DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL HURT?
It has been reported that 1 in 5 Britons regret having had a tattoo done. There has been an increasing demand for tattoo removal. With developments in laser technology, you can now opt for removal without the need for any microdermabrasion, incisions, or surgery. Laser tattoo removal produces pulses of light energy. Each of these energy pulses will penetrate the skin and absorb the ink from the tattoo. While the ink particles are absorbed, they are heated up and shattered into tiny particles. Following the treatments, the body will begin healing the area and helping the body to excrete the inks out of the skin.
When getting a tattoo removed, there are many factors to consider: the size, colours, depth of the ink, and body area. This will determine the number of treatments and how effective the removal process will be; this can vary from client to client. It is important to find a clinic that will provide you with a consultation and patch test before starting treatments. On average, you can expect to have a course of 8 treatments with 8-week intervals to give time for the area to heal and remove the ink particles.
Laser tattoo removal sounds like a painful treatment as lasers are involved but this can depend on the technology and pain threshold. The newer lasers like PicoWay and PicoSure are more bearable than older lasers; these are often used in combination with a cooling device. You can also apply an anaesthetic cream 1 hour before your treatment if you are worried about the pain. The treatment time is much shorter than getting a tattoo done, which means the pain will last for less time than the tattoo process. Many people have said that getting laser tattoo removal is a similar feeling to getting the tattoo done. This can also vary depending on the body area you are having the treatment performed. In the areas of the body where there tends to be more body fat, the treatment may hurt less as the flesh will help cushion the pain; this means that areas where the skin is thinner like the wrist, feet, face, chest, and fingers could be a bit more sensitive to the laser and you will feel the sensation more compared to one on your thigh or arm.
All aesthetic procedures can be a risk, but laser tattoo removal will not damage your skin. During the process, you will notice the area turns white; this is not any form of scarring, this is just the inks' reaction to the laser, and it will subside shortly after the treatment. After a course of treatments, there is a small chance that the skin will become darker or lighter; this is normal, and your practitioner will give you advice on all of the steps you should take before and post-laser treatment for the most effective and safest results.