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Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?


Aug 1, 2023

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Este Medical Group

Not everyone loves their tattoos forever, and the thought of having a tattoo removed from your skin can seem scary.

The number one concern many people have with laser tattoo removal is the pain factor. People worry about whether the procedure will hurt or not. To help you better understand what is involved with laser tattoo removal we have pulled together the most commonly asked questions about removing a tattoo using laser technology. 

Have a look at these Este Medical before and after tattoo removal photos to see how effective laser treatment is at removing tattoo ink. 

Before and After Result
Before and After Result
Before and After Result

‍Este Medical Group offers effective laser tattoo removal for people who want to get rid of a tattoo. Here’s what you can expect from a professional laser removal tattoo procedure. 

Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful? 

Everyone has a different response when having a tattoo removal procedure laser treatment. Some people tolerate pain and discomfort better than others. Those with sensitive skin may feel more discomfort during a removal treatment. 

Many people say tattoo removal pain is tolerable. It is often described as the feeling of having a rubber band snapped over your skin. The general consensus is, if you could tolerate having the tattoo done in the first place, you should be able to endure the removal process.  

Most often during a laser tattoo removal treatment an anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin’s surface to help you feel as comfortable as possible during the laser treatment. If you are concerned about pain management during your laser treatment be sure to ask your Este consultant in advance of your tattoo removal appointment what other pain relief measures can be taken. 

Does Tattoo Removal Hurt? 

As mentioned above, during a laser tattoo removal treatment you may feel some mild discomfort from the laser device being passed over the skin’s surface. It might feel like an elastic band being snapped over the skin. 

Post-treatment, many people describe the treatment area as feeling slightly sunburned. So if you ever had a bit of a sunburn, then that sensation comes close to the feeling you might have after a laser tattoo removal treatment. In most cases that feeling doesn’t last very long, on average it might last a day or two. 

Your treatment therapist will most likely recommend some proven aftercare strategies to decrease the feeling of discomfort if necessary. For example, topical remedies such as ice packs, numbing creams, and cooling lotions may be recommended. Always follow the advice of your treatment therapist when it comes to aftercare and pain management.  

When it comes to the question “how painful is laser tattoo removal,” we recommend you book an Este Medical tattoo removal consultation to talk about your concerns and expectations.  

How Long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?

For the most part, laser tattoo removal sessions can last from 5 to 30 minutes, or longer, depending on the size of the tattoo. For the best results you should schedule a tattoo ink removal consultation to determine how long laser treatments sessions will last, and how many laser sessions you may require to fully remove all the tattoo ink. 

How Long Does It Take To Remove A Tattoo? 

How many tattoo removal laser treatment sessions you may require to remove a tattoo can depend on the age of the tattoo, how big it is, and how concentrated the ink is in the design. For example, someone with a minimal line drawing tattoo may require fewer treatment sessions than someone with a full sleeve of ink. 

How long it takes really does vary from person to person: some people may need 4 to 6 treatments, and others may require up to 12 sessions to completely remove tattoos from a large area of skin. Contact Este Medical to book a consultation

Can Tattoos Be Removed Completely? 

Yes, in most cases tattoos can be completely removed using laser treatment. However, there are factors that can affect the removal process: 

  • Size of tattoo
  • Depth of tattoo ink
  • Ink colour 
  • Position on the body
  • Skin type 
  • Age of tattoo 

Find out from our Este professionals what your prospects are when it comes to the removal of your tattoo ink — with all our Este skincare treatments we strongly recommend a skin assessment consultation to ensure the best and most long-term results. 

Does Tattoo Removal Work?

Yes, tattoo removal has a high success rate! Thanks to advanced laser tattoo removal technology, you can successfully get rid of skin ink you no longer want. 

During Este Medical tattoo removal treatment sessions we use ClearLift Q-switched laser; a high-powered laser that uses different wavelengths to ‘zap’ tattoo ink particles to break them down.

Our Este ClearLift tattoo removal treatment uses a non-ablative laser which is safe for the skin. In treatment, short-pulse laser energy penetrates the skin to shatter tattoo ink pigment, but doesn’t damage the skin’s surface.

Want to learn more about Este Medical laser tattoo removal? Take a look at our guide: What To Expect With Laser Tattoo Removal at Este Clinics.  

Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?  

Yes, our Este Medical tattoo removal treatment using ClearLift laser therapy is considered one of the only forms of tattoo removal that has such minimal risk. ClearLift laser technology minimises the risk of skin scarring and skin pigmentation. Be sure to ask questions about ClearLift laser during your Este tattoo removal consultation.   

Let Este Help You Safely Get Rid Of Unwanted Ink! 

We hope that we were able to answer your number one question: is tattoo removal painful? To recap, you should not find tattoo removal a painful experience. 

At Este Medical we do everything to ensure our clients are comfortable and relaxed during treatment. Before your tattoo removal we will discuss all the pain management options available. 

If you are ready to get rid of your ink, then book a laser tattoo removal treatment at an Este Medical clinic near you.

Last Updated:

August 1, 2023

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