Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal

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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 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 tattoo removal to Buffalo & 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 laser tattoo removal 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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