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February 2013

Picosecond Laser Pulses for Tattoo Removal: A Good, Old Idea

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Connecticut Skin Institute, Stamford (Dr Ibrahimi); and Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Drs Ibrahimi, Sakamoto, and Anderson).

JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(2):241. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.2136

We read with great interest the recent study in this journal by Brauer et al1 and congratulate them for carrying out a well-designed pilot study of a picosecond laser for tattoo removal. In particular, we applaud the authors for demonstrating the potential of these lasers to remove multicolored tattoos, which often prove to be more challenging to remove than traditional black tattoos with current nanosecond technology.

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