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Burn injuries from laser tattoo removal

Published:December 27, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2019.12.003
      Approximately one in five British adults have at least one tattoo. Previous studies have suggested that a third of people regret having a tattoo but less than half of them would consider having their tattoo removed.

      Aslam A, Owen C. Fashions change but tattoos are forever. In: Proceedings of the British association of dermatologists’ annual conference, Birmingham; 2012. [Internet] Available from: https://www.skinhealthinfo.org.uk/fashions-change-but-tattoos-are-forever/.

      Non-surgical laser tattoo removal is currently not regulated in England and is not widely available on the NHS. Laser tattoo removal is often a prolonged, multi-staged, and painful procedure with well-documented associated risks.
      • Naga L.I.
      • Alster T.S.
      Laser tattoo removal: an update.
      Most people seek laser removal treatment in the private sector from practitioners who may have little experience. In spite of this there is only one reported case of burn injury associated with laser tattoo removal in English literature which is incongruent with our experience.
      • Hammes S.
      • Raulin C.
      Deep burns from Nd:YAG laser treatment for tattoo removal.
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        • Naga L.I.
        • Alster T.S.
        Laser tattoo removal: an update.
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        • Raulin C.
        Deep burns from Nd:YAG laser treatment for tattoo removal.
        Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2018; 155: 610
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