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As common as tattoos have become in our society, there are millions of people who have at least one tattoo they wish were no longer there. The developments that have occurred in laser technology now allow dermatologists to help their patients regain clear, un-inked skin in a short amount of time with minimal chance of scarring. Laser tattoo removal provides a comfortable alternative to treatments such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, and surgery, options that carry a high risk of scarring. These treatments were popular before the development of laser therapies.

How laser tattoo removal works

Lasers are ideal for the removal of unwanted tattoos. We are proud to offer tattoo removal with the PicoSure device. The ultra-short pulses emitted by this device go beyond photothermal activity and actually have a strong photomechanical impact on unwanted ink. Patented PressureWave™ technology has been shown more disruptive to pigment beneath the skin, leading to faster results in fewer treatment sessions. PicoSure is effective on a wide variety of pigments, including those which are notoriously challenging, such as green and blue hues. Whether your ink is new or old or even if it has been treated previously, you can expect a good response to PicoSure picosecond technology.

Our FDA-cleared PicoSure device has an additional application, the focus lens array. On this setting, the device can be used to treat concerns such as acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, melasma, lentigo, and sun damaged skin.

How to get a tattoo removed through Laser near Huntington, NY - Dr. Roger Koreen

Has there been a recent breakthrough in Tattoo removal?

There has been a big breakthrough, back then before the 1980s, people could remove tattoos, but all the methods left tremendous scaring. Then in the 90s,2000s, we had the earlier generations of laser which did work.

Why were the earlier lasers not so effective?

It took many, many treatments there was a significant recovery, a lot of times scabbing, blistering and it was relatively painful for the person to take.

What is the new tattoo removal laser?

With the new laser call PicoSure it is so non-painful that they usually dont need any anesthesia at all. The number of treatments needed is like 50% less than before.

They usually just get like a mild scabbing afterwards and then we tell them to come back in about 6 weeks until its gone.

Do you want to change a part of your past that no longer suits you? PicoSure may be your ideal solution. Call (631) 417-3300 for more information on safe laser tattoo removal.

What to expect

Laser tattoo removal begins with the cleansing of the skin. The laser is quite gentle on the skin, feeling like small snaps from a rubber band. Many patients are able to sit through treatments without anesthetic, though some of our patients choose to have anesthesia injections for total comfort. You can discuss your wishes with our staff before treatment. It is our goal to achieve your desired outcome while keeping you comfortable in the process.

As the laser device is moved over the surface of the tattoo, laser energy is directed towards the tattoo. The amount of time needed for each treatment session will depend on the size of the tattoo. After the area has been treated, we will apply an ointment and a protective dressing to preserve moisture in the treated skin.

Immediate side effects from treatment may occur but will last only a short time. Common sensations experienced with laser tattoo removal include tenderness, swelling, redness, itching or a sunburned feeling, and possible crusting. Potential long term side effects like discoloration are discussed during the consultation visit. If side effects linger or seem abnormal, contact our office for follow-up care.

PicoSure laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective way to get rid of ink you no longer want. To achieve optimal results, we may schedule several treatment sessions, the number of which is determined by the size, location, color, and age of the tattoo.

Tattoos do not necessarily have to be a permanent marking on your skin. If you have a tattoo you wish to remove, contact us at (631) 417-3300.

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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