Last Updated on November 17, 2020 by Dr Sanusi Umar MD

Laser Tattoo Removal Services Los Angeles: Today, 21 percent of Americans are estimated to have at least one tattoo. Tattoos are a great way of expressing oneself, but as changes take place in our lives, it’s not uncommon to regret the decision to get inked. Luckily, if you’re one of those people who feel different about their tattoos, laser tattoo removal is here to help you. In the past, individuals who wished to have tattoos removed were treated with methods such as dermabrasion, salabrasion and surgical excision. These traditional methods often resulted in scarring. Now people can remove their tattoos efficiently with laser tattoo removal.

Dr. U helps Los Angeles patients effectively and safely removing tattoos with procedures of laser tattoo removals. Picking proper expertise is important if you’re considering removing your unwanted designs. It’s important to know certain things like the following:

  1. Knowing the amount of energy that will safely emitted in order to break up the tattoo ink.
  2. Being knowledgeable on using the right laser energy.
  3. Understanding the treatment of a patient’s skin post procedure.
  4. Being aware of how someone’s skin type may react to the kind of laser wavelengths being used.

Taken care of properly, any risk complications can be decreased significantly. The results you receive from quality laser tattoo removal will likely be much higher as well.


Choosing Tattoo Removal with Dr. Umar

When people first receive tattoos they’re excited and never think that laser tattoo removal will eventually be needed. It’s not surprising that some people don’t feel that way after some time. Expressing ourselves isn’t always as important once we get older. People sometimes will feel different about their tattoos because of things like:

  • Having to cover your tattoos in order to work.
  • Stigmas from society.
  • People’s sense of style and fashion change.

According to research about 20% of people in the U.S have multiple tattoos. And around half these people eventually feel some sort of regret for getting them in the first place, leading them to seek out tattoo removal services. It’s not uncommon for someone to feel like this towards their tattoos. With people being able to have an effective and safe procedure using laser. Laser tattoo removal is a better way than using creams created to remove tattoos from the skin.


This patient regretted her snap decision tattoo and came to Dr. Umar in Los Angeles to remove it.

This patient regretted her snap decision tattoo and came to Dr. Umar in Los Angeles to remove it.


Dr. Umar uses a YAG laser over the course of several sessions to remove the tattoo.

Dr. Umar uses a YAG laser over the course of several sessions to remove the tattoo.


This patient is thrilled with the results, her regretful tattoo is no longer an eye sore.*

This patient is thrilled with the results, her regretful tattoo is no longer an eye sore.*


The Process of Tattoo Removal by Laser

The process of laser tattoo removal starts with the tattoo pigment. This pigment gets absorbed by the laser energy. In order for the tattoo ink to be broken down into tiny particles, this process is important. Once the ink is broken down anything left over uses the immune system to get rid of it, as well the circulatory system. Because the last of the ink is cleared by the body, the tattoo removal process can take several weeks.

Various Wavelengths Offer Tattoo Removal For Various Colors

  1. Nd: YAG 532 nm separates the orange pigment from the red by using a light that is green.
  2. Ruby 694nm is risky to use on ethnic skin tones because it’s assimilated easily by melanin. This removes green ink and emits red light.
  3. Alexandrite 755 nm focuses on green coloration by emitting a red light. This is much safer to use in comparison to others systems such as the Ruby 694nm.
  4. Nd YAG 1064 nm has distinctive wavelength that can be very resistant to being digested by the melanin around it. This allows for it to more accurately target the ink from the tattoo without risking damaging the skin’s tissue.


Multicolored Tattoo Removal

The simplest tattoos to remove are the those designed in block shape like letters. However, the majority of people have more challenging types of tattoos to remove, like those with multiple colors in them. Different dye modules are necessary when attempting to use laser tattoo removal on these. When thinking about it in a simple way, it’s easy to think of them as laser energy filters that can reduce or increase their wavelength. For example a wave length can change to 650nm or 585nm with a module dye.

When tattoo removal gained popularity through celebrity endorsement, it inspired many people to ask "How much is tattoo removal?"

When tattoo removal gained popularity through celebrity endorsement, it inspired many people to ask “How much is tattoo removal?” (Tattoo removal in celebrity Kelly Osborne)

Laser Tattoo Treatment With Q-Switched Laser

The Q-Switch laser can change safely change a variety of factors while eliminating tattoo pigment that is undesirable. With this laser it is crucial to manage the proper quantity of energy in order to disperse the pigment, while placing limits so that skin is protected from overheating.
Different parameter can adjust for individual case by case with the Q-Switch lasers:

1) Pulse duration (pulse width)

This is a component that is crucial in eliminating tattoo pigments. The laser has to be able to convey intensely high energy burst to be able to break apart the particles. This is accomplished by releasing shorter laser beams or pulses that are longer, while having a lot of impact.

2) Spot size

This is in reference to the beam’s width. The larger the diameter, the more effectively it can reach layers of the skin that are deeper.

3) Fluence

This is in reference to how much energy is administered on the skin per square centimeter.


If you have a question about laser tattoo removal treatment, do not hesitate to Ask Dr. U at no cost.

Dr. Umar Laser Tattoo Removal Before and After Services in Los Angeles

Upper Arm Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo treatment was very successful for this Dr. Umar patient.

After receiving laser tattoo removal with Dr. U, it’s almost impossible to see the tattoo ever existed in the first place.*

Video: Upper Arm Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal By Dr. Umar


Inner Wrist Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal by laser: laser tattoo removal before and after

Before and after photo of a Los Angeles patient who received laser tattoo removal treatment on the inside of their wrist.*


Thanks to laser Dr. Umar, this Los Angeles patient was able to achieve a tattoo-free look.


Laser Tattoo Removal Services Los Angeles FAQ


How Many Tattoo Removal Sessions Are Needed?

Usually, it takes a few visits in order to ensure proper tattoo removal. The number of visits will depend on multiple factors:

  1. The Color of Ink: The darker the color of the ink, the easier it can be digested by laser energy. This will allow the pigments to break up and leave the body, resulting in successful tattoo removal.
  2. Where the Tattoo Is On the Body: Tattoo location on the body is important for tattoo removal. There are certain areas of the body with blood vessels in more concentration than others. A body’s circulatory system is needed for the carrying out of tattoo particles and clearing the skin. If a tattoo is located somewhere with a lot of blood vessels like the abdomen, it won’t take as long for tattoos in other places like the hand.
  3. How Much Ink Was Used: The more ink someone has on their tattoo, the more laser energy that has to be used in order to remove it. This would require more laser tattoo removal sessions.
  4. Tissue Changes or Scars: Laser tattoo removal can be challenging, due to the fact that collagen fibers are what makes scars and they can trap ink fragments from the tattoo. Tattoo removal can be challenging with other kinds of changes in tissue.
  5. Tattoo Layering: When you place a new tattoo over an older one this is called layering. This is equivalent to a larger quantity of ink being eliminated, which means more laser tattoo removal sessions are necessary.
  6. Skin Color: Laser energy is absorbed easier with darker skin. This means it is also prone to overheating the skin and possibly creating scars or discoloration as well. In order to lower the quantity of laser energy being given during treatment, more laser tattoo removal sessions are necessary to remove the tattoo safely.
  7. Smoking: People who smoke regularly have an immune system that doesn’t work as proficiently. The body has to clear out the ink naturally after the ink has been broken apart. If someone’s immune system (that have cells that engulf the particles from the tattoo) isn’t working at top speed because of smoking reasons, it may take longer for the body to clear away the tattoo. This means that the patient has to wait longer for the tattoo removal to fully work.
  8. Age of Tattoo: Tattoos that have been on the body longer are harder to remove. The longer someone has their tattoo, the pigment is transported by cells into deeper skin layers. It becomes harder for the laser tattoo removal process to get to the ink particles.


How much is tattoo removal?

The average laser tattoo removal cost ranges from $200 to $500 per treatment session. The price is dependent on several factors, including the type and extent of the tattoo, and the expertise and training of the surgeon.


Does the laser tattoo removal hurt?

As most of you know, getting a tattoo is not a pain-free process. Unfortunately, this means that removing it involves some pain as well. When undergoing laser tattoo removal, the impact of the energy from the laser’s pulse of light has been compared to the feeling of being snapped by a rubber band.

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Further Reading:

Learn about the Fraxel Laser and how it can be used to treat scars, ages spots, and more. 

Read about other uses for lasers in cosmetic procedures, such as leg hair removal.