Laser Tattoo Removal and Pain Management

Laser tattoo removal can be a painful process, and whilst everyone’s pain threshold is different, it is good to know there are a few ways to help with pain management.

We don’t like to use the word painful. We would much rather say it feels ‘uncomfortable’ but it’s totally manageable.

Skin Cooling System

Most laser tattoo removal clinics will use a skin cooling system. At Goodbye Tattoos we use the Zimmer Cyro 6.

The Zimmer Cryo 6 is a skin cooling device, which provides a continuous flow of chilled air before, during, and after treatment. The temperature is set to around -30 C. The cold air is applied to the tattooed area for a few minutes before the treatment to make it more bearable and continued throughout and after the treatment. The treated area can feel slightly heated afterward, so the Zimmer Cryo 6 is a nice relief.

Ice Packs

Ice packs can be used to numb the area before treatment. To numb the area before the treatment, compress the ice pack to the tattooed area for 5-10 minutes. During and after the treatment, it is advisable to use the skin cooling system, which your tattoo removal technician will most likely use. We do advise that if the area feels slightly heated and sunburnt afterward, you can apply an ice pack to the area for about 5-10 minutes to help cool the area down.

Numbing Creams

For clients that need a little extra help with pain management, numbing creams can work well to help get you through an entire treatment. Emla 5%, for example, is available over the counter, however for a more high-strength cream, you will need to see a doctor to get a prescription.

For maximum effectiveness, numbing cream needs to be applied to the tattooed area for about 1 hour and covered with Gladwrap. Most patients apply the cream at home before their treatment.

We like the Zensa Numbing Cream. It’s water based and PH Neutral. No harmful chemicals. It has vitamin E, an antioxidant that provides anti-inflammatory properties and boosts the healing process.

Take a break

If during the treatment itself, you need a break, then tell your technician. Whilst laser tattoo removal is quick, it is dependent on the size of the tattoo. The bigger the tattoo the longer it can take so make sure to voice how you are feeling. The tattoo removal technician will be more than happy to stop for a break to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

Sensitive time of the month

This is one for the ladies. During menstruation, your body will be more sensitive to discomfort and you may experience lower pain tolerances. Which can make a laser tattoo removal treatment unbearable. You may want to move your appointment to another day in the month. Your tattoo technician will understand.

As mentioned before, everyone’s pain threshold is different and different parts of the body are more sensitive than others. To discuss this, or if you have any other questions, get in touch with us today.


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