Calculating your laser tattoo removal cost can help you decide when you're ready to have the procedure performed, especially since insurance is unlikely to cover any of what's generally considered an elective cosmetic procedure. The average cost ranges anywhere from $500 to $10,000 and depends largely on a number of factors.
Size and Complexity of the Tattoo
Most cosmetic specialists calculate your laser tattoo removal cost based on the size of the tattoo and the number of treatment sessions that will be necessary to completely remove it. Most tattoos, no mater how small or simple, require at least five treatments. The larger and more complex the tattoo (the more colors, the more intricate the detailing), the more treatments will be necessary. Seven to twelve treatments is a more accurate projection to expect for more than the most basic and smallest of tattoos.
Doctors may charge per square inch. For example, a doctor may charge $50 per square inch (potentially with discounts for large tattoos) per session. At the same time, she may have a minimum charge per session, so even if your tattoo is only one square inch, you may have to pay a minimum $75 per-session fee.
Cost of Cosmetic Treatments in Your Area
Another factor in determining your laser tattoo removal cost is the price of similar treatments in your area. Areas with higher costs of living will charge more for the treatments. However, since the treatment involves multiple sessions, it's not practical to travel great distances to be treated in an area with a lower cost of living. Once you see how much others have paid in your area, you're sure to get a better picture of what you may owe.