Skip to main content


The efficient removal of tattoos as well as pigmented lesions requires leading laser technologies. Laser tattoo removal works via a series of short pulses of intense light (more photoacoustic effect in the case of Picoway) that harmlessly passes through the superficial layers of the skin to be absorbed by the tattoo or pigmented lesions. The pigment is broken into tiny particles that the body’s immune system will safely remove in the weeks following the treatment. This means that the pigment is dissolved without damaging nearby tissue and skin.

woman with clear skin after tattoo removal in Palo Alto


Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care is a laser center, offering the best technologies to treat your specific condition. As the newest tattoo removal device available, the PicoWay laser is the current gold standard for removing tattoo ink. Numerous clinical studies have shown that the PicoWay laser can remove multi-colored tattoos, including more stubborn colors such as green and blue. This makes the PicoWay laser a top choice for tattoo removal in Palo Alto.

The Alex TriVantage and Picoway lasers also treats multi-colored tattoos and benign pigmented lesions and birthmarks.


The PicoWay laser is gentler than laser tattoo technologies of the past, which means a more comfortable experience. Clients can also always request topical numbing or Pro-Nox during their tattoo removal session for increased comfort, which is a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen that is controlled by the patient, if needed.

PicoWay Resolve is a great treatment option for reducing acne scarring in just three sessions, minimizing wrinkles, and of course, erasing benign pigmented lesions. There is little to no downtime when using PicoWay lasers, and most sessions require just 15 – 20 minutes (though the size of the tattoo will determine the exact treatment length). Skin is left intact with the PicoWay laser, which means you can immediately return to your daily life without any significant side effects after your tattoo removal in Palo Alto.

The PicoWay system includes:

  • Zoom 532/1064nm,730 and 785nm wavelengths for tattoo removal
  • The New Resolve Fusion 532nm handpiece for fast and effective treatment of benign pigmented lesions
  • Resolve 532/1064 nm for treatment of wrinkles and acne scars

Six different handpieces with variety of wavelengths make customizing the experience with the PicoWay laser easier. The ultra-short picosecond pulses of the laser are also 100 times shorter than some other lasers used for tattoo removal, bringing the pulses down to trillionths of a second.

Person getting tattoo removal in Palo Alto


Tattoo removal typically requires several treatments because it takes time for the body to absorb and expel the shattered ink. The exact number of sessions you will require depends on a number of factors, but you will receive an estimate during your complimentary consultation. Your expert laser specialist will also have a solid understanding of how your body responds to laser tattoo removal after the first session.

The process of a tattoo removal is often described as feeling similar to actually getting a tattoo. Clients who have already undergone that initial tattoo typically know what to expect in terms of discomfort. However, know that we always put patient comfort and safety first, offering options to increase comfort whenever possible. From Pro-Nox to numbing creams, tattoo removal in Palo Alto does not have to feel the same as getting a tattoo.

Logo for Palo Alto Laser and Skin

Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs

Can I get a new tattoo over a removed tattoo?

Absolutely. In fact, tattoo removal is not just for those who want a clean slate. It is very common for a client to undergo tattoo removal specifically because they want a better tattoo placed on top of it.

Will the tattoo be completely removed?

It depends. Numerous factors impact how effective tattoo removal will be including the color of the ink, the age, and how deep the tattoo ink sits in the skin. However, using the latest technology such as the PicoWay laser is your best approach to complete tattoo removal.

Are any other lasers used for tattoo removal?

The PicoWay is the current industry standard for tattoo removal, and the Alex TriVantage is also a popular option. In some cases, the Fraxel Dual may also be used to remove residual ink as a type of finishing treatment at the end of tattoo removal in Palo Alto.

Can I remove my tattoos as well as other hyperpigmentation spots in the same treatment?

Yes, both recommended lasers can help minimize many types of pigmentation beyond tattoos including freckles, sun and age spots, scars, and café au lait areas.

Can tattoo removal be performed on any skin tone?

Yes, any adult is a suitable candidate for laser tattoo removal. However, those with darker skin tones may need a pre-treatment with a bleaching cream treatment.

Laser Tattoo Removal Before & After

Individual results may vary, please schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and we’ll put together a custom treatment plan that’s right for your skin.

Real Patient Before / After Photos*



At Palo Alto Laser and Skin Center, you can expect expert care and advanced technology. Our experienced practitioners tailor treatment plans to your unique needs, ensuring safe and effective results. With state-of-the-art laser technology, we target ink colors and depths while prioritizing your safety and comfort. Receive a personalized consultation to discuss expectations and create a customized plan for your tattoo removal in Palo Alto. Trust us for comprehensive care from start to finish.

Schedule a

Contact Us 650-565-8683