Can Tattoos be Removed ? At What Cost? 07/26/2012

by Moody Adams
People reason, “well if I don’t like the tattoo, I can always have it removed.” That is right you can and many of the people who get them decide they don’t like it and want it removed.

According to the American Society of Dermatological surgery, over 50% of everyone receiving a tattoo wants it removed.
And here is where the troubles come. The difficulty depends on the color used and whether it was done in a professional tattoo parlor. Removal normally takes between 10 and 15 laser surgery sessions. More complex ones take as many as 25-30 sessions.

When you consider the average single session costs between $40 to $800, the removal surgery can cost as much as $20,000 to $40,000. Remember health insurance does not cover tattoo removals.

Plastic Surgeon Tolbert S. Wilkinson, of San Antonio, Texas, who has removed tattoos explains:

"If people only realized how difficult it is to remove a tattoo, understood how costly and how painful tattoo removal is, and recognized that society as a whole still views tattoos as a stigma, maybe they would think seriously before getting one.

“Laser removal costs a minimum of $7,000.00 (national average) per tattoo, and takes at least 10 to 15 treatments, spread out over two or more years. Even with this treatment, the tattoo is still visible."

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