One of the first questions we regularly hear from people with tattoo regret is, “Does laser tattoo removal hurt?”. If you’re reading this post then you’re probably experiencing tattoo regret to some degree and researching your options. It is estimated that close to 25% of the U.S. population has some sort of tattoo. Eventually, as many as 50% of them want to have laser tattoo removal.
Read on to learn the true answer to this question.
How much does laser tattoo removal hurt?
While the level of pain you’ll experience during a laser tattoo removal treatment does depend on your personal pain threshold, it generally does hurt to some extent. However, with the advent of new laser technology, it does also depend on which kind of laser removal treatment you decide to have.
Laser tattoo removal sessions only last for a fraction of the time it would take to ink your skin. Depending on the size of the tattoo being treated, sessions last from between 1 minute and 10 minutes.
Does laser tattoo removal hurt more in certain parts of the body?
You’ll find that laser tattoo removal will hurt more in similar places to getting an actual tattoo. Where there is generally more body fat the treatment will hurt less as the flesh seems to cushion most of the pain, which means areas such as the wrist, feet, face, and fingers could make you wince a little more than if your tattoo was on your thigh!
Will laser tattoo removal damage my skin or leave a scar?
This is one of the most common questions we encounter and, you’ll be pleased to know, the answer is no (although there is the risk of potential side effects). The white color you see appear in images and videos of laser tattoo removal isn’t the beginnings of the scar, but a temporary effect that will subside shortly after treatment. Any redness or irritation will also disappear as the weeks go on, given you take good care of the treated area as instructed. Non-laser tattoo removal methods are dangerous, leaving the individual with harmful, sometimes permanent side effects.
We hope this has cleared up some of the questions you had about the pain involved in laser tattoo removal. If you’d like to know more about the treatment or want to speak to someone about what to expect in more detail, then don’t be afraid to call us on (832) 924-6101 or book your free consultation online.