Why Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?

Why Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?

Knowing the causes of laser tattoo removal pain can help patients prepare for the procedure. This is the first step to get over the pain. The pain that one feels is caused by ink pigments breaking down into tiny little bits. Once the light beam has reached the ink it will burst into pieces. This light beam comes from the energy produced by the tattoo removal laser.

The laser gives off light energy in just short, quick bursts so that the tissue surrounding the ink would have time to cool. This is good because it will not harm the skin. You would only feel the pain during the procedure, no lasting effect so there is nothing to worry about.

There are patients who take pain reliever during the procedure; however, most clinics will discourage them to use it. This is because there were some cases where it caused complications. If the patient really needed it then they use it.

Numbing cream can help remove pain a bit, especially for larger tattoos. This helps in enduring the pain long enough until the end of the procedure. Discomfort would still be there, but it would help in limiting the sensation of the beam going through the topmost layer of the skin.

Patients can also use cold compress to lessen the pain and inflammation. Before using cold compress, wrap the part with sterile gauze first. Do not apply the compress directly to the affected area. It could cause infection.

Never ever use sedatives, painkillers or alcohol during laser tattoo removal procedure. These contain substance that can make pain intensity worse. Be sober during the procedure. Aspirins are allowed but it should be taken an hour before the session.
There would really be some discomfort in getting or removing a tattoo since a foreign object is penetrating through your skin.

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