Generalized eczematous reaction after fractional carbon dioxide laser therapy for tattoo allergy

Arne A Meesters, Menno A De Rie, Albert Wolkerstorfer

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Abstract

Allergic tattoo reactions form a therapeutically difficult entity. Treatment with conventional quality-switched lasers does not completely remove the allergenic particles and may lead to generalized hypersensitivity reactions. Recently, ablative fractional laser therapy was introduced as a treatment for allergic tattoo removal. We present two cases of allergic reactions to red tattoo ink treated with 10,600-nm fractional CO2 laser. At the end of treatment, almost complete removal of red ink accompanied by a significant reduction of symptoms was observed in the first patient, whereas the second patient developed an acute generalized eczematous reaction after five treatments. These findings confirm that ablative fractional laser therapy is capable of significant removal of tattoo ink in an allergic tattoo reaction. However, it implies a risk of generalized hypersensitivity reactions. To our knowledge, this is the first case of a generalized hypersensitivity reaction following treatment of tattoo allergy with the fractional CO2 laser.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-458
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of cosmetic and laser therapy : official publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

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Generalized eczematous reaction after fractional carbon dioxide laser therapy for tattoo allergy. / Meesters, Arne A; De Rie, Menno A; Wolkerstorfer, Albert.

In: Journal of cosmetic and laser therapy : official publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology, Vol. 18, No. 8, 12.2016, p. 456-458.

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