We recently wrote about the differences in the pain of laser tattoo removal versus the pain of getting a tattoo. Keeping in mind that people have different tolerances for pain, the consensus generally is that laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable, but manageable. So what are some of the dos and don’ts of managing pain during your laser tattoo removal treatments?
Do bring ice
The skin is cooled with a chilling machine during the laser tattoo treatment session. The treatment site may burn a little in the hours following your treatment. Some compare it to a sunburn. A really good way to cool the skin and minimize blisters is to ice frequently. Ice is an extremely effective pain reliever and can be applied over the bandage immediately if needed. Put ice in a baggie and wrap it in a towel and you are set!
Do not forget to breath
Sometimes when we are tense or in pain we forget to breath. This is not a good idea. Not breathing can increase anxiety and discomfort. Taking deep slow breaths during your laser treatment will help keep you calm and help take the focus off the laser.
Do discuss pain with Dr. Brotzman
If the pain is too much for you to handle, make sure to discuss this with your treatment provider, Dr. Brotzman. You may need to use a topical numbing cream or may need more breaks in during your treatment session. Talking during your treatment also can be helpful in taking the focus off the laser and reducing anxiety and discomfort.
Do not take ibuprofen
Tylenol is the only thing recommended for discomfort. Aspirins, ibuprofens and naproxen are a few types of medications that could potentially cause increased spot bleeding and/or bruising.
Do use the stress ball
We provide a “squeezy” ball because there are studies showing that stress balls can offer a significant reduction in pain and anxiety by way of distraction. Take advantage of the stress ball and distract yourself!
If you are worried about the pain of laser tattoo removal, remember this: laser tattoo removal treatments are fast. Your treatment will be over momentarily. We will do all we can to reduce discomfort and make your treatment as easy as possible.
Contact us today!