Many people have this misconception that laser tattoo removal is a pain-free procedure as it is performed using laser energy. The ink becomes loose when the laser light falls on it and comes out of the skin on its own.
The procedure seems pain-free, but actually, it is not. Just like tattoo inking, its removal is painful. And the amount of pain depends on the location of the tattoo and the density of the ink in the tattoo.
The pain is a big concern. But, thankfully, laser tattoo professionals know ways to minimize it. They do multiple things or advise people to make sure pain is manageable during the procedure. So, if you are backing off because of pain, you shouldn’t do it.
Tips To Manage Pain during the Laser Tattoo Removal
- Skin Cooling Technology
Not all tattoo removal clinics have this technology. But, we recommend choosing a clinic that employs skin-cooling technology.
To implement this technology, a device is used that cools the skin before, during, and after treatment without interfering with the power of the laser beam. The device blows out freezing cold air, sometimes the temperature is -30 degree Celsius, through an easily positional hose. The cool air blown from the device is safe for the skin. It lessens the intensity of the laser over your unwanted tattoo.
- Numbing Creams
The numbing creams are not as effective as other pain management methods because they only numb the top layer of your skin and don’t concentrate deep enough. And majorly, the pain occurs when the ink shatters below the skin. But, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use numbing creams.
Many people use numbing creams as a placebo effect. Not much, but you will feel better to a certain extent.
- Over-The-Counter Pain Relief Medications
Based on your health condition, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, about 30-40 minutes before the removal procedure. If possible, ask laser tattoo professionals before taking the medicine.
The pain reliever will calm your actual nerve endings, which will make the sensations less intense from the laser. Typically, the pain reliever is used in conjunction with a skin-numbing cream, administered by a removal technician
- Ice Packs
Use a gel ice pack on the tattoo removal area before and after the procedure. Technicians never use this during the treatment. But, still, ice packs are effective because they numb the area. And when the area is numb, you will not feel the pain.
Other than this, gel ice packs reduce pain and swelling at home after the treatment. This is an important element of post-session care. You just need to apply the pack for 5-10 minutes over the bandaged area for relief.
Don’t feel scared. Keep the fear of pain away if you want to get rid of your unwanted tattoo. We recommend interacting with your technician before the procedure and understanding what’s going to happen. Also, discuss every possible way for pain management during the procedure.