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Pigment/Tattoo Removal


Tattoo Removal Marina Del Rey

Pigmented Lesion and Tattoo Removal with the ND: Yag Laser

Advanced laser technologies now allow us to effectively treat unwanted pigment within the skin. The ND: Yag Laser is capable of treating pigmented lesions and unwanted tattoos with a minimal risk of scarring and no downtime. Discomfort is minimal, and the healing process is 1 –2 weeks. Please consult with Dr.Patel to determine whether these procedures could be right for you.


Age Spots, Freckles, Brown Spots & Birthmarks

Melanin is what gives our skin its color. Unwanted pigmentation is simply melanin which is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. Unwanted pigmented lesions can be successfully lightened or removed with the ND: Yag laser. The laser emits a powerful pulse of light which passes through the skin and breaks apart the abnormal concentration of melanin.

At least 80% of all common pigmented lesions are removed with one treatment, however, this can vary depending on the size and color of the lesion. since this procedure can be slightly uncomfortable, we recommend a topical anesthetic cream to help reduce your discomfort. Post treatment, the areas may take on a “bruised” appearance for 1-2 weeks which will gradually fade. Treated areas need to be protected from sun exposure. Since most pigmented lesions are caused by exposure to ultraviolet sun rays, it is important to always wear sunblock. Failure to wear protective sunblock will allow further sun damage to occur and result in new or return of pigmented lesions.

Tattoo Removal

Ink tattoos can now safely be removed with a minimal risk of scarring. Whether you have professionally applied or amateur tattoos, the ND: Yag laser can successfully lighten, or remove unwanted ink. On the average, professional tattoos require 5 to 6 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 2 to 4 treatments spaced two months apart.

The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Dark inks, such as blue and black, respond best to the laser. Reds and purples also respond well. Yellow and green inks are the most difficult to remove.

The discomfort of this procedure can be lessened by the application of a topical anesthetic cream. This cream should be applied thickly to the area 1 to 2 hours prior to the treatment and covered with a piece of plastic wrap. Post-treatment there might be some pinpoint bleeding and slight soreness of the treated area.

Nita Patel, MD

Dermatologist located in Marina Del Rey, CA

Dr. Nita Patel is a board certified Dermatologist and founder of Advance Dermatology & Laser Medical Center, Inc. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1987. Dr. Patel graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 1991 and completed her dermatology residency at the UCLA and VA West Los Angeles Medical Centers in 1995.

Dr. Patel is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and has extensive experience in general dermatology, skin cancer surgery, cosmetic procedures and lasers. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David School of Medicine at UCLA and teaches dermatology residents, rotating residents and medical students on a volunteer basis. Dr. Patel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She has received a Board Certificate in Laser Surgery and Medicine and is a Member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.

What we offer


General Dermatology

Dr. Nita Patel is board certified in dermatology and is a specialist who treats disorders of the skin, hair and nails. She treats patients of all ages – from infants to the elderly. Dr. Patel and her staff will prescribe the most advanced medications and work to get the best coverage for them. Some of the common skin conditions that can be treated include:

  • Acne Rosacea
  • Rashes Sun Damage
  • Eczema Skin Cancer
  • Allergic Reactions Moles
  • Fungal Infections Warts

Sun Protection

Skin cancer affects thousands of people each year in the U.S. Dr. Patel in Marina del Rey, CA can perform a general skin exam with dermoscopy to screen for any suspicious moles, precancerous lesions and skin cancers.  In addition to screenings and cancer removal, she also helps patients develop sun-healthy behaviors to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer.

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Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept all PPOs and Medicaid. If you have any questions, please call our office.

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Cosmetic Dermatology

Dr. Patel performs a variety of cosmetic procedures that can improve texture, complexion, and wrinkles. She also can recommend procedures that address aging and sun damage to achieve a more youthful and natural appearance. Schedule for your complimentary cosmetic consultation.

  • Chemical Peels
  • Botox
  • Filler Injections
  • Juvederm
  • Perlane
  • Volumizers
  • Sclerotherapy
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Laser Treatment

Dr. Nita Patel uses the most advanced laser systems so men and women from Marina del Rey, CA area can achieve the most effective results in body contouring, collagen rejuvenation, treatment of facial veins, sun/age spots and hair and tattoo removal. A specialized laser is used to treat a specific target.  Lasers can bypass other structures of the skin and minimized any side effects and perform the treatment safely.

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Nita Patel, MD
4560 Admiralty Way
Suite 101
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292