Tattoo Removal: Techniques and Devices

  • Evelien VerhaegheEmail author
  • Christa De Cuyper


About one in five of the tattooed individuals regrets their tattoo(s) and considers removal. Some make an unwise decision and try chemical and thermal methods which mostly result in permanent disfiguring scars. Nowadays treatment with specific lasers offers the best solution. Q-switched lasers have become the first choice. However, laser tattoo removal is painful, tedious, expensive, and not always successful. To avoid dissatisfaction, good knowledge of the devices and patient selection is needed. Professional advice, correct information of the potential side effects, and good aftercare are required.


Tattoo removal Selective photothermolysis Pigment laser Q-switched lasers Picosecond lasers Ablative laser Dermatome shaving Dermabrasion 



Dr. Bieke Heykants, Da Vinci Clinic, Beerse, Belgium (film picosecond)

Dr. Els Wittouck, AZ Sint-Jan Brugge-Oostende, Belgium

Supplementary material

162088_2_En_8_MOESM1_ESM.mp4 (117 mb)
Video 8.1 Laser tattoo removal. Part 1 laser tattoo removal black panther; Dr. De Cuyper, Dr. Wittouck. Part 2 laser tattoo removal by Bieke Heykants: picosecond laser to treat spontaneous darkening of a nipple-areola tattoo. Part 3 laser tattoo removal, black tattoo; Dr. Verhaeghe, Dr. De Cuyper (MP4 119770 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyGhent University HospitalGentBelgium
  2. 2.DermatologyBlankenbergeBelgium
  3. 3.AZ Sint-Jan Brugge-Oostende AVBruggeBelgium

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