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New Laser Technique Means More Effective Tattoo Removal


Research conducted by Dr. Eric Bernstein and Jennifer Civiok was selected as Editor's Choice for the December 2013 issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

A recent manuscript featuring the RevLite SI, a new generation Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser by Cynosure, was recently published in LSM, the official journal of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS).

Actual Before & After Tattoo Removal Photos
Photos courtesy of cynosure.com

"More tattoos are being inked now than ever before, and with human nature what it is, more requests to erase much of that ink are at all-time highs," says Dr. Eric Bernstein, a dermatologic laser surgeon and researcher practicing near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The manuscript describes a state-of-the-art tattoo removing laser that incorporates a novel variable-spot size with a very high-energy laser. This means that for the average person with a tattoo, they may now have an option of a more complete removal of their tattoo with fewer side-effects.

"This is because the Revlite SI laser incorporates a "Max-On" setting that delivers the most energy available with any laser spot size that is selected," said Dr. Eric Bernstein.

The study compared larger laser spot sizes using the Max-On setting to a standard 4mm-diameter treatment beam. In conclusion, larger laser spots mean better removal because more of the laser energy reaches the tattoo ink beneath the surface of the skin.

The Editor-in-Chief of LSM, J. Stuart Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. commented on the study, "Tattoo removal is a booming business. So is removal. In this manuscript the authors investigate a new tattoo-removal laser that offers a unique setting to give the largest spot size with each laser energy used. The authors showed that larger laser spots (that come from high-powered lasers) remove tattoos better than smaller ones, and that this laser works extremely well at removing tattoos. The take home message, is to go to a doctor who is an expert, using state-of-the-art equipment to get the best tattoo removal possible with the least risk of side-effects."