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What to Expect During Tattoo Removal Treatments

Perhaps you have already made your appointment to begin tattoo removal treatments.  Now you are curious as to what you should expect!  Every office is different, but here is what to expect during tattoo removal treatments at Schweiger Dermatology in Manhattan:
  • Prior to beginning treatments, we will have a consultation to discuss removal of your particular tattoo and answer any questions that you have.  During this time, we will tell you about the different lasers that we use and how to treat different skin types, in order to deliver the safest and most effective treatments.
  • When you arrive for your first treatment, we will first clean the area.
  • We then use local anesthetic (delivered in a series of tiny injections) to completely numb the area surrounding the tattoo.
  • Depending on the size of your tattoo, one treatment pass may take anywhere from one minute to fifteen minutes to complete.  During this time, you will be comfortably sitting in a reclined chair, wearing goggles to protect your eyes from the laser.
  • If you choose to undergo multiple treatments in one day, we will then wait at least 20 minutes before performing your next treatment.  Feel free to bring a book or magazine to read during this time.  Recent research has shown that up to 4 treatments may be performed during a single visit.  This decreases the need for many visits to the office and may improve the efficacy of each treatment.
  • Prior to leaving the office, we will apply ointment and a dressing to the treated area and review the instructions for caring for the treated tattoo at home.
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