Introduction to Laser Tattoo Removal

As popular as tattoos are, there are many patients out there who have regrets about certain pieces of work they’ve done. At KH Plastic Surgery in New York City, many of our patients inquire about Laser Tattoo Removal. Regardless of the reason for tattoo removal, this treatment can be an effective solution to a “permanent” problem. If you would like to learn more about this procedure and find out if this is right for you, please continue reading the information below.

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What is Laser Tattoo Removal?

Laser Tattoo removal works by producing short pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body’s immune system.

Researchers have determined which wavelengths of light to use and how to deliver the laser’s output to best remove tattoo ink. The size and color of the tattoo determines how many sessions you would need to remove the tattoo. Tattoo removal can also be used to lighten the tattoo before getting a cover-up. Avoid any sun exposure or tanning bed for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after the appointment.

What are the Benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal?

Our Laser Tattoo Removal patients have seen the following benefits from their treatments:

  • Can remove more difficult colors on ink
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Provides a high satisfaction rate
  • Treatment is safe, easy, and effective
  • Very few side effects
  • Works for any size tattoo

Who are the Best Candidates for Laser Tattoo Removal procedure?

At KH Plastic Surgery, we feel the best candidate for the Laser Tattoo Removal process is any patient who wishes to remove an unwanted tattoo. This treatment can also be appropriate for patients who have some of the following characteristics:

  • Are overall physically healthy
  • Did not experience success with other tattoo removal methods
  • Maintain realistic expectations from the procedure
  • Non-Smoker

Please keep in mind that this treatment will work better for some people than others. The age, pigment colors, and depth of your tattoo pigment are all factors in whether laser tattoo removal is a good choice for you. Laser tattoo removal may also not be suitable for patients with certain skin conditions or those who are prone to forming keloid scars.

What’s the First Step?

If you are looking into a tattoo removal treatment in the NYC area, your first step is to contact KH Plastic Surgery and schedule your appointment. When you come into our office for your appointment, you will meet with our team who will answer all of your questions, examine your tattoo, and discuss your options. You will be asked about your medical history and lifestyle, so please be completely open and honest throughout your consultation. The information you provide will help reduce unnecessary risk.

Once your treatment plan is made, our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your first appointment.

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What to Expect on the Day of Laser Tattoo Removal Surgery

During the tattoo removal process, after you are comfortable and relaxed, the laser handpiece is held above the treatment region and pulses of laser energy are directed into the skin. The laser targets the pigment without damaging the surrounding skin, and the remaining particles are removed by the body’s immune system.

Some patients might experience slight discomfort if they have sensitive skin. Since the laser pulses create a mild stinging sensation, that feels similar to bacon grease splatter.

Tattoo Removal Recovery

After laser tattoo removal, the treated skin appears white and gradually turns red. Little to no downtime/recovery time is required, though social downtime may be needed depending on the tattoo’s location. For an improved recovery time, the treated area must be kept moist and away from the sun.

For the best possible results, multiple treatment sessions are required. The exact number of sessions required will depend on the age, depth, complexity, and size of the tattoo. While amateur tattoos can be removed with fewer treatments, professional ones are challenging and require time to effectively remove them.

Laser tattoo removal sessions are done in intervals (generally spaced eight to twelve weeks apart) to allow the zone to heal.

How Much Does Tattoo Removal Cost in New York?

The cost of Tattoo Removal in New York is impacted by different factors, including the number of treatment sessions needed. Additionally, the size, location, colors, and age of the tattoo can all play a role in determining the final price. After our team creates your custom plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with the price breakdown.

Why Choose Dr. Hoschander & KH Plastic Surgery?

KH Plastic Surgery is run and operated by Dr. Hoschander, who is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The entire team at KH Plastic Surgery prides itself on helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals. When it comes to laser tattoo removal, we strive to create a personal & comfortable experience that exceeds your expectations.

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Your skin is precious, so if you’ve got art on your body that you are unhappy with, KH Plastic Surgery wants to help you get rid of past mistakes. If you are in the NYC or Long Island area and would like to remove an old tattoo, please contact our office or use our website to request a consultation. Our team looks forward to meeting you and getting your skin back to its pristine blank canvas.

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