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Tattoo Removal Program

Tattoo Removal Program

For more information about the tattoo removal program, please call (510) 494-7009.

What is the Tattoo Removal Program?

The tattoo removal program is designed to help teenagers and young adults make positive changes in their lives by removing symbols of past negative behaviors and actions associated with gang and drug activities. This program coordinates tattoo removal with mentoring and other social support services.

The tattoo removal program is a collaborative program within the County of Alameda. Washington Hospital collaborates with the Community Counseling and Education Center (CCEC) in Fremont and Eden Youth and Family Services in Hayward.

Tattoos are removed using a laser process that breaks up the pigment of the tattoo, which causes the tattoo to fade over the course of several treatments. There is a topical anesthetic that can be used, but it does prolong the treatment.

Are there any fees?
There are no fees for the those under age 25, however, they are required to perform 50 hours of community service. For the participants over 25, there is a one-time registration fee that covers paperwork and pictures of the tattoos undergoing treatment. The fee varies depending on the size and colors of the tattoo(s).

REQUIREMENTS

New Start
(under 25 years of age)

New Beginnings
(25 years of age and older)
  • Must have visible gang tattoos. Face, neck, ear, hands, lower arm, back, lower leg (female)
  • Must be in school, have a job or be in a job training program
  • Must perform 50 hours of community services at an approved location. Ten of these hours must be complete prior to the first laser tattoo removal treatment.
  • Must meet with a sponsor/mentor once a month. (Program assists with matching sponsor to participant). Mentor helps with career and life planning.
  • Must come into the program willingly. We do not take court mandatory referrals.
  • No monetary fee.
  • Must have visible gang tattoos. Face, neck, ear, hands, lower arm, back, lower leg (female)
  • Must be in school, have a job or be in a job training program
  • Must perform 25 hours of community services at an approved location. Ten of these hours must be complete prior to the first laser tattoo removal treatment.
  • Not required to have a sponsor or mentor.
  • Must come into the program willingly. We do not take court mandatory referrals.
  • Required to pay a one-time fee based on the size and number of tattoos.

For more information about the tattoo removal program, please call (510) 494-7009.

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