Here at New Life Laser we get asked all the time if laser tattoo removal hurts. There’s no single way to answer this question, but we can say that getting your tattoo removed is less painful than when you had it inked in the first place.
Pain tolerance varies patient to patient. The location of your tattoo on your body, its age, and the depth of its pigment also affects its removal. Some patients say that the pulse of the tattoo removal laser feels like tiny rubber bands snapping against your skin. Others report it feels like oil touching your skin while cooking.
At New Life Laser, we use the PicoWay laser for tattoo removal. When compared to the more traditional Q-Switch laser, the PicoWay laser can remove a tattoo in less than half the number of treatments and in less than a quarter of the amount of time.
PicoWay uses an ultra-short pulse of energy to shatter targeted tattoo ink into tiny particles, which your body then eliminates. The laser leaves surrounding tissue unaffected. PicoWay is the fastest laser on the market, and it also uses lower energy than other lasers. All this adds up to a less painful treatment for you, our Nashville tattoo removal patient.
It also means that fewer treatments are necessary to remove your tattoo. With the PicoWay laser, a black tattoo removal can take as few as 2-3 sessions, and other types of tattoos can frequently be successfully removed in 6-8 sessions. With traditional Q-Switch laser treatments, some of these more stubborn tattoos could take up to 20 sessions to remove — if the satisfactory removal was even possible. PicoWay laser tattoo removal treatments also produce fewer side effects than traditional lasers.
While laser tattoo removal is not completely painless, New Life Laser does everything it can to make the treatment as manageable as possible for our Nashville tattoo removal patients. If you’re potentially interested in having your tattoo removed, our staff will be happy to discuss a course of treatment for your particular situation. Call our office for a free consultation today.