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Uptown

The Mount Sinai Medical Center
234 East 85th Street 2nd Ave 5th Floor
New York, New York 10028
Tel: 212.731.3311

Midtown

Schweiger Dermatology Group
1727 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10019
Tel: 212.489.6669

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Tattoo Removal

Most tattoos can be successfully treated with special lasers targeting the different pigments. The ease of removal depends on several factors:

  • Color of ink used
  • Location of the tattoo
  • Professional vs. amateur tattoo

Initially, the majority of tattoos are treated with the Q-switched Nd:YAG and Ruby lasers. After 90% of a tattoo has been removed, for the last 10%, we use a resurfacing laser to improve any texture irregularities caused by the tattoo removal. The resurfacing lasers used are either the TotalFX® Fractionated laser or the Fraxel® Non-Fractionated laser.

Question: Does tattoo removal hurt?

Answer: We use a topical lidocaine to numb the area, and if needed, inject lidocaine around the tattoo removal sight. After the procedure, the area will be warm and tender. This can be minimized with ibuprofen (Advil).

Question: How long does it take to heal after having a tattoo removal session?

Answer: On average about one week.

Question: How many sessions will I need to remove the tattoo?

Answer: It is case specific; it can anywhere between 4 – 12 sessions.

Question: How will my skin look after the procedure?

Answer: It will look red and irritated. Occasionally, bruising and blistering may also occur.

Question: How do I care for the area that has had laser treatment?

Answer: Apply Aquaphor liberally until the skin is healed.

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Patient Reviews

Dr. Khorasani removed a melanoma from my arm and a basel cell from my neck which was more extensive than originally thought. I was petrified with the melanoma diagnosis even though VERY early stage. He and his staff were beyond comforting...
- Susan O.