Black and White ink on wrist tattoo. (photo)
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Tattoo Removal -- Pico/Q Switched Laser
Resistant Black Ink
Thanks for your question. Laser is still your best option, a resection in this region of this size is not an option without a huge skin graft and I doubt you would find a surgeon wanting to do it. If you try non laser methods you will likely scar which will look worse. Here is the likely problem- you have resistant black ink and/or it is deeper than the reach of the laser your provider is using. Not all laser tattoo systems are created equal! There is a BIG range in peak power which will impact success of clearing a professional tattoo especially. A Ruby laser, such as the Astanza Duality, can get resistant black ink and the Astanza Duality laser has the highest peak power of tattoo removal lasers on the market. I see you are in New Jersey- I did a little digging and found a place in NYC that has the Astanza Trinity (Duality+Eternity systems=the Trinity)- It is City Aesthetics in Lexington ENT on the Upper East Side- so if going into NYC for treatments is an option give them a call. Also there is a chain called Dr. Tattoff- SOME of their locations have both systems- if you go on their website you can enter your zipcode and see if any are closer to you.Best, Lisa Vuich, MD
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