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Tattoo Removal

Laser Treatment for Tattoo Removal

Laser removal can safely and effectively remove unwanted tattoos, with minimal downtime and side effects. Lasers are capable of selectively targeting and removing tattoo images without damaging surrounding tissue, which greatly decreases the risk of scarring.

At Dermatology Associates, we use Medlite Laser, considered the industry’s gold standard laser for multi-colored tattoo removal. Medlite Laser provides a safe, highly effective alternative to earlier, skin-damaging methods like surgical excision, dermabrasion, which removed the top layer of skin, and acid removal.

Lasers remove tattoo ink by targeting ink’s pigment with a high intensity light beam, causing it to break up into smaller molecules. The ink is then naturally absorbed by the body, fading the tattoo until it is no longer visible.

Tattoo Removal

What to expect from your tattoo removal treatment

Thirty to sixty minutes before treatment, we will apply a topical lidocaine cream to numb the area being treated. The numbing process will take up to an hour. During the procedure, lasers focus quick, high-intensity pulses through the top layers of skin, over the tattoo ink pigment, heating and breaking apart the ink particles that make up the image, as if chipping a large boulder into increasingly smaller fragments. These ink fragments are absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system.

Post-treatment, you may experience blistering and possible scarring. You may receive a topical treatment to soothe the area and promote healing.

Because the location, color, shape and size of each tattoo is unique, the removal process is tailored to each individual patient. The exact number of treatments needed to remove a given tattoo removal will depend on a number of factors, including the age of a tattoo, ink density, color and location. Most tattoos require 10-20 sessions, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. Tattoos become progressively lighter following each visit.

Access our consent form to learn more about expected risks and side effects of Medlite tattoo removal.

Learn more about tattoo removal from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgeons





Petaluma Office
165 Lynch Creek Way
Petaluma, CA 94954
 M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm
(707) 762-5531
Fax: (707) 762-5976



Hercules Office
500 Alfred Nobel Dr., Ste. 245
Hercules, CA 94547
M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm
Open Saturday for aesthetic services
 (510) 741-7418
Fax: (510) 741-7456


Billing office
Fax: 510- 741-7493

At Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area, our board-certified dermatologists serve patients at our Petaluma and Hercules offices. We are committed to the highest standards, and we offer a full range of cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology procedures, as well as quality skin care products.

Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area
165 Lynch Creek Way | Petaluma, California 94954 | Phone: (707) 762-5531 | Fax: (707) 762-5976
500 Alfred Nobel Drive, Suite 245 | Hercules, California 94547 | Phone: (510) 741-7418 | Fax: (510) 741-7456