The Differences Between Chemical Peel, Cream, Laser Light, and Other Tattoo Removal Costs: Overview
Before deciding to get a tattoo, have you considered the sometimes painful and costly procedures to get the tattoo removed down the line? Should your tattoo become an issue or one you hate (such as with older tattoo mottos and slogans), the costs can be over triple what you paid to get your tattoo in the first place.
There are several methods and processes for tattoo removal and anyone considering getting a tattoo should be aware that costs are higher than others depending on how long the tattoo has been on the skin, how deep the tattoo ink goes into the skin, as well as how large the tattoo is.
Tattoo Removal Costs Using Laser Light
There are several types of intensed light or laser light tattoo removal processes and their associated costs.
The costs range from $50-$500 PER TREATMENT. Depending on the size of the tattoo, it could take several treatments that are spaced about a month apart. Because it can take up to 20 sessions to remove a tattoo, you could be looking at a total cost of $10,000!
Some people find laser tattoo removal very painful (comparing it to having hot grease splattered on their skin) and opt for local anesthetic. It costs approximately $50 PER SHOT.
There are, however, some institutes and other outlets that do offer deals. For example, National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona charges $50 per treatment to people willing to be models for their laser tattoo removal system.
You may have similar programs available in your area. Type 'laser tattoo removal' along with your city in a Google search.
Tissue Expansion Tattoo Removal/Surgical Excision Tattoo Removal Costs
Let's face it, surgery is surgery, and it costs.
While some laser tattoo removal procedures are also considered surgery, tissue expansion and surgical excision tattoo removal is performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in most cases.
Not only will you pay for a consultation which can cost $200-$400, you will be paying for the actual surgery which can run $1,000 to $7,000---or more.
Sometimes a skin graft will be needed in the case of a larger tattoo and surgical excision always leaves a scar. You may have to pay even more down the road for scar removal, depending on how large and visible the incision is.
Dermabrasion Tattoo Removal
Dermabrasion tattoo removal is a process where the skin is "sanded" using a rapidly-moving, diamond tipped instrument.
You would think that dermabrasion/sanding of the skin would not scar the skin, but it does---always. It falls into the same category as laser surgery tattoo removal and costs about the same.
Tattoo Removal Using Chemical Peels
Chemical peel tattoo removal processes are a great option for most people because they most often do not leave scarring and are the most cost effective ranging in price from $300 to $$1,000 total --- or more --- and may take several applications to completely get rid of the tattoo ink.
Natural Skin Shop carries a full range of chemical peels for tattoo removal and prices vary.
Tattoo Removal Using Creams
Tattoo removal creams such as Wrecking Balm work much the same way as chemical peels for tattoo removal.
Some people have said that tattoo removal creams don't work and aren't worth the money; however, Wrecking Balm and TatBGone users have reported that these two products are effective in diminishing, fading, or removing a tattoo's ink altogether.
Wrecking Balm costs $149.95 for 24 applications; $249.95 for 72 applications.
TatBGone costs about $85 for their kit.
Be wary of investing in creams. Although some have achieved success with some people, others have had complaints that certain creams have not worked at all and were not worth the money. Make sure you do your homework! TattooRemoval.org provides an abundance of information on tattoo removal processes and costs.