Mexico’s Social Security Health System Covers… Tattoo Removal

By Lola

If a tattoo isn’t a pre-existing condition, I don’t know what is. Removal is most certainly not covered by insurance in the U.S., though by the looks of some we’d really rather you invested in the surgery. In Mexico, however battered their health system, you can get yours removed GRATIS. That’s right: if you have Lupita la Guerrillera tattooed on your forearm or a nice Speedy González on your ankle and feel it might preclude you from that 9-to-5 you were hankering for, no worries. Head on over to your local IMSS clinic (if you’re a Mexican) and they can remove in one of three ways: chemically (ouch), with surgery (ouch) or via laser (ouch again).

Obviously it’s going to hurt and probably more than when you got it, but compared to the hundreds or even thousands of U.S. dollars it takes to have one removed stateside, hey, it’s pretty painless. And with the need for at least a half-dozen treatments to get the darn thing off, the costs (and that pesky pain) can add up pretty quickly.

By the way, retirees living in Mexico often have access to IMSS, so this shout out goes to the ladies who got a little racy 20 years ago and would now rather be considered demure, and to those gents who now realize those way-cool tribal tatts don’t really work when your muscles aren’t quite what they used to be.

Personally, I got mine where I can hide ’em. Saves on pain, money and general discomfiture amongst the younger population.

¡Ándale, ándale!

3 thoughts on “Mexico’s Social Security Health System Covers… Tattoo Removal”

  1. This is surprises news, it’s also great news since I live in san diego and can travel down to mexico easily.

  2. I checked in Rosarito at the Local IMSS clinic they stated that they did not participate in the tattoo removal program. They said that they do not know which clinics offer it. Do you know which IMSS clinics offer the tattoo removal or in which cities the IMSS clinics offer the tattoo removal?

  3. That article was written with information from the Unidad de Cirugía Reconstructiva del Hospital de Especialidades del Centro Médico Nacional (CMN) La Raza in Mexico City. You might want to check with them. Good luck!

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