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?
Lutronic 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.
- 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.
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.
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.