Tattoo Removal

Los Gatos Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatologists located in Los Gatos, CA

While some bad decisions haunt you for the rest of your life, you don’t have to let a lousy tattoo stick around. At Los Gatos Dermatology, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Bruce Saal, RN, help rid you of unwanted ink. Laser tattoo removal reduces the appearance of your old tattoos without hurting your skin or creating scar tissue. If you live in Los Gatos, California, and have a tattoo you’d rather forget about, contact the Silicon Valley’s pioneer in laser technology, call the office to schedule your appointment or book online today.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

How does tattoo removal work?

Dr. Saal uses innovative laser technology for tattoo removal. Specialized lasers are safe and effective, and can be used for all skin types and on any part of the body. In most cases, Dr. Saal can even reduce the appearance of makeup tattoos.

With state-of-the-art equipment, Dr. Saal uses a laser to break up ink pigments deep within your skin. The laser penetrates the dye, causing it to fragment before getting absorbed and removed by your body.

What kinds of tattoos can be removed?

Just about all tattoos can be removed at Los Gatos Dermatology, including those done by professionals and amateurs. It also eliminates tattoos that you got for traumatic or medical reasons.

Dr. Saal can remove tattoos from all skin tones, regardless of the color of ink, although some colors (like red and yellow) may take longer to eliminate. The age of the tattoo doesn’t necessarily impact the removal process, although it must be fully healed before laser removal can begin.

What kind of equipment is used for tattoo removal?

Dr. Saal uses two different types of lasers for tattoo removal.

Picosure Laser

The Picosure Laser is twice as fast as traditional tattoo removal lasers and can address natural pigmentation spots on your skin.

TattooStar Laser

The TattooStar Laser by Asclepion reduces your risk of scar tissue development due to its super short, high-energy laser pulses.

How long does it take to remove a tattoo fully?

The length of time it takes to complete laser tattoo removal depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • Ink colors
  • Ink particle size
  • Depth
  • Skin tone
  • Location

If you have an older tattoo and the pigment has begun to fade, it may make removal easier.

Most tattoos require about 5-8 treatments to be removed entirely. To get the best results, Dr. Saal recommends scheduling treatment sessions 8-12 weeks apart.

If you have a tattoo that you wish you didn’t, it’s time to rid yourself of it for good. Call Los Gatos Dermatology today to schedule your appointment.

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