Member, American Academy of
Diplomate, American Board of
Society of Cosmetic Dermatology
Member, American Society of Laser
Medicine & Aesthetic Surgery
What Do Good Results Depend On
The safe and effective removal of a tattoo
depends on a combination of the right experience, right technique, and
There is no one laser or combination of lasers anywhere that can
completely remove all tattoos and all colors. It is necessary however to
have the right lasers with the right wavelengths to treat all the
treatable colors and inks. Technique is also critically important in
laser tattoo removal because no two tattoos are the same. Technique is
based on extensive training and developed over time by extensive
experience. There is simply no shortcut. There is no one page guideline
that can be taped next to the laser after a 2-day laser course or 1 week
apprenticeship that can substitute for thousands of treatments performed
over many years.
I have multiple lasers and leverage my laser tattoo removal experience through my technique
in order to know when to use which laser, at which wavelength, at a
particular spot size, at a particular energy level, in a specific
frequency and in the most logical order in order to get the most benefit
out of each laser for each tattoo.
Most people mistakenly believe that a tattoos size is the most important
factor in success. This is absolutely false. Other factors are much more
In my experience, many tattoos respond beautifully with 95-99% fading.
However, tattoo inks differ in their response to laser treatment and not
all tattoos are equally treatable. There is no guarantee. There are over
100 or more tattoo inks in use worldwide today. Not knowing which tattoo
ink, how much was used, or how deeply it was placed may make it
impossible to precisely estimate the degree of removal possible or the
number of treatments required for any given tattoo. The inks colors,
physical and chemical composition, its depth and density, as well as
location on the body and the persons skin color and healing tendencies
are all critical factors.
To generalize, black ink responds best. Yellow often does not respond
often at all. Greens, sky-blues and purples require an additional laser
and are more difficult. Certain newer inks are extremely resistant. Some
red inks are easy, other types very difficult. White or flesh tones may
not respond and may actually darken when treated. Older inks are usually
easier than some newer inks. Amateur ink is usually easier than
professional ink. Tattoos that have been covered by another tattoo as
well as more thickly inked tattoos take longer. These are general rules.
After examination of your tattoo I can be more specific.
Skin pigmentation (tone) is also important. In my experience, lighter
skin responds much better than darker skin. The lighter the skin tone,
the less resistance to light penetration. This translates into greater
absorption of laser light, more effective breakdown of the tattoo and
quicker more complete fading. In addition, the darker the skin tone, the
greater absorption of laser light by skin pigment leading to increased
likelihood of skin lightening or darkening. Skin discoloration is rare
and minimal in lighter skin but common and often very noticeable in dark
skin. Scarring is possible but very unusual. It is more likely in darker
skin. I do not treat anyone with a history of keloids or abnormal
scarring. In the interest of safety, skin tone darker than olive or
light brown will always require a test laser spot treatment in my
practice to determine whether this procedure is advisable. The fee for
this test is $250 and is part of the consultation as it is necessary in
this instance to answer the questions regarding a tattoos candidacy.
The Board Certified Dermatologist, Jeffrey L. Rand, MD,
specializes in laser tattoo removal, and has a world renowned
reputation for his best-in-class practices in performing laser
tattoo removal and tattoo lightening. For more information
regarding laser tattoo removal, or to schedule a consultation
with the Manhattan, New York Laser Tattoo Removal Specialist
please feel free to contact the doctor's NYC Laser Tattoo
Removal office. Please feel free to contact the NYC Laser
Tattoo Removal Center for directions
from Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester,
Long Island, Manhattan, New Jersey, or Connecticut.
347 5th Avenue
New York, New York 10016
Before and After Photos
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