How Much Does Tattoo Removal Cost? Laser vs. Natural Removal


How much tattoo removal costs is a huge factor when deciding how to get your tattoo removed.

If you’re reading this article right now, it most likely means you have a tattoo that you’re not too proud of.   Whether it brings up bad memories, embarrasses you daily, or is just flat out ugly, you’re probably having second thoughts about wearing it on your body for the rest of your life.  In fact, 50% of people that have tattoos regret one or more of them.


bad tattoo that says no regerts

The good news for you is that you have a few different options for making it disappear. Each option has it’s pros and cons but I’ve found that for most, the biggest factor is the price of the tattoo removal process.

Multiple times a week I’m asked one of the following questions:

  • How much does tattoo removal cost?
  • What is a common tattoo removal price?
  • How much is tattoo removal?

So how much does it cost to remove a tattoo?

Well that depends on a number of different factors. The first and most important is whether you want to go with laser removal or a natural alternative that you can use from home. It’s not exactly a secret which method I prefer but I’ll go over what you can expect from both.


Laser Tattoo Removal Cost

Laser tattoo removal costs can really add up.  With the laser removal method it’s important for you to understand that right from the get-go you’ll be faced with two separate charges. The first cost to you is for the initial consultation. Before you even have any work done, you’ll have to set up a meeting with a clinic for them to look at your tattoo, determine the best course of action, and brief you on what to expect during the process.

Some clinics will offer this free of charge, however in most cases you can expect to pay around $100 just for the initial consultation. Basically, a doctor will have a look at your tattoo and take note of the size, complexity, color, and ink density. From that he can determine the amount of work it will take and recommend a series of future sessions.

Diagram that shows how overpriced laser removal is

tattoo removal cost diagram

You’re basically paying $100 for a diagnosis and a sales presentation. If you ask me it’s a bit of a money grab but I guess it is necessary if you are going to have lasers operating on your body!

However, that same $100 could be used to buy enough natural supplies to complete the whole tattoo removal process from home.  Following the steps outlined in this Laserless Tattoo Removal Guide can get your tattoo removed in months and for the price of a laser removal consultation!

If you do decide to opt for laser removal, you will then be charged on a per session basis. On average, you can expect to pay $150 – $400 for a single session. If your tattoo is deemed “easy” to remove, you can probably get fine results in 3 or so sessions but it’s not at all uncommon for patients to need closer to 5 sessions. If you have a large back or thigh tattoo you might be looking at a year or two of sessions and that’s not fun at all!  Laser tattoo removal cost is usually the #1 thing that keeps people from going the laser route.


Home Tattoo Removal Cost

Without a doubt, the biggest pro of natural tattoo removal is the price. In total, the cost of the whole process, including supplies, will cost you less than a grocery bill. This is definitely the cheap tattoo removal route but it’s also the most effective.   Natural tattoo removal involves the process of natural exfoliation, which brings the ink inside your skin up to the top layers and then gradually pushes it out.

skin exfoliation diagram

You are basically just aiding and altering a natural process of your body and the cost to you is very little. The aloe vera and lemon juice methods are my favorite methods to recommend to clients because the ingredients are just about guaranteed if you put the effort in, and the ingredients are both cheap and accessible.

You can find out more about getting started with these methods by reading the laserless tattoo removal guide found here. This guide is almost always the first course of action I recommend to my clients as it’s the absolute easiest way for a beginner to start seeing quick results.

Natural tattoo removal cost is very low.  Take a look at the ingredients mentioned in the guide and you’ll notice that you can get every single one of them from your local grocery store. We’re talking about $10 max here! Compare that to the $100 you’ll have to pay just for an initial laser removal consultation and it’s clear that natural methods are much easier on your wallet.


Save Money and Time

This doesn’t mean that natural tattoo removal doesn’t have cons as well. The biggest con is that you’ll have to be consistent and actually put the effort in to get the desired results. You’ll need to exfoliate multiple times a day and really stick with a schedule. But hey, you can’t expect the tattoo to just vanish on it’s own, right? And plus, you’ll have to think about how much money you’ll be saving. After finishing your series of laser treatments, you’ll be out $500 minimum and that’s just for a small little skull or heart tattoo.

And if your tattoo is large and complex? Well, then you’re looking at $1000 – $2000 at least and all of those trips to the clinic will add up as well. In my opinion, laser tattoo removal is slowly being pushed out by natural methods done at home because of the cost alone. The more people that learn that there are indeed alternatives to laser removal, the more people will start opting to go the all-natural route. It’s only a matter of time.


If you’re serious about getting your tattoo removed and don’t want to spend thousands of your hard earned dollars on laser removal, check out “The Laserless Tattoo Removal Guide” below.  It’ll show you exactly how to remove your tattoo naturally from home.

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