Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?

Have you decided to get laser therapy to remove a tattoo you no longer like?  If so, you are probably anxious to find out exactly how painful laser tattoo removal is likely to be. 

How laser tattoo removal works

The laser emits a beam of light that breaks up the ink particles deposited in the deep dermal layer of the skin.   The resulting heat shatters the ink particles, which are then removed by the white blood cells in the body over the following weeks.  

How many laser tattoo removal treatments will I need?

Depending on the type of laser technology being used, laser tattoo removal can take anywhere from 5-6 treatments.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

It’s important to remember that tattoos are designed to be permanent, so the ink used is inserted into the deep layer of the skin.  As a result, patients will experience some discomfort during laser tattoo removal, because the laser heats the ink particles to very high temperatures.

Also, some areas such as the hands and feet are more sensitive, so removing a tattoo from these areas may be uncomfortable.  However, most patients agree that having laser tattoo removal is less painful than having a laser inked.

Doctors use skin numbing options such as numbing creams and ice packs, to minimize pain during laser tattoo removal. 

Enlighten laser for tattoo removal

The Enlighten laser by Cutera is a less painful option for laser tattoo removal.  Enlighten is a cutting-edge laser that uses Pico technology to remove tattoos, which allows it to deliver heat faster and more efficiently.

Are you interested in laser tattoo removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Oneonta, Binghamton, or Norwich, NY areas, New York Skin & Vein Center is our featured practice.  New York Skin and Vein use the Enlighten laser for tattoo removal.

You can reach them at, or by calling (607) 286-0674.

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