Laser Tattoo Removal
These lasers are used for pigmented lesions (freckles, moles, and birthmarks) and traumatic (gravel or
dirt pigmentation) and body art tattoo removal.
Both lasers are very effective for the removal of freckles and reduction of pigmented moles and
birthmarks. Typically freckles require one to two treatments versus mole or nevi that require many
Today’s tattoos are commonly multi-colored and professionally applied. California Skin Institute
employs two different lasers to remove tattoos to cover the broadest range of colors. We use local
anesthesia to numb the tattoo before using the lasers to break down the tattoo pigment. The number
of treatments vary but may range from 3 to 20 treatments depending on the depth and density of the
tattoo pigmentation. Traumatic tattoos typically require only a few treatments.
The YAG laser is effective for most colors except green and yellow.
The Alex laser is effective for all colors except red and yellow.
Unfortunately, the yellow tattoo inks may not respond completely to tattoo removal.
For patients with red and green tattoos, both lasers would be necessary for tattoo removal.