How Painful Is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
You probably experienced some pain while getting your tattoo; so it may not come as much of a surprise to you that removing a tattoo will involve some pain, too.
Laser tattoo removal is not a pain-free process, but if you really want to get rid of your unwanted tattoo, you’ll find that the pain will be worth it.
How painful is laser tattoo removal?
The amount of pain people experience during laser tattoo removal sessions can vary.
Some people who’ve gotten tattoos removed this way will say it’s like snapping a rubber band against your skin or like hot grease splashing on your hand. Others say it’s one of the most painful things they’ve experienced. Of course, these are two extremes with plenty of other experiences in-between.
What makes the pain less or more depends on several factors, including:
Some people have higher pain tolerance while others do not. There are many factors that can go into pain tolerance, such as a person’s sex, age, overall health, preexisting health conditions, and many others.
The location of your tattoo can also play a role in how much pain you’ll experience. In areas where there is little fat or the tattoo is close to bone, laser tattoo removal will hurt more. A good rule of thumb is to think of laser tattoo removal like getting a tattoo in terms of pain. Laser tattoo removal will hurt more in places that are more painful for getting tattoos in the first place.
Bigger tattoos take more time to remove, so you’ll be dealing with the pain longer. This may mean the pain becomes more tolerable as the treatment continues, but if you have a low pain tolerance, it might be tough through the duration of the session.
Is there anything that can make laser tattoo removal less painful?
Yes! There are several things that can help make the laser tattoo removal session less painful.
Discuss your concerns about pain during your consultation
When you go to a laser tattoo removal clinic for an estimate or initial consultation, be sure to bring up your concerns about pain. The technician assisting you may have some advice and recommendations for how to better manage pain during the laser tattoo removal session. They might even help you create a pain relief plan ahead of time.
After the consultation, be sure to communicate with the technicians and professionals about any pain management solutions you intend to use or ask more questions if you have any. The best laser tattoo removal clinics will respond to your questions and let you know what your options are.
You can purchase over-the-counter numbing creams (also known as topical anesthetic) and slather on a coat before treatment. Be sure to read the label and follow the instructions carefully, as some of these creams may not go into effect right away.
It may be wise to do a patch test to make sure you aren’t allergic to it or have any bad reactions.
Be sure to inform your laser technician beforehand if you’re using topical anesthetic to help relieve pain.
Cold air machines
Cold air machines are found in many laser tattoo removal clinics. As the name suggests, cold air machines blow cold air on the area where the tattoo is being removed. Keeping the treated area cool can help with the sensation of the laser’s heat.
Lidocaine injections are a type of local anesthetic, which refers to a one-time injection that numbs a small part of the body. The majority of local anesthetics are done while the patient is awake but they won’t be able to feel the pain. These injections are one of the most effective means of relieving pain, as they go beneath the skin, unlike topical anesthetics which only affect the surface.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is a method of pain management that is used at Dr. Ink Eraser. Inhaling nitrous oxide can slow down your body’s reaction time, resulting in a calm feeling. Because it slows down reaction time, it also can make pain more tolerable.
Go to an experienced laser tattoo removal clinic
The more experience a laser tattoo removal clinic has, the better. Having experienced laser technicians can make the overall experience a better one because they know how to remove tattoos with lasers effectively and efficiently.
When an excellent laser tattoo removal clinic’s been in business for several years, they probably have the most up-to-date equipment at their disposal. Newer lasers tend to be more effective, which often means fewer removal sessions and less pain.
Dr. Ink Eraser can help you get through laser tattoo removal pain
Dr. Ink Eraser has been doing laser tattoo removals for over 20 years, making us one of the most experienced laser tattoo removal clinics in Georgia and Alabama. We offer different types of pain relief and pain management options and we’ll be more than happy to help you find the best option for you.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and estimate for the removal of your unwanted tattoo.