Struggling to work out the cost of laser tattoo removal?
Let me help 🙂
It can seem very complicated, but it’s not if you take it stage by stage.
Most websites give the cost of laser tattoo removal based on the size of the tattoo you want to get rid of…
- large and
- extra large.
And the prices can sound very reasonable … you heave a sigh of relief…
But sometimes there’s a catch you need to be aware of…
They are only giving you the price for only one session.
You’re going to need to multiply that many times to get rid of your tattoo.
It’s not all bad news, though – read on to discover the secret an “industry insider” told me…
It will save you time, pain and money 🙂
How do they work out the cost of laser tattoo removal?
Since 2009, many laser clinics use the Kirby Desai scale.
Kirby and Desai were dermatologists who specialised in tattoo removal.
They developed the system to estimate the number of treatments needed to successfully get rid of tattoos …
There were two ground rules: the type of laser being used….
- a quality switched Nd:YAG and
- 6 – 8 weeks between appointments.
These ground rules may not always apply today, as different types of lasers are now available.
Even so, their system for estimating the cost of laser tattoo removal is still the industry standard …
And I’m about to share it with you…
So you can get a rough idea of the cost of laser removal of your tattoos 🙂
Here’s how this works...
The Kirby Desai scale looks at 6 aspects…
- skin type
- amount of ink
- scarring or tissue change and
- layering of ink.
As you will see, each chart contains a number points in the right hand column.
Judge the number value that is the best fit for your tattoo…
Add these up and
- you have a rough estimate (with about 80% accuracy) for the
- number of sessions you will need to remove your tattoo.
Then, multiply the number of sessions with the cost of laser removal per square inch of skin in your tattoo.
This will give you the approx cost you will pay …
Add up all your Kirby Desai points.
Now you have an estimate of the number of sessions needed to remove your unwanted tattoo.
Remember we said this will be about 80% accurate?
If you know the cost of laser tattoo removal per square inch, you’ll be able to do some simple sums 🙂
- some clinics are not very “open” and will only tell you how much they charge per session …
- and they charge different amounts depending on the size of the tattoo and the colours etc (Some colours are more difficult to remove than others).
Some want you to go in for a consultation so they can see what they need to remove.
Others ask you to send in a photograph of your tat for a quote.
As a very rough guide, it usually takes between 8-12 sessions to remove a tattoo, though, as you know, much depends on
- size of the tattoo,
- the ink and the
- type of laser.
Many clinics will try to get you to book a treatment every 4 – 6 weeks.
Remember the secret I mentioned?
Best advice (from a friend who works in the industry) would be to leave at least 6-8 weeks between appointments, even 12 weeks if you can.
In the meantime, the scavenger cells in your body will still be removing the tattoo ink from your skin.
Your costs are greatly reduced, because you will need fewer sessions and there is less risk of scars 🙂
BTW – avoid cheap laser tattoo removal – there’s a reason why it’s cheap!
- They may be using cheap, poor quality lasers which will never do the job properly.
- You will end up paying much more or having the embarrassment of a tat that’s only partially removed.
- Even worse, the laser operators may not be properly trained… who knows what the consequences may be?
Instead of going to a clinic without any practical prior knowledge of laser tattoo removal …
Her experience will help you decide if the cost of laser tattoo removal is a price worth paying.
She tells you
- which questions you should be asking on your initial visit
- records an interview with her laser technician and
- videos one of her tattoo removal sessions so you will know exactly what to expect.
As she says, laser tattoo removal is a serious medical procedure and should not be undertaken lightly.
She even explains how to choose the best laser tattoo removal clinic in your area … think of the peace of mind that will give you 🙂
Check out her experience here. You’ll be glad you did 🙂