Cosmetic and Plastic Services

Laser Tattoo Removal

A woman getting a tattoo removed from her upper arm with a laser

Whatever your reason for wanting to remove a tattoo, we have lasers to help you achieve your goal, often with minimal downtime. Tattoos come in many different colors, and to treat them effectively, different types of lasers are needed. OHSU's Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center in Portland, Oregon has four different pigment lasers to accommodate the removal of different color tattoos.  

Lasers treatments work to remove tattoos by breaking up the ink in the skin. Your body’s immune system then helps remove the fractions of ink. The process of removing a tattoo typically takes multiple sessions. Amateur tattoos usually take between two to four sessions, whereas professional tattoos can take six to twelve sessions. The sessions are separated by at least one month.   

If you are interested in laser tattoo removal, please schedule a consultation with a provider. Your skin and goals are unique and your provider will evaluate your skin and discuss the options available for you.