Adding tattoo removal to your treatment menu

Q: I’m considering offering tattoo removal; how much would I need to invest? 

The growing trend for tattoo studios and permanent make-up artists has had a considerable impact on the tattoo-removal industry. Statistics suggest that half of those who get a tattoo will regret it within five years, so there’s a definite demand for removal services. 

There is such a huge difference in the price of tattoo-removal machines and training. On the lower end of the spectrum, you could get a machine from eBay for £1,000 but usually these come without support from the supplier and it’s likely you would struggle to get insured to use it on clients.  

Conversely, one from a major supplier might cost you £150,000. The truth is that most tattoo-removal lasers do essentially the same thing – the key is in the training, the level of support you get from the supplier, and ultimately, how the tool is used. 

Training should be accredited to Level 5. A good training provider should be able to show you how to achieve these qualifications even if you have no previous experience. The qualifications should come from an accrediting body – a certificate printed in a supplier’s office with no independent accreditation is not enough. 

You should also make sure that your laser machine can be serviced as this needs to be done every year. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to get a good laser machine and training package for around £10,000 but do your homework. Many questions come after the training has finished when support from your trainer is vital. 

Lorena ObergLorena Öberg is a skin repair expert, and chief executive and founder of Lorena Öberg Skincare