Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Woman undergoing a laser tattoo removal procedure in salon

If you have a tattoo on your skin you would like to fade away for a coverup or eliminate altogether, laser tattoo removal may be a solution for you. At Rendon Center Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine, our providers understand that the removal of certain tattoos is important for either personal or career reasons. Patients who are considering it will want to talk to a provider and ask questions about what they can expect, so they are properly prepared to have these tattoos removed safely and effectively.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Using a specialized laser light device, laser energy penetrates into the skin and breaks down the pigment in the tattoo ink. While fading can occur after a single appointment, most individuals will need a series of treatments to see the results they desire. The quality of the ink, the colors of the ink, and the length of time the tattoo has been on the skin may determine how many sessions are needed to appropriately fade or remove the tattoo entirely.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

To be quite honest, laser tattoo removal can be painful for some. Even after applying a numbing cream to the skin as a local anesthetic, many patients report feeling a burning sensation during the treatment. Some people might also feel a snapping or stinging sensation.

The discomfort is usually short-lived and fades quickly after the treatment is over. However, some may experience discomfort that lasts for several hours after the procedure. If you experience any pain after laser tattoo removal, your doctor may prescribe pain medication to help relieve your symptoms if over-the-counter options do not assist.

How can I learn more about this treatment?

If you have been considering fading or eliminating a tattoo on your skin and are interested in finding out more about laser tattoo removal, the team at the Rendon Center can answer your questions and determine if this treatment tis appropriate for your needs. Call our Boca Raton, FL, area practice at 561-750-0544 to request a consultation visit with our team of providers. We are here to help you with general, cosmetic, and medical dermatology concerns.

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