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What is laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses high-intensity light beams to break up pigment particles in an unwanted tattoo. Black tattoo pigment and all other colors, including more difficult greens and blues, can be removed with the groundbreaking PicoWay laser system. Laser tattoo removal with this advanced device is regarded as the gold standard in tattoo removal, achieving superior results with fewer treatments.

Who is a candidate for laser tattoo removal?

Nearly 30% of our population has at least one tattoo, including almost 50% of millennials. As many as 25% of those people are now experiencing “tattoo regret.” If you are among the 25% who would like to shed their tattoos, you may be a good candidate for laser tattoo removal in NYC.

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Why choose Ariel Ostad MD PC?

  • Dr. Ariel Ostad is a board-certified NYC dermatologist who offers safe, effective laser tattoo removal.
  • He has a deep understanding of the anatomy of the skin, and an extensive background with many types of laser equipment and laser therapies.
  • Dr. Ostad and his staff are known for their advanced training and stay ahead of the curve on cutting-edge techniques in cosmetic dermatology.

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What can I expect with laser tattoo removal in NYC?

Before the procedure begins, you will be given protective eye shields. The practitioner will test your skin’s reaction to determine the most effective energy for treatment. Your practitioner will then pass pulses of intense light through your skin to be absorbed by the tattoo pigment. During an NYC laser tattoo removal session, the laser causes a stinging sensation.

This can be alleviated with topical numbing. Treatment time will depend on the ink color and the location and size of the tattoo. A series of treatment sessions will be needed for optimal results. It is important to note that, while all colors can be faded, some may not be removed entirely.

What is the recovery from laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal is a simple, outpatient procedure with no downtime. However, proper aftercare is essential for optimum results. You may experience redness, blistering, swelling, scabbing, or small amounts of bleeding. These minor symptoms typically resolve on their own within a few days after treatment. Cold packs can help relieve discomfort. Your upper layer of skin may turn white (this is known as frosting), but this will change when the skin peels off during recovery. It is important to boost your immune system with nutritious foods and exercise and to properly clean the treated area to help prevent infection.

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How does laser tattoo removal work?

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 the ink are shattered from heat generated by the laser. The body’s lymphatic system then harmlessly flushes the particles away.

Why are topical treatments not effective?

The skin has three layers: the epidermis, which is the surface or protective barrier layer. The dermis, which is the middle layer that contains connective fibers, hair follicles, and sweat glands. And the hypodermis, the deep, subcutaneous (under the skin). A tattoo introduces pigments into the dermis. Because the dermis is not shed like the epidermis, ink stays visible indefinitely. The internet is rife with DIY techniques and retail topical preparations to fade tattoos. As they only affect the epidermis, these methods are not effective.

Why choose a dermatologist for laser tattoo removal in NYC?

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.

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Caring about our patients and our community: An update on the coronavirus outbreak

Hello Everyone,

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Our practice is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State and city health officials as we schedule patients.

Our Practice is open for essential procedures, however we encourage you to continue using our Telehealth feature.

There are steps our practice is taking, and those we ask our patients to take, to ensure the safety of all. We have further increased cleaning practices across the office and our ambulatory surgical facility. We ask if you feel you have any respiratory symptoms with cough or fever you seek care from your primary physician. We have zero reports of any staff member or volunteer who has been in contact with someone with the virus. We consider our practice to be a safe and welcoming space for those who need our dermatological and cosmetic services in this difficult time.

We hope to continue to serve you and provide you with our services. We continue to be guided by our unwavering mission and long standing values to care for our patients.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call our office to speak with one of our office staff or nurses or email us at [email protected]

Please use this time to stay home, help stop the spread of Coronavirus, and tend to your health and your loved ones.

We will come out of this stronger and more resilient than before.

With thanks for your cooperation,

- Dr. Ariel Ostad

We are open for essential procedures only, starting May 18
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