At Pima Dermatology, we have been performing tattoo removals for over 30 years and offer six distinct laser wavelengths tailored for your unique tattoo and skin. Our laser-certified medical providers perform treatments in our state-of-the-art facility and offer a topical or injectable anesthetic, such as lidocaine, to provide optimal comfort.
The tattoo removal experts at Pima Dermatology understand that, in some cases, tattoos no longer serve their original purpose. Perhaps the tattoo is limiting your professional career or maybe it’s an unwanted reminder of the past.
Whatever the reason you want to erase your tattoo, our staff, led by board-certified dermatologists, offer a variety of safe, effective treatments to restore your clear skin and ease your mind.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Tattoo Removal?
Whether by laser or surgery, tattoo removal is safe and effective for erasing ink on a variety of skin colors. If you’re in generally good health, then you are likely a good candidate for cosmetic tattoo removal in areas such as:
In addition to removing cosmetic or decorative tattoos, we can remove traumatic tattoos resulting from an accident or an injury. Whatever your situation, don’t hesitate to contact Pima Dermatology, as we have a treatment option that is suitable for you.
Tattoo Removal Options at Pima Dermatology
Since some colors of ink are more difficult to break up than others, we offer several different lasers and surgical procedures to reduce the appearance of your tattoo.
Lasers erase unwanted ink through the use of pulsed energy, which penetrates the surface layer of the skin and is absorbed by the ink. These pulses break the pigments into minute particles that your body eventually absorbs.
The tattoo removal lasers we use at Pima Dermatology include the following:
Astanza Trinity Laser – Houses three different high-powered lasers ideal for deep, multi-colored tattoos:
- Q-Switched Nd-YAG Laser – Excellent for erasing dark blue, red, or black ink
- Q-Switched Ruby Laser – Works well for dark ink as well as hard-to-erase green tattoos
Alexandrite Laser – A broad-spectrum laser excellent for erasing many colors, including blue, black, and green
- CO2 and Erbium: YAG Lasers – Effective at treating difficult-to-remove colors
Additionally, surgical excision is common for small, easily accessible, inconspicuous tattoos. During this procedure, the tattoo is surgically removed.
Benefits of Tattoo Removal
The benefits of tattoo removal can be both physical and psychological. After your procedure, you can expect the following:
- Clearance for more enhanced, less marked skin
- Closing a chapter on an unwanted reminder
- Minimal to moderate pain and downtime
The number of laser treatment sessions needed depends on factors such as tattoo size, complexity, age, color, ink depth, and type. Colors like black and dark blue, treat more quickly than colors like purple, green, red, yellow, or lavender, which usually require additional sessions.
On average, a minimum of six treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart are necessary to thoroughly remove your tattoo. Side effects could include mild to moderate swelling and redness, and the treated area could have a “frosted” appearance for about a week. If you choose to undergo surgical excision, there is a chance that a scar can develop.
Don’t Suffer from Unwanted Tattoos Any Longer – Contact Pima Dermatology
For expert tattoo removal, contact Pima Dermatology to find out which procedure is best for you.
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