What is the DeScribe Patch?
The DeScribe PFD Patch is silicone patch infused with perfluorodecalin (PFD) – a completely inert, harmless liquid that allows your doctor to treat your tattoo several times in a single laser treatment session. The tattoo is treated directly through the transparent Patch. Not only does the PFD Patch allow multiple laser passes, it also reduces the scattering of light – just as a drop of oil allows more light to pass through a sheet of paper – and helps the laser to reach ink particles deep within the skin.
What kind of lasers can the DeScribe Patch be used with?
While a conventional nanosecond pulse duration Q-switched Alexandrite 755-nm laser was selected for use in the DeScribe Patch studies, patients should consult with their doctor to develop a customized treatment plan that best suits their particular tattoo and skin type.
In trials, did patients prefer treatment with the DeScribe Patch?
Yes. In a recent clinical trial (B. S. Biesman MD et al, Lasers Surg. Med. 2015; 47:613-618.) patients reported less discomfort and faster healing with the Patch, ultimately reducing the time to clearance. In the same study, 100% of subjects given the option of completing treatment with or without the Patch chose the Patch.
Who is a good candidate for tattoo removal?
Patients should consult with their doctor to see if they are a good candidate for laser tattoo removal. Treatment with the laser varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size, type and color of the tattoo. The color of the patient’s skin will also affect how effective laser tattoo removal will be.
Are there any side-effects?
There are no side effects beyond those associated with conventional laser tattoo removal, but in a clinical trial, patients reported considerably less discomfort and faster healing times with the DeScribe Patch.
How much does the cost?
The cost of the Patch can vary by physician and region. It is important to remember that when your doctor uses the DeScribe patch, you’ll receive more laser treatment passes during each office visit. Since each visit is additional money out of your pocket and time out of your schedule.
Are there any competitors?
The FDA-cleared DeScribe Patch is the only product of its kind on the market. Not only is it the first major advancement for laser tattoo removal in years, it is a compelling option for patients seeking a more powerful treatment than conventional techniques.