People have been getting tattoos for thousands of years. This skin based artwork still exists and is quite popular too. In fact, more and more people are getting tattoos. The motivation behind getting the ink on your skin can vary from cultural reasons to mark an important event in life or even to pay homage to someone. While newer tools allow sharper than ever tattoos, the process still hurts quite a bit.
Whatever the reason, a lot of people come to regret their decision of getting a tattoo and want to get rid of them. Previously, the limited tattoo removal options were highly invasive, minimally effective, and extremely painful.
However, with laser tattoo removal, results have gotten better and the pain is nearly gone. Just a few sessions of the procedure and the tattoo is removed forever.
Does it hurt?
It is one of the first questions that many people ask about getting laser tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal does not hurt severely. There is mild pain or discomfort during the procedure. It is generally compared with a rubber band snapping against the skin. Most people are able to bear this mild discomfort.
How to avoid discomfort?
In order to counter the pain felt during the procedure, there are a number of options available. Let’s explore them a little further.
Topical Anesthetic Creams
These creams are fairly effective and are applied half an hour to an hour prior to the procedure. They numb down the area to be treated, briefly taking away the sensation. In some rare cases, where the person undergoing the procedure is too sensitive to pain, or the tattoo is too deep, local anesthesia may be injected into the area to be treated.
Using a cooling Device
Another effective method of reducing the discomfort during the procedure is using of a cooling device. It is just like a handheld air conditioning unit that blows cold air to the treatment area, reducing the pain. It actually reduces the heat generated by laser resulting in a decreased amount of pain.
Cooling gels are also a great way to counter discomfort caused by the procedure. Gels are applied to the skin on the treated area to keep it cool. Much like a cooling device, these gels help in keeping the heat produced by the laser to have a minimal effect on the skin.
Applying ice packs or cold compresses on the treatment area after the procedure is done, can help you get rid of pain and burning sensation. Furthermore, ice packs can also be used 20 to 30 minutes prior to the procedure. Some of the physicians also use ice packs during the treatment.
Laser tattoo removal may be somewhat discomforting but it helps you get rid of the unwanted ink on your skin permanently. Compared with the traditional tattoo removal options, it is almost pain-free. If you take the right measures before and during the procedure, the discomfort will not be an issue. Also, there are various ways to minimize the discomfort caused during the treatment. For more information about laser tattoo removal, or if you want to get an appointment for the procedure, fill in the form given below. Our laser specialists will guide you and help you in the best possible manner.