Eur J Plast Surg (2010) 33:169–170 DOI 10.1007/s00238-010-0413-9 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Laser treatment of traumatic tattoos in the face after booby-trapped bomb explosion Lorenz Larcher & Iris Mayr & Stefan Riml & Peter Kompatscher Received: 28 September 2009 /Accepted: 22 February 2010 /Published online: 20 March 2010 Springer-Verlag 2010 Sir, injuries to both of his eyes. The right eye was totally Until the development of laser treatment for tattoos enucleated and the patient was fitted with an eye prosthesis. resulting from embedded particles such as gun powder, On the left eye, the patient suffered 85% sight loss because dust, asphalt etc., the removal of such tattoos was not of a corpus alienum, on the one hand, and a partial ablatio satisfactory and, in some cases, impossible. Laser treatment retinae, on the other. resulted in improvement in some clients and complete The patient presented to us with multiple, explosive, disappearance of the tattoos in some others. The most traumatic tattoos with explosive substances spread all over commonly used and generally available lasers are: (1) the face, including the upper and lower eyelid on both sides Q-switched Nd:YAG 1064 at powers ranging from 4 to Fig. 1. The used laser
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