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How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

Laser tattoo removal costs depend on the size of your tattoo and the ink colour. It can sometimes take numerous sessions to remove a large tattoo or one that uses hard-to-shift colours.

Expect costs to start at around SR600 for a small tattoo removal. This can rise to around SR5,100 for a large, difficult-to-remove tattoo that requires 10 or more sessions. So, how affordable is it to erase your tattoo?

Fast facts

  • Best results

    Several sessions

  • Duration of results

    Permanent

  • Back to work

    Immediately

  • Full recovery time

    Six weeks after a session

  • Price range

    600 SAR to 5,100 SAR

  • Treatment duration

    Potentially up to a year or more for total removal

  • Comfort

    Like being tattooed

  • Treatment type

    Minimally invasive

What affects the price of laser tattoo removal?

To understand how the price of removal is worked out, it helps to understand how laser tattoo removal works first.

To get rid of a tattoo, the laser has to penetrate beneath the epidermis, and into the dermis, where your tattoo ink is ‘stored’. Once there, the laser breaks down the ink into fragments which are now small enough to be absorbed into the body and flushed away through our natural lymphatic system.

Factors that influence laser tattoo removal costs include:

The size of the tattoo

The bigger the tattoo, the more expensive the treatment is likely to be. Larger tattoos generally require more sessions to remove the ink, which increases the overall cost.

Where the tattoo is on the body

Tattoos that are further away from the heart may take longer to remove because of the weaker blood circulation in these areas, resulting in more sessions and greater cost.

How the clinic prices up laser tattoo removal

Some clinics price tattoo removal per square inch, while others have a flat fee or offer discounted rates for packages of sessions. It’s a good idea to research their pricing methods to ensure you get the best deal.

Ink quality and colour

Certain types of inks are harder to remove. Ink composition can vary a lot from one tattoo artist to the next and some are easier to remove. Paler colours like yellow and white often require more work to remove as they reflect every wavelength and need a combination of wavelengths to remove the pigment.

Age of the tattoo

Older tattoos have often begun to fade and can be easier to remove.

Your immune system

Laser tattoo removal stimulates your immune system to help remove tattoos. A healthy immune system will make the process quicker and less costly.

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What is included in the cost of a laser tattoo removal session?

It’s usual for a laser tattoo removal price to include everything required for one session of treatment. You might need numerous sessions to fade your tattoo significantly enough to have it inked over or to make it completely disappear.

You’ll probably be offered prices per session or a package price for several sessions, with advice on how many sessions you may need. It’s not unusual for it to take a year or more for the removal of a tattoo. Several sessions are usually required and allow at least six weeks between them for healing.

If you like some aspects of your tattoo, another option is to fade it with laser treatment and apply new ink on top to transform the design. Buy some aloe vera gel or petroleum jelly and fresh gauze coverings to help treat and recover your tattoo after each session.

Laser tattoo removal - how to find the best price

Consider the qualifications of your clinician alongside the cost of laser tattoo removal.

Do your research

Seek a clinician with experience removing tattoos and the equipment required to get the job done well and safely with selfologi’s clinic locator.

Ask about packages

Discuss with your clinician how many sessions it might take to achieve the results you want and ask about multi-session discounts. Often clinics offer packages that make tattoo removal cheaper than buying each session separately.

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