At first, your tattoo seemed like an awesome idea, but for one reason or another, it may not seem that way today. Whether it was an old girlfriend’s name or a cartoon character popular in the 1980s, a tattoo, regardless of what it is, can be removed. Like anything, however, it will come at a price. If you’re contemplating the thought of removing a tattoo, here are the factors that will affect your tattoo removal quote:
1. The Size of Your Tattoo
Facilities will often have varying pricing structures when it comes to the size of your tattoo. Some are going to charge a flat rate depending on the size of the tattoo, while another may simply charge by the square inch.
2. The Number of Treatments Necessary
Unfortunately, a tattoo can’t be removed during your first session and will take multiple sessions depending on the size of your tattoo. It’s important to know that your body can only handle so much of the laser before it starts to overload the immune system. With that being said, professionals often want to stick to 25 square inches or so per session.
3. The Technology Being Used
Today, there are two popular types of technology that can help remove a tattoo: Picosecond technology and Q-switched technology.
Picosecond technology will be able to break the skin into smaller particles when compared to nanosecond technology, and patients who opt for this procedure often need an average of four to six sessions to see desirable results.
Q-switched technology, on the other hand, is the most common type of technology found in offices across the globe. This laser is designed to create ultra-short pulses of light that can shatter the ink beneath the skin. This method, according to experts, can take 10 to 15 treatments to see results.
You can learn more about this technology on popular tattoo removal blogs on the Internet.
When determining the price, the experience and clinic you go to can greatly affect the price. In most cases, the facility should have a doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant or esthetician using the laser. Rarely will you find a doctor performing the procedure, but there may come a time when you find a facility who has a so-called professional using the laser without any credentials at all.
Usually, the more experienced and in demand the professional is, the higher the price may be, but don’t let this higher pricing scare you. If you think about it, who would you choose to remove your tattoo? A nurse who went to school for a few years to learn the skill or your neighbor up the road with a background in finance?
Whatever the case may be, the experience is the most important factor to consider.
Making a Decision
When it comes time to make a decision, you don’t want to solely focus on the price; instead, ask about their experience, what kind of technology they use and what they can do to make it appear as if your tattoo never existed.