Laser Tattoo Removal & Sun Spot Removal
Laser Tattoo & Sun Spot Removal
Up to 1 hour
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The Dermatology Group offers an advanced laser treatment for sun spot and tattoo removal. In New Jersey, men and women frequently choose this procedure to fade the appearance of unwanted tattoos, or to improve the look of brown spots or other pigmented lesions.
Our board-certified physicians welcome your questions regarding laser tattoo removal in New Jersey. If you have additional questions or would like to speak with one of our board-certified dermatologists, call (973) 571-2121 .
Understanding Your Treatment
Lasers have become an efficient method of tattoo and sun spot removal over the last several years. By targeting the skin with short bursts of intense light, the laser breaks the unwanted pigment into smaller particles, which are then eliminated naturally through normal body processes. A series of sessions (anywhere between 1 and 10) is normally required but will depend on the color and size of the area to be treated.
To ensure the most effective treatment, your tattoo or sun spot will be examined by a physician who will recommend the correct laser settings.
What type of laser is used?
The Dermatology Group uses the MedLite® ND: YAG laser for tattoo and sun spot removal. Considered the "gold standard" among many physicians, this laser specifically targets and destroys lentigos (sun spots), tattoos, and other pigmented lesions without affecting the normal surrounding skin. Additionally, the MedLite laser offers multiple wavelengths – making it effective for a full-color spectrum and allowing for more customized results.
What happens during treatment?
During your treatment, you will be provided with protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser energy. A topical or local anesthetic may be requested prior to treatment for enhanced comfort. A hand piece is placed against the skin as the laser emits short pulses of light. Sometimes a slight stinging sensation or light "snap" against the skin is felt during the procedure, but this is not usually uncomfortable. This process may take a few minutes to 1 hour, depending on the area treated.
Superficial sun spots on the face, hands and body generally fade away within a few weeks after a single treatment session. "Café au lait" spots, large moles, and lesions with deeper pigment often take several sessions to disappear completely. Most tattoo colors can be effectively treated; however, blue or green ink is often less responsive to the laser light.
What are the side effects?
The treated areas typically develop mild crusting or bruising that diminishes within 1 – 2 weeks. You may be given an anti-bacterial ointment or bandage to protect the skin while it heals. It's best to avoid sun exposure, if possible, because the skin will be photosensitive.
Is it safe?
With the MedLite ND: YAG laser used by the professionals at The Dermatology Group, laser tattoo removal is very safe. The MedLite laser poses little risk for scarring because of its ability to selectively target tattoo and skin pigments without harming nearby tissues. Additionally, all laser tattoo and spot removal procedures are overseen by one of our board-certified physicians to ensure that your procedure is performed accurately.
What other treatments are available?
Additional laser procedures available from The Dermatology Group include laser vein removal and laser skin resurfacing. These treatments can improve the appearance of broken capillaries and varicose veins, as well as lessen the look of lines and wrinkles.