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Acoustic pulse boosts laser tattoo removal

Key clinical point: Acoustic pulse device allows more laser passes – and fading – in single office visits for tattoo removal.

Major finding: In single office visit, average fading was higher in the Q‐switched laser/rapid acoustic pulse group versus the Q‐switched laser-only group (44% and 25%, respectively, P less than .01).

Study details: A single-center, prospective trial of different treatments of zones in 32 black ink tattoos in 21 patients – laser/rapid acoustic pulse treatment versus regular laser treatment versus no treatment.

Disclosures: The study was funded by Soliton. One of the six authors is an employee of the company The other authors report no relevant disclosures.


Kaminer MS et al. Lasers Surg Med. 2019 Sep 19. doi: 10.1002/lsm.23163.