Tattoo Removal Cost

You no longer have to be marked for life with a tattoo that does not suit your lifestyle anymore.

For most people seeking to undo a youthful indiscretion, laser tattoo removal offers the best solution.

Other methods are excision, in which the tattoo is surgically removed, and the wound stitched together. This works best on the smallest of tattoos, but the high risk of scarring, particularly if the tattoo was in a "bendy" part of the body where the skin is constantly stretched, makes it undesirable.

Dermabrasion is another option. This involves a machine that works like a high-powered sander to buff of layers of skin and take the ink from the tattoo with it. This method has lost favor with the advance of laser treatments to erase tattoos.

Laser Tattoo Removal Cost

The cost of tattoo removal involves several factors, such as where you live (it will likely cost more in bigger cities), how large the tattoo is, what colors where used in the tattoo (some, black and blue, for instance are easy to remove, while others, like green and yellow, can be near impossible to take out), and the dermatologic surgeon you choose. Expect to spend anywhere from $200 to $500 per session. Most tattoos will require a minimum of 5 sessions, but a large piece of colorful body art can take 20 sessions or more to remove. Therefore, if you really want to get rid of a tattoo, you have to bank on spending at least $1,000, and up to $10,000 or even more. If you choose to have a local anesthetic with your sessions, expect an additional fee for the injection. An antibiotic cream may also be necessary for home care of the tattooed skin after each treatment. In case you are wondering, some people find the laser treatments very painful, akin to being snapped with rubberbands or sprayed with hot grease, so they opt for anesthesia.

Where Do I Go to Get My Tattoo Removed?

As with any other treatment, you should shop around and especially ask for referrals. A great place to find referrals is a tattoo removal forum! Or get a referral from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons or the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. Get a consultation and an estimate of how many sessions you are likely to need given the size, location and colors of your tattoo or tattoos. Don't be afraid to haggle, either. See if they will give you a discount if you agree to all 10 sessions, say, or if you pay cash, or pay half or all upfront. In reality, it is not likely to happen, but it certainly never hurts to try.

What About Free Tattoo Removal?

I may be wrong, but you probably are not eligible for free tattoo removal. This is offered in some areas, by some doctors, to former gang members who want to get a fresh start on life. However, if you think you may qualify, do an online search for tattoo removal program or gang tattoo removal.


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