Is laser tattoo removal painful?
The process of removing a permanent tattoo will hurt, but the pain is bearable. Probably much more bearable than the idea of living with your unwanted tattoo, be it from a difficult memory or simply a personal choice.
In fact, for most people, the sensation of removal is comparable to the one experienced during the application of the tattoo. It is commonly described as the sensation of being snapped by a rubber band.
What is a tattoo?
Tattoos are an interesting way of having memories or stories etched in your mind and on your body forever. However, that is not all that tattoos are for. They can be used as body art, for cosmetic purposes or to hide painful scars. Tattoos are a way of expressing your individuality.
However, at times you might outgrow your tattoo or feel that the memory is painful and no longer wish to associate with it. Did you get it on a whim, on a dare, or in passion?
Was there a mistake in your tattoo or do you not like the way it has aged? In such cases, tattoos no longer need to be permanent or forever. You can opt for tattoo removal by speaking to your dermatologist.
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How painful is a laser tattoo removal treatment?
The level of pain you’ll experience also depends on the location of your tattoo, your threshold for pain, and the kind of laser removal treatment used. The size of the tattoo you wish to remove also should be considered as it will decide the number of sessions you would require. There are several treatment options available including laser treatment, surgical removal, and dermabrasion.
Older and amateur tattoos are easier to remove as the skin has completely healed, while the ones located on the extremities are difficult to treat since the circulation is relatively poor. Black pigment absorbs all wavelengths and hence, tattoos with black ink are the easiest to remove, while green, yellow, and fluorescent inks are notoriously difficult to remove. There are different laser options to remove certain pigmented tattoos. The Q-switch is the most common type of laser used to remove tattoos with purple and violet pigment.
What factors affect the pain of laser tattoo removal?
Do you know how some parts of the body are more painful to tattoo than others? The same goes for tattoo removal.
What can I do to reduce the pain from laser tattoo removal?
While some pain is inevitable, it can be kept to the minimum through the below-mentioned simple methods: