Laser Tattoo Removal is an extremely popular cosmetic procedure used nowadays to help people get rid of unwanted tattoos. Dermatologists and laser specialists usually claim that lasers comprise a painless and bloodless technique for removing a permanent tattoo. But in reality there is no such thing as “painless” tattoo removing.
One thing that is common between getting a tattoo and having it taken off is that they both can be uncomfortable. However, the level of discomfort between the two may vary greatly. Getting a tattoo carved into your skin may be more discomforting as compared to getting it removed by using lasers. However, the same may not be applicable to traditional tattoo removing techniques, such as Dermabrasion, Salabrasion and Cryosurgery.
Laser tattoo removal technique uses pulsating beams of light to break the tattoo ink underneath your skin into micro particles. The tattoo pigment absorbs energy from the laser beams and heats up before breaking into small particles. The impact of energy absorbed from the powerful pulses of laser has been described by most patients to be similar to the snap of a thin rubber band on the skin, and most of the individuals find it bearable.
To further minimize the discomfort associated with laser tattoo removal doctors apply some topical anesthetic or numbing cream to the area that needs treatment. Since topical anesthesia or numbing cream takes 35 to 40 minutes to be fully effective, it is always recommended that come to the clinic at least an hour before your treatment is expected. In preparation of a laser tattoo removing procedure, dermatologists and laser experts also recommend non-aspirin pain relieving medication, such as Tylenol. Even if your doctor does not ask you, avoid taking aspirin or aspirin containing product, such as Ibuprofen since it increases your chances of developing bruises after treatment. Same goes for as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
That said, if you are overly sensitive to pain or have very low pain threshold, discuss with your doctor during initial consultation. He may prefer performing the procedure with local anesthesia, especially if the tattoo is big. You may feel less pain if you have a small tattoo with minimal coloring as compared to the one covering your back or whole sleeve with multiple hues.
After the procedure your doctor will apply some antibacterial ointment and dressing to the area. Your physician will also prescribe you antibacterial ointment, continue applying it as directed. Follow your doctor’s other post procedure instructions as well to ensure quick and uneventful recovery.