How to Choose a Tattoo Removal Clinic - Dr. Ink Eraser

How to Choose a Tattoo Removal Clinic

The Dr. Ink Eraser team

Choosing the right tattoo removal clinic for you is not a small decision. Maybe you didn’t put too much thought into your unwanted tattoo (and hey, no judgment if you didn’t), and now you’re shopping around for a tattoo removal clinic.

This decision should be just as well-thought out as the decision to get your tattoo was, if not more. A shoddy tattoo removal job can result in scarring and hyperpigmentation, and even the tattoo not being fully removed.

Not every tattoo removal clinic offers the same caliber of equipment, expertise, or services, so it’s important to review what you need and what you want when choosing a tattoo removal clinic. 

This blog post is meant to help you reflect on what you should look for when choosing a tattoo removal clinic that’s right for you.

How to pick the right tattoo removal clinic

You will want to make some considerations when choosing a tattoo removal clinic. Here are a few basic ones to keep in mind.


Experience matters a lot for removing tattoos. During the initial consultation, don’t be afraid to ask questions about how long the clinic has been in business, what certifications and qualifications their laser technicians have, and how many years of experience technicians have. Remember, not every place that offers laser tattoo removal specializes in it, and that specialization can make a huge difference.

There is no such thing as a stupid question, especially when it comes to tattoo removal. Seeing how technicians answer your questions (or can’t answer your questions) can indicate their level of comfort and knowledge for laser tattoo removal. 

Dr. Ink Eraser has been around for over 20 years, and in that time, we’ve gained a great deal of knowledge and experience and are more than happy to answer any pressing questions you may have.

Equipment and technology

Before choosing a laser tattoo removal clinic, do some research beforehand, especially when it comes down to the equipment and technology available. In some cases, older may be better, but this does not apply to laser tattoo removal. Newer machines are more powerful and effective for properly removing tattoos compared to older equipment.

As you’re doing your research about lasers, find out what the newest models are and what they can do. If you can learn what types of lasers that might be needed to remove your tattoo based on its color(s), age, quality, ink depth, and other factors, you can quiz the technicians and ask which lasers they use. Note their answers may vary depending on the lasers and technology available at their clinic. 

When going in for your initial consultation, ask the technician what kind of lasers will be needed based on your tattoo’s colors, ink age and quality and depth, and other factors. A trained, certified laser technician should be able to break down what each laser does and why it’s effective.


Be sure to check the hours of operation of each laser tattoo removal clinic you research. If it will be difficult to make it to an appointment due to conflicts you have with their available hours, it might not be the right fit for you. Some clinics, like Dr. Ink Eraser, offer an appointment-only option, making the availability fit your schedule, not the other way around.

Reviews and referrals

It never hurts to read reviews and consider referrals from friends and family. Do take a grain of salt with reviews, though — most reviews tend to be either very positive or very negative. However, you can often find truth in both positive and negative reviews, especially if multiple reviewers say the same or similar things.

But one or two negative reviews shouldn’t deter you from getting a free consultation at a laser tattoo removal clinic. Just because one or two people had a bad experience does not mean you automatically will have one, too.

Pain relief options

If you’re worried about experiencing pain during the removal process, it’s a good idea to ask about pain relief options. Ideally, a laser tattoo clinic has multiple pain relief options available so together, you and your technician can decide which option(s) are best for you.

Dr. Ink Eraser has many pain relief options available, including the combination of a powerful numbing cream and the Sub-Z cryofreezing system, which patients have said make for a painless laser tattoo removal experience. We also have Pro-Nox, too, so we can certainly find the best options to make sure your laser tattoo removal experience is more comfortable.


Your comfort matters — and not just how comfortable you’ll be during the laser tattoo removal procedure itself. It’s important for you to feel comfortable with the person who’s removing your tattoo, as you’ll be seeing them for multiple removal sessions.

Thankfully, you can get to know your laser technician and the people running the tattoo removal clinic during the initial consultation. Dr. Ink Eraser offers free quotes, which can be done either in-person or online. We recommend coming into one of our locations so you can meet our incredible staff members and get to know us better.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ink Eraser today

To find out if Dr. Ink Eraser is the right laser tattoo removal clinic for you, schedule a free consultation today. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you get on the path to removing your unwanted tattoo.