If you have a tattoo that has faded, been damaged, is no longer relevant to your life, was simply a “mistake,” or didn’t come out the way you wanted it to, you are a candidate for laser tattoo removal.
In the past, laser tattoo removal was not appropriate in people with darker complexions or those who had tattoos with certain colors. Now, those factors are no longer a barrier to getting a tattoo removed. With technical expertise and state of the art equipment, Park Avenue Skin Care is here to help you with laser tattoo removal.
In the past, tattoo removal was rudimentary and uncomfortable. Some people went as far as trying to use abrasives to remove the tattoo or even had them cut out surgically (ouch!). Both of these inadequate tattoo removal techniques always caused scarring worse than the tattoo.
Once laser tattoo removal became available, more people than ever wanted to get their tattoos removed because of the efficacy and very limited downsides. However, people with darker skin tones were not able to book this procedure. At the time, fewer lasers were available and that limited who was able to get their tattoo removed. Since laser wavelengths determine which skin types and ink colors can be treated, new innovations have made it possible for most people to successfully remove their tattoos.
The number of sessions needed to remove a tattoo is affected by many factors. Most important is whether your tattoo was done by a professional tattoo artist or an amateur like your friend…or even you! Professional tattoos have much more ink in them and therefore require more treatments than amateur tattoos, which tend to have much less ink.
In general, professional tattoos often require 10-12 treatments while amateur tattoos need about 5-6 treatments. Other factors influence the number of treatments needed include the size, age, and colors of ink in the tattoo. Your skin tone can lead to a longer or shorter course of treatment.
You will learn more specific information about how many sessions you may need during your consultation. With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Schultz understands the importance of removing tattoos effectively and painlessly so that patients can begin to love their skin again.
Laser tattoo removal is a relatively safe procedure. The wavelengths from the laser are targeted to reduce the appearance of inks without damaging the surrounding tissue. It is important to keep in mind that laser tattoo removal sites are at risk for infection since it is an open wound.
Throughout the healing process, it is important to maintain proper care to minimize scarring and other complications. Dr. Schultz and Park Avenue Skin Care give thorough instructions to all patients after laser tattoo removal to help them achieve the best healing and results.
Dr. Schultz has over 35 years of experience, and he is an expert at understanding how to best use various lasers to remove tattoos. During your consultation, Dr. Schultz will examine your tattoo to determine which laser is right for you.
With many different options, most people can be matched with a laser tattoo removal treatment that can effectively remove the unwanted ink from their skin. However, it takes an expert to be able to pair patients with the right treatment for them and then perform the removal without damaging or even scarring the skin.
The laser tattoo removal process begins with a consultation. During your examination, Dr. Schultz will discuss which laser option is best for your skin type, whether the use of local anesthesia will be recommended, and approximately how many treatments you will need.
You will also learn what to expect from the laser tattoo removal process, such as what you’ll feel during your session and how to care for the area afterward. When you arrive for your first appointment, the area will be cleaned to ensure that the laser can effectively work. Depending on the size of your tattoo, each session can last between 10 minutes and an hour.
I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!
- Laura B.
Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! He helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!
- Laura M.
Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with him, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and he understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.
- Kelly D.
My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.
- Ellen R.
In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. He and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.
- Deanna P.
Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, he recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.
- Sherry G.
I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. He is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of him and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that he gives.
- Katrina A.
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