San Francisco, CA

(415) 292-6350

Age Spot & Tattoo Removal

Candela’s Alexandrite TriVantage laser is renowned for its superior ability to treat greens, blues and black. New technology makes it possible to deliver remarkable performance on tattoos of all colors.

The addition of the 755 nm Long-Pulse mode also makes it possible to treat a wide variety of pidermal and subdermal pigmented lesions safely and comfortably. With Alex TriVantage you effective treatments for common conditions like freckles, age spots, lentigines, Nevus of Ota, and Café-au-Lait are possible.

Meet Our Doctors

Our board-certified dermatologists have the training and credentials to address your skincare concerns. Learn more about their backgrounds.

Kathleen M. Welsh, MD
Andrea M. Hui, MD

Meet Our Doctors

Our board-certified dermatologists have the training and credentials to address your skincare concerns. Learn more about their backgrounds.

Kathleen M. Welsh, MD
Andrea M. Hui, MD


Why is the laser a safe treatment?

The Candela laser is safer than traditional methods because of its unique ability to electively treat the tattoo or pigmented lesion. Thus, it will address the tattoo or pigment while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

What conditions are treated with the Candela laser system?

Dermal and epidermal pigmented lesions and tattoos (amateur and professional; multiple tattoo inks) are treated. The effectiveness of the laser is dependent upon the age, location, depth, and type of tattoo and pigmented lesions, as well as on the composition of the pigments.

What does treatment involve?

Treatment with the Candela lasers varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size and type of tattoo, color of the patient’s skin and depth to which the tattoo or pigment extends beneath the skin’s surface. In general, these steps will take place:

• The patient is asked to wear eye protection consisting of an opaque covering or goggles.
• The skin’s reaction to the laser is tested during the first visit to determine the most effective
• Treatment consists of placing a handpiece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser. As many patients describe it, each pulse feels like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.
• Smaller tattoos or lesions will require fewer pulses, while larger ones will require more. All tattoos will require retreatments, necessitating multiple patient visits.
• The Candela system is less painful and requires less recovery time than some other treatment methods. The degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold. Most patients do not require pain management. In some cases, however, depending on the nature and location of the tattoo or lesion, the physician may elect to use some form of anesthetic.

Before and After Alex Laser Tattoo Removal

Before and After Laser Tattoo Removal*
*Your results may vary.

Before and After Alex Tatoo Removal Laser Treatment

Before and After Laser Tattoo Removal*
*Your results may vary.

Is it possible to have a tattoo or pigmented lesions treated that was previously treated by another modality?

Patients with previously treated tattoos may be candidates for the Candela systems. Tattoos or pigmented lesions that have not been effectively treated by other modalities may respond well to Candela laser therapy, providing prior treatment did not cause excessive scarring or skin damage.

Should certain precautions be taken after treatment?

Immediately following treatment, an ice pack may be applied to soothe the treated area. A topical antibiotic cream or ointment is recommended. Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment to avoid scrubbing the area, and abrasive skin cleansers should be avoided. A bandage or patch may help to prevent abrasion of the treated area. During the course of treatment it is recommended that patients cover the area with a sun block that is approved by the treating physician.

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Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology
2299 Post Street #312
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 292-6350

Monday, Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology is a cosmetic dermatology clinic serving the San Francisco metro area. The board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Kathleen M. Welsh, Dr. Andrea M. Hui, and their staff perform BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, CoolSculpting®, vascular laser treatments, and intense pulsed light (IPL) for San Francisco, Bay Area, Belvedere, Greenbrae, Mill Valley, and Oakland-area men and women.