Blue foot: a second case of "tattoo blow-out" pigment spread successfully treated with the QS-Nd:YAG laser.

Title

Blue foot: a second case of "tattoo blow-out" pigment spread successfully treated with the QS-Nd:YAG laser.

Creator

Khetarpal Shilpi; Molenda Matthew; Seiger Eric; Pui John; Obagi Suzan

Publisher

Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD

Date

2010
2010-11

Description

The "tattoo blow-out" phenomenon occurs when tattoo pigments spread outside the border of a tattoo. It is thought to occur when ink is injected too deeply. A healthy 36-year-old female presented to a dermatologist with diffuse spread of tattoo pigment outside the original tattoo that occurred within one day of the placement of a professional tattoo on the dorsum of her foot. The patient was seeking treatment six weeks after the tattoo was placed because she thought the discoloration would improve or resolve on its own, but it worsened. Two punch biopsies were obtained for histology. The biopsy results confirmed granular black pigment consistent with a tattoo in the dermis and subcutaneous fat. The location of pigment was deeper than expected. Due to the success of the QS-Nd:YAG laser in a prior patient, the same treatment was recommended for this patient. The patient received nine laser sessions using the Q-switched laser at 1064 nm, 4 mm, 10 Hz, with gradually increasing energy from 4.5 to 6.0 J/cm2. The pigment outside of the original tattoo borders faded and is barely perceptible. It is important that physicians be made aware of tattoo complications so they can advise patients in regards to the associated risks.

Subject

Adult; Female; Humans; *Foot; *Laser Therapy; Tattooing/*adverse effects; Lasers; Solid-State/*therapeutic use

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

1429–1431

Issue

11

Volume

9

Citation

Khetarpal Shilpi; Molenda Matthew; Seiger Eric; Pui John; Obagi Suzan, “Blue foot: a second case of "tattoo blow-out" pigment spread successfully treated with the QS-Nd:YAG laser.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 26, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5483.

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