Conventional tattoo removals do hurt, but there is a better way to remove them in Huntington

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T attoos can sometimes be far too permanent for some people’s comfort. There are times when people decide that a tattoo’s significance in their lives has run its course. Regardless of what your reasons may be, today’s advanced laser technology has provided a solution to remove your tattoos using non-invasive approaches. The process may be somewhat uncomfortable, but it is certainly your best option in terms of available alternatives.

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The PicoSure laser technique can eliminate all kinds of tattoos within a few treatment sessions. It can even remove colored tattoos that do not adequately absorb laser light. Laser is the better way to remove a tattoo in Huntington.

PicoSure utilizes advanced technology that removes brown spots and colors with an ultra-short wavelength that breaks ink into fragments, to be easily absorbed by the body. It is better than conventional Q-switched lasers, because PicoSure disintegrates the ink into particles that are removed by the body more naturally. The procedure offers quick recovery and requires fewer sessions to clear the skin of residual ink.

How much Pain will it Cause?

Tattoo on woman backThe PicoSure process involves spot-treatment of the tattoo with strong bursts of light aimed specifically at the tattooed area. These are very intense but small torrents of laser energy that are concentrated over the affected area in a controlled manner. According to patients who have undergone the procedure, it feels like a thin rubber band snapped against the skin repeatedly or the burning sensation caused by tiny specks of grease that may splash while cooking bacon.

The level of pain varies according to each patient’s tolerance. This is the reason different patients have a different take on the discomfort they may experience during the procedure.

The tattoos that are made from black ink are easier to remove and less painful, because the black pigment absorbs the laser wavelengths more effortlessly. Green ink, on the other hand, requires intensive lasers because of the color’s limited absorption of laser light. Also, a few people may experience more pain in the removal of tattoos that are old or made of rare inks.

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Minimizing Discomfort

An experienced laser removal expert will employ proven techniques to alleviate pain and discomfort at the time of tattoo removal. Before the session, treatment providers may recommend patients to take non-aspirin analgesics. These pain-relieving drugs may also be used post-treatment for comfort.

For people who have a lower tolerance for pain, the laser expert may also apply a prescription skin numbing cream to minimize discomfort. This topical anesthetic may be applied one to two hours before the procedure begins. It is removed just before the provider starts the laser treatment process. Some patients may also opt for local anesthetic injections before the session to make the treatment painless.

Treatment Sessions

Woman back after tattoo removalAnother way of making the treatment more comfortable is by scheduling the tattoo removal process across multiple sessions. It not only gives efficient results but is also relatively painless. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes, depending on the size and number of tattoos. Another factor that determines the session length is the amount of ink used and the depth at which it has now settled.

Additionally, the laser expert may space the two sessions three weeks apart to allow the residual pigment to be absorbed into the body. They may also recommend a bacterial cream that can be applied after treatment to mitigate the infection risk and to allow easy recovery.


Patients that undergo laser tattoo removal must refrain from excessive physical activity within the first 24-48 hours. This is a necessary precautionary measure to avoid the chances of injury to the treated area. After the initial phase of recovery, patients can resume their normal routine. However, sun exposure should be avoided until the skin has healed completely. It is also required to avoid scratching the treated area to ensure quick healing.

So far, no serious side effects have been reported by patients who have undergone PicoSure treatments. Experts recommend that after the tattoo removal process has concluded, it is important to follow the post-treatment instructions to prevent any complications. Laser treatment is a better way to remove a tattoo in Huntington.

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Roger Koreen, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Roger Koreen, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Dr. Roger Koreen has dedicated nearly three decades to delivering a full range of dermatology services to over 90,000 patients. He received his medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine before going on to complete his residency at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. As a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, as well as the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Koreen is committed to continuing education and training. In addition to his practice, Dr. Koreen is also a staff member at Huntington Hospital.

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