I had 2 different tattoos removed. First one I had removed using a Photoderm technique that was 99.9% removed in 3 visits for $150 a visit at a place in Arlington Texas. It hurt and really blistered. It left minor scaring but I would rather have the scar then the tattoo.
The second tattoo I am having removed in another state using intense pulse light and I have gone 8 times now at $200 a visit and it has only faded about half way. This type of removal is very tame and I don't expect scarring but I don't expect this method to work like the first.
If you have the option and you really want it gone then I would use the Photoderm method because of the cost and effectiveness.