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Medical tattooing is an advanced approach to tattooing that can permanently resolve many cosmetic concerns. Board-certified dermatologist and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement expert Dr. Jason Emer regards medical tattooing as an incredibly versatile treatment option that consistently delivers significant aesthetic improvements. At his state-of-the-art medical practice in Beverly Hills, medical tattooing is performed on-site by one of Dr. Emer’s highly-trained and exceptionally skilled medical tattoo artists.

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What is Medical Tattooing?

Medical tattooing, or medical micropigmentation, involves a specialized method of implanting medical pigment in the skin. Medical tattooing is a minimally invasive treatment option that has many applications for cosmetic enhancement, including:

CONCEALING SKIN ABNORMALITIES – Pigments can be mixed to match your natural skin color, allowing for effective concealment of many skin irregularities. Medical tattooing is often performed on age spots, birthmarks, and pigmentation anomalies, including those caused by vitiligo.

CAMOUFLAGING SCARS AND STRETCH MARKS – Meticulous pigment matching and blending allows medical tattoo artists to dramatically reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Medical tattooing can camouflage many types of scars, including surgical scars, injury scars, and acne scars.

NON-SURGICAL NIPPLE AND AEREOLA RESTORATION – As an alternative or complement to nipple reconstruction surgery, medical tattooing can restore the appearance of aesthetic, proportionate nipples for mastectomy patients. Our expert medical tattoo artists can create realistic-looking nipples and areolas by using advanced shading techniques to achieve a 3D effect.

CONCEALING HAIR LOSS- Alopecia patients can benefit from medical tattoos that resemble hair follicles, which can help make hair loss less noticeable.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Medical Tattooing?

A board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Emer can determine if you are a good candidate for medical tattooing. After assessing your cosmetic concerns, Dr. Emer will apply his extensive knowledge and experience to identify your best treatment options.

Medical tattooing can revise a wide range of skin irregularities, but some skin conditions and pigmentation concerns may require a more complex or aggressive treatment approach.

Patients with raised scars, scars that are darker in color than the surrounding skin, or scars that receive frequent sun exposure may be better candidates for alternative scar revision procedures. Scar revision treatments, including medical tattooing, should not be performed on scars or stretch marks that are less than one year old and/or have not stabilized in appearance.

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Medical Tattooing: What to Expect

First, you will meet with your medical tattoo artist in a consultation to plan your custom medical tattoo. Dr. Emer’s medical tattoo artists work closely with you to select the optimal pigments, tattoo design, and tattoo placement for your desired outcome.

Your medical tattooing treatment will be performed in-office at Dr. Emer’s West Hollywood medical practice. To start, the medical tattoo artist will review and finalize the details of your tattoo. Next, a topical anesthetic can be applied to minimize discomfort during the procedure. After preparing your custom-colored pigments, the medical tattoo artist will expertly implant the pigments to best resolve your cosmetic concerns.

At the end of the session, the medical tattoo artist will dress the treatment area. You will receive personalized aftercare instructions regarding how to bandage and clean your tattoo, as well as specific guidelines for bathing, skin care, and the use of any prescribed topical ointments or creams.

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What to Expect after Medical Tattooing

Medical tattooing involves minimal downtime and discomfort. Immediately after your medical tattooing session, the treatment site may appear to have very dark coloring, and the area may be tender. These symptoms will diminish naturally as healing progresses.

With proper care, medical tattoos can heal within about 10 days. To prevent fading and support healing, it is important to closely follow all aftercare instructions and to protect the treatment site from:

  • Prolonged exposure to water
  • Direct sunlight
  • Contact with chlorinated water and/or salt water
  • Skin care products, including soaps and lotions
  • Excessive friction and force


Medical tattooing often requires two or three sessions to achieve the desired coverage and/or depth of color. Some fading of the pigment is to be expected in the first 10-14 days after a medical tattoo session. The color will stabilize within four to six weeks after treatment. You can then schedule a follow-up tattoo session with your medical tattoo artist if any adjustments or enhancements are needed to optimize your results.

Medical tattoos can last many years with proper care. Keeping the tattooed skin hydrated and consistently using sunscreen can help prevent fading and promote long-lasting results.

How Much Does Medical Tattooing Cost?

The price of medical tattooing varies based on the size of the treatment area, the complexity of the tattoo, and the number of treatments needed to achieve your desired outcome. Unlike many non-surgical treatments that require regular retreatment sessions to maintain results, medical tattooing can provide permanent improvements, which can make it a cost-effective option in many cases. Treatment options and pricing details will be reviewed as part of your consultation.

Contact Our Office to Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Emer works with the best medical tattoo artists in Los Angeles, so his patients can achieve the exceptional results they deserve. To find out if medical tattooing is right for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation.