Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the DESCRIBE® PFD Patch?

The DESCRIBE Patch is a square of silicone infused with perfluorodecalin (PFD) – a completely inert, harmless liquid that allows your doctor to treat your tattoo several times with the laser in a single treatment session.1-3 Not only does the Patch allow up to 4X as many laser passes per visit compared to conventional treatment, it also helps the laser reach ink particles deep within the skin, which may be particularly beneficial for older tattoos.2, 3

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Does using the Patch hurt?

The Patch doesn’t hurt, but laser tattoo removal can cause discomfort. By using the Patch, patients experience less discomfort during treatment and less redness and swelling afterward.5† This means an overall more comfortable experience for patients who opt to use the Patch.

Does the DESCRIBE Patch cause side effects?

The use of the DESCRIBE PFD Patch does not alter potential adverse events from those encountered with the use of lasers alone. These potential adverse events may include redness, swelling, pigmentary changes, infection, scabbing, scarring, crusting, bruising, itching, flaking, or blistering.4

Does laser tattoo removal cost more when using the Patch?

The cost of the Patch, as well as the cost per session for laser tattoo removal, can vary by physician and region. It’s important to remember that more laser passes per treatment session are possible when using the Patch, which may offset any additional cost.2,3† Talk to your doctor for more information.

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Why should I use the Patch?

There are several good reasons to use the Patch.

A tattoo may clear more quickly with the Patch than without it.2,5 Because more laser passes are possible with the Patch, fewer office visits may be needed, so you save time.2,3

The Patch absorbs laser energy that could otherwise damage your skin.2

Patients experience less pain, redness and swelling after treatment with the Patch.2† Less injury may mean you will be able to schedule your next treatment sooner.1-3

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In clinical studies,

100% of patients who tried DESCRIBE

chose to use it for the rest of their treatments.1,2


DESCRIBE® is available only through licensed physicians.

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