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Conveniently located to serve Kelowna, BC.

Treatment Options

Laser Tattoo Removal

We will help you lighten or remove your tattoo permanently so you can feel more confident.

Book a consultation with us today!

Before & After Gallery

Just like skin, results may vary. These pictures (of our awesome, real-life clients!) help you see what is possible and set a realistic expectation.

We’d love to get to know you, learn more about your goals, and see what treatment options would suit you best.

With Laser Tattoo Removal You Can

Rediscover Your True Look at DermMedica

Our laser tattoo removal treatments utilize the gentlest techniques for the most comfortable experience possible. The high quality, gold-standard devices at our clinic are capable of effectively removing dyes that could not be treated with older technology. Ask about our Alexandrite Laser, capable of removing dark greens and blues.

Laser Tattoo Removal in Kelowna

The DermMedica clinic is owned by Dr. Craig Crippen, an M.D. certified to perform these cosmetic procedures by the American Board of Laser Surgery. We have been performing these treatments for both men and women, safely, and in a relaxing environment, for more than 20 years.

Who is it for?

Any patient with unwanted tattoos.

How does it work?

Normally, we perform a local anesthetic injection to numb the area completely prior to the laser treatment.

Laser Tattoo Removal in Kelowna, BC

One of the tools we have is the Fotona QX MAX – the highest power available today in a Q-Switched laser. We also have two other devices including a Cynosure Accolade 755nm and a Hoya Con Bio Medlite laser which are both excellent for tattoo & pigment reduction. Some other brand names you may have heard about include both the Picoway and Picosure lasers (not currently available).

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Treatment Spotlight:

Laser Tattoo Removal

WHY CHOOSE US?: We have been performing tattoo removal since 1994 and have literally treated thousands of patients. Our laser tattoo removal devices are by Cynosure and Fotona, two well-known and high quality laser manufacturers. We have 3 wavelengths of light to treat your tattoos.
PROCEDURE TIME: 15-30 minutes depending on tattoo size and location
RECOVERY TIME: None, some redness and swelling is normal
LASTS: Permanent
TECHNIQUE: Laser removal of tattoo
RESULTS: 2-5 months to see results of each laser session
PAIN LEVEL: None with anaesthetic
ANESTHESIA: Local anaesthetic recommended, but not required. Small tattoos may not require any.

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A Guide To

Common Pigments


MATERIALS: Iron Oxide (Fe3O4) Iron Oxide (FeO) Carbon Logwood

COMMENT: Black ink is made from magnetite crystals, jet, wustite, bone black, and carbon. These pigments are often used in India ink.



COMMENT: Ochre contains iron oxide and clay. In its raw form, ochre is yellow in colour. After being heat treated, it changes to a brown-red colour.


MATERIALS: Cinnabar (HgS) Cadmium red (CdSe) Iron Oxide (Fe2O3) Napthol-AS pigment

COMMENT: Rust or iron oxide is reddish in colour and often used to make red ink. Cinnabar is the ore form of mercury. Both cinnabar and cadmium can be toxic and result in skin reactions and other minor health problems. Naphthol Red is a synthetic pigment. It is less toxic and lower risk than other forms of red pigment.


MATERIALS: disazodiarylide and/or disazopyrazolonecadmium seleno-sulfide

COMMENT: Orange pigments are made by condensing two mono-azo pigments. They are fairly stable and can be difficult to remove.



COMMENT: To make flesh tones, many pigments are combined. It can be difficult to predict how easy they will be to remove.


MATERIALS: Cadmium Yellow (CdS, CdZnS) Ochres Curcuma Yellow Chrome Yellow (PbCrO4, often mixed with PbS) Disazodiarylide

COMMENT: Turmeric and curcurmin are used to make curcuma. Yellow pigments may contain cadmium. This can be a cause of allergic reactions. In order to obtain a bright yellow effect, more pigment is often used with yellows.


MATERIALS: Chromium Oxide (Cr2O3), called Casalis Green or Anadomis GreenMalachite [Cu2(CO3)(OH)2] Ferrocyanides and Ferricyanides Lead chromate Monoazo pigmentCu/Al phthalocyanineCu phthalocyanine

COMMENT: Green ink usually contains a variety of pigments including yellow, red and Prussian blue.


MATERIALS: Azure Blue Cobalt Blue Cu-phthalocyanine

COMMENT: Cooper salt-based blue pigments are the safest. They are often used in kids products and contact lenses. Other blues are made with azurite, lapis lazuli, cobalt aluminum oxides and chromium oxides.


MATERIALS: Manganese Violet (manganese ammonium pyrophosphate) Various aluminum salts Quinacridone Dioxazine/carbazole

COMMENT: Purple pigments vary in how stable they are. Some are photoreactive and lose colour after being exposed to light. Others like dioxazine and carbazole are more stable.


MATERIALS: Lead White (Lead Carbonate) Titanium dioxide (TiO2) Barium Sulfate (BaSO4) Zinc Oxide

COMMENT: White pigments can either be used alone or to change the colour of other pigments. They can be unpredictable to remove and sometimes become darker or turn black with treatment.

Services & Treatments Offered

Related Treatments

“Fantastic Job!”

"I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Crippen for awhile now, he does botox injections for me every 3 months. I was very nervous at first, but the staff and Dr. Crippen made me feel at ease right away. He is a wonderful Doctor, very caring and does a fantastic job. I highly recommend Dr. Crippen. Staff is also excellent!!! Thank you." – Harold Elliot

“Surprised How Easy It Was!”

"I had excellent results with a Coolsculpting operation at this clinic. Dr. Crippen took me through everything I wanted to know before we started, and I was still surprised at how easy it was. It took a little longer than I would have liked for the results to kick in, but I didn’t change anything and I lost weight." – Ami Hamann

“Highly Recommend”

"I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Crippen for a while now, he does botox injections for me every 3 months. I was very nervous at first, but the staff and Dr. Crippen made me feel at ease right away. He is a wonderful Doctor, very caring, and does a fantastic job. I highly recommend Dr. Crippen. The staff is also excellent!!! Thank you." – LK

Doctor Crippen Family Photo

Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery

Meet Dr. Craig Crippen

Born and raised in Ottawa Ontario, Dr. Crippen has attended three Canadian universities and obtained four educational titles including his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Since graduating in 2001, Dr. Crippen has continued to expand his knowledge, focusing his practice in the fields of Medical Dermatology, Vein, Laser & Cosmetic Medicine.

After receiving his M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2001, Dr. Crippen then completed his specialty training in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba over the next two years. He has worked extensively in public and private medicine since 2003, but in response to rising demand, Dr. Crippen has devoted his practice exclusively to both medical & cosmetic skin care procedures/treatments at his clinic.