(Closed) Laser Tattoo Removal? Average Cost?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Hi there.

I looked into laser tattoo removal.  Prices may differ depending on where you are, but by me, it’s prohibitively expensive.  A dermatologist would charge as much as $250 per session or more, and most tattoos require several sessions.  A dermatology school offers a much lower rate, but still.  At $100 per session, it’s still very expensive.

Post # 4
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did tattoo removal, however it was cheap because it was at a private tattoo shop and only certain people were invited so my sessions were $100, but that is really unrealistic for a dermatologist (my fiance is a tattoo artist).

Good news is blacks and grays will fade quicker then color. You can expect to pay 250-500 a session. Each session needs to be spaced about 6 months apart from one another or else you’re not reaching the full ‘removal’ time for fading. A session doesn’t reach its full potential until about 6 months, so if you go more often then that you could be wasting money.

I had 3 sessions and my tattoo was lighter, but not gone this includes black. It was still noticable enough that people didn’t think I had anything done to it if they hadn’t seen it when it was still full color. I was also only trying to lighten so I could cover it with a 3/4  back peice.My tattoo on my shoulder was larger then yours and full color, but my black still clung on for dear life.

It does work, after a long long time, maybe even a few years or sessions. Because you figure you’d have about 2 sessions a year. I don’t know about how many sessions for complete removal because after 3 mine was still REALLY there, just blotchy. It is the only method that will work.

It is quite painful, more painful then the original tattoo, but the actual process isn’t long at all. Mine got more painful with each session.


Again, I only know from my experience and I never went to a dermatoliogist for it because there was a liscened technician that came into a tattoo shop twice a year.


Hope this helps!!

Post # 5
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had a consultation at a dermatologist about a year ago to remove a small 1″x1″ (or less) tattoo, and was shocked at the cost.  I’ll just echo what the PPs have said — they quoted me about $250 per session, and estimated that it would take AT LEAST 8 sessions to see a significant difference.  I found that a bit unlikely, and thought it would take less, but even if it were 4 or 5 sessions, that was too much money for me to proceed.  They did say that I could opt to have a resident do the laser removal, which would save $50/each session… but that was still a lot of money total!

Post # 6
34 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

mine was about your size- i had 7 appointments and spent $900 total.  it went over a time of 2.5yrs.  and now it’s completely gone.

Post # 7
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

One of my friends had a lower back tattoo and her mom offered to pay to have it removed because she (the mom) hated it so much.

She had about 4 sessions before she got married and her mom stopped paying for it.  It was so painful and is so expensive, she now has a mostly faded Jesus Fish on her back.  


If money isn’t an issue and you have a high pain threshold, do it!

Post # 8
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I had a friend who had her tattoo literally cut out of her skin, and the resulting ‘hole’ was sewn up.  It was on a fleshy part of her body, near her hip bone, so it ended working well.

It was considerably cheaper and faster than the laser method.  Her tattoo was maybe a tiny bit smaller than yours.  And there are ways to reduce scarring too (ointments, vitamin E, etc)

Is that something you could consider?

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