Here are the top ways you can manage the pain during your next tattoo removal treatment
Does tattoo removal hurt?
There is a caveat, though:
People have different pain tolerances. So while some people may find tattoo removal painful, other people will find it more “uncomfortable.”
Either way, we do everything in our power to ensure that the experience is as painless as possible.
We apply a powerful and effective numbing cream to the tattooed area. We also use a cooling system that is designed to counteract the heat or pain that you experience during laser tattoo removal.
Is there anything you can do to mitigate the pain of laser tattoo removal?
Although we do everything on our end to help with the pain, there are also things that you can do to help with the pain.
1. Ice the treated area
The skin around your tattoo will be inflamed after getting your tattoo treated.
A great way to lessen inflammation is to ice the afflicted area. And extreme cold (aka ice) is also a pain reliever. The nerves that are irritated, which is causing the pain, are being numbed. As a result, applying ice to your skin will provide temporary relief.
Ice is probably our number one recommendation because it’s easy AND cheap.
Anybody can grab a reusable ice pack, keep it in the freezer, and use it when they need it.
2. Numbing creams
Numbing creams are our second recommendation.
They’re super easy to use. People love creams because it takes less than 60 second to apply and rub in. From there you are able to go back to your everyday activities without having to worry about being limited.
That’s one of the downfalls to using an ice pack – keeping an ice pack against your skin for 20 minutes at a time might not be reasonable for somebody who works.
There are certain numbing creams that you’re able to get over the counter. Unfortunately the stronger creams require a prescription.
Look for numbing lotions that have lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine, or prilocaine. Those ingredients are all used in anaesthetics and can help provide pain relief..
3. Staying hydrated before you go in for your laser tattoo removal treatment.
The two options from above are post-treatment pain relievers.
Making sure you’re hydrated is something that you should do before, during, and after your treatment.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. And ensuring that you’re hydrated will boost the health of your skin.
Just like any organ, your skin is made up of millions of cells. And your cells are mostly made up of water.
By drinking plenty of water, your skin will be moisturized, which has the potential to diminish pain.