The United States government considers laser tattoo removal to be a medical procedure. Therefore, tattoo removal laser equipment is classified as medical devices and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
"FDA clearance means this method for removing tattoos complies with agency requirements for safety and effectiveness" states an FDA representative in their article about tattoo removal.
If you have searched for lasers online, you probably have seen the machines sold on eBay and other online trading sites. These lasers usually boast very attractive pricing, but don't be misled - it is illegal to perform tattoo removal in the United States with devices that do not have FDA clearance. These lasers are often built with low-quality materials, produce inconsistent amounts of energy, and endanger patient skin. -Astanza Laser Systems
Be carful and do your research before you commit to laser tattoo removal. There are places out there just around the corner with lasers that do not have FDA clearance. These lasers do not have the power it takes to completely remove a tattoo and you will be wasting your money. On top of that, the risk of scarring is much higher. It never hurts to do a little research before such a big commitment. You will be thankful you did in the long run.