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Tattoo Removal

Eliminate Unwanted Tattoos

Tattoo removal can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from laser treatments, chemical peels, dermabrasion and surgical excision.

How much does tattoo removal cost?

The average cost of laser tattoo removal is $423, according to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include other related expenses. Please consult with your plastic surgeon's office to determine your final fee.

It is important to consider the type of procedure being performed. Options such as dermabrasion and surgical excision are likely to be more expensive than laser treatments.

Patients should also consider the number of treatments that may be necessary to treat a particular tattoo. Large, colorful and elaborately designed tattoos are likely to require more removal sessions with lasers or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels, and will, therefore, be more expensive to remove.

Most health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Tattoo removal costs may include:

  • Surgeon's fee
  • Procedure costs
  • Facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical tests

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for tattoo removal, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the procedure.



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