It seems that for some people acquiring a tattoo is a quick decision that doesn't require a lot of thought or planning ahead. However, when it comes to tattoo removal the road is often a lot more difficult. Even if at one time you were quite fond of your tattoo there may come a day when you decide it no longer fits your image or perhaps it needs to be removed for professional reasons. There are a few options for tattoo removal but none are quick and painless.

If you're looking for cheap tattoo removal options chances are you're looking for something that won't require you to take a out a second home loan. If you only have a hundred dollars or less to spend on having your tattoo removed you're going to be disappointed with the results. There simply aren't any cheap options that are also effective. Laser tattoo removal prices will vary depending on the size and coloring of your tattoo but expect to pay at least 10 times the original cost of your tattoo to have it removed.

Probably your cheapest option is some of the many brands of tattoo removal cream you'll find available online. There are oodles of choices available but even the best brands will only fade the appearance of your tattoo at best. If you want your tattoo completely erased you basically only have two choices: laser treatments or surgical excision--both which require quite a bit of money.

If you don't have a lot of money upfront to pay for your tattoo removal you might want to look into a credit service called Care Credit. This is a type of credit card you can use for medical services and is accepted at many clinics that perform cosmetic surgery including laser tattoo removal and excision. If you spend over a certain limit you have the ability to pay off the balance either within 6, 8, or 12 months with no interest. This option might be worth considering if you don't want to put any more money on your credit cards or don't have the cash saved upfront. You might want to do a little investigative research to find out what treatment centers in your area accept Care Credit before applying.

There is also special makeup you can use that is developed to cover up a tattoo and blends in with your skin. It works very much like foundation and usually involves a couple different layers including a powder and paste. Usually many different layers are needed. This type of concealer is usually referred to as tattoo camouflage. Using this type of concealer may work for special occasions or on those days when you just don't feel like sharing your tattoo with the rest of the world but is hardly suitable for everyday use.

Unfortunately, when it comes to complete tattoo removal there simply aren't many options that are both cheap and effective for the long term.