Experiencing Tattoo Regret?

Whether you have a tattoo from your younger days that no longer fits your current lifestyle or personality, you are experiencing difficulty progressing up the career ladder with a visible or unprofessional tattoo, you have an upcoming wedding or event, or you simply need to remove a bad tattoo to make room for new ink, Pico laser tattoo removal might be the perfect solution for you. Pico lasers are the most advanced, state-of-the-art tattoo removal systems on the market.

With our innovative laser tattoo removal system, long gone are the days of painful, ineffective treatments that could require 10 to 30 treatments or more with a long, uncomfortable recovery. The Pico technology allows for fewer treatments that are quicker and more effective, with improved recovery time over traditional lasers.

How it Works

The advanced Pico technology allows the laser to treat almost all ink colors on nearly any skin tone. A topical anesthetic can be applied to minimize discomfort. The laser energy targets ink particles directly, without harming the surrounding skin or tissue. The Pico laser is so precise that it can remove specific letters or other parts of a larger tattoo, without fading the areas of the tattoo that you may want to keep. Pico technology works two to three times quicker than other lasers on the market. Treatment can be completed in as little as 15 minutes, and the average tattoo will experience optimal fading after three to five treatments, spaced six to eight weeks apart. However, results can vary depending on size, colors, and age of the tattoo you wish to remove. The advanced Pico technology minimizes the risk of scarring, infection, and other issues often associated with traditional types of laser tattoo removal.



During your complimentary consultation at our San Diego office, you will meet with one of our knowledgeable patient care advisors who will examine your tattoo and assess the location, age, ink colors, and size of the tattoo we will be removing. Please inform our patient care advisor if you have any known allergies, specifically a red ink allergy. We will also want to know if your tattoo is a professional tattoo created by a professional tattoo artist or an amateur tattoo. At your consultation, we will discuss what you can expect from treatment, as well as any risks associated with the procedure. If we decide you are a good candidate for laser tattoo removal, our patient care advisor will provide an accurate price quote and individualized treatment plan for you.

Before Your Treatment

  • Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and sunless tanning cream for 4 weeks before treatment
  • Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 30+ daily and re-apply every 2 hours when your skin is exposed to the sun
  • Come into the office with clean skin and remove all make-up, creams, or oils prior to treatment

During Treatment

The Pico laser produces an intense burst of light that is absorbed by the tattoo ink. The warm sensation of the laser light on the skin may feel like a slight pinprick. Topical anesthetic, cold air, and/or an ice pack may be used to minimize discomfort during treatment. A typical treatment can be completed in 15 minutes for the average tattoo, but a longer treatment time may be necessary for larger tattoos. You may experience minimal redness or swelling in the treatment area, but this should subside within 24 hours. Tattoos may blister or form an acne-like breakout for a few days after treatment. Do not pick on scabs or blisters. They will naturally heal and Dermacare's Post Laser Recovery Cream can help during the recovery process. Multiple treatments may be necessary to completely remove the tattoo, spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart.


Treat the skin delicately following your procedure:

  • Cool the skin with cold ice packs, aloe vera gel, or cool air.
  • Wash the treatment area gently with soap and water; do not soak the treated areas.
  • Apply moisturizer or Dermacare Post Laser Recovery Cream to the treatment area.
  • Do not shave the treated area if crusting is evident.
  • Avoid sun exposure between treatments. If sun exposure is unavoidable, always use a SPF 30+ sunblock.

You will receive specific aftercare instructions from your treatment provider. You can always call our office for more information during your recovery period.

About Dr. Birchall

Jeff Birchall, M.D. is the Owner / Medical Director of Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics of San Diego. He is a board-certified physician who has been in practice since 1991, with more than 10 years of experience specifically in cosmetic medicine. Dr. Birchall is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, the American Association of Aesthetic Medicine, and the American Society of Cosmetic Physicians. He has a true passion for aesthetic medicine and is often quoted as telling patients that his job is to make them look as good as they feel.




  • *"8 weeks after first laser tattoo removal... No downtime or pain! Took less than 2 minutes and I didn't feel a thing! So easy and only 3 to 4 sessions needed."

    - Angie
  • *"I love the staff at Dermacare of San Diego. Always so kind and caring. I especially love the specials as it just helps save a little money on a procedure."

    - Fran
  • *"Loved my experience here! Everyone in the office is very happy to be there and does not hesitate to answer any question you have. They definitely do everything they can to bring you the results you're looking for. I will definitely recommend this place to everyone!"

    - Elaine
  • *"I love this place! The customer service is amazing and I'm always happy with my results. I never feel like they are trying to sell me on anything."

    - Cassandra
  • *"This place is everything that I want out of a business. It's super professional, very nice, perfect prices and they know what they're doing!!! SOLD. I'll be a regular."

    - Aloha
  • *"I have been a patient here for the past few months and have been referred my my mom. I personally worked with the doctor and a few nurses. They are all pretty amazing. Office is really clean (which is a big must) and they have reasonable pricing as well."

    - Mariam


Pico laser tattoo removal at Dermacare starts at $90 per treatment per square inch. We offer complimentary consultations, where we can provide a more accurate price quote with a full treatment plan based on your unique tattoo removal needs.