Dr. Omid Jalali

Has your tattoo worn out its welcome? Your unwanted ink doesn’t have to last forever. WVU Medicine dermatologists can perform laser tattoo removal. WVU Medicine dermatologist Omid Jalali, MD is an expert on the tattoo removal process.

How does laser tattoo removal work?
Pulses from a high-intensity light beam (laser) are used to break up the color without damaging normal skin. The body then absorbs the pieces of pigment without leaving a scar, unlike previous tattoo removal methods.

What’s the first step?
You’ll meet with one of our dermatologists for a consultation to discuss your individual tattoo removal process. We’ll need to evaluate your health, the colors in your tattoo, and discuss any other concerns before we can begin. You’ll be able to ask any questions you might have during the consultation, and you’ll learn what to expect.

Who’s a good candidate for laser tattoo removal?
It’s safe for most people to undergo laser tattoo removal, but if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid laser tattoo removal.

Does it hurt?
You may experience some discomfort or pain with laser tattoo removal. The dermatologist may use a numbing cream to help decrease the irritation. You may experience some redness or swelling, and rarely blistering, after laser tattoo removal. Using mild, unscented skin care products may help reduce irritation.

Is more than one treatment needed?
The number of treatments you’ll need varies based on the age, color, and size of your tattoo. A laser is not able to safely break down all of the layers of ink in a single session. Your tattoo will get lighter after each session. With time between treatments, your skin is able to heal and continue breaking down the ink layers.

What are the benefits of laser tattoo removal with a dermatologist?
Our dermatologists can offer you a safer tattoo removal experience with their medical training and expertise. Getting your tattoo removed by someone without a medical background may put you at an increased risk for side effects or complications, such as scarring. Laser tattoo removal allows dermatologists to treat ink colors that were once more difficult to remove and gets rid of your ink more effectively.

What else do I need to know?
Insurance providers do not cover tattoo removal. You should limit your sun exposure prior to laser tattoo removal as it could affect the results.