Does Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt? Yes, But You Can Handle It!

Yes, Laser Tattoo Removal Hurts, But It’s Not Unbearable

Getting a tattoo isn’t painless, so don’t expect the removal process to be painless either.  Yes, laser tattoo removal hurts. But that being said, we’ve never had anyone come in for a tattoo removal session and not return to complete the process.

In fact, our patients that have had laser tattoo removal sessions elsewhere tell us that their treatments are much more comfortable with us. Why you ask?  Our laser, the Revlite SI laser delivers constant power, instead varying levels of power, so there isn’t a spike in speed that would make it more uncomfortable.

It’s kind of like hammering a nail in a board, each time you hit the nail head you are delivering a varying amount of power, the more power you hit the nail the farther into the board you drive the nail. Similarly, if a laser delivers a pulse at a stronger power it delivers a stronger sting, but because the power we are delivering is constant each pulse feels the same.

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Individual Laser Tattoo Removal Sessions are Very Fast!

While laser tattoo removal does pack a sting, treatments are very fast.  Literally, even a large tattoo takes no more than a few minutes. 

Does Tattoo Removal Hurt? A fraction of the time it took to get the tattoo originally.  Prior to your treatment we cool the area with zero degree air to numb it.  We’ve had some patients tell us the numbing process is the worst part.

We have always described the sensation of laser hair removal like a rubber band snapping the skin.  Tattoo removal is similar, only the rubberband would be stretched a little longer before snapping the skin and with practically no pause between encounters.

Another way to describe it would be a swift moving sewing machine needle that moves up and down over the fabric.  We also have patients say the pain level is about the same as getting a tattoo.

Regardless of the level of discomfort all of our patients say they can endure anything as long as we can get rid of the tattoo, and we do.