How Much Does a Tattoo Removal Cost?

Tattoos are a form of body art that allows a person to express themselves. There are a variety of reasons why people have these permanent ink representations imprinted into their skin. Sometimes it’s to proclaim your love or to show remembrance or some other personal reason. There are also times when a tattoo is no longer desired. If you have unwanted tattoos on your body, you can have them removed. If you’re considering having this procedure done, but are wondering what it costs, or how it is done, we have some useful information that you’ll find helpful.

How are tattoos removed?

Before we talk about the methods of tattoo removal we must first point out that some people are more successful than others in having tattoos removed. Even the latest techniques will fail for some people. The degree of success depends upon a few different factors including the pigment of the tattoo, it’s size and the color of your skin.

The old methods

Prior to the invention of modern tattoo removal techniques, People would attempt to de-ink the tattoos. They would use dermabrasion therapy which includes sanding down the skin and some would even use salabrasion and rub salt solutions into the skin, heat it, and scrape it away. While in some cases the tattoo would be totally gone, as the area heals, scars developed. Surgical removal also has a high potential for leaving a scar. With this procedure, the skin that is tattooed is cut out and skin from the surrounding area is sewn together over the place where the skin was removed. Scarring is less of a problem if the tattoo is very small. Cryosurgery, also referred to as cryotherapy is also used to remove tattoos. It involves freeze burning the tattooed skin using liquid nitrogen. This also has the potential for leaving scars. None of these methods are recommended by physicians.

The recommended method

The safest and most effective way to remove a tattoo is to seek professional assistance through laser therapy. A qualified and certified laser technician uses a beam of light to locate contrast between the skin tone and the ink in the skin. It breaks down the ink into small particles which can be absorbed by the body more naturally. Black ink is the easiest to remove on light-skinned people with laser therapy. Colors that are the hardest to remove are fluorescents, purples, and greens.

How much does tattoo removal cost?

Treatments can range between 5 to 12 sessions and there is a charge for each. You must wait for a period of at least one month in between the treatments. The average cost per treatment is $350. Health insurance does not cover any part of the cost because it is a cosmetic procedure

Side effects

There is usually pain or at least soreness and discomfort after each laser treatment. The area treated will appear as a burn that is in the process of healing. This is the most common side effect. The others may include scarring to varying degrees and the potential that the tattoo will only fade and not entirely disappear.

Final thoughts

Having a tattoo removed is something that should be explored with a professional in the laser removal field. It’s not something that you should try on your own. Even trained professionals cannot guarantee there will not be scarring, or that the tattoo can be fully removed. Some people do have great success, while the best others can hope for is to fade the tattoo. A consultation with a trained professional can help you in understanding how effective laser treatment will be in your case. Although the average charge is $350 per session, the prices may vary from one laser treatment provider to another. It’s always a good idea to shop around. Also, read reviews which have been posted by other clients who have used the service. This can give you an idea of the quality of work that they perform. The cost of tattoo removal depends greatly on how many sessions are needed to achieve the desired results. You’ll need to plan on spacing the treatments out so your body has at least one month to heal in between each treatment you receive.


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