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Tattoo Removal Specialist

Dermatology & Laser Center of San Diego -  - Dermatologist

Dermatology & Laser Center of San Diego

Dermatologists located in Hillcrest, San Diego, CA & Chula Vista, CA

While tattoo removal used to mean cutting away the pigmented skin or "sanding" it off with dermabrasion, today laser tattoo removal is considered the preferred approach for most people. At the Dermatology & Laser Center of San Diego, we use the most advanced methods for tattoo removal so patients get the best results.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

How can lasers remove tattoos?

Lasers use highly-focused energy to break up the pigments used in tattoos, enabling it to be removed by the body's natural waste system. Since different colors respond to different types of light energy, a laser with variable wavelength capability is typically used to achieve the best effects. Dark colors are the easiest to remove since they absorb the most energy, but other colors can also be removed using lasers.

What is a laser treatment like?

During your initial consultation, your tattoo will be evaluated as far as its size, the colors it uses, its “age” and other factors to determine the best approach for removal. During the procedure, the tattooed area will be gently cleansed and a topical numbing agent will applied to decrease discomfort. The laser energy is emitted from a special handheld device that's passed over the surface of the skin. The energy level may need to be adjusted throughout treatment for different types of pigments. The length of each treatment and the number of treatments you'll need depend on the size of the tattoo.

What is recovery like?

After your procedure, a special ointment will be applied to the area to protect it and prevent infection during healing. You'll also be given detailed instructions on how to care for your skin, including when and how to wash the area and how to protect it from infection. Your skin will be slightly sore and red, similar to the way your skin feels and looks after a sunburn. The area may also form a scab, which should be left in place to aid in healing.

Are there side effects?

Laser tattoo removal procedures are extremely safe, but as with any medical procedure, there can be side effects, including:

  • hyperpigmentation

  • hypopigmentation

  • scarring

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept all PPO insurance plans. Our primary PPOs are Tricare, Healthnet, Cigna, Aetna, Anthem Bluevross, Blueshield of California, United Healthcare, First Health, Pacificare, and Beech Street.  If your insurance plan is not listed, please contact our office. 

We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, and CareCredit.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Beech Street
Blue Shield of California
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Health Net
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Independence Blue Cross
Memorial Hermann
Multiplan PHCS
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