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How Do I Prepare for Laser Tattoo Removal?

Your reasons for wanting to remove your tattoo are as unique as the tattoo itself. Laser tattoo removal can effectively erase your unwanted tattoo. Improvements in laser technology have produced a superior removal system that can target even the most challenging colors for fast, safe results. 

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Laser tattoo removal breaks up the pigments that form your tattoo, making them small enough for your body’s lymphatic system to remove. At New York Skin & Vein Centers, we use the Enlighten™ laser for tattoo removal. This industry-leading laser allows you to fade or remove your tattoo in as little as two treatments. It uses multiple wavelengths to target different pigment colors, allowing it to remove colors that other lasers do not. 

How Do I Prepare for Laser Tattoo Removal?

Dr. Eric Dohner will provide you with full instructions during your consultation. You can protect your skin and get the most out of your treatment by:

  • Avoiding sun exposure to the treated area for four weeks before treatment
  • Discussing all of the medications and supplements that you take
  • Stopping the use of self-tanners two weeks before treatment
  • Avoiding the use of retinol, salicylic acid, and others that make skin more sensitive
  • Cleansing the skin with a gentle cleanser
  • Arriving for your session well-hydrated and with clean skin
  • Following other instructions as provided

Protection from UV light before and after treatment is vital to safe, effective laser tattoo removal. Make sure to wear protective clothing and sunscreen over the area before treatment. Good sun protection will significantly decrease your risk of side effects. 

What is Laser Tattoo Removal Like?

Tattoo removal with the Enlighten™ laser feels more comfortable than older systems. Most people report that each pulse feels like a rubber band snap. We offer numbing cream, skin cooling, and even injections like those used at the dentist. Your consultation gives you an opportunity to discuss any concerns you have.

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.

How Long Will it Take to Remove My Tattoo?

Some people can fade or eliminate a tattoo in as little as two sessions with the Enlighten™ laser. The number of treatments depends on your tattoo. Older tattoos and those that use certain colors will fade more quickly than newer ones with more or brighter colors. The laser must use several different wavelengths to address a wide range of colors

Is There Any Recovery After Laser Tattoo Removal?

You can return to your usual activities after laser tattoo removal. You may find that your skin looks red and feels sensitive, similar to having a sunburn. You may also develop a few small blisters in the area. Noticeable effects will disappear within a few days. You can have your next treatment in four to eight weeks. 



*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) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you.

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