Lasers in Medical Science

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 1445–1447 | Cite as

A novel, simple and efficacious technique for tattoo removal resulting in less pain using the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser

  • Michael J. MurphyEmail author
Original Article


A new yet simple technique has been tested on patients seeking tattoo removal by Q-switched Nd:YAG laser based on an observational study. The technique involves application of a glass microscope slide on the treatment area with a firm pressure to compress the skin which results in evacuating the blood from the capillary plexus. Results from a survey of 31 patients revealed that most felt less pain and reported less epidermal damage post-treatment. This new technique is easy to apply and inexpensive, using standard, conventional Q-switched lasers.


Nd:YAG laser Tattoo removal Pain reduction Q-switched Glass slide 



The author wishes to thank Louise Slavin for preparing the statistical analysis used in this report and Per-Arne Torstensson, PhotoNova AB, Sweden for discussions on light transmission in skin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Lasers plcLondonUK

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