It’s always good to live a life without regrets — this also applies to that tattoo you got when you were drunk!
Luckily, even the ugliest tattoos inked in the most prominent places of your body can now be erased as if they didn’t exist in the first place.
Today we’re going to be reviewing the best tattoo removal services in Ottawa.
You’re also probably curious how much it’s going to cost you to get un-tattooed so we’re going to discuss that in the next section.
How Much Is Tattoo Removal in Ottawa?
Most tattoo removal centres in Ottawa calculate by size, inch, or offer flat or packaged rates to clients. But this doesn’t mean that customized pricing is off the table.
For your reference, the table below shows some common tattoo removal pricing schemes. The estimated costs reflect Ontario averages though some are still subject to fluctuations in fees and taxes.
|TATTOO REMOVAL||ESTIMATED FEE|
|By inch||$10 – $25 per inch|
|By size category||$100 for knuckle tattoo|
$200 for the back of hand tattoo
$300 for quarter sleeve
$400 for half sleeve
|Flat rate||$300 up per session|
|By package||$1,500 – $3,000|
Tattoos are often measured first, then have all the negative spaces subtracted to get a true idea of the actual size to be removed. So if you have a relatively large tattoo but if it’s mostly lines and not a lot of solid grounds, chances are you won’t be paying for how big it initially looks.
It’s rare for a tattoo to get fully erased in just one visit. That’s why some centres offer package prices to cover the estimated number of times a client needs to go back to get their tattoo fully removed.
And if you have a complicated tattoo or some scarring is involved, you’ll need to consult with your tattoo removal technician for costing concerns first.
The Best Tattoo Removal in Ottawa
Ready to get rid of that unsightly body “art” you have and regret? Then let’s review some of the best tattoo removal shops in Ottawa.
Make sure to read all the way through the bottom of the listicle for some handy FAQs, too!
1. Skins Derma Care
|SERVICES||Laser tattoo removal|
|ADDRESS||7-3712 Innes Rd. Ottawa, ON K1W 0C8|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays and Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM|
Tuesday to Friday 9 AM – 9 PM
Closed on Sundays
The problem with tattoo removal is that older tattoos are often more difficult to erase. That and stubborn ink colours like greens and blues are often the hardest to remove and usually require repeat sessions.
The good news is that Skin Derma Care’s client feedback often mentions how speedy the process is and how they can see a dramatic difference even on the first visit. Even ink spread or blowouts are addressed, though it would be nice to see some pricing information on this.
Skins Derma Care might sound like a regular dermatology clinic. However, its specialization is on PicoSure technology to remove tattoos in what it promises is a faster, less painful (heatless!) way to erase ugly skin inks.
It describes the process as “breaking tattoos into dust rather than small particles” (instead of “pebbles” the way Q-switched lasers do). It honestly sounds a bit intimidating but since said process aims to make things quicker and with less downtime, we think it’s worth looking into.
No skin damage, no bumps, no scar tissue
“Julie and her staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Thanks to their investment in state-of-the-art technology such as PICOSURE Tattoo Removal, my big mistake will disappear within 5-6 treatments!!! No skin damage, no bumps and no scar tissue. It’s simply amazing!” – Katryn Petit
Able to remove the unnecessary ink almost immediately
“I found SKINS Derma Care through a google search as I needed help with a tattoo “blowout”/ink spread. I went in and spoke with Julie, she was so sweet and ever so helpful. We arranged for my appointment 4 weeks later as I had to let the tattoo heal fully. I went in for my appointment yesterday and Julie was able to remove the unnecessary ink almost immediately. I am sooo happy with the results and I can’t rave enough about the service they provided. I will definitely be back and most definitely would recommend to others!” – Jessica Jane
2. Advanced Laser Clinic
|SERVICES||Laser tattoo removal, skincare treatments and products, facials, BOTOX, dermal fillers|
|ADDRESS||2310 St. Laurent Blvd #102, Ottawa, ON K1G 5H9|
|CONTACT NUMBER||(613) 749-4000|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays and Thursdays 9.30 AM – 5.30 PM|
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30 AM – 9 PM
Fridays 9.30 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Laser tattoo removal is just one under its wide umbrella of services. However, Advanced Laser Clinic uses a state-of-the-art process to erase some regrettable skin inking for clients.
It’s called PicoWay and it boasts of being the only Ottawa clinic to use this. Its laser system uses three wavelengths so they can target specific ink colours (yes, even the stubborn ones).
And because it’s a quick procedure, small tattoos can be treated in 30 seconds or less! Bigger ones like sleeve tattoos could take up to 45 minutes, though.
Advanced Laser Clinic differentiates its system from traditional tattoo removing processes that tend to burn and blister the skin. So that’s a plus for us aside from the promised reduced recovery period and the free consultation that comes with it.
Advanced Laser Clinic’s website has a gallery showing actual before and after photos as well as videos of clients who’ve undergone PicoWay laser removal. They’re quite impressive, especially since the clinic also accommodates cosmetic tattoo erasure for lips and eyebrows.
Helps get the results the client wants
“Alia is truly dedicated to her work and is an amazing professional. She helps you out to get the results you want.” – Yasmin Sarsoza
Excellent results for tattoo laser removal
“Great staff and excellent results for tattoo laser removal. I would highly recommend.” – Tanya Lauber
3. The Ottawa Skin Clinic
|SERVICES||Laser tattoo removal, skincare, body sculpting, injectables|
|ADDRESS||349 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1K 2Z7|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 9 AM – 7 PM|
Saturdays 8 AM – 6 PM
Closed on Sundays
The Ottawa Skin Clinic is better known for its medical aesthetics and body sculpting services, but it also offers laser tattoo removal for its clients. It envisions bringing back your skin to pre-tattooed condition and refers to it as a “blank canvas”.
Clients who regret their current body art can rest assured that they can get it removed in a clinic that’s sterilized and sanitized using the same standards as a dermatological and skincare clinic.
Its treatment solution is something called Harmony XL Pro Laser removal. It promises to be a non-invasive and a more comfortable alternative to getting a tattoo design physically lifted as others have been doing in the past.
The downside is that it estimates anywhere between three to a dozen sessions depending on the tattoo size, where on the body it’s located, and how complex the design is. And while the Ottawa Skin Clinic does mention the price of some of its more popular aesthetic treatments, it doesn’t provide base pricing information for its tattoo removal service.
Genuine caring and respect for concerns
“Dr. Michon listened to my concerns and was able to achieve my desired results. Dr. Michon’s impressive skills achieved exactly what I had envisioned and hoped for, and I am grateful for his genuine caring and respect for my concerns. Thank you very much for doing such wonderful work.” – Cathryn Vandentillaart
Diverse services offered
“I’ve been a customer since the inception of the clinic which speaks to their level professionalism, expertise on the diverse services offerings and focuses on customer satisfaction.” – Sonia
4. Ottawa Laser Clinic
|SERVICES||Laser tattoo removal, skin issues, chemical peels, skin rejuvenation, dermal fillers|
|ADDRESS||400 – 2725 Queensview Drive Ottawa, ON, Canada K2B 0A|
|CONTACT NUMBER||613 226 6200 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays 10 AM – 6 PM|
Tuesdays to Fridays 9 AM – 8 PM
Saturdays 9 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Sundays
It’s always nice to include a Better Business Bureau-accredited company in a listicle as unusual or obscure as tattoo removal in Ottawa. It means that even niche businesses have their own stringent standards that have been met.
Ottawa Laser Clinic might not be a clinic that erases body art per se, but it does use the most innovative technology for it. PicoSure is its weapon of choice for tattoo removal which means it’s more effective at removing green and blue ink which are the hardest to erase.
The clinic doesn’t gloss over the possibility of clients experiencing the same kind of pain or discomfort for getting a tattoo removed as actually getting a tattoo. But it promises significantly less time for the treatment with options for either a topical anesthetic or cryoaneasthesia to numb the body part.
The body is expected to absorb the ink particles broken down by PicoSure within a month to two months. For best results, clients are given a post-treatment protocol both in-person and at the website.
Its base price is $150 per session but a lot will depend on different variables such as tattoo size, design complexity, location of the body art, and other factors. Calling in for an estimate would be your best bet.
Consistent pursuit of continued excellence
“Winning the 2020 Top Choice Award is the cherry on top of the cheesecake for Ottawa Laser Clinic, their consistent pursuit of continued excellence hasn’t gone unnoticed!” – Nathan Neto
Nice and clean facility
“I absolutely love this place!! I see Michelle Cote for laser hair removal and she is so personable and lovely!! It’s a very nice and clean facility and they answer all the questions you may have. The first meet and greet they present you with a slide show and do a test patch. I can’t say enough good things about this place! Love them!” – Sam Villani
5. Luminesse Laser and Skin Clinic
|SERVICES||Laser tattoo removal, body treatments, facial treatments, skincare|
|ADDRESS||117 Centrepointe Drive Suite 260, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 5X|
|CONTACT NUMBER||(343) 339-9318|
|OPERATING HOURS||Closed on Sundays and Mondays|
Tuesday to Friday 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturdays 10 AM – 3 PM
Remember a few sections up where a tattoo removal centre claims to be the only one using PicoWay? Well, so much for that because Luminesse Laser and Skin Clinic uses it, too.
Calling it “the gold standard” for laser tattoo removal, the clinic describes how effective this technology is at removing even those tattoos on parts of the body where the skin is darker.
It further describes the correct frequency with which the laser uses to shatter pigments of all types. While traditional tattoo removal can only fade certain colours, PicoWay aims to effectively remove even the most intricately coloured body art.
Luminesse Laser and Skin Clinic can also remove cosmetic tattoos on eyebrows, lips, and fake moles. Of course, these procedures have less downtime and faster treatments compared to bigger body art which is anywhere between three to ten days to fully heal.
There are before and after pics of actual clients who’ve had unwanted tattoos removed. We appreciate the clear photos and captions describing the case, though it would’ve been more helpful if rates were also provided.
Essentially erased a large tattoo
“Sandy essentially erased a large tattoo for me. I’d been doubtful it would work, but Sandy did it. I also had “sunspots” on my chest and the back of my hands. Sandy got rid of those, too. Sandy is professional and warm, making it a pleasure to attend Luminesse for each appointment. I highly recommend Luminesse for the variety of services offered.” – Barb Sierra
Noticeable effects after healing
“Awesome, friendly, cool people, but most importantly, the process works. Takes multiple sessions, but with noticeable effects after healing from each.” – Jer Tbo
FAQs About Tattoo Removal in Ottawa
We hope that our listicle on the best tattoo removal services in Ottawa can erase that tattoo you thought you wanted (but now hate!). If we neglected to include a tattoo removal centre in this list, just send us a message so we can review it, too.
We’ve also reviewed some other top services that either offer tattoo removal or can remedy scarring or discolouration caused by it: