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Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs

How much does it cost?
Our rate for laser tattoo reduction is very competitive at about $25.00 per square inch per treatment with a base $200.00 treatment minimum.

    A tattoo of about 3 by 3 inches can cost around $200 to $400 dollars for each treatment. The price depends on the size of your tattoo and how long it takes to treat it. More colors require more than one "treatment" for the different colors. To return to original skin it can take as many as 10 up to 15 treatments. For cover up work, we usually apply an average of 3 or 4 treatments to lighten the tattoo enough your new cover up piece.

    We also use the best and most expensive laser tattoo machine on the market today (the Medlite C6 / www.conbio.com) and an actual MD (Dr. Ores) performs all the treatments personally. As a licensed and practicing MD, Dr. Ores can also offer prescription strength topical pain control medications.

    Please e-mail us a photo of your tattoo for a FREE estimate and treatment plan

Does it hurt?
Yes. It hurts. Similar to getting a tattoo, but the laser treatment is many times faster. We use several pain reduction techniques.

    The three modes of pain control reduction are: A topical novacaine cream (EMLA) is applied to the skin, covered with an occlusive dressing, and left on for about two hours before treatment. This reduces a lot of the discomfort; An air-cooling machine called a "Zimmer Machine" which blows very cold continuous air over the tattoo during the laser treatment. This cold air also helps reduce discomfort even further; For large pieces (in some cases) oral medications can be used such as Valium and oxy type narcotics. These prescription analgesic medications are very strong and are only used for large pieces and in select patients.

    You can e-mail us a photo of your tattoo for an estimate of the price and a treatment plan. You are also invited to schedule a visit to the office and we can discuss your treatment options and prices in person.

How long does it take to heal?
The treated tattoo takes 7 to 10 days to heal much like a tattoo. The inked area will be slightly raised and the area around the tattoo in a little red-ish and warm. Much like sunburn.

    With higher energies you can expect some local swelling, small fluid filled blisters and small amounts of bleeding or scab. Over the next days the area will settle down and return to its original appearance. The ink then fades away over the next 6 to 8 weeks. Then fading of the ink continues for 6 to 8 weeks.

    Any small "burn" blisters will heal and resolve exactly as burn blisters heal. The underlying skin will heal and return to normal. There is very little risk of scarring from this laser procedure.Gradually, over the next 8 weeks, the ink will slowly fade away as your normal skin cells take away the bits of ink and the tattoo lightens.

    Always call or e-mail Dr. Ores if you have any question or concern about the healing process.

How many minutes does the procedure take?
Five to ten minutes. Depends on the size of your tattoo. The laser light has a "spot size" ranging from 3 mm up to 6 mm. Or about the size of a dime for the 1064nm laser light which is used for black ink. A wavelength of 532nm is used for red ink. The repetition rate can be single shot, five shots per second or even 10 shots per second depending on the wavelength, spot size and level of energy being used. At these high repetition rates, a tattoo of 4" by 4" can be completely treated in about one minute. However, we can go more slowly to allow more time for skin cooling. We can also treat a small one-inch bit at a time as we cool down that small area.

When can I tattoo over the old tattoo?
Whenever you and your tattoo artist believe the old tattoo is faded enough you can apply the new tattoo. Usually, this takes an average of three or four treatments about two months apart. Also, your tattoo artist may want certain areas treated more completely depending on the details of the next piece you have planned. We are always pleased to work closely with your tattoo artist to create the best treatment plan to suit your specific situation.

How much time is there between sessions?
It is best to wait about 6 to 8 weeks between your treatment sessions. That way you get the most ink reduction for your money, time and effort.

Can the laser remove all colors?
Yes. Some colors are reduced easier than others. The Medlite C6 laser machine has four laser wavelengths it can use to treat different colored ink. These lights are designed to remove black ink, red ink, sky blue ink and finally green inks. There are tattoo artists who mix colors two create an "in between" color. Like red and yellow to make orange. Or blue and yellow to make green ink. The laser light will tease out these different colors on a molecular level. The laser will remove the blue and the green ink molecules during the treatment. So nearly all colors and mixtures of colors can be removed.

    Your skin color, the specific chemical make up of your ink and how fast your skin removes tattoo ink fragments are all factors.

Laser Machine We Use
Dr. Ores uses the newest and best tattoo removal laser available in the world today. The MedLite¨ C6 Laser by HOYA ConBio is the global medical standard and offers the best tattoo removal. Check out the ConBio corporate website at http://www.conbio.com.

    The MedLite¨ C6 Laser can remove or lighten almost any tattoo ink color. The MedLite C6 laser is the machine that can help reduce or remove your tattoo as quickly as possible. The high energy, laser-pulsed technology allows your tattoo to be removed with minimal risk of scarring and less discomfort than any other laser treatment. The MedLite C6 laser is the best Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser on the market today. And the introduction of "Q-Switched" lasers permits the removal of most tattoo inks with a very low risk of scarring. All our cosmetic lasers have been specifically chosen because they offer the fastest results with the least amount of discomfort. This technology has been in use worldwide for over ten years and has been proven to be safe and effective. All of our laser machines are FDA approved and the best available.

    No matter where you go to have your tattoo treated (and we hope you choose us) be sure to only use the Medlite C6 medical laser by Conbio. It is the best machine and allows the best result.

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David J. Ores, MD  |  189 East 2nd Street  |  NYC, NY 10009  |  (917) 723 4206  |  drdave.lesm@gmail.com

Hours: Monday to Friday, 3-6 p.m., Saturday by appointment. Closed on Sunday.