The Pain That Comes Along with Laser Tattoo Removal

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.


The Different Tattoo Removal Options and Alternatives Available to you

Different people have different reasons why they want a tattoo removed from their bodies. If a tattoo is holding you back from attaining your goals, removing your tattoo gives you a chance to come out of that regret. For instance, if the tattoo is holding you back from getting a job that you need or if it is itching and painful, it may worth removing. You may have a tattoo related to a gang that you no longer belong to or a tattoo that symbolizes hate or prejudice, and you want to let it go.

Whether you have a tattoo that you want it partially removed or completely removed, you should first consider tattoo removal options and alternatives before deciding the best one that best fit your situation. In this article, we discuss different tattoo removal options and alternatives that utilize the latest technologies in tattoo removal.

Laser Removal:

laser tattoo removal

Laser Removal is the most popular tattoo removal in the market. This technology works by concentrating laser light to concentrated ink, breaking them into tiny fragments, which is then cleared by the immune system. The process may require more than one treatment before the tattoo is completely removed. It should be noted that the more the laser treatment you have, the more the skin is damaged, which may result in painful blisters and scabs leading to scarring. Laser tattoo removal should be done by therapy technologist who can perform the process in a more advanced way that ensures that scarring is minimized or entirely avoided.

Although this process is known to be very effective when done by professionals, laser removal can be expensive. Depending on the type of tattoo you have, the process may be done in ten sessions with each session costing about $300. A larger tattoo with colors can cost up to a thousand dollars to remove.

Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL):

IPL is a dermal enhancer, which currently common in most spas. A gel is applied to the tattoo on the skin and then pulse of light, emitted from a wand, is directed into the skin area being treated. Although IPL is more effective and less painful, most experts do not recommend its use because it is more expensive as compared to the traditional laser therapy. Most clinics offer a price of about 10 dollars per pulse and depending on the number of pulses required; the cost may add to thousands of dollars.

Other Medical Methods:

Although there many other ways of removing tattoos, most of them are too painful and ineffective as compared to the laser therapy, which makes them unavailable for use. An example of such methods is dermabrasion, which involves sanding the upper layer of the skin through abrasive friction. Excision therapy is also another sensitive way where the tattoo is cut away, and the skin is sewn back together. These two approaches are traditional methods that are known to damage significantly the skin resulting in severe scarring. These methods should only be used in extreme cases where laser and IPL is not an option.

Cream Removals:

tattoo removal cream

There are many advertised “do it yourself” ointment removal methods that are explained in various websites. Although some of the sites claim that these methods have been tested and proofed, most of them are not effective and are unlikely to remove a permanent tattoo. According to one of the websites, both Tatto-OFF and TatBGone show significant effectiveness in fading of tattoos without pain.

Most professional are skeptical about these and may not recommend the use of these methods. However, if you don’t have enough money to pay for laser therapy, you may try one of these methods. I don’t think it hurts to try one or two of the cream removal methods. A two month supply of Tat B goes for about $125, and it may take several months to get desired results according to Tattoo Removal Institute. On the other side, a two months supply of Tattoo-OFF cost about $116.95.

Although none of the cream removal methods have been tested and proofed scenically, they are far much affordable that laser therapy. However, before buying them, you may need to study customer reviews about the products. The product reviews from different sites will help you learn about the product and whether some of the users are reporting any effectiveness of a particular product.

Cream vs Laser