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Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

You’ve endured the initial pain and discomfort of your tattoo. And now, you’re living with a tattoo that you no longer love or want to fade to cover it up with something better. The good news is, there’s no reason you have to undergo any more pain to rid yourself of an unwanted tattoo. At The New York Skin & Vein Center, we use the world’s best laser for quick, easy, and pain-free tattoo removal.

Laser tattoo removal has come a long way since it was first developed. The Enlighten Laser by Cutera produces faster results with much fewer treatment necessary than traditional lasers of the past.

Ready to learn more about Enlighten, and how it can help turn your tattoo regret around?

What Is the Enlighten Laser?

Enlighten is a safe and effective tattoo removal system that uses multiple wavelengths to break up the pigmented ink within your unwanted tattoo. The laser treatment can be customized to quickly remove even hard-to-treat colors like green, orange, pink, and red. After treatment, your body will naturally metabolize and expel the damaged pigmented cells. You’ll see your tattoo begin to fade within a few days after your first Enlighten session.

What to Expect During Treatment?

Prior to treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to provide a painless experience. And we have a special machine to chill the treatment area too. If you’re very sensitive we can numb the area with novocaine like in a dentist office. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy the treatment actually is. Some people feel a slight stinging sensation throughout longer treatments but discomfort levels are much milder than the original tattoo. Treatment times can vary based on the size of the tattoo being addressed. You can expect your laser tattoo removal to last anywhere from 15-45 minutes.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt After Treatment?

Side effects are typically minimal but may include blistering, redness, swelling, and tenderness similar to that of a mild sunburn. The majority of side effects will subside within a week after treatment. There is no downtime with Enlighten laser treatments and you’re able to return to work directly after treatment with minimal restrictions.

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.

Watch your tattoo gradually fade into the past where it belongs with each consecutive Enlighten session. Treatments are spaced 4-8 weeks apart allowing your body enough time to naturally absorb damaged pigmentation. Sun exposure should be avoided throughout the entire treatment process to ensure an optimal outcome without complications.

Will Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt Your Wallet?

Many tattoos can be greatly faded or removed with just 2 Enlighten sessions. Other tattoo removal procedures can take a series of 10-20 treatments to achieve the same results. Enlighten saves you both time and money so you can get back to your normal routine tattoo-free.

Tattoos that are older, darker, and closer to the heart tend to have the best outcome with laser tattoo removal. It can take upwards of 6+ sessions to remove newer tattoos. During your in-person consultation, Dr. Dohner and his staff will perform a full evaluation and personalize a treatment plan based on the size, color, age, and location.


*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 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!

*Individual results may vary.

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