Tattoo Removal

Hooman Khorasani, M.D. -  - Cosmetic Surgeon

Hooman Khorasani, M.D.

Cosmetic Surgeon & Mohs Skin Cancer Surgeon located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Tattoo Removal Specialist
While that tattoo you got when you were younger was probably a great idea at the time, perhaps you, like many others, now have tattoo regret. Thanks to advances in laser surgery, tattoo removal is no longer a costly surgical procedure. Dr. Hooman Khorasani is located in Manhattan, New York and offers fast, effective tattoo removal services that will rid you of your unwanted ink.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

by Hooman Khorasani, M.D.

Can my tattoo be removed?      

Most tattoos can be successfully treated and removed with special lasers that target different pigments. The laser works by breaking the ink into tiny particles, which are then processed and eliminated naturally by the body.

The ease of removal depends on several factors:

  • Color of ink used: certain colors, such as reds and yellows, are trickier than others
  • Location of the tattoo
  • Professional vs. amateur tattoo: a professional job generally goes deeper and is more complex, which makes it harder to remove


Initially, Dr. Khorasani treats the majority of tattoos with either Q-switched Alex, Nd:YAG or the Ruby laser depending on the pigment involved. After 90% of a tattoo has been removed, he uses a resurfacing laser to improve any skin textural irregularities caused by the tattoo removal.

The resurfacing lasers used are either the TotalFX® Fractionated laser or the Fraxel® Non-Fractionated laser.

  

Click here to read an article about tattoo removal featuring Dr. Khorasani in Men's Health.


Does tattoo removal hurt?

You will be given a topical lidocaine to numb the area and, if needed, lidocaine will be injected around the tattoo removal site. After the procedure, the area will be warm and tender, which can be minimized with ibuprofen (Advil®). The area will also likely be red and irritated for a few days after treatment. Most people describe tattoo removal as being no worse than getting the original tattoo.

How many laser treatments will I need?

This answer depends on a number of factors, such as:

  • The colors of the ink
  • The size of the tattoo
  • The location of the tattoo

On average, between 4 and 12 treatments are needed.

What are the results?

If you take care of the removal area after each treatment by applying ointment or lotion, such as Aquaphor®, and staying out of the sun, your results will improve. In general, a removal does not restore your skin 100%, but the tattoo is effectively gone, leaving only a shadowed spot behind.

PALOMAR Q-YAG 5™  

Palomar Q-YAG 5™ is a powerful laser that removes unwanted tattoos. This laser emits wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the tattoo pigment in the skin, leading to the safe removal of most of the tattoo pigment by the body. This laser treatment is less painful than older tattoo removal lasers. Tattoo size, color, type, depth of tattoo pigment and the patient’s skin color are factors that influence the number of treatment sessions and the effectiveness of this laser treatment.

*Individual results may vary  

 


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