Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

November 6, 2021

Author: Jamie Tomlinson

Are you ready to get on your laser tattoo removal journey? But first you want to know does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Did you know that everyone’s pain threshold is different? And that pain is subjective?

If you’re friends and family are telling you that tattoo removal hurts, then ask them if they’ve had tattoo removal themselves. You may be getting second hand information from what they have read. And not what they have experienced themselves. 

What your friends or family find painful, might be a walk in the park for you. So stop asking does laser tattoo removal hurt before you have even started on your tattoo removal journey. Because you might be pleasantly suprised.

Here at Goodbye Tattoos, we dont like to use the word painful. We like to say it feels a bit uncomfortable but it is manageable. Because it is manageable.

Tattoo Location on the body

Tattoo location on the body is worth noting here. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others.

To give you an example, see here a tattoo pain chart. Now this tattoo clearly shows where on the body is the most painful when getting an actual tattoo. We can also apply this logic to laser tattoo removal.

Generally tattoos on the areas of the body that have thinner skin and closer to the bone may hurt more.

Image diagram showing a tattoo pain cahrt and showing parts of the body that are more painful

This tattoo pain chart image – Courtesy of BARBER DTS –

We conducted a study where we asked our very own clients what they thought laser tattoo removal felt like. And the results were interesting.

The laser energy is powerful and hits the pigment at a billionth of a second. However, the treatment is very quick and can be over in a matter of seconds. Depending on the size of the tattoo. Some people compare it to splatters of oil when cooking on a hot frying pan. Or being flicked with a hot rubber band.

If your tattoo removal treatment only takes a few seconds, which you go through every 6-8 weeks, wouldn’t you do it? If it meant getting rid of an unwanted tattoo, doesn’t it seem do-able?

Laser Tattoo removal Pain Management

When visiting a tattoo removal clinic, you will be taken through the various pain management options available to you. Most clinics use a skin cooling system. This makes the treatments more bearable.

Here at Goodbye Tattoos, we use the Zimmer Cyro 6. Known to be one of the most effective cooling machines.

The Zimmer Cyro 6 is a chilled air-cooling device, which provides a continuous flow of chilled air before, during and after the treatment.

The tattooed area is cooled a few minutes prior to the laser treatment and continued throughout the treatment. Most people find this is enough and don’t require any additional numbing agents.

However, if you are very sensitive then we suggest using a numbing cream. Apply the numbing cream over the tattoo area and cover the area with Glad Wrap an hour before the treatment.

So, do you still think laser tattoo removal is painful? Before you put your laser tattoo removal on hold because of the fear of pain, make sure to know what all your pain management options are.

At the time of a tattoo removal consultation, make sure to get all the informtion from the technicians, so you are fully across all your options.

Laser tattoo removal Aftercare

Once the actual treatment is over, we continue to cool the area down. We then apply an aftercare cream called Stratamed and cover you with a guaze. This is more for your safety as we want to avoid injury to the area once you leave the clinic.

The treated area may feel slightly sunburnt for a couple of days, but this is very common. Applying a cold pack to the treated area to help cool it down, will do the trick. However, most people have never needed to do this.

We ask you avoid excessive heat to the area for at least 24-48 hours. So no hot showers or baths. And no saunas. Best to also avoid exercise because the treated area will feel a bit tender.

You should be healed within 24-48 hours. For some people it can take a bit longer. But once you are fully healed, you should start seeing some fading. After 6-8 weeks, you will be ready for your next laser tattoo removal treatment.

More information

We understand that the thought of a tattoo removal treatment can be daunting, and that’s why at Goodbye Tattoos, we will give you all the information you need. We care about your tattoo removal as much as you do.

If you have any further questions, get in touch today / 1300745074

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