Tattoo Removal Specialist

Catherine Y. Ding, MD -  - Dermatologist

City Derm NYC

Catherine Y. Ding, MD

Dermatologist located in Chinatown, New York, NY

Are you tired of covering up an old tattoo? For high-quality tattoo removal using advanced laser technology, trust the expertise of cosmetic dermatology specialist Catherine Ding, MD, FAAD, at City Derm NYC. Treatments with a picowave laser are quick and highly effective on a wide range of skin tones and ink colors. Call the practice, which is conveniently located in New York City’s Chinatown, or book your consultation online — and rid yourself of unwanted tattoos for good.

Tattoo Removal

What is the newest type of tattoo removal?

If you've been researching tattoo removal, you may have heard about the old-style “Q-switched” laser. This laser could break up some tattoo ink colors, but it proved incapable of removing certain pigments, rendering the technology largely ineffective on many tattoos.

Now, a laser with a picowave wavelength works on hard-to-remove colors, effectively eliminating most tattoos. By delivering ultra-rapid pulses of light, picowave shatters ink particles in your tattoo — without burning your skin. 

When other laser treatments have failed, using the picowave wavelength-equipped laser may be the answer to removing a highly pigmented tattoo. Trust Dr. Ding to evaluate your tattoo or tattoos and discuss the results you can expect after tattoo removal at City Derm NYC.

Does tattoo removal hurt?

Laser tattoo removal is quick, but you may experience some discomfort. The feeling might be similar to the one you experienced when the tattoo artist originally created your tattoo. Plus, Dr. Ding does her utmost to minimize any discomfort by applying a numbing cream or giving you a shot to numb the area. Your treatment is over quickly, usually taking just 10-15 minutes.

How many tattoo removal sessions do I need?

Expect it to take 4-8 weeks for your body to carry away the zapped ink particles. Then you return to City Derm NYC because more than one session is usually necessary to completely remove your tattoo. 

During your consultation, Dr. Ding discusses the optimal treatment plan for your tattoo removal goals. Laser tattoo removal with picowave may require more than one session, but fewer sessions than other tattoo removal options. 

Does tattoo removal require downtime?

Treatments with a picowave laser require little to no downtime. City Derm NYC explains how to care for your skin after your treatment to promote healing. They may suggest wearing a bandage over your treatment area for a few days to keep your skin dry and promote healing.

Typically, the laser removal system provides a speedier recovery, along with more effective results after fewer treatment sessions, when compared to traditional Q-switched systems, although results vary.

If you're ready to be free of an old tattoo, why wait? Call today or book a consultation online with Dr. Ding at City Derm NYC to discuss tattoo removal with the advanced picowave laser.