Tattoo removal in New York lightens regret

Tattoo Removal NYC Nearly 30 percent of our population has at least one tattoo, and as much as 25 percent of them have tattoo regret. Dr. Ariel Ostad, a Board-certified dermatologist in New York, offers safe, effective laser tattoo removal.

Understanding ink

Skin has three layers:
  • Epidermis – The surface or protective barrier layer.
  • Dermis – The middle layer that contains connective fibers, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
  • Hypodermis – The deep subcutaneous layer comprised of connective tissues and fat.
A tattoo is the introduction of pigments into the dermis. Because the dermis is not shed like the epidermis, ink stays visible indefinitely.

The procedure

The internet is rife with DIY techniques and retail topical preparations to fade tattoos. However, since they only affect the epidermis, these methods are not effective. Laser tattoo removal has become the gold standard in restoring skin tone.

A laser is a high-intensity beam of light. Specific wavelengths target various pigments in tattoo ink. As laser energy is directed at surface skin, the tattoo absorbs it, with minimal impact to surrounding tissues. Pigments in ink are shattered from heat generated by the laser. The body’s lymphatic system then harmlessly flushes the particles away.

The laser causes a stinging sensation, which is alleviated with topical numbing. Treatment time depends on ink color, location, and size of the tattoo. A series of sessions is necessary for optimal results. It is important to note that while all colors can be faded, some may not be removed entirely.

Why choose a dermatologist?

Safe laser tattoo removal requires a sterile setting, leading edge instruments, a highly-trained clinician with experience in treating all skin tones, precision, and patience. Inexperienced treatment can result in burns and scarring.

Dr. Ostad has a deep understanding of the anatomy of skin, and extensive background with many types of laser equipment and laser therapies. Call 212-658-0659 to schedule a consultation.

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