At the Aesthetic Skin and Laser Center we use lasers to remove tattoos. This is done in the office with local anesthesia.
What laser will be used?
The laser choice will vary for each tattoo depending on the colors used in the tattoo.
Will I need more than one treatment?
Yes. Almost every tattoo will require more than one treatrment and most will require between 7 and 15 treatments. The treatments are generally spaced weeks apart.
Will the entire tattoo be removed after treatment?
In most cases the entire tattoo will be removed after the appropriate amount of treatments. Occasionally there is still a small amount of ink left deep in the skin which may be visible as a faint hue.
What would I expect at a treatment?
We ask that you arrive at our center one hour prior to your appointment so that an anesthetic cream could be applied to the skin. After about an hour, the cream would be removed and the doctor will perform the laser removal.
After the laser treatment, the area may appear red, swollen and even could have some pinpoint bleeding. We will place some antibiotic ointment and a dressing over the area.
What should I expect after a treatment?
You should expect that the skin will be red, a bit swollen and possibly a bit open in areas for 1 to 2 weeks after treatment depending on the intensity of treatment and the amount of ink in the tattoo. These side effects will decrease as the amount of ink in the tattoo decreases with removal.
Are there any side effects?
In addition to the expected effects of redness and swelling, you should be aware of other possible effects. Ocassionally, if there is a lot of pigment in the tattoo, it will absorb a lot of laser energy. This creates heat on the skin and may cause blisters to occur on the skin, similar to a burn. If this skin is taken care of properly, with ointment and dressings, the blistering usually heals without leaving a scar but scar formation is possible.
Another possible side unwanted side effect is skin discoloration after a treatment. The skin could appear lighter or darker than the normal surrounding skin after a treatment. This discoloration may resolve over time. This is more common in darker skinned individuals. Your doctor may want to test an area before treating the entire tattoo.
Do I need a consultation with the doctor before scheduling an appointment for removal of my tattoo?
Yes. The doctor will need to evaluate the tattoo and to discuss the possible side effects that would be likely to occur in you.
How do I schedule a consultation?
To schedule a consultation with Dr Robyn Gmyrek or Dr Julide Celebi, please call (212)326-8889.