What is the typical tattoo removal cost that you can expect? Most likely, you are going to get a laser tattoo removal as it is the expected form of removal these days. Back in the day, when lasers weren't available, your tattoo was removed by cutting open your skin and than stitching it back up, which was very painful and expensive. Although the cost of tattoo removal is still expensive, it is a much better option than getting a one done surgically. Although you can get it done through invasive methods (excision and dermabrasion are two choices), they are not worth it considering the fact that a laser removal is known to be a lot more effective and have minimal side effects. You can expect the cost of laser tattoo removal to be around $150-$200 per session. Each tattoo you have will require about 6 sessions. The cost and the number of treatments you have depends on how large your tattoo is, the quality of it (some tattoos have ink at different depths, making them harder to remove), the age of it, and the ink that was used (darker colors are a lot easier and thus less expensive to get rid of). Often, people are quoted in the $200 range with a required 6 sessions even if the tattoo is relatively small. However, if the tattoo is really small and only one color you can expect to remove it with a couple of sessions at around $100 each. The cost of one session for a particular tattoo can even go in the range of $500 and the number of sessions to remove the tattoo may go into the teens! This is why the price removing your tattoo can go in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. Aside from the cost of the actual laser, each session will cost more if you are administered with anesthesia, which can cost around $100 for each session. The time between each session is going to be roughly 2 months as it takes time for the body to absorb the fragmented pigments after the laser has done its job. You may find that you are satisfied with the amount removed after a minimal number of treatments.

You should keep in mind that a tattoo removal is somewhat of a misnomer as there is a very good chance that you are not going to get your tattoo completely removed. There will likely be a faded version of it and a scar in the shape of the former picture. However, if you go to a reputable place, there is a less chance of this happening.

If you want to remove a tattoo because you don't like its design anymore, an alternative to getting a tattoo removal and avoiding the expensive cost is getting another tattoo to cover up the one with the design which you don't like. A skilled artist can make a tattoo that looks completely different from the old one, but with the same size and shape.

You can get a laser tattoo removal by going to a dermatologist, which specializes in the removal of tattoos. You can simply go to your regular doctor and he or she will refer you to a specialist.

Although a removal by laser is the most common procedure, another technique, is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). It is less painful and often times less expensive than laser light therapy. Rather than costing you hundreds of dollars per session, you will have to pay for each pulse, which will cost around $10. Talk to dermatologist to see if you can get this type of treatment.

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