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Laser Tattoo Removal

For many people, there comes a time when a tattoo no longer feels like it belongs. Sometimes the tattoo represents a different chapter in their lives; sometimes it becomes less vibrant and sharp over time. Whatever the reason, laser tattoo removal using the CUTERA® enlighten™ system helps our Albany, NY patients effectively treat unwanted tattoos.

If you would like to find out if laser tattoo removal is right for you, request a free cosmetic consultationrequest a free cosmetic consultation at Spa One, our full-service medical spa inside The Plastic Surgery Group, or call (518) 438-0505.

Before & After Photos of CUTERA enlighten



This patient was able to dramatically reduce the appearance of a tattoo after 4 treatments.

Photos courtesy of CUTERA®.

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.


Before & After Photos of CUTERA enlighten



This patient was able to dramatically reduce the appearance of a tattoo after 4 treatments.

Photos courtesy of CUTERA®.

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.


How It Works

What we see as a tattoo is essentially dots of ink pigment placed deep within the skin. In laser tattoo removal, those dots of pigment break apart into smaller particles when hit with the laser. Once the particles are small enough, the body is then able to flush them out naturally, without leaving any scar tissue behind.

The CUTERA enlighten laser system uses precise, high-energy pulses to facilitate the breakdown of ink particles. These pulses can be delivered at 2 wavelengths and 2 different durations — which gives us more ways to adjust for the color and density of the ink pigment used at different places in your tattoo.

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Treating an unwanted tattoo can require multiple sessions, and pricing can vary accordingly. Black ink is generally the easiest to remove, while red ink is the most challenging. Because every tattoo varies in size, color, and shading, we will need to look at yours in our initial consultation to determine how many treatments will be necessary.

CUTERA enlighten is safe and effective for patients of all ages and skin pigments.

The Procedure

To prepare patients, we begin by cleansing the area that will be treated. Depending on where the tattoo is located, we may provide patients with a protective eye shield. During the treatment itself, we will test the skin's reaction to the laser with a few pulses, then begin following the contours of your tattoo with the CUTERA enlighten device. Discomfort is minimal; many patients liken the laser pulse to a pinching or snapping feeling against the skin.

Immediately after treatment, we place an icepack over the treated area. There is no downtime. Patients are given a topical ointment to apply and are instructed to protect the treated area by applying sunscreen and covering it up when in direct sunlight.

After a laser treatment, patients report that the treated area can be mildly irritated, akin to a sunburn. We typically schedule each treatment between 4 and 8 weeks apart, in order to give the body time to naturally process the ink pigment broken up by the laser.

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