In general there are two ways to effectively remove a tattoo; by surgical removal (excision) and by laser treatments. Surgical removal has the advantage of removing the tattoo at one time but a permanent scar is left and this type of removal is only possible with small tattoos in areas where there is enough extra skin to pull together after the tattoo is excised. Laser tattoo removal can be performed on almost any tattoo on any area of the body but is a slower process, as multiple treatments are generally necessary.
The cost for laser tattoo removal depends on a number of things. In general, the larger the tattoo is, the more expensive each laser treatment is going to be because a larger tattoo takes longer to treat.
Cost also depends on how intricate the tattoo is. Tattoos that have a complex design are harder to treat and take longer because the laser light needs to hit each area of ink during the treatment and intricate designs take longer to trace with the laser.
Single color tattoos tend to be less expensive because only one wavelength of laser light needs to be used which saves time during the treatment session. Tattoos with multiple colors may require laser treatment with several different wavelengths of light which generally takes longer for each laser session; some of these wavelengths only fire at once or twice per second which takes considerably longer than colors where only one laser setting needs to be used and it can fire at 10 pulses per second.
The Laser Factor
The cost to remove a tattoo with a laser also depends on which laser is being used. Less expensive lasers are cheaper to use per treatment, but may not be as effective as more expensive lasers and require more treatments. The Medlite C6 Laser is effective in treating most red and black tattoos as well as most amateur tattoos and is a less expensive option than the PicoSure Laser. The PicoSure Laser fires at a faster speed and uses a different wavelength of light so that it is very effective on most black, green and blue tattoos but does not work of red ink. As a newer, more expensive laser, the cost to use the PicoSure Laser is higher per treatment; however, it can cut the number of treatments in half or even less. So, for most patients, it is worth the higher cost to remove the ink as quickly as possible.
Come In for the Real Answer
So, how much does it cost for laser tattoo removal? It depends on the tattoo and the laser. Very small tattoos with a single color can be as low as $100 per treatment. Very large tattoos with multiple colors and an intricate design can be over $1500 per treatment. The only way to find out for sure is to come in for an evaluation which is $40 for the consultation. Contact Us now to make that appointment!