How Much Does Tattoo Removal Cost?

What is the laser tattoo removal price per session? Thank you.

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How much does laser tattoo removal cost

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We typically charge $60/ square inch, with a $250 minimum.  That is a great price considering the quality of lasers used in my practice. 

Cost of Tattoo removal

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One treatment session will cost between $75 and $300 depending on where you live and how big your tattoo is. Multiple treatments with laser are needed to remove a tattoo, and no one can tell you how many sessions you will need, although an average is 5-10. Generally fewer sessions are needed for poorly done tattoos since the ink isn't as deep in the skin. Also, black tattoos are more easily removed than colored tattoos (with blue/green being the most difficult to remove).


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Dear bohlendl,

Since the initial evaluation for Laser Tattoo Removal requires a complete medical history form (to understand allergies, existing conditions, etc.) and pre treatment measurements and photos, there is a small charge of about $100 to cover our costs for this first session, in addition to the lasrer treatment costs.

The cost is based on the size and the number of colors in the tattoo (as we may have to use 2 or 3 different machines at each visit to get the most possible color out). This usually runs about $50 per square inch per treatment session. Remember, multiple visits spread out over months, are required to remove most tattoos.

Hope this information helped!

Dr. S

Cost of Laser Tattoo Removal with Picosure

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In our practice we use the Picosure laser which is a vastly superior technology then previously-used Q-switched lasers -  more effective and takes fewer sessions.  Pricing is based on square inch and complexity of the tattoo, but generally start at approximately $50 per square inch per session.  Of course the cost per square inch can go down depending on the size of the tattoo and the number of sessions purchased.  We also often run specials and promotions as well if you're looking in Chicago.

Cost of Laser Tattoo Removal

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The cost depends on the size of the tattoo. It starts from $100 per session for a small tattoo and increases based on the surface area that the tattoo covers. It will take approximately 6-8 sessions depending on the quality of the ink, 8-10 weeks apart for complete removal. Colored tattoos may need more sessions, which again depend on the quality of the ink.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Cost with Laser Tattoo Removal

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The cost of tattoo removal treatments depends on the size and color of the tattoo. Treatments start at $150 and increase from there. At Des Moines Plastic Surgery, we offer complimentary consultations to determine the cost of treatment for each individual patient.

David L. Robbins, MD, FACS
West Des Moines Plastic Surgeon

How Much Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?

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The cost of tattoo removal will depend upon the laser(s) used. And, whether or not the laser center offers pricing per treatment or in a series. We strongly believe pricing per session is the only way to charge for tattoo removal as results vary significantly from person to person and tattoo to tattoo.
The charges for laser tattoo removal start at $200 and depend on the size of the tattoo. To try to make things simple for people inquiring online or over the phone, we give prices based on sizes like business card, 8.5 x 11, etc. However, we realize most tattoos aren't shaped exactly in those dimensions. Prior to a treatment, each patient will be evaluated by a physician extender (P.A. or Nurse Practitioner) who will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for laser tattoo removal. They then will give you the exact cost. It is your decision to proceed or not. There should never  be any pressure involved in scheduling an appointment and no gimmicks like a special price if you schedule same day.
Tattoo removal likely requires several treatments. In some cases, some ares fade very quickly, so it is possible that the initial treatments may cost more than subsequent treatments where fading has started and the procedure takes less time.
As with any medical treatment, do not base your decision solely on cost. A low price for ineffective tattoo removal isn't really a great deal. Or paying for antiquated technology that takes many, many more treatments than the newest state-of the-art technology is also not a great deal.
However, a laser center with a great reputation and many repeat clients will often be able to offer very competitive prices while maintaining the highest standards in safety, efficacy, cleanliness and also the most highly trained and competent providers.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

How much is it ?

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This is the most common question we get. Most people are unaware that is is a costly undertaking, certainly more than the cost of the tattoo. Many factors determine the cost of removal or lightening. The newer technology machine are very expensive to purchase and maintain correctly calibrated for your safety. Too many "discount places" use older, second hand lasers that may not be up to standards. Don't shop by price alone.

Almost all practice charge primarily by the size of the tattoo in square inches. If you multiply the width times the length of your piece you will know how many square inches. The pricing then varies by the geographic area you are in, the type of center you are choosing, the quality of the equipment being used and the expertise of the practice in removal. 

I find as a general rule currently using a fair rate of $25 per sq inch per treatment is average. Almost all treatment are sold as a package or series and are discounted when purchased that way. Please consider that with older technologies you may require 12-20 treatment to remove a piece compared to 6-8 with the newest technologies (pico). Although the price per treatment may be less the overall completed price will be less.

Good luck!

Laser Tattoo removal cost

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Laser tattoo removal for most tattoos at our center is $275 per treatment.

Our tattoo removal package pays for 4 tattoo removal sessions at once with a fifth one free.


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Tattoo removal costs can range from $30-$60 per square inch. I am sure this varies by location and laser technology used.

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