If you are thinking about laser tattoo removal, you probably have watched some Youtube videos or read some articles. One of the most common questions which arises is: "What does laser tattoo removal feel like?"
At the free initial laser tattoo removal consultation, our clients often tell us: "I have heard laser tattoo removal feels really bad! Is that true?" Or they have read horror stories about the tattoo removal process from burning to blistering to scarring!
It simply does not need to be that way!
The best way to describe laser tattoo removal is like someone taking a hot rubber band and snapping it at your skin. With the proven protocol at Pristine Laser Center, the discomfort from laser tattoo removal will generally last anywhere between 5-10 minutes. By the time they leave the office, there is no more discomfort. We often have clients who come in during their lunch break to have the procedure done and then return back to work!
About 50% of our clients say the pain of laser tattoo removal is almost the same as getting a tattoo. 25% say the pain is less and 25% say it's more.
The reality is that each person's experience will be different because each person has a different tolerance level to pain. Women generally tend to tolerate the discomfort better than men. Why? Because women are used to tweezing, waxing, and if they are mothers, nothing can compare to the pain of child birth! Men generally do fine, but women tend to do better!
The area of body where laser tattoo removal is being done also makes a big difference. Tattoos on "thick" skin like the arms and shoulders can be lasered without much discomfort. It is areas where the skin is "thin", such as the neck, or areas where the tattoo is close to a bone where the pain is a bit more.
The Pristine Advantage
So what do we do to reduce the discomfort? Based upon our physician's evaluation and client's preference, our clients have 3 choices: 1) We utilize the Zimmer Cryo 6 machine which "freezes" the skin (by blowing 0 to -32 degrees Celcius air) and drastically reduces any discomfort, making the process virtually pain-free! 2) We can physically ice the area first before/during/and after the treatment. That tends to help a lot. 3) Since we are also a medical practice and the physician is performing the laser tattoo removal, we can also use topical numbing medication or prescribe them for you. We can also show you the appropriate way of using this topical numbing medication.
The most important thing to consider is where you are going for your laser tattoo removal. Are you going to a "spa" where a tech or an assistant or a nurse is performing the procedure? Or are you going to a medical practice, where you are under the direct care of a physician? Ask who will be doing the procedure. Do you want to have laser surgery done by a tech?
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Disclaimer: The material presented here is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice or recommendation. Please check with your physician.