Tattoo Removal FAQs

Consultations offered at our three convenient locations in San Diego, La Jolla and Del Mar, CA

Our results speak for themselves. New FDA-approved technologies provide greater power then previous tattoo removal lasers with minimal risk of scarring and discomfort.*
Prime Med Spa offers the latest advancements in tattoo removal lasers, including both Q-Switched and Picosecond lasers. These tattoo removal lasers utilize an acoustic wave created by the laser beam to shatter ink pigment. This energy wave shatters the ink molecules at such a high rate of speed that they vibrate and break-up microscopically.* The more effectively the ink molecules are reduced, the faster the tattoo can be removed.* This creates an opportunity to remove difficult colors faster with potentially fewer treatments saving you time and money.*


From start to finish we are relentless in quality control. If you are looking for a specialist that strives to give you the best in tattoo removal, you have found us!

What makes Prime Med Spa different?

Prime Med Spa has invested in the leading laser technology available in the U.S. to accomplish the safest and most efficient tattoo removal possible.* In addition to offering the best lasers on the market, we provide our customers with an unlimited tattoo removal option. With our unlimited tattoo removal membership, our patients have peace of mind knowing that they can come every 6-8 weeks for a laser treatment until the tattoo is completely clinically removed without any additional charge. This takes the big unknown out of the tattoo removal process, which is “how many sessions will I need.” In reality, there is no reliable way of predicting how many treatments you will need, so we eliminated this uncertainty by providing an unlimited treatments option. Our bottom line is striving for the best results possible for you. We care about you and will customize each of your laser treatments. We are also not a commissioned-based practice and do not push pricey packages on you and then turn the laser energy down so that you will need to purchase more packages. Be aware of this unfortunately very common practice at other tattoo removal businesses in San Diego.Accidental or traumatic tattoos are caused by the forceful penetration of the skin with particles of foreign matter. The skin heals over the object and results in a traumatic tattoo. This can include pencil lead, dirt, sand, grease, paint, grass, metal, gunpowder, wood, and asphalt (aka: road rash).

Car, motorcycle, and bicycle accident victims commonly have these kind of tattoos. In most cases these can be removed successfully in 1 to 2 treatments.* Volatile substances such as gunpowder should not be considered for laser tattoo removal as they can still ignite.

What is involved in a consultation? Is there a fee?

This is the first step. A consultation is required before any laser treatment, and usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. It involves taking a health history, evaluating the tattoo, explaining the procedure, reviewing risks and benefits, options, answering questions, and establishing the price per treatment. Client must be at least 18 years of age and have photo identification. At Prime Med Spa, consultations are free of charge.

How are tattoos removed?

The standard of care for tattoo removal has been validated for nearly 25 years, and this is through using Q-switched lasers, and in recent months also Picosecond lasers have arrived on the market. Both types of lasers are used at Prime Med Spa and both are highly effective and safe. Any other method of tattoo removal such as surgical excision is not safe, and not the standard of care, and in many cases constitutes malpractice. Earlier methods involved the use of dermabrasion, salibrasion, surgery and C02 lasers, but these methods left behind scarring or lighter skin in place of the tattoo. Also commonly seen on the internet are tattoo removal creams—which do not work.*

Is the process painful?

The laser emits light in very short flashes called pulses. The impact of the pulse is described as a snap of rubber band.* We offer injectable or topical numbing so you may feel minimal or no pain at all.* Additionally, Prime Med Spa offers oral sedation and analgesics to patients who have a driver. Also pain is reduced by using the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling system, a natural way to numb. Remember tattoo removal does not have to hurt and we will take extra time to make sure you are comfortable.*

Everyone experiences pain differently, but some patients compare the sensation to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. To reduce discomfort during your tattoo removal sessions, Prime Med Spa offers topical anesthetics or injections to protect against the pain.

How long will it take to remove my tattoo?

The amount of time it takes to complete your tattoo removal will vary widely based on the size, location, and color of your tattoo. In general, black and gray tattoo inks are the easiest to remove, while red and yellow prove to be more challenging. At Prime Med Spa, we’ll meet with you before you begin your tattoo removal treatments to determine approximately how many sessions you’ll need. On average, our customers require about 10 sessions, with 4-6 week waiting periods between each one.

Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar?

If done properly, laser tattoo removal should not leave a scar. Prime Med Spa is staffed by highly experienced and trained medical professionals who are experts at removing all kinds of tattoos. Additionally, we use the absolute latest in laser technology – the Quanta Discovery Pico Plus is the fastest and most powerful tattoo removal laser in the world, and the only Discovery laser in California, which means less time spent under the laser, and ultimately, less chance of scarring. Discovery Pico Plus is two times as powerful as the PicoWay laser.

Why should I come to Prime Med Spa for laser tattoo removal

Prime Med Spa is the best choice for laser tattoo removal in San Diego. We’re physician-owned and operated, and have 16 years of professional experience removing tattoos. We are very fortunate to be the only practice in California who owns the Discovery Pico Plus laser, an investment in innovative laser technology which allows patients to experience tattoo removal more safely and effectively than they can attain anywhere else.

With shorter treatment sessions, skilled medical staff, and cost-effective payment options, Prime Med Spa offers a superior tattoo removal experience.