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How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Have you decided your tattoo was a mistake, or just want to get rid of it? Laser tattoo removal can fade your tattoo in as little as two treatments. It breaks up pigments that give your tattoo its color, allowing the body to carry them away, so your tattoo gradually disappears. 

What is Laser Tattoo Removal?

Your tattoo artist creates a tattoo by using a needle to inject pigment particles into the dermis of your skin. These pigments are too large for your body to remove, letting tattoos remain in place for a lifetime. Not everyone wants to keep their tattoo that long, however. Laser tattoo removal strikes the pigment particles with energy that fractures them into smaller pieces. Your lymphatic system will carry these remnants away and eliminate them from your body.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Lasers that remove tattoos use different wavelengths of light to target pigment particles. Each wavelength targets a particular range of colors. At New York Skin & Vein, we use the Enlighten™ laser for tattoo removal

This laser can target more colors for more complete removal in less time. The laser energy heats the pigment molecules, causing them to break apart. Since the laser only heats pigments, the surface of the skin remains undamaged. 

What is Laser Tattoo Removal Like?

Treatment time will depend on the size of the tattoo. Sessions can last 15 to 45 minutes. We use a cooling system, numbing cream, and injections if needed to maintain your comfort. People commonly describe the laser pulses as feeling like being repeatedly snapped with a rubber band. You may be surprised by how little discomfort you feel with the Enlighten™ laser. 

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 Many Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments needed varies widely. Factors that affect how many treatments you will need include:

  • The colors used in your tattoo
  • The age of your tattoo
  • Whether your tattoo was done by a professional or an amateur
  • Where on the body your tattoo is located

The Enlighten™ laser can remove your tattoo in as little as two treatments. Others might need ten sessions or more. We recommend a consultation so we can assess your tattoo and give you an idea of what to expect. 

Is There Any Recovery After Laser Tattoo Removal?

While laser tattoo removal does not damage the surface of the skin, it does create heat in the deeper layers. As a result, you will often experience sunburn-like redness, sensitivity, and occasional small blisters. These effects usually resolve within a few days. You can return to work immediately after treatment, but make sure to avoid exposing the treated area to the sun.


*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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