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      Removal of colored tattoos with the Q-switched alexandrite laser.

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      Plastic and reconstructive surgery

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          The Q-switched alexandrite laser at 760 nm and 50- to 100-ns pulse duration has been shown to effectively remove blue-black as well as green, red, and mauve in seven human subjects with colored tattoos. An average of 9.0 treatments were required to completely remove the green pigment at an average fluence of 5.80 J/cm2 compared with an average of 9.7 treatments at an average fluence of 6.10 J/cm2 for red and an average of 10 treatments at an average fluence of 6.20 J/cm2 for mauve. Orange and yellow were unaffected by the alexandrite laser over a range of fluences tested.

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          Journal
          Plast. Reconstr. Surg.
          Plastic and reconstructive surgery
          0032-1052
          0032-1052
          Feb 1995
          : 95
          : 2
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Tufts University, Boston, Mass.
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          7824611
          f6f32e18-a131-40d3-8cac-6bb3349be53e

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