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Tattoo Removal Conveniently located to serve DTLA and Los Angeles

Tattoos are the ultimate form of permanent self-expression. We love tattoos. However, sometimes, one can outgrow a tattoo or simply need more real estate for different tattoos. Therefore, we offer laser tattoo removal services to make the permanent, non-permanent. We have a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser that can target most tattoo pigments, including reds and blues.

What is Hollywood Spectra?

Hollywood SpectraLutronic Hollywood Spectra™ is the world’s leading 1064/532nm laser platform with proprietary capabilities to reduce unwanted pigmentation and restore glowing skin. Its advanced technology is the perfect avenue to lighten and brighten complexions, remove tattoos, and uniquely perform the popular Hollywood Laser Peel. Hollywood Spectra leverages a proven reliable performance record worldwide and can effectively treat a full spectrum of patient skin colors and types. With its unmatched short pulse widths and high peak power, it can help deliver safe and effective treatments with minimal downtime.

Key Benefits

  • Shortest true nanosecond pulse width (5ns) for improved efficacy with less downtime
  • 1064/650/532nm wavelengths for wide range of tattoo dye treatments
  • Exclusive Spectra mode (0.3 ms) enables the patented Hollywood Laser Peel®
  • HyperSurge™ Resonator and IntelliBeam™ help deliver quality and efficacy
  • 1st short-pulse laser to earn FDA clearance for treating melasma
  • Powerful versatility to reduce unwanted pigmentation including multi-colored tattoo ink

How Are Tattoos Removed?
Medical lasers use a beam of light to significantly lighten or completely remove your tattoo. When the ink particles absorb the light from the laser, they are broken up into fragments and then absorbed through your body’s immune system. This process generally takes a few weeks. The larger the tattoo, the more sessions it will take to break down the ink particles.

What Will My Skin Look Like After Treatment?
Right after your treatment, your skin will have a white discoloration, and the area around the tattoo may become reddish and appear swollen. This is normal and will disappear slowly over time. Results take about 5 weeks after each treatment. Immediately after treatment, antibacterial ointment and gauze will be applied to the treated area to minimize infection.

Are There Any Side Effects?
Occasionally, a whitening of the skin may occur. However, normal skin tone should return within 6 -12 months following your last treatment session. Since the ink used in tattooing can vary from tattoo to tattoo, some patients have only partial clearing even after several sessions.

Hollywood Peel

Tattoo Removal Options
Before the advent of the medical laser, common techniques included cryosurgery, dermabrasion or excision. These methods can be painful and may often result in scarring. Laser treatments are safer. They are minimally invasive and only target the ink used in the tattoo process. Lasers are now the modern standard for tattoo removal, specifically the Q-switched laser.

What Is The Treatment Like?
Some patients say they feel a slight sting, like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Many treatments do not require anesthetics. However, some patients feel more comfortable with a local numbing agent, such as a topical anesthetic.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments required for optimal results depends on the size, location, depth and color of the tattoo. Treatment should be performed 4 – 8 weeks apart in order to allow the body to remove the maximum amount of tattoo pigment after each treatment.
Each session usually takes 10 – 30 minutes. You will continue to see lightening of your tattoo after each treatment as your body disposes of more pigment. Most patients will see improvement in their tattoos and results can be quite dramatic.

Hollywood Spectra Before and After Photos

Are You A Candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal?

A consultation is recommended to see if you’re the right candidate for the procedure. We’ll analyze the tattoo’s structure as a whole and develop a customized treatment plan to cater to your specific needs.

We perform topical and injectable numbing prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort – so DON’T WORRY! Usually, a series of 6-10 treatments is recommended depending on the type of ink used and the colors involved. Large tattoos may require separate sessions since treating large areas in one sitting is not recommended.

How Much Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?

The cost of your laser tattoo removal depends on the size and color of your tattoo, as well as the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve the desired results. Since cases vary from patient to patient, we’ll discuss the price you can expect in more detail during your consultation.

Contact Our Office

Laser tattoo removal is an excellent way to get rid of those old, embarrassing tattoos. If you’re interested in learning more about laser tattoo removal, don’t hesitate to contact Metropolis Dermatology today. Our skilled team is ready to assist you throughout your entire journey from beginning to end.

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JAMES Y. WANG, M.D.

Dr. Wang is a Harvard and UCLA-trained double Board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. He specializes in diagnosing and treating skin cancers, psoriasis, eczema, and acne (including the safe use of Accutane). He is also an expert in anti-aging skincare, injectables, as well as laser treatments for scars, sunspots, and broken blood vessels. He has been named each year as Superdoctor, Top Doctor, and Top Dermatologist in various publications in the Los Angeles area.

He attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in biology. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and, concurrently, his MBA in healthcare policy from Harvard Business School.

JEFF BONNAUD, PA-C

Jeff Bonnaud is a board-certified Dermatology Physician Assistant who has been practicing medicine & dermatology since 2014. Being a thought leader and educator within the field of dermatology, Jeff Bonnaud’s meticulous approach and outstanding patient care has earned him recognition as a 2020 World Leader in Healthcare and 2020 Top Physician Assistant by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals. Jeff focuses on underlying health conditions, and provides a comprehensive approach to all layers of the skin and degrees of aging with a combination of skincare, peels, facials, injectables, energy based devices like lasers, and even surgery if needed.

A graduate of UCLA, Harvard University, and Quinnipiac University’s PA Program, PA Bonnaud began his career in adult outpatient Internal Medicine with Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA where this invaluable experience provided a deeper understanding for underlying and complex conditions seen within dermatology. For nearly five-years, Jeff worked in cosmetic & medical dermatology in Boston earning a loyal patient following and reputation. Jeff Bonnaud is a national thought leader and educator within dermatology regarding biologic and treatment therapies with a high emphasis on autoimmune inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema. He currently sits on multiple pharmaceutical advisory boards to help shape further advances in treatments.

TIFFANY WANG, PA-C

Tiffany Wang, a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), graduated with the distinction of Salutatorian from the Southern California University of Health Sciences’ Master of Science Physician Assistant program. She has completed a Dermatology Fellowship through the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Tiffany has always had a passion for medical and cosmetic dermatology and aspires to make everyone feel like the best version of themselves. Tiffany finds joy in being able to help a patient find what works best for them. She loves all things dermatology and skincare and is excited to bring her passion to Metropolis Dermatology.

LADAN AFFIFI, MD

Dr. Affifi was born and raised in Southern California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate education and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. She subsequently obtained a Master's degree from Columbia University in nutritional studies before she matriculated into medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she graduated with research distinction.

During medical school, Dr. Afifi was recognized for her academic achievements and patient care and was inducted into both the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was the recipient of the Glasgow-Rubin Award from the American Medical Women’s Association for graduating in the top ten percent of her class.

Dr. Afifi completed her preliminary year in internal medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital- University of Pennsylvania Hospital System before moving to Los Angeles to begin her training in dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she currently is the chief resident. Dr. Afifi has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters as well as given presentations at conferences.

Outside of work, Dr. Afifi loves the beautiful Southern California weather and enjoys hiking, biking, culinary exploration, playing tennis and traveling.

OMAR BARI, MD

Dr. Bari is a UCLA-trained dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. He is an expert in treating the full range of skin disease but also passionate about neurotoxin (e.g., BOTOX®), filler, and many other aesthetic interventions.

After being raised in Indiana, Dr. Bari graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. He then worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company before earning his medical degree at UC San Diego. He remained in southern California to pursue his dermatology residency at UCLA. Dr. Bari continues to be active in research and has authored over 15 publications.

Outside of dermatology, Dr. Bari enjoys Los Angeles’ dynamic restaurant scene, high intensity interval training, and the NFL.

SHAUNA HIGGINS, MD

Dr. Higgins was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Brown University for her undergraduate education where she studied Human Biology and Business Economics while simultaneously studying Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. She earned her MD from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where, in addition to acquiring a number of academic honors, she served as Editor-In-Chief of The Beat Art and Literary Magazine showcasing the creativity of members of the UCLA health sciences community.

Dr. Higgins has completed several years of research both at the University of Southern California and the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she managed and conducted a number of epidemiological, clinical, and translational science research studies in melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, patient-related satisfaction outcomes, and complementary and alternative medicine.

She has authored dozens of publications, several book chapters, and has presented over 30 abstracts via poster or oral presentation. She completed her internal medicine year of training within the Yale-New Haven Health System and is currently finishing her residency in dermatology at the University of Southern California + LA County Hospitals residency program.

STARLA MCDOWELL

Starla has been a licensed Aesthetician for over 10 years and is also a Certified Dermatology Technician through the Association of Certified Dermatology Techs (ACDT). In addition, she is certified in Skinceuticals and Dermalogica, as well as having extensive experience working with medical grade skin care lines.

Starla thrives in an environment where she is able to help people feel their best while supporting their skin health and enjoys customizing treatments based on her clients’ individual skincare needs.

ALMA STEGLAU

Alma is a Licensed Aesthetician that has provided luxurious and corrective skin care services for 5+ years. She continues her education with post graduate courses and seminars to keep up with the latest technologies.

She holds several advanced esthetics certifications which include but are not limited to treatments of acne, hyperpigmentation, and anti-aging. She is also trained in several clinical and organic skincare lines.

A lifelong passion for skincare drives her desire to educate and help people feel good inside and out. Her gentle touch and technical skincare expertise will leave the skin wanting more!

WHITNI

With tenure experience in various roles within the Los Angeles dermatology community, Whitni joined Metropolis Dermatology as practice manager at a critical time; the very beginning of the global pandemic. As a native Angeleno and graduate of nearby California State University, Dominguez Hills, Whitni contributes a strong sense of pride in serving the Los Angeles community. As practice manager, she strives to be an effective yet compassionate team leader, who champions our mission to "Do Derm Differently", by supporting our clinical providers, actively advocating for our staff, and collaborating to cultivate authentic experiences for our clients.