Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about some of our services? Check out the information below!


Laser Tattoo Removal

While laser tattoo removal is a relatively safe procedure, it is important that our patients stay well informed prior, during and after they are treated. There are many questions to be asked before committing. Here you will find a list of our most frequently asked questions along with detailed answers straight from our office. Although we have provided frequent questions, we are always available to answer any questions that are not listed here. Please fill out the contact form on the right, or call us at 716-688-0020 for further information. We proudly provide laser tattoo removal to Buffalo and all of WNY! For more information on our laser hair removal procedure, click here.

Does it hurt? What does it feel like?
Majority of patients compare the laser to a rubber band being snapped against the skin. For others, it can best be described as a hot, stinging sensation. Patients will experience different experiences based on their pain tolerance. During treatment we keep our patients as comfortable as possible by using an ice pack on the treated area and the Zimmer cooling machine. The Zimmer cooling machine is widely regarded as the best skin numbing solution for tattoo removal. This noninvasive machine blows freezing cold air at the skin before, during, and after treatment – providing maximum comfort throughout your entire treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of ink used, the chemical composition, the age and location of the tattoo, patient health, and much more. Patients will almost always require multiple treatments to completely remove their tattoo. Our Astanza Trinity laser is designed to penetrate deeper into the skin and shatter more ink within each session, speeding up the fading process and reducing the number of overall treatments needed.
How is the tattoo removed?
Laser pulverizes the ink then the immune system slowly carries it away the broken down ink.
Are certain colors harder to treat?
Yes. Blues, greens, pastels, and teals are considered stubborn tattoos and require a specific laser wavelength to effectively remove these colors. Neiman Dermatology has invested in the Astanza Trinity laser to tackle and remove tattoos of all colors, including resistant green and blue inks.
Are there any preparations necessary before treatment?
Patients are advised to limit their sun exposure, not use tanning booths, self tanning products, or any medications that cause light sensitivity. This rule should also be followed after each treatment. Excessive sun exposure can cause unwanted side effects like skin discoloration. Protect your skin by applying sunscreen daily and wearing appropriate clothing to protect your tattoo.
How will the area look after treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the laser will cause a frosting effect. Some patients are worried at the appearance of laser frosting, however, we ensure you that this is actually a good sign. White frosting indicates that the laser is penetrating the ink efficiently. As your ink fades more with each treatment, the laser frosting will appear less.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects are redness, swelling, blistering (superficial), bruising, scabbing, itchiness, and slight stinging similar to a sunburn. All of these side effects are temporary and will heal over the weeks following a treatment. As long as you follow treatment protocol and proper aftercare, side effects should stay limited to these.
How much does it cost?
Neiman Dermatology offers per treatment pricing on tattoos based on the size of the area being treated.
How far apart are treatments?
Treatments are typically spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart. This waiting period is necessary to give your skin time to heal before its next laser session.
Are older tattoos harder to remove?
Not at all. Older tattoos often easier to treat, depending on how dense the ink is. Tattoos fade more and more the older they are, making them fairly easy to remove. Our clinic uses a variety of factors to assess your tattoo and best determine the number of treatments it will need.
Can I go out into the sun?
In the first few months, exposure to the sun can cause pigment changes. It is highly recommended that the area treated has a physical sun block, whether it be with a bandage or an article of clothing. After two months you will be able to go in the sun.

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Laser Hair Removal

While laser hair removal is a relatively safe procedure, it is important that our patients stay well informed prior, during and after they are treated. There are many questions to be asked before committing. Here you will find a list of our most frequently asked questions along with detailed answers straight from Dr. Neiman's office. Although we have provided frequent questions, we are always available to answer any questions that re not listed here. Please fill out the contact form on the right, or call us at 716-688-0020 for further information. We proudly provide laser hair removal to Buffalo & all of WNY! For more information on our laser hair removal procedure, click here.

Is this permanent hair removal?
It is a permanent reduction of hair growth, 70-80% reduction with maintenance treatments twice a year or until patient is pleased with results.
Does it work on grey hair?
No, the laser is attracted to melanin (pigment). Melanin is found in skin and hair. Grey, blonde, and red hair have none to very little melanin, therefore it is not effective to treat these types.
What if I color my grey hair, will it work then?
Unfortunately, even if grey hair is colored the follicle is still grey, therefore the laser will be unable to destroy it.
Are there any preparations necessary before treatment?
Avoid acne products: cleansers, exfoliants, anti-aging products, topicals for three days prior to treatment and for three days following treatment.
How will I look after treatment?
May have redness, sensitivity, small bumps resembling shave bumps, which all resolve quickly.
Can I use makeup afterwards?
May use moisturizer and makeup afterwards.
How many treatments will I need?
Most require 6-12 treatments for permanent reduction.
How much does it cost?
Depends on size of surface area being treated.
How far apart are treatments?
Treatments for hair removal should be four weeks apart for most effective response.
Can I go out into the sun?
Patient cannot expose areas to be treated for a minimum of four weeks. Patient should have NO VISIBLE TAN LINES and should not expose treated area to sun for at least two weeks post treatment. Recently treated areas may burn. Should refrain from sun exposure until treatment is completed in order to continue monthly appointments.
What if I stop during summer months?
Recommended to have at least six consecutive treatments in order to cause accumulative damage to follicles to diminish growth.
What if I get sun exposure during treatment?
Sun exposure, tanning booths, and self tanning products will allow energy of laser to target skin more than hair causing pigment changes, blisters or burns, possibly scarring.

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Micro-Needling

While micro-needling is a relatively safe procedure, it is important that our patients stay well informed prior, during and after they are treated. There are many questions to be asked before committing. Here you will find a list of our most frequently asked questions along with detailed answers straight from Dr. Neiman's office. Although we have provided frequent questions, we are always available to answer any questions that re not listed here. Please fill out the contact form on the right, or call us at 716-688-0020 for further information. We proudly provide micro-needling to Buffalo & all of WNY!.

What can micro-needling treat?
Micro-needling can treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation and skin texture by stimulating the skin's natural ability to produce new collagen formation creating healthier skin.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment time ranges from 15-30 minutes per area depending on the area.
When will results be visible?
Results can be seen after the first treatment, and results improve with each additional treatment.
Is there any pain with micro-needling treatment?
Depending on the area being treated and the aggressiveness of treatment, there can be some slight discomfort during the procedure. A topical anesthetic can be applied 15-20 minutes prior and is removed before the micro-needling treatment begins to help alleviate discomfort.
What are the immediate after effects of micro-needling?
Redness, or erythema, of the skin can appear, as well as possible pinpoint bleeding. The severity of erythema depends on how aggressive the treatment was performed and individual skin type. You can resume normal activity immediately after the procedure including driving yourself home. Minimal swelling may occur and be more noticeable on the second day.
How many micro-needling treatments will I need?
Benefits of the micro-needling can be seen after just one treatment. It is recommended that 3-6 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, are performed for maximum results. In cases where a more aggressive treatment schedule is needed such as acne scar revision, a greater number of treatments may be necessary for maximum results. Consult with one of our practitioners.

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