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Laser Tattoo Removal at DAELA Portland

DAELA Cosmetic Tattoo in Portland utilizes the PicoWay laser to remove cosmetic tattoos and traditional tattoos!

Erase & Reimagine.

About Laser Tattoo Removal

Introducing the PicoWay laser at DAELA Portland, your go-to for traditional tattoo removal and cosmetic tattoo removal

As part of our mission to be the top cosmetic tattoo studio nationwide, we’re thrilled to offer top-notch laser tattoo removal. We’re all about delivering excellence in our services.

The PicoWay laser is a game-changer, famous for zapping away tattoos of all colors on various skin types. Whether you’re saying goodbye to an old tattoo or prepping for a fresh canvas, PicoWay delivers top-notch results.

Using cutting-edge picosecond technology, the laser delivers quick and precise treatment with fewer sessions and less discomfort compared to other lasers.

PicoWay is like the superhero of lasers—it disintegrates pigment better than any other, making it super effective and innovative.

We’ve got your comfort covered too! We offer topical numbing, and if you’re going all-in for extensive tattoo removal, Dr. Elizabeth McElligott, ND, can administer lidocaine injections.

PicoWay Laser Tattoo Removal Pricing

Cosmetic Tattoo Removal:

  • $250 per session 
  • SPECIAL: Add a single skin treatment to your cosmetic tattoo removal session for 50% off the single skin treatment price!
  • We also offer emergency saline removal and UNDO Tattoo removal. See FAQ’s below.

Traditional Tattoo Removal:

  • XS Tattoo $150 per session.
    • Size of a stamp and smaller.
  • Small Tattoo $250 per session.
    • Size of 1/8 standard sheet of paper.
  • Medium Tattoo $350 per session.
    • Size of 1/4 standard sheet of paper.
  • Large Tattoo $500 per session.
    • Size of 1/2 standard sheet of paper.
  • XL Tattoo $750 per session.
    • Size of standard sheet of paper.

Lidocaine Injection $50

  • Optional per session.


DAELA provides free consultations via phone, email, text or in-person.

You can schedule your first removal based on the pricing structure above and we will confirm measurement and proceed with the first session based on true consultation measurements.

If in doubt, snap a photo and send us an email using the form below and we will confirm pricing before scheduling.

Before & After Care instructions. 

Laser Tattoo Removal Before & After

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PicoWay Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs

It is almost impossible to accurately predict how many sessions will be required to reach your goal removal level.

  • The average sessions will vary as dramatically as 3-15 sessions, keeping in mind that some tattoos are very colorful and complex.
  • People also have different desires when it comes to removal. Some want to remove it just enough to be able to cover it again, others want a complete and total removal.
  • This complexity makes it impossible to establish a set number of sessions.
  • If your removal for cosmetic tattoos requires more than 3-session, we will apply a 15% discount to each session after 3.
  • If your removal for traditional tattoos takes more than 5 sessions, we will apply a 15% discount to each session after 5.
Pre-treatment instructions:
  • Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment until your physician allows it.
  • The use of self-tanning skin care products must be discontinued 1-2 weeks prior to treatment. Any residual self-tanner must be removed prior to treatment.
5 days before treatment:
  • Stop any oral or topical medications or other skin care products on the area to be treated.
  • Discontinue supplements such as iron supplements or herbal supplements such as ginkgo, ginseng or garlic and fish oil supplements.
Important Note:
  • Tanned skin should not be treated. If treated within 2 weeks of active (natural sunlight or tanning booth) tan, you may develop hypopigmentation (white spots) and this may not clear for 2-3 months, or even longer.


After laser tattoo removal, the skin undergoes a process of healing and regeneration.

Here are some important steps to take care of your skin after laser tattoo removal:
  1. Keep the area clean: Wash the treated area gently with mild soap and water twice a day to prevent infection. Pat the area dry with a clean towel.

  2. Apply antibiotic ointment: Your dermatologist may recommend applying an antibiotic ointment or a soothing cream to the treated area to promote healing and prevent infection. Follow their instructions carefully.

  3. Keep the area covered: Depending on the size and location of the tattoo, your dermatologist may recommend covering the treated area with a sterile bandage or dressing to protect it from irritation and infection. Keep the area covered as directed by your dermatologist.

  4. Avoid picking or scratching: It's normal for the treated area to scab and peel as it heals. Avoid picking, scratching, or rubbing the area, as this can increase the risk of scarring and infection.

  5. Protect the area from the sun: Protect the treated area from direct sunlight by covering it with clothing or applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Sun exposure can increase the risk of hyperpigmentation and other complications.

  6. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and promote healing from the inside out.

  7. Avoid strenuous activities: Activities that cause excessive sweating or friction on the treated area. Be cautious in your approach to things that may irritate the area.

This is the single biggest concern anyone has about laser tattoo removal.

The simple answer is:

  1. Minimal Discomfort: PicoWay is designed to minimize discomfort for patients, providing a less painful removal experience than other lasers. The ultra-short pulses of energy target the pigment with minimal impact on the surrounding tissue, resulting in less pain and downtime compared to other lasers.

  2. Numbing: We provide multiple numbing solutions to help ease discomfort, which can largely be anxiety fueled discomfort. We take our time and talk you through the entire process.
  3. Fast Sessions: Less time and less pain than the original tattoo. The PicoWay laser works quickly, so your session time is relatively short, with 5-20 minutes actual time under the small and unintimidating, wand.
  • Brow, lip, freckles, beauty marks and eyeliner tattoos can be removed with the PicoWay laser.
  • Brow tattoos, freckles and beauty marks are the simplest to remove and do not require a consultation.
  • Eyeliner tattoos and lip tattoos are more complicated because of the nature of the area and skin at the tattooed areas.
  • If these removals are to be performed, an in-person consultation is required.

The number of sessions required to remove a tattoo with a Picoway laser can vary depending on several factors, including:

  1. Size and Complexity of the Tattoo: Larger or more intricate tattoos typically require more sessions to remove completely compared to smaller or simpler tattoos.

  2. Ink Color and Type: Certain ink colors, such as black, respond more effectively to laser tattoo removal than others. Additionally, amateur tattoos or those with less densely packed ink may be easier to remove compared to professional tattoos with dense, multicolored ink.

  3. Skin Type: Skin type can affect the response to laser treatments. Generally, individuals with lighter skin tones tend to respond better to laser tattoo removal than those with darker skin tones, as there's a lower risk of pigmentation changes or scarring.

  4. Depth of the Tattoo: The depth at which the ink is deposited in the skin can influence the number of sessions required for removal. Deeper tattoos may require more sessions to reach and break down all layers of ink.

  5. Individual Healing Response: Each individual's body responds differently to laser treatments. Factors such as the rate of tattoo fading, skin healing, and overall response to treatment can affect the number of sessions needed.

On average, multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart are typically required for optimal results with laser tattoo removal. This allows the skin to heal between sessions and for the body's immune system to gradually eliminate the fragmented ink particles. However, it's essential to consult with a qualified practitioner who can assess your specific tattoo and provide personalized recommendations regarding the number of sessions needed for optimal results. They can also discuss the expected outcome, potential risks, and aftercare instructions to ensure the best possible outcome.

Tattoo removal is a work in progress, unique to each person.
  • Because everyone's skin type is different, and every tattoo is comprised of different inks, different colors, and different components, it is impossible to predict or guarantee how many sessions a complete removal will take.
  • Another factor to consider is the desired amount of removal. Some people want to remove just enough to successfully reapply cosmetic tattoos or traditional tattoos.
  • Depending on personal goals, this can reduce the number of sessions needed and can be determined as you go.
  • DAELA does not ask people to commit to any number of sessions, rather we proceed until the client is satisfied.
  • The PicoWay Laser is the most effective on the market and can treat all skin types and all tattoo ink colors.
  • Keep in mind no two people (or tattoos) are created equal, so individual results vary.
  • While complete elimination of a tattoo may or may not be possible, we will be able to remove enough so you can reimagine what was once there.

While the laser treatment may singe a few brow hairs, there is no reason to shave your brows with the PicoWay laser removal system.

Any brow hairs that may be damaged will regrow with the normal regrowth cycle.

  • Yes, we can remove unwanted traditional tattoos and cosmetic tattoos.
  • The desired level of removal will be achieved through multiple sessions.
  • You may be able to apply new tattoos or new cosmetic tattoos before complete removal has taken place.
  • The completeness of removal is a personal preference.
  • The laser does not damage your skin, so we can continue with as many sessions as you desire.


  • In this instance a saline solution can be used to remove the unhealed work.
  • When people call us about emergency removal, we always consult first. In most cases the person is experiencing 'brow shock'. This simply means that the new brows are darker and shockingly bold. They will heal lighter. So, if the shape is lovely and the strokes are good, then patience is required.
  • In the case of 'bad brows' we can perform the emergency saline removal.
  • The saline It creates a really angry red brow for a week with scabbing, but the color should mostly resolve removing up to 80% with one session. 
  • After the single saline session, we would proceed with final removal (after the brow heals) with either a single session of laser or a single session of UNDO Tattoo removal.

UDOO Tattoo removal is a process that can be used by people who can't undergo laser removal due to a skin condition.

This process also takes several sessions, just like laser tattoo removal, and works best on superficial pigments, like cosmetic brow tattoos vs traditional tattoos.

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