Are you experiencing tattoo regret? If so, you’re not alone: As many as 25% of people with a tattoo wish they hadn’t gotten it.
If you have a tattoo you wish you could erase, now’s a great time to consider tattoo removal. Thanks to advances in laser surgery, getting rid of unwanted tattoos is easier and less painful than ever before.
Dr. Hooman Khorasani, an experienced dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in Manhattan, can remove no-longer-desired tattoos effectively and easily, and at a surprisingly affordable cost. Using laser surgery, Dr. Khorasani can alleviate your tattoo regret without invasive surgery and with minimal side effects.
Tattoo artists create tattoos by injecting colored inks beneath your top layer of skin. Because these inks penetrate deep within your skin, they require specialized removal techniques.
The best way to remove tattoos is with a specifically designed laser tool that targets tattoo ink.
Thanks to advances in laser technology, Dr. Khorasani performs tattoo removals that cause far less discomfort than older tattoo removal lasers.
Dr. Khorasani begins the tattoo removal process by numbing your skin with a numbing cream or with injections of a local anesthetic, similar to what you receive when you have a cavity filled.
Then, Dr. Khorasani uses a laser tool to aim powerful pulses of light energy at your tattoo. These wavelengths of light are absorbed by the tattoo pigment in your skin. The pulses of light energy break the tattoo ink into tiny particles that your body absorbs and eliminates.
Dr. Khorasani customizes his approach to your tattoo removal, and he determines how many sessions you need based on a variety of factors:
Red and yellow inks, for example, tend to be more difficult to break up than other colors.
Removing a tattoo requires a number of laser sessions but, on average, most patients require 4-12 laser treatments to remove a tattoo.
After removing most of your tattoo with deep-penetrating lasers, Dr. Khorasani uses a resurfacing laser to complete the job and improve any skin texture irregularities that may occur as a result of the initial tattoo removal.
When your treatment is over, you may notice soreness and redness. Typically, Dr. Khorasani recommends taking ibuprofen for discomfort after a treatment and applying an ice pack to the area if needed.
Dr. Khorasani also gives you instructions to follow after your laser treatment to protect your skin and achieve optimal results. For example, he recommends applying a protective ointment or lotion over the area and staying out of the sun.
Laser treatments can remove a tattoo completely, although a shadow may remain.
Visit our tattoo removal page to learn more about Dr. Khorasani's treatment options. To request a consultation, message us securely, or contact Dr. Khorasani’s Manhattan office by phone at 212-210-2127.
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