Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?
Laser Tattoo Removal has been receiving a lot of press coverage in Australia in the last few months.
Talk Back Radio has been full of people’s stories – good and bad – about their tattoo removals. And the main question everyone is keen to know about is, does Laser tattoo removal hurt?
The short answer is NOWHERE NEAR AS MUCH AS YOU THINK.
Yes, the laser is ‘shattering’ ink under your skin to fade and remove the tattoo. Remember, that your tattoo was designed to be permanent. There is some discomfort during the treatment, however laser tattoo removal treatments rarely take longer than 20 minutes which is only a fraction of the time the tattoo required to be inked.
Not all laser systems are the same just as all tattoo artists aren’t the same. A medical grade laser system is an absolute must. At Disappear Ink, we use and recommend the Quanta Systems C-Plus laser system.
An experienced, well-trained laser clinician, using a medical-grade tattoo removal laser system in conjunction with a cool air machine will produce a treatment at around 7 out of 10 on the Discomfort Scale. That discomfort level drops to 4 when a numbing cream like EMLA or LMX-4, is applied before the treatment. Once the laser treatment is completed, the discomfort level drops to down to a 2 or 3 within five minutes.
At Disappear Ink we always use the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling machine to chill the tattoo and surrounding skin. The machine pumps cold air onto the skin and we use it before, during and after the treatment. The cold air numbs the tattoo area and the discomfort felt is minimal. In fact, most of our clients tell us that as soon as the laser treatment is finished, there is no residual discomfort or pain afterwards.
Some tattoo removals hurt more than others and need additional pain relief because of their location on the body. Ribs, feet, wrists and other sensitive areas need a topical anaesthetic. At Disappear Ink we recommend and use LMX-4, a lignicaine based anaesthetic cream. Even when anaesthetic cream is applied, we still treat the tattoo area with the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling machine throughout the whole treatment.
The final result?
As pain-free laser tattoo removal as possible.
Call us on (02) 9587 8787 for a free consultation to assess your tattoo.
Also, leave us a comment below with your experience. Did your laser tattoo removal hurt? Was it more painless than you expected? We’d love to hear your story.
At Disappear Ink, we believe in Incredible Service and Incredible Results!