Laser Tattoo Removal on the Neck for African American?

Would you recommend an African American to get laser treatment for a Tattoo removal on the neck?

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Laser Tattoo Removal in African Americans

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Tattoos in dark skin can be effective but the correct laser and technique must be used for the optimal outcome. The Nd:Yag laser is the best option and sometimes the PicoSure can be used if there green ink. Other lasers and treatments are more likely to lead to complications in dark skin, particularly in inexperienced hands.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Tattoos can be removed from African Americans with Lasers

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Tattoos can be removed from African Americans with Lasers. However an in depth consultation is required so that you fully understand the risks and benefits of the treatment. It is also important to understand the number of treatments required. Hypo pigmentation is a risk of the treatment even with the 'forgiving' 1064 NdYag laser. I have also utilized the Ruby laser with success- although theoretically it should have more side effects .

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser tattoo removal for African American Skin

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Laser treatment can be very effective for tattoo removal on African American skin. I would seek someone with specifically a q switched 1064 YAG laser for this purpose. This laser is the most forgiving for pigment when it comes to tattoo removal on ethnic skin types. Also the colors involved in the tattoo may be a factor as black ink does the best.

Hope this helps.

Dr. D

Louis M. DeJoseph, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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