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Tattoo Removal Specialist

Morris Westfried, MD

Dermatologist located in Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Westfried is an expert at tattoo removal, providing patients throughout Brooklyn and New York City with state-of-the-art picosecond laser treatments to remove tattoos more effectively and with less discomfort than other methods.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

How are tattoos removed?

Dr. Westfried uses a picosecond laser called the PicoSure® laser to remove tattoos in less time and in fewer treatments compared to other types of lasers. The PicoSure® laser uses ultra-rapid bursts of laser energy to break up pigments into tiny fragments so they can be easily removed from the body by the body's natural waste removal system. Before any tattoo removal procedure is performed, Dr. Westfried will evaluate your tattoo to determine how well it will be able to be removed as well as to discuss the tattoo removal procedure, so you can decide if removal is the best option for you.

Is tattoo removal painful?

Dr. Westfried will use a local anesthetic to help minimize discomfort both during and after the procedure. Any discomfort that occurs afterward may be managed with cool compresses or over-the-counter pain relievers.

Do some tattoos fade away on their own?

No, while tattoos may become distorted or have some changes in pigment over long periods of time, they will not fade away. Professional tattoo removal is the only way to safely and effectively rid yourself of the pigments that comprise the tattoo.

Will having my tattoo removed cause a scar to form in the area?

Minor scarring rarely occurs following tattoo removal using a picosecond laser.

How many treatments will I need?

Most patients require about five treatments to achieve the results they're looking for, but some patients may require more or fewer, based on the size and age of the tattoo and the pigments that were used. Dr. Westfried will be able to determine the number of treatments you'll likely need during your office visit.