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Tattoo Removal


What is Laser Tattoo Removal?

Dr. Schwartz is the first in the San Gabriel Valley to offer the newest laser technology Picosure laser for tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal is a newer procedure to get rid of tattoos with laser therapy. Dr. Schwartz uses the Picosure® system which reduces the number of treatments as other traditional forms of laser treatments. Lasers send quick pulses of light to the tattooed area at which point the ink absorbs the light to break down the pigment. The area with the tattoo then begins to heal and white blood cells eliminate inked pigment. Depending on the tattoo, the process typically requires between three and six treatments.

What are the benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal?

It is estimated that about 20 to 25 percent of people with tattoos eventually want them removed. Laser tattoo removal is the answer for those who have regrets and offers the following benefits:

  • Very effective at removing tattoos especially those with darker colors
  • Much less painful than other traditional methods
  • Faster Recovery

Is Laser Tattoo Removal Right for Me?

Did you make a mistake and tattoo someone’s name on your arm then break up with that person several weeks later? Or are you interviewing for jobs where a tattoo may be a deterrent? If you answered yes to either of these questions or have simply outgrown the desire of having a tattoo, laser tattoo removal may be right for you.

How does Laser Tattoo Removal work?

With the Picosure® laser tattoo removal system, a hand piece with lasers is placed against the skin. Pulses of light target the ink and break down the pigment (ink). The process is not painful but Dr. Schwartz may apply a numbing cream if necessary to ease any tension. Depending on the size of the tattoos and the colors used, the number of treatments may vary. For those that require multiple treatments, each treatment is spread out to allow the healing to take place between each one. Those with very detailed tattoos may not see the tattoo erased but instead greatly diminished so that it is barely noticeable.

What is the recovery for Laser Tattoo Removal?

Once completed, we apply a petroleum ointment to keep the area moist and place a dressing over it so that it can begin to heal. It is very important to apply a prescription antibiotic ointment to the area as directed by Dr. Schwartz and protect the treated area from dirt. Also, wait 24 hours to shower and avoid swimming pools and hot tubs until the area has completely healed. If further treatments are necessary, they can begin as soon as the site has fully recovered.

How much does Laser Tattoo Removal cost in Pasadena, CA?

There are many factors that determine the cost of tattoo removal, including the type and size of tattoo, the colors used in the design and how many treatments are necessary to remove the ink. We can discuss the cost, as well as payment options during a consultation. Typically, insurance does not cover any of the expense because it is not considered medically necessary. We offer financing through Alphaeon Credit, Prosper® Healthcare Lending and CareCredit® to help offset the cost.

What do I do next?

The first step into having laser tattoo removal is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz so that he can evaluate your tattoo and determine if laser tattoo removal is the best option. Following the evaluation, he can discuss the options, go over the details and answer any questions you may have.


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425 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: 626-822-3470
Fax: 626-793-2912

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