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Tattoo Removal of Unwanted Tattoos

Laser devices are an effective way to remove unwanted body ink without anesthesia and with minimal downtime afterward. Our New York tattoo removal service uses the most technologically advanced techniques to remove unwanted tattoos.

  • Downtime: minimal
  • Pain Level: Minimal
  • Results Duration: Permanent


Unwanted tattoo ink on the body

Side Effects:

Redness and scabbing after treatment, side effects become less intense as ink becomes lighter with subsequent treatments


Primarily used on the body

Follow Up:

A series of sessions is required to achieve an optimal outcome

How Performed:

Handheld applicator delivers laser energy into the dermis, shattering the tattoo ink


Topical anesthetic applied prior to treatment to ensure patient comfort

Procedure Type:


Expected Outcome:

Body ink is substantially reduced or eliminated entirely


Improvements continue with each treatment session until tattoo is gone

New York’s #1 Choice for Tattoo Removal

New York Magazine recognized the Laser & Skin Surgery Center as offering “The Best Tattoo Removal in NYC,” thanks to our specialized expertise, technology, and training.

Tattoo regret is a very real phenomenon as people might tire of their body ink due to changing professions, relationships or personal style. Laser tattoo removal is an effective way to eliminate unwanted tattoos, leaving clear skin behind. This approach requires a series of treatment sessions, but the procedure is comfortable and does not involve downtime, so it is easy to fit into your daily schedule.

Our New York board-certified dermatologists are among the most experienced in the field of tattoo removal service, having helped develop most of the lasers presently used for laser tattoo removal. We have eleven different types of lasers specially designed for tattoo removal, including the “R0” multiple treatments per session technique, which was developed at our tattoo removal service clinic. With our expert knowledge and expansive range of devices, we tailor each laser tattoo removal treatment to the skin type of each patient and can treat all tattoo colors with the best possible results.

How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Featuring short pulses with high power and superior absorption our lasers can remove complex tattoos without damaging the surrounding skin. 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.

Different color inks require different laser for optimal benefit. Many times we mix and match our many lasers with various ink colors to maximize success. It is not uncommon to use multiple lasers on a tattoo during a single treatment session.

Healing generally takes place within a week and shorter once the tattoo begins to lighten. Most recently, we have developed techniques that remove blue, green and yellow ink rapidly were previously removal was difficult. Repetitive treatment sessions are usually necessary, at intervals of one to two months.

We also specialize in the treatment of cosmetic tattoos on the eyelids, eyebrows, and lips, as well as “road burn” injuries and radiation tattoos. The treatments are comfortable as we typically administer a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.

what treatment options are available at your tattoo removal service?

At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, we use multiple methods to treat this condition. Devices used to treat this condition. Certain lasers are “fractional” lasers, while others can treat specific pigments in tattoos:

All of our patients receive local anesthetic before their treatment to ensure their comfort throughout. This step sets us apart from MedSpas and other tattoo removal services, providing our patients a superior treatment experience. We can use our devices to treat gradient tattoos, cosmetic tattoos, and decorative tattoos on any location of the body. We also specialize in the removal of permanent makeup, including eyebrows, lips, and eyeliner.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Laser tattoo 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. 

How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?

After treatment, you should be able to resume your normal activities. Your skin may be red and tender, similar to if you had a sunburn. Make sure to protect vulnerable skin from direct sun exposure while it is healing, to prevent the possibility of permanent damage. 

When Will I See Results?

Full tattoo removal will typically take 6-12 laser sessions, depending on the size of the tattoo, color of ink, how deep the ink is, and how old the tattoo is. Results can start to be seen around the 3rd session. Sessions are typically scheduled 6-8 weeks apart.

The rapid clearance of tattoos is possible through the use of our own R0 technique, which borrows and improves upon the R20 technique:

“The R20 technique involves multiple passes over the tattoo with a 20-min interval between each pass for up to four passes, whereas the R0 method involves the use of a fluorocarbon compound perfluorodecalin (PFD), which is sprayed or applied over the tattoo after each pass and subsequent passes without the waiting time of R20 technique.”



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“Clearance of yellow tattoo ink with a novel 532-nm picosecond laser.” Lasers Surg. Med. 2015 April.

“Topical perfluorodecalin resolves immediate whitening reactions and allows rapid effective multiple pass treatment of tattoos.” Lasers Surg Med. 2013 Feb.

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Real Patients Before and After photos

Laser Treatment to Remove Purple Tattoo

Laser Treatment to Remove Purple Tattoo

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.

Tattoo Removal In The News

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Rolling Stone Magazine photo of Dr. Geronemus removing 50 Cent’s tattoos

Rolling Stone Magazine photo of Dr. Geronemus removing 50 Cent’s tattoos

Can Men Undergo Laser Tattoo Removal?

Yes. Men commonly undergo laser tattoo removal at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. Because we offer multiple devices for this purpose, our board-certified physicians can customize each treatment to the unique needs, skin type, and skin tone of each of our patients. There are also different approaches when treating men versus women, and our dedicated dermatologists take these real differences into account during every treatment.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Questions and Answers

Q: Is Laser Tattoo 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 the Tattoo Removal Treatments?

A: Our physicians are 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. All tattoo procedures are performed only by our board-certified dermatologists. To discuss the best combination of treatments and technologies for your tattoo removal, 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 tattoo removal 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 A Tattoo?

A: Laser tattoo removal typically requires multiple treatment sessions. The results of this treatment vary, depending upon the colors of the tattoo, the age of the tattoo, and pigmentation of the patient. Different lasers are necessary to treat the various colors within a tattoo. These include the Q-switched Ruby, Q-switched Nd:YAG, Fraxel Re:store Dual®, Fraxel Re:pair®, CO2RE,  PicoSure™, and PicoPlus lasers.

Q: Is Laser Tattoo Removal Right for Me?

A: You might be a good candidate for laser tattoo removal if you have body ink you would like to eliminate and are prepared to invest in a series of treatment sessions to ensure an optimal outcome.

New York Magazine recognized the Laser Skin Surgery Center of New York “The best tattoo removal in NYC”. 

Q: Will Your New York Tattoo Removal Service Fully Remove My Tattoo?

A: In most cases, yes. Most tattoos are able to be fully removed, but the size, color, location and age of the tattoo are all factors in whether it can fully be removed or not.

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