Successful treatment of a red and black professional tattoo in skin type VI with a picosecond dual-wavelength, neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser

A female with Fitzpatrick skin type VI had a red and black neck tattoo treated with a PicoWay Zoom. Both colors saw significant clearance after three treatments.

PubMed Reference:Friedman DJ. Dermatol Surg. 2016 Sep;42(9):1121-3.

Study Details:

  • A 29-year-old female (of Ethiopian lineage) with Fitzpatrick skin Type VI was treated for a 9-year-old professional black and red tattoo on the neck
  • 3 treatments at 3-week intervals with PicoWay Zoom 1064nm (black tattoo) and PicoWay Zoom 532nm (red tattoo) with large spot sizes
  • Mild and transient localized edema and erythema in the treatment area immediately after the procedure, which resolved within 24 hours
  • No adverse events
  • 90% clearance for the red ink and ~75% clearance for the black ink