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10 Things You Need to Know About Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are no longer a life sentence thanks to the laser tattoo removal procedure at New York Skin & Vein Center. Tattoo removal is much safer, faster and easier than it was in the past due to advanced laser technology. You can fit treatments into a 15 minute session on your lunch break and get right back to your day. Today, we’ll talk about the top 10 things you might be surprised to learn about laser tattoo removal.

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#1: The Process is as Unique as Your Tattoo

How well your tattoo will clear or fade with laser treatment, as well as how many treatment sessions you will need, will depend on several factors: the age of the tattoo, whether a professional or amateur inked it, where it is on your body, and what color ink was used. Tattoos that respond the fastest are older, closer to the heart, inked by amateurs, and are black, dark blue or red.

#2: Laser Treatment Isn’t the Only Option…But it is The Best

Chemical peels, surgery, or dermabrasion were the traditional options; but they come with high rates of scarring and severe side effects. Tattoo removal creams have poor success rates. Picosecond lasers like The Enlighten at NYSVC have the best and fastest success in treating tattoos of all types.

#3: Think Twice Before Going to the Spa

Minimize the risk of scarring and burning of the skin from outdated lasers or less experienced aestheticians. Instead, find a reputable dermatology center to the best and safest outcome.

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

#4: Finding an Expert is Key

The number one thing you can do to minimize post-treatment risks is schedule a consultation with an expert. Use this time to discuss the specifics of your tattoo, ask about their client experience and their success rates. Be sure to check out before and after pictures.

#5: This Might Sting a Little

Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable at many non-medical tattoo centers, worse than the pain of actually getting inked. The good news is New York Skin & Vein Center uses the most advanced techniques to keep you comfortable and pain-free, including numbing the area with creams, Novacaine like injections, and cold air technology.

#6: Post-Treatment Care is Crucial

To avoid permanent scarring, you must avoid sun exposure, apply antibiotic ointment frequently, and keep the area bandaged in the days following treatment. The aftercare you give the area determines how rapidly you’ll heal and decreases the number of treatments you’ll need.

#7: It Might Take Longer Than You Think

Contrary to popular belief, tattoos usually don’t disappear after just one laser treatment. Each time the tattoo is treated, your skin takes 4-8 weeks (sometimes more) to heal. Considering you may need 2-10 treatments to remove your tattooit could take a year or more.

#8: Expect to Pay for Quality Results

Sessions can cost between $100 to $1,200 each. Researching and choosing the right medical office is important to avoid long-term complications. The cheapest clinics have the most outdated lasers which require 10 to 20 sessions of treatments and have the highest rate of complications. This is not the time to go with the least expensive option unless you’re prepared to have scarring and endure 20 twenty sessions of laser tattoo removal.

#9: Colored Ink is Not Hard to Remove

You may be shocked to know that darker colors are easier to remove than lighter colors. While your treatment plan may be longer, you can get your multicolor tattoo removed by an experienced doctor with The Enlighten laser that targets different colors.

#10: You Don’t Have to go all the Way for a Cover-up or Re-do

Partially faded tattoos are easier to retouch, update or cover up and it’s impossible to tell the difference. If your intent is to cover up an existing tattoo with a new one, getting a couple of removal treatments will lighten the existing tattoo, making it easier to cover up.


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person Laser Tattoo Removal consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 286-0672 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you!

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