Recently we happened upon an advertisement for a new laser tattoo clinic. The ad had all the typical information about a laser tattoo removal clinic in it, but there was one small phrase that caught our eye: pain free tattoo removal.
Almost everyone has heard that laser tattoo removal is painful. It is probably the number one question asked during the consultation. People want comparisons to the feeling of getting a tattoo or assurance that it will be a pain-free experience. We feel that it is better to be honest and can confidently say that laser tattoo removal may cause some discomfort and probably won’t be completely pain free. Topical anesthetics can help reduce the discomfort but usually does not totally eliminate it. However, unlike the time it took to get the tattoo, the time for treatment is usually only a few minutes.
There are some things that can be done for the discomfort that comes with laser tattoo removal and we do everything we can at our clinic to make patients feel comfortable. Many people remark that the treatments are not as bad as they anticipated. So what happens during laser tattoo removal that causes skepticism about the promise of pain free laser tattoo removal?
Lasers break up the ink pigment in the skin using a high-energy beam of light. The ink pigment is then carried away by the body’s immune system. It is the breaking of the pigment that can cause discomfort. While there are different ways to manage discomfort, all lasers work the same way.
While we can’t promise you pain-free tattoo removal, we can promise laser tattoo removal that is safe, effective and affordable. Read more about managing pain during laser tattoo removal here. For more information about Milwaukee’s physician performed laser tattoo removal clinic, contact us today.