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Q-Switched ND YAG Laser Tattoo Removal

About Q-Switched ND YAG Laser

Berman Skin Institute is one of the world’s largest dermatologic and aesthetic laser surgery centers with offices in Cameron Park, Fremont, Los Altos, Placerville, Pleasanton, Roseville, San Francisco, Sacramento, Tracy, Walnut Creek, Yuba City, CA. Our staff of over 100 strong includes Board-Certified Dermatologists, Certified Physician Assistants, Certified Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses who collectively provide a team approach in caring for the 250,000+ patients that have visited us since 1993. 

State-of-the-art lasers have revolutionized the treatment of unwanted tattoos. Most of these lesions can be treated with a Q-Switched Versapulse Alexandrite laser or a Q-Switched Nd YAG laser. The availability of multiple tattoo lasers greatly increases our success in the treatment of complex multi-colored tattoos.

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  • Treats blue-black tattoos
  • Treats red tattoos
  • Treats orange tattoos
  • Treats tattoos resulting from accidents (traumatic tattoos)
  • Treats cosmetic tattoos (eyebrow, lip liner, and eyeliner tattoo removal)
  • Also, reduces brown age spots, brown birth marks, café au lait spots


Q-Switched Versapulse Alexandrite Laser, Dermabrasion, CO2 Laser Abrasion, or Surgical Excision.

How Does it Work?

The laser light is passed over the tattooed skin, microscopically shattering the pigment into tiny particles which are more easily processed and eliminated by the body. Most patients undergo a series of 10 minute treatments. A mild to moderate irritation of the overlying skin is to be expected for a few days to a week, depending on the depth and amount of pigment to be removed.

Who is a Candidate?

Most skin types except the very darkest skin. Patients with tans should wait until their tan fades before undergoing this treatment.

What can I Expect?

Reduction or removal of unsightly birthmarks and tattoos which may greatly improve one’s sense of confidence and self esteem.

Results may vary.

Safety & Side Effects

The specific risks and the suitability of these procedures for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.

Recovery Time

Irritation of the skin may last a week or so.

Does it Hurt?

Most patients require an anesthetic cream to be applied 30 minutes before the procedure. Only a few patients will require an injection of lidocaine to alleviate all sensations of pain.

Before Treatment Instructions

Avoid excessive sun exposure.

After Treatment Instructions

Wash the area with a mild soap and gently pat dry, then apply a soothing moisturizer to the skin. Avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning for one week after your treatment. Patients should consider the use of fading creams and sunscreen after the procedure. Additionally, strenuous exercise and alcohol intake should be avoided. Cover-up clothing is very helpful in the healing process.

Who Performs the Treatments?

Our Physicians, Physician Assistants and Registered Nurses.

Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser for Tattoo Removal

Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser for Makeup Tattoo Removal

*Results may vary.

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