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What You Need to Know About Tattoo Removal

Updated on July 31, 2015

Does Tattoo Removal Hurt and How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Tattoo

So you got a tattoo maybe spur of the moment or when you where younger. Possibly you didn't realize you can't get certain jobs with tattoos. Whatever the reason, you are here because you're wanting to have it removed. Or at least see what the process entails to have a tattoo removed.

First of all, tattoo removal is far more painful than getting the tattoo itself. Just because you get a tattoo removed does not mean you won't have a scar. Essentially you may get rid of the tattoo design, but it will be replaced with a reddish, white scar.

Sometimes it will just lighten the tattoo. The other thing a lot of people don't realize is that it can cost several times the amount to remove a tattoo than it did to get it put on your body. Especially if you have a larger tattoo, you are talking several hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Tattoo Removal Before and After Pictures

Tattoo Removal on Neck

Tattoo Removal Creams, Tattoo Laser Removal, and Pulsed Light Therapy for Tattoo Removal

The pain of getting a tattoo removed has been compared to that of being splattered with grease. The most common way to have a tattoo removed is by laser removal. Don't expect to go in once and you're done. It takes several times to totally remove a tattoo. Depending upon how large or small your tattoo is. Even small tattoos take several visits for complete removal. The more visits you take, you risk damaging the skin more and more each time it's done. As for the cost of laser removal, you're looking at $250 - $850 each session.

Some people use Intense Pulsed Light Therapy. This method is not as painful as laser removal and is said to be more effective. What they do is put a gel substance onto your skin and move a wand like apparatus over the tattoo, breaking up the ink beneath the skin. Many people opt out of this method of tattoo removal because it is more costly than laser removal. Instead of being charged a flat fee per session you are charged per pulse. The average is $10 a pulse.

The other option is tattoo removal creams. I would approach this with skeptisism and not expect the same results as the laser removal or pulsesd light therapy would offer. These creams have to be used for many, many months and for one called Tat B Gone it's $125 for a two month supply. Another tattoo removal cream called Tattoo Off is $116.95 for a two month supply.

Tattoo Removal on Calf

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      sandra 

      4 years ago

      I have a tattoo I used proxide & it take out all the ink an leave it looking nasty

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