Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program


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Clean Slate helps former gang-affiliated youth and young adults take the final step in dissolving all their past gang ties through offering removal of gang-related tattoos.  Job and educational assistance are provided.  Having visible gang-related tattoos removed dramatically increases employment opportunities.

Sessions are held once a month at Southwest Community Health Center at Lombardi Court. Participants are eligible to receive free family planning services while they are enrolled in Clean Slate.

Contact:

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Amanda Hernandez Esperanza Program Assistant Work Phone: 707-800-3955

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to remove my tattoo?

The number of sessions needed may vary depending upon the color of the tattoo and the depth of the pigment of your tattoo. The average number of sessions are between 8- 12.

Will it hurt?

Most clients have said that it feels like being stung by a dozen rubber bands. While it can be painful, participants all say that the pain is worth it!

Is there a cap or limit to who can receive the treatment?

Clean Slate currently limits tattoo removal to 14-24 year old participants who have visible gang related tattoos that are barriers to employment.

What is the process to get a tattoo removed?

Contact Clean Slate at (707) 544-3299 x227. After an initial intake process to assess eligibility, you will need to pay a $50 one-time fee to enroll in the program and complete 10 hours out of the 25 hours of community service that are required before your first session. Sessions are scheduled once a month, or every other month depending upon funding.

At your first session, you will meet with the doctor to sign an informed consent.  You will be instructed to wear a pair of goggles over your eyes and then the laser technician begins the procedure.  After the procedure, you will be given ice, ointment and after-care instructions. Depending on the size of the tattoo, the procedure can take anywhere from 3-12 minutes. Multiple sessions over several months or years may be needed to fully remove the tattoo.

Who administers the tattoo removal procedure?

A certified laser technician administers the tattoo removal procedure and a medical assistant from the clinic processes paperwork and distributes after care instructions.

How much does it cost to participate?

A one-time fee of $50 and 25 hours of community service is required for each participant. Research shows that it would normally cost anywhere from $400- $6000 to have a tattoo removed outside of the Clean Slate program.