Scars and Tattoo Removal

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Reducing the appearance of scars and tattoos with laser treatment

Scars, unfortunately, are permanent. Lasers, however, can improve their appearance. If a scar is raised or red, then lasers can help soften, flatten, and blend the scar. At the OHSU Department of Dermatology in Portland, Oregon we offer laser surgery to help treat scarring. The treatments typically take three to five sessions.


Tattoos come in many different colors, and to treat them effectively, different types of lasers are needed. We have four different pigment lasers to accommodate the removal of different color tattoos. Tattoo treatment typically takes multiple treatment 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.