One of the most frequent questions we get asked is “Is laser tattoo removal painful?” And one of the reasons we get asked this question is because our clients have been told many stories about the pain from their friends and family. However, it’s worth noting that these friends and family members, may never have had a single laser tattoo removal treatment before! So, don’t listen to them!

It’s also worth noting that everyone’s pain tolerance is different. What one person finds excruciating could be a walk in the park for the next. Location of the tattoo is also a consideration. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. See here for more information tattoo removal and pain management. 

The laser energy is very powerful and hits the pigment at a billionth of a second. Some compare it to a slight prickle. It has also been compared to splatters of grease when cooking bacon. However, the treatment is very quick. Some treatments are over in seconds. You could be in and out of the clinic within 10 minutes. Depending on the size of the tattoo, of course.

Pain Management

Most salons use a cooling system. This makes the treatments slightly more bearable. Here at Goodbye Tattoos, we use the Zimmer Cyro 6. Known to be one of the most effective cooling machines.

The Zimmer 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 and then for a few minutes after 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.

To learn more about the different types of pain management available to you, head here.

The treated area may feel slightly sunburnt for a couple of days, but this is very common. There is the option of applying a cold pack to the treated area, however, some people have never needed to do this.

After treatment, we do cover the treated area with a gauze, and this is more for your safety as we want to avoid injury to the area. Keep hydrated and before you know it, you’ll be ready for the next treatment.

At Goodbye Tattoos in Neutral Bay, Sydney, our friendly laser tattoo removal specialists are ready to answer any questions. Get in touch today


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