Tattoo Removal & Modification

Seemed like a good idea at the time right? As time passes, life changes. A new job? Strapless wedding dress? Or maybe you’ve fallen in love with a new tattoo and need a clear canvas?

At Institute for Skin Advancement, we use a combination of two lasers to remove all colours of pigment for the most advanced tattoo removal in Calgary. The PicoSure Laser and the Spectra Q-Switch Laser.

The PicoSure laser is the world’s first picosecond laser. This laser’s energy specifically targets tattoo ink and shatters the ink particles into microscopic pieces which allows your body to eliminate them naturally. PicoSure tattoo removal often requires fewer treatments than other tattoo removal lasers and can be used on blues, greens and stubborn black ink. Institute for Skin Advancement was the first clinic in Calgary to utilize this laser technology and Dr. Metelitsa is considered to be a national expert on the PicoSure laser.

The Spectra Q-Switch laser was traditionally used for tattoo removal and it effectively targets red ink.

Our Certified Laser Technicians have received advanced training and certifications for tattoo removal.

How much does it cost and how many treatments will I need?

The cost will depend on the size of the area you would like changed and the colours of ink used. The price of tattoo removal starts at $175 but it is best to have a complimentary consultation to receive and exact quote.

* Individual results may vary

BrowLab @ Institute for Skin Advancement – Microblading

Tired of plucking, tweezing or using make up to fill in your brows?

Microblading is a very meticulous procedure where the technician uses a special microblading pen to draw tiny strokes that look like real hair. The brows are constructed out of hundreds of “tiny tattoo’s” which resemble real eye brows. This procedure can change the shape of a person’s brows, thickness or just fill in over plucked areas.

The longest part of the process is defining and calculating the best brow shape based on facial anatomy, existing brows and desired goal. This part of the process can take up to an hour but it is the most important step and should not be rushed. The second step requires a lot of practice and training in terms of placement of the tattoo lines. The goal is to have the appearance of a real hair pattern using tiny strokes.

A topical numbing cream is applied prior to the treatment and discomfort is minimal. The treatment lasts between 2-3 years and does require touch ups.

Book a complimentary consultation with our technicians at BrowLab to find out more information. Our technicians have advanced certifications and training.

* Individual results may vary

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning, also known as epi-leveing, was first used by doctors in the 1990’s as an exfoliation treatment instead of using acid peels. Dermaplaning provides an alternative to peels or microdermabrasion and is a good choice for anyone who has fine facial hair, extremely sensitive skin, redness or rosacea, telangiectasia and is a great treatment to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin.

How does it work?

The treatment is performed using a surgical blade to gently exfoliate dead skin cells in the Stratum Corneum and removes the vellus hair, commonly known as “peach fuzz”, which can trap excess dirt and oil. A noticeable improvement is immediate with smoother texture and fresh skin appearance. Hair returns softly and will not become coarser, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.


  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increases the skin’s ability to absorb products better
  • Reduces the appearance of hyper-pigmentation
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Encourages normal shedding (desquamation) of the stratum corneum
  • Improves hydration
  • Can be used in combination with chemical peels, meso therapy, micro current and other facial treatments

What to expect:

There is no downtime associated with this procedure. The patient should be educated about the importance of using sunscreen to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation. Dermaplaning can be done as often as every two weeks, although it is usually done when vellus hair starts to grow back, which is generally in one month’s time.


  • Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance.


  • The only contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.

* Individual results may vary


Set up a complimentary consultation with a cosmetic dermatology specialist today!