nd : Yag laser in tattoo removal at tertiary care center in Gujarat. IP Indian J Clin Exp Dermatol 2019;5(3):232-238

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