Tattoo Removal Specialist

Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologist & Cosmetic Surgeon located in Little Tokyo, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA & Torrance, CA

The increasing popularity of tattoos comes along with the likelihood that you may want one removed. Dr. Christopher Ho and the professional team of providers at Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD offer laser tattoo and permanent makeup removal with Q-switched nano and pico lasers at their two Los Angeles locations in Torrance and Little Tokyo. If you’re among the growing number of people with a tattoo you regret, call Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD or schedule an appointment online.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work? 

Just as laser therapy safely removes hyperpigmentation spots and lesions from your skin, this same technology can also remove tattoo ink. With an extremely brief, high-intensity beam of light, the laser breaks up tattoo pigment at the cellular level without damaging surrounding skin.

Dr. Ho and the expert team at Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD use Q-switched nano or pico lasers, depending on the unique nature of your skin and tattoo. The difference between the two involves the duration of time the laser treats your skin. A nanosecond is one billionth of a second, while a picosecond is one-thousandth of a nanosecond.

The Q-switch is a device that blocks the laser beam and allows your provider at Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD to release the laser energy in a controlled pulse. This protects your skin from absorbing too much laser heat and avoids damaging healthy tissue.

Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal?

Dr. Ho evaluates your tattoo or permanent make-up during an initial consultation to determine whether you’re a good candidate for laser removal. If so, he works with you to develop a customized treatment plan.

The type of laser and number of sessions you need depends on several factors, such as:

  • Your age and skin tone
  • The size and color of the tattoo
  • The tattoo location
  • Level of professionalism of the tattoo
  • How deep into your skin the pigment reaches

What Should I Expect From a Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment?

Dr. Ho and the medical team at Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD are highly skilled in laser tattoo removal and make sure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. However, you may experience a sensation similar to rubber bands snapping on your skin.

The duration and number of treatments depend on your situation. Black ink is easier to remove than colored pigments, and small tattoos take less time than large ones.

After each treatment, the tattoo ink will be visibly lighter. You may experience temporary redness at the treatment site, but this fades within a few days.

If you have a tattoo or permanent makeup you want safely removed by Dr. Ho, call Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD or schedule an appointment online today.