Anyone considering laser tattoo removal wonders whether it is painful and how badly they should expect it to hurt. Well…from our experience, the process certainly is not painless and the degree of discomfort can vary depending on where the tattoo is located and how much ink is present in the tattoo.
Just How Painful is Laser Tattoo Removal?
The number of laser tattoo removal treatments needed to remove your tattoo will vary based on the amount of ink present, its location and how quickly your body filters away the broken down ink fragments. As far as the degree of discomfort, some patients say it’s similar to having the tattoo put on, just much quicker. While the process may not tickle, they are super fast and for those that really want their tattoo gone it’s worth it, you just might have to grit your teeth and bear it.
There is a silver lining, though. Before the procedure, the laser’s chiller blows out -3 degree air, which does help to numb the skin before the laser pulses. The laser we use also delivers 10 pulses per second, that’s fast! With each high speed pulse the laser breaks the ink up in to tiny fragments that are later filtered out through your body’s own filtration system.
An Effective Procedure Worth the Pain
We can prescribe a numbing cream if the treatment becomes too uncomfortable. Still, we have found that for patients who really want to get rid of their tattoo, the pain for laser tattoo removal is absolutely bearable and worth going through to remove their unwanted tattoo. We have never had a patient not return for another laser tattoo removal treatment because of pain. The result is always worth it, in spite of how much the process of laser tattoo removal may hurt.
We hope this answered the “pain” question about laser tattoo removal. It’s equivalent to getting a tattoo, just much faster and everyone agrees it’s totally worth the cost. If you’d like to learn more about our laser tattoo removal process schedule a free consultation with one of our laser experts at WIFH.