Removing your tattoo can be very painful. They say it’s more painful than getting the actual tattoo, which is another reason to think twice before committing to laser tattoo removal treatments. There are ways to minimize the pain of having your tattoo removed and it is wise to use them because most people can take only a few minutes of the process without any medication or cooling system. The problem is the laser that destroys the ink ends up irritating the skin. People sense strong burning feeling as the laser drills through their skin, and the worst part is, it takes a couple of sessions. They also compare the pain to having nylon snapped on your arm or getting hot grease on your skin.
Location of your tattoo also plays a huge rule on whether or not your tattoo removal will be painful. Places like your neck, back or stomach have extremely high pain sensors on the top of the skin, which can make your experience a hundred times worse. That’s why there are sedatives injected around the area of the tattoo to help with the pain. After the injections, that area is completely numb and makes the procedure painless.
If you’re frightened of needles, there are creams you could buy to lessen the pain of removal. You can get Dr. Numb on Amazon for twenty dollars and directly apply to the area of the tattoo two hours before the tattoo removal. Right before the procedure, the doctor will remove the cream and begin removing the tattoo. If that’s not available to you, you could ask a pharmacist, and he could prescribe you with EMLA, another numbing cream. It’s not as effective as injecting, but it still does wonders. L -Max 4 is another cream in the market with good doctor reviews. Some people complain over these creams because the cream cannot go far under your skin. It fills your pores and stays on the surface. The laser doesn’t stop there in the removal. It burns through the surface, and it gets to a deeper layer to remove the tattoo. That’s why they last so long- they are deeply embedded into our skin.
Taking medicine is also an option. Doctors strongly advise against taking aspirin based medicine, because it results in bruising after the treatment. Tylenol is an example of medicine, which would be good in this case. Although it’s an unusual idea, some people are so desperate they decide to cover the unwanted tattoo with another tattoo, since the pain of getting one is less painful. That’s not recommended, though, it affects the skin, and it’s a lot less healthy than removing it.
After the removal is done, there is an antibacterial liquid, which needs to cover your tattoo area. This is mandatory because the wound gets infected without it. It takes a couple of days for the pain to stop, and the skin can be reddish for a couple of weeks after that. Covering it lightly can help speed up the process of healing.