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Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

What does laser tattoo removal feel like?

If you are thinking about laser tattoo removal, your most burning questions may be ‘Does it hurt?’ and ‘How much does it hurt?’ Tattoo removal causes a certain amount of physical pain and irritation to the area being treated but it is not the same for everyone.

Laser tattoo removal has been likened by some clients to the feeling of having a rubber band snapped on your skin. Others describe it as a rapid succession of pricks. While some say it feels like someone scratching sunburn. Tattoo removal treatments on areas with more fat like the arms and buttocks are generally not as painful as areas where there is less fat or close to a bone like the neck, ankle or finger.

At sk:n clinics, we use the latest advanced laser technology to minimise discomfort. In order to make each client as comfortable as possible, our tattoo removal experts may apply a local anaesthetic cream prior to laser tattoo removal and paracetamol can be taken to ease the level of discomfort if necessary.

At sk:n clinics, we ensure that after each laser tattoo removal treatment the treated area is covered with a sterile dressing to prevent sun damage and to keep it dry.

Does laser tattoo removal damage the skin?

As with the majority of medical procedures, laser tattoo removal has potential side effects. You may experience bruising, blistering or lightening of the skin. Bruising and blistering generally fade within a week of a tattoo removal treatment. As laser tattoo removal removes colour pigments from the skin, it may also result in the lightening of the skin on the treated area.

At sk:n clinics, our highly skilled team of professionals offer expert laser tattoo removal treatments using the latest advanced laser technology designed to remove unwanted tattoos without damaging the skin. To ensure the best possible results with the least side effects, always use an experienced tattoo removal specialist.

Is taking pain relief recommended for laser tattoo removal

Pain medication is not usually prescribed for tattoo removal. Some medications and anaesthetic creams can impede the effectiveness of laser tattoo removal treatment. At sk:n clinics, we take every precaution to ensure that the tattoo removal process is as painless as possible. As each client has an individual pain threshold, our specialist tattoo removal experts may apply a local anaesthetic cream to the treatment area or suggest a mild pain medication like paracetamol.

Is laser tattoo removal 100% effective?

The success of tattoo removal depends on a number of factors including...

Some tattoos may be permanently removed while others may be permanently lightened. Tattoo removal is most successful on clients with light skin tones and a tattoo on an area with more body fat like the arms, buttocks or legs. The results of laser tattoo removal on clients with darker skin tones or dark tans and tattoos on areas with less body fat like ankles or fingers may not 100% effective.


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