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Pain Relief options for tattoo removal.

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“At NO INK, we work with a wide variety numbing methods. Your comfort is most important, therefore we will take our time to explain the different pain relief options with you at the consultation.”

One of the most frequent concerns for laser tattoo removal clients is the pain of the procedure. Pain responses to laser tattoo removal is varied. Most clients say the procedure feels similar to getting the tattoo, although some say it hurts less... and some say it hurts more. The sensation is commonly described as uncomfortable and similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. While getting a tattoo can take hours, the good news is that the removal process is usually over within a few minutes, sometimes seconds.


Ice Packs for Tattoo Removal Numbing

Ice packs are a surprisingly good option for tattoo removal treatments. The application is an easy and cost-effective. Ice packs work by numbing the surface of the skin and reducing the temperature enough to counteract the heat of the laser. Within five or ten minutes of compression the skin will be adequately numbed to significantly improve the tattoo removal treatment experience.

Pros:

  • No additional cost to client

  • Works well on smaller tattoos or tattoos with a flat surface

  • Perfect option for clients with allergies to medicated creams

  • Perfect option if you’re a walk in walking on the spot treatment

Cons:

  • Tedious for larger tattoos or tattoo located on body parts such as fingers

  • Ice packs cannot maintain numbing during the procedure

  

Topical numbing creams for tattoo removal

Pain Numbing creams – such as Emla or Numb It – often include lidocaine, prilocaine, or tetracaine in varying concentrations as active ingredients. These creams are both available in low-strength, over-the-counter formulations and in high-strength, prescription-only formulations. Clients generally like topical creams and see some benefit from it, although we've heard mixed reviews.

Pros:

  • Recommended to works in addition to other methods for added comfort.

Cons:

  • Most creams need to be applied at least 30 to 45 minutes in advance of the treatment.

  • Over the counter creams are generally not strong enough to make a significant difference.

  • Stronger, compounded creams can take 1-2 business days to formulate.

  • Some pharmacies can charge around $40 for a multiuse tube.

  • Numbing cream has a 2 month shelf life.

  • Not an option for those with skin allergies to medicated creams.

 

Cold Air Machines a world class option for tattoo removal comfort

Cold air machines are present in virtually all high volume tattoo removal clinics because they provide fast and convenient numbing for the skin. It functions by emitting freezing cold air (-30°C) through a flexible hose. By simply blowing this cold air on the skin for a few minutes, the skin will be thoroughly cooled for treatment – reducing pain and the risk of thermal injuries. Clients can hold the hose of the cooling machine, directing the air where they want the numbing most during their treatment, keeping the patient occupied during the laser procedure.

Pros:

  • No additional cost to client

  • Allows for cooling on larger and difficult to reach areas.

  • Unlike ice packs, cold air can be applied to the skin durin laser treatment

  • Cooling machines work faster allowing for a quicker procedure

  • Perfect option for clients with allergies to medicated creams

  • Perfect option if you’re a walk in walking on the spot treatment

Cons:

  • None known

sara mccarthy