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Sep 25

How much does tattoo removal cost?

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Remember when you decided there was nothing you wanted more in the world than a tattoo? You wore it proudly like a badge of honor and for a long time, you were happy with it. Unfortunately, now that you’re older, you are having second thoughts about it and would like to have it removed. Sure, it’s possible, but how much will it cost?.

It’s estimated that approximately one quarter of people ages 30 and younger in Australia have tattoos. What is even more interesting is that about one quarter of them want to have their tattoos removed. The best choice for tattoo removal is laser treatment. When performed by a trained medical professional, the results are very good. Unfortunately, depending on the location, size of tattoo and amount of ink used, it can be costly.

Techniques have changed dramatically since the days of infra-red and other medical treatments for tattoo removal. Today, specific lasers called Q-switch lasers are used at varying wavelengths according to location, color and skin type.

Lasers work by releasing short pulses of energy to break up the colors of the tattoo. Afterwards, the recipients immune system works to help rid the body of the remaining particles over subsequent months and with additional treatment. On average, it can take up to 15 treatments over a six-to-eight-week period for tattoos with a many colors.

In regards to pricing, tattoos consisting of only black ink are less expensive than their colorful counterparts. To remove a tattoo in Australia, it will cost approximately $ 65 to 110 dollars to erase a colored tattoo 10 x 10 cm, and for a tattoo of approximately 30 x 40 cm, you are looking at approximately $650 and up. That’s based on a rough average of prices typically charged by clinics and should not be treated as gospel for your particular tattoo. The price can fluctuate up or down depending again on size, location and color, as well as the number of treatments needed for removal. Before making a decision, it’s a good idea to to your detective work and comparative shop different centers for tattoo removal.

The number of treatments depends on the thickness of the lines and blocks of the tattoo. For example, a tattoo that has thin lines and black ink will require fewer treatment sessions than a tattoo that has many colors and thicker lines.

When contemplating on getting a tattoo, take the time to really think it over. Making decisions at the spur of the moment can lead to headaches, as well as empty pockets down the road.

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