It is a common belief that the removal of a tattoo is more painful than getting one done. That said, pain levels do differ from person to person. Some say it is as painful as getting the tattoo done, while some say the pain is bearable and feels similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin.

Removal is also more expensive than merely get a tattoo drawn on the skin since removal involves extensive consultation and treatment with a doctor. Some people prefer numbing their skin against the pain with topical anesthesia like numbing cream or with painkiller injections.

Most people are unaware of the levels of pain they can bear since it differs from person to person. People with differing skin types may experience different levels of pain, while some say it did not hurt at all. With the varying results available in the market, it is slightly difficult to give an estimate of how much a tattoo removal will hurt, if at all.

There are some treatments like PicoSure that can help the body heal itself at a remarkable rate through a breakthrough in technology.

What are the treatments offered?

Laser treatment:

Laser tattoo removal machines have been around for some time, and have Q-switched lasers that create light energy in precise wavelengths in nanoseconds. The laser light is projected on the skin in short bursts or pulses of light and is absorbed by the skin to shatter the ink particles without causing harm to the skin surrounding the tattoo. The shattered ink is then flushed out naturally by the immune system (after several sessions) to leave the skin free of ink.

The lasers work through light energy to target ink in the dermal layer by burning the ink out. This process can be a painful one for many people, while some are able to bear it with minimal discomfort.

PicoSure Laser Treatment:

PicoSure laser is a unique piece of equipment that delivers ultra-short bursts of concentrated energy to the areas on the skin in trillionths of a second.
This breakthrough in technology makes the pain considerably lesser in comparison to other laser removal techniques. PicoSure also helps rejuvenate the skin to improve the skin texture and any leftover discoloration in a natural process.

It works exceptionally well on certain tattoo colors like purples, greens, and blue hues. The recovery time taken is also much faster than other treatments available today. PicoSure was initially developed only for tattoo removal but now has also shown remarkable results in the treatment and cure of skin discoloration, aging, changes in skin texture, and acne scars.

Can laser treatment be done for everyone?

Yes, laser treatment is possible for everybody, but darker skin types might find a slight discoloration of the skin that takes additional time to even out. People with dark skin tones should also consult a dermatologist before opting for laser tattoo removal technologies and should take medication and treatment simultaneously to get optimum results.

How long does treatment take?

It is common knowledge that we start to dread those things that hurt us. Tattoo removal is no exception. Average treatment with laser technology takes approximately 25 – 30 minutes depending on the condition of the tattoo and the skin. How many sessions you might need for the removal will entirely depend on the size and colors of the tattoo. An expert consultant will be able to give you an approximate on the number of sittings required.

PicoSure takes approximately 15 minutes per session with lesser pain involved than other lasers. The actual time taken will depend on the size and the depth of color per tattoo.