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What to Expect During Tattoo Removal

what-to-expect-during-tattoo-removal-nyYou have decided it is time to remove your tattoo, but perhaps you are unsure as to what to expect during tattoo removal?  Here is what to expect during tattoo removal at Schweiger Dermatology in Manhattan:
  •  Upon arriving at the office, we will evaluate your tattoo and discuss the best laser for treatment of the ink in your tattoo.  Many people then choose to begin treatment the same day.
  • The first step in tattoo removal treatment is to clean and numb the area.  We feel strongly that tattoo removal does not need to be a painful process, so we use a series of tiny injections to completely numb the area prior to beginning your treatment.
  • The tattoo removal treatment itself is then painless.  You will wear protective goggles as the laser covers the entire surface of the tattoo.  For some tattoos, this takes only a few minutes.  Other, larger, tattoos can take up to 30 minutes to treat.
  • If you choose to undergo the newest method of tattoo removal, in which four tattoo removal laser treatments are performed during a single visit, you will then wait at least 20 minutes before having your next tattoo removal laser treatment.
  • After you are finished with the laser treatment, we will apply healing ointment and a dressing to the tattoo removal site.  We will then review the instructions for care of the tattoo site over the next week or so at home.
  • Most patients will return to the office approximately six weeks after their initial visit, for their second tattoo removal appointment. However, this window varies and you will be instructed on the best time to return for your subsequent treatments based on your specific tattoo and skin.
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