Ready to remove that cute little butterfly butt-cheek tattoo that now soars across your more-than-ample ass like a wayward 747? Or your former lover's initials — now that he's not your BFF but M.I.A.? Dr. Alex Kaplan at Celebrity Laser Spa knows from tattoo removals. As a longtime volunteer removing tattoos for former gang members through Homeboy Industries, he's seen more than his share of inked nude women with misspelled names, three dots (the La Vida Loca gang) and an eye with a teardrop (meaning the tat holder 86'd someone). So when he opened Celebrity Laser Spa in 2005 he earned a rep as having one of the city's first medical offices to specialize in high-tech laser tattoo removal. He's got the gold standard of equipment, and rather than ply you with drugs, he'll treat you to a cool-air-blowing machine and lidocaine numbing cream — just enough to ease you through the process but not enough to make you forget what possessed you to get a tattoo in the first place. 11661 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood; (310) 312-1231,

—Heidi Dvorak

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