Absolute Laser Tattoo Removal |  3760 Convoy St., Ste. 114, San Diego  |  (858) 715-8444

by Steve Kang

I had been thinking about getting a tattoo removed that I got after I graduated from college. My roommate and I decided to get one together. He was getting a killer whale on his right hip and I was getting a cartoon kangaroo on my left hip. We thought we were being so cool because no one really had them at the time. Like a lot of people, we got them on our hips so that they weren’t visible unless you wanted them to be. Little did we know that years later tattoos would become very mainstream, and hip tattoos were no longer “hip tattoos.”

A friend suggested I check out Absolute Laser Tattoo Removal. I was slightly nervous for my consultation, but as soon as I walked in, I was greeted by a very friendly (and super attractive) staff. After I checked in, I noticed a giant saltwater fish tank filled with fish and anemones. It immediately brought a sense of calm and relaxation to my nerves.

I entered Dr. Eric Korsh’s office and sat with his certified physician’s assistant Mitch, who looks like a male model, so ladies watch out! (Just kidding, Mitch; you were personable and professional, too.) I wasn’t sure what to expect from Dr. Korsh. I knew he was obviously educated because he is also a Diplomate for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, but his quick wit and his friendliness could easily land him a second career as a comedian. Who knew doctors were so cool?

Dr. Korsh explained that he was inspired to start a laser tattoo removal business after his son got his first tattoo. Like most young guys, he picked the BEST QUOTE EVER: “Live Fast, Die Young.” Needless to say, dad was not impressed. As a doctor and father, his first thought was, “How do I get this thing off?”

Absolute Laser Tattoo Removal uses the PicoSure, the latest and greatest of laser technology for tattoo removal. Until the launch of PicoSure, Q-switched lasers had been considered the gold standard for removing tattoos. Q-switched laser treatments use thermal energy to heat up and break apart the ink particles. Now with PicoSure, ultra-short pulses (one trillionth of a second in length!) hit the ink particle with a pressure so great, the ink shatters into tiny dust-like particles. Because the particles are so small, they are more readily absorbed and eliminated by the body. This can mean better clearance of the tattoo and less treatments overall. Also, I learned that the traditional lasers often struggle to remove the colors blue and green completely, and I need this kangaroo gone, completely.

This rare and advanced laser can actually remove your tattoo entirely in much less time and in a lot fewer sessions. Even though the old system might be cheaper per session, it can be up to 18 sessions and up to three years to complete. Absolute’s system only takes three to six sessions and up to a year to complete. Not to mention, a cover-up job only takes them one or two sessions. So when it’s all said and done, your total cost is less as well as your time spent.

Dr. Korsh’s son is now considering getting his regrettable tattoo removed. “Live Fast, Die Young” may be going away, but the story behind it will last forever, giving everyone a chuckle, but more importantly putting clients at ease when the Doc talks about it! After spending my time learning and laughing, I am ready to start my first treatment with confidence in a great team.

Eric Korsh, MD, has been a licensed physician since 1986. He is originally from New Jersey and has lived in San Diego since 1997. Dr. Korsh received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College and his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency at Seton Hall University and fellowship at Cornell University Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Korsh is also a certified Laser Safety Officer.