Laser treatments are an effective way to remove permanent
makeup with minimal discomfort and downtime involved.
- Downtime: Minimal
- Pain Level: Minimal
- Results Duration: Long-Lasting
Permanent eyeliner, lip liner, and eyebrow tattoos
Slight redness, swelling, and some crusting and scabbing for a few days following treatment
Primarily used on the face, but can also be used on various areas of the body
Patients may need a series of treatment sessions to achieve an optimal outcome
Handpiece is used to deliver laser energy into the ink
Local anesthesia administered prior to treatment
Reduction or elimination of permanent makeup
Results completed after final treatment session
Permanent Makeup Removal
Like tattoos, your desire to have permanent makeup may change over time. People often decide to remove permanent makeup as they age or change their appearance, or because the initial application did not go as planned. Today, permanent makeup can be removed in the same way that tattoos are treated – with innovative laser treatments.
The physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York are among the few physicians that specialize in the removal of permanent makeup like eyeliner, eyebrow and lip liner tattoos. Many of the techniques for the removal of these tattoos were developed at our center. We see patients from around the globe who are seeking the top care and most effective treatments for this highly specialized service.
We offer several different laser devices for this condition including the PicoSure, Q-switched Nd:YAG, Q-switched Ruby, Fraxel Repair, Active FX and the CO2RE lasers. Cosmetic tattoo and permanent makeup removal can be performed safely and effectively over several treatment sessions.
How does Permanent Makeup Removal Work?
Permanent makeup must be addressed the same way we would eliminate tattoos. The right laser device, customized to the unique needs and skin tone of each patient, will shatter the pigment in the makeup to remove the tattoo. Surrounding skin and tissue remains untouched.
Featuring short pulses with high power and superior absorption, our lasers can remove all types of permanent makeup. Our physicians are also world leaders in the field of tattoo removal and have been involved in the clinical development of many of the technologies used for this purpose.
Healing generally takes place within a week – less once the makeup begins to lighten. Repetitive treatment sessions are usually necessary, at intervals of one to two months. The treatments are comfortable as we typically administer a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.
Does Permanent Makeup Removal Hurt?
Permanent makeup removal is a relatively comfortable process, thanks to the application of a topical numbing cream before starting the procedure. You might feel some snaps as the laser is delivered, but the sensation should be quite tolerable. Cooling units also keep the skin at a comfortable temperature throughout treatment.
When Will I See Results?
You should see improvement with each treatment session. Permanent makeup should be completely gone once the last session is completed and the skin has a few days to heal.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
You won’t have much downtime after your permanent makeup treatments. You might find your skin is slightly red and tender, similar to a sunburn. You might also experience some crusting and scabbing for a few days after the procedure. It is important to protect your skin from the sun while it heals to prevent permanent damage.
Real Patients Before and After photos
PicoSure laser to remove eyebrow tattoos
PicoSure laser to remove eyelid tattoo in two treatments
PicoPlus laser to remove permanent eyeliner
Permanent Makeup Removal
Questions and Answers
Q: Is Permanent Makeup Removal Safe?
A: Yes, all of the devices we use at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York have FDA approval and have been used extensively for this purpose. Our board-certified dermatologists have the expertise and experience necessary to customize your treatments to ensure they are both safe and successful.
Q: Who Performs Permanent Makeup Removal?
A: Our physicians are world leaders in the field of tattoo and permanent makeup removal and have been involved in the clinical development of many of the technologies used for this purpose. All procedures are performed only by our board-certified dermatologists. To discuss the best combination of treatments and technologies for your treatment plan, please call us for an appointment today.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: You might experience some skin redness and tenderness after your laser session. These side effects usually do not last longer than a day or two. It is critical to protect treated, vulnerable skin from sun damage after treatment to prevent potential damage.
Q: What Is Involved In Removing Permanent Makeup?
Q: Is Permanent Makeup Removal Right for Me?
A: You might be a good candidate for permanent makeup removal if you have makeup you would like to eliminate and are prepared to invest in a series of treatment sessions to ensure an optimal outcome.
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