If you see a specialist in laser tattoo removal they can either apply a numbing gel/cream for medium to large tattoos. For small tattoos they can be numbed with a needle and no feeling of the treatment is felt. As with any medical procedure there can be a risk and benefit. Laser removal in general runs about a 5% risk of scarring. Costs can vary depending on where you live, the experience of the facility, number of lasers needed, size of the tattoo, and number of colors. It does cost more to remove then to put on a tattoo. Black ink and shading respond best to laser. Stay away from green, yellow, and teal blue colors as they can be very challenging to remove. Good luck in your decision making, hope this information was helpful. I am sure that many people wished they asked what you did BEFORE they made a lifetime commitment to getting a tattoo.