Do Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments Really Hurt?

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Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, some of those mistakes are more visible than others – and if you’ve got an unwanted tattoo, then you know what we’re talking about. Every time you glance down at the ink permanently etched beneath your skin, you’re reminded of a time in your life you no longer relate to, a sentiment you’d rather forget, or a foolish and misguided decision of your youth.

Even though you’ve got tattoo regret, you might be reluctant to get it removed – namely, because you’ve heard that laser tattoo removal really hurts. While that may have been true in the past, recent advances in technology have made treatments faster, more effective, and far more tolerable. Let’s find out what the modern-day laser tattoo removal experience is really like.

How laser tattoo removal feels

Laser tattoo removal is most often compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against your skin. It has also been likened to small pinches, prickles, or scratches. But the vast majority of our clients say that the sensation of getting their tattoos removed was about as painful as getting their tattoo in the first place.

Factors that influence the pain of laser tattoo removal

The truth is, everyone experiences pain differently. There’s no way to predict what laser tattoo removal will feel like for you; you might feel the treatment acutely, or you may barely feel anything at all. But there are some factors that can affect how painful your experience will be. For example:

  • The size of your tattoo: The larger your tattoo, the longer your treatment session will be. More time under the laser means an increased risk of pain and discomfort.
     

  • The location of your tattoo: Some areas of your body are more sensitive than others. For example, treatment tends to be rather painless on arms and backs, while necks and ankles usually hurt quite a bit more.
     

  • The laser system used: At Siti Med Spa, we use the Cutera Enlighten laser, an advanced laser system featuring extremely short and high-powered laser pulses. Shorter pulses result in shorter treatment sessions, and ultimately a far less painful experience.

How to reduce the discomfort of laser tattoo removal

There are also some preventative measures you can take to make your laser tattoo removal experience more comfortable, including:

  • Topical anesthetics: Prescription creams can be administered prior to your session, numbing the area, and making you less susceptible to pain.
     

  • Pain relievers: Over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help make the treatment area less sensitive.
     

  • Research: Inexperienced practitioners and out-of-date technology can make the laser tattoo removal experience very uncomfortable. So the most important thing you can do to mitigate discomfort is to go to a reputable service provider – like Siti Med Spa.

Siti Med Spa can remove your tattoo

At Siti Med Spa, we have cutting-edge laser technology and a highly trained medical staff. We take pride in providing the best possible service to each of our clients, making sure your needs and goals are met, while also minimizing discomfort as much as we can. Call us today at (619) 717-8484 to schedule your free consultation – and say goodbye to the mistakes of your past.