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Tattoo Removal Feels Like...

February 08, 2016

One of the most common concerns people have about getting their tattoo removed is, “does tattoo removal hurt?”.  The discomfort from laser tattoo removal can vary from person to person depending on pain threshold, the size and location of the tattoo, and the method used to remove the tattoo.  For example, having a tattoo removed on the neck is more painful than having a tattoo removed from the lower back.  Also, newer, advanced tattoo removal lasers are significantly less painful than some of the older lasers.  And the use of topical lidocaine, a numbing medicine, can greatly reduce the pain of having your tattoo removed.

So, when looking for a place to go to have your tattoo removed, you’ll want to find a clinic that offers treatments using the newest, most advanced laser and topical lidocaine.  Check and check.  But, still people want to know, understandably so, what to anticipate as far as pain.  If you search online for what a tattoo removal will feel like, just about everywhere you look will equate it to having a rubber band snapped on your skin.  How else could one describe the feel of a laser tattoo removal? 

Hopefully, not many of you have experienced a bite from a ground hog, or ever will, but we surmise that this love bite is similar to the feel of a rubber band snap. 



Bite by goose, more common than bite by ground hog, could be about as painful as a rubber band snap.  The element of surprise here, however, probably overshadows any physical discomfort.   



Oh, come on, like you haven’t tried this!  The most painful thing about this scenario is the embarrassment that it all got caught on video.



Ok, this may actually hurt a bit more than a rubber band snap, but it was too funny to not post.  What were they thinking?!

The sting of not getting the job because of your tat for a lot of people is more painful than the discomfort of having a tattoo removed.  For people looking for work, the issue of whether to reveal a tattoo or not is a tricky one.  Many employers disapprove, and choose not to hire qualified candidates because of visible tattoos.  This is one of the most common reasons why people choose to have their tattoo removed.

Part of dealing with the discomfort of having your tattoo removed is mental distraction.  Close your eyes and “go to your happy place”, talk to the nurse about your most recent vacation, picture a funny scene from your favorite movie.  Ultimately, the satisfaction of removing an unwanted tattoo helps people deal with any of the discomfort.  But also choosing a reputable tattoo removal clinic, one that takes your comfort seriously, and has state of the art equipment and medicine to help with the discomfort can make the experience less painful. 

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Because we use the most advanced laser available, we can generally complete your tattoo removal in 40% fewer treatments than other providers. The number of treatments depends on your tattoo. Contact us today and tell us about your tattoos. You can even send us a photo. We’ll let you know what it’ll take.

Tattoo ink exists deep below the first layer of skin. In order to reach all of the ink in the skin, multiple treatments are needed to break up the ink in layers. The size, depth, and color of the inked area is also a factor in the number of treatments needed. In your consultation, our Seattle Tattoo Removal Master Aesthetician will be able to give you greater insight as to what your tattoo removal treatments will entail.

Contact us today and tell us about your tattoos. You can even text us a photo. We’ll let you know what it’ll take.

In many cases, yes. However anyone seeking tattoo removal treatments should be aware that there are many factors which will determine the final results of laser tattoo removal treatments.

Get in touch. We'll set up a time to talk, or ask you to text us a photo of your tattoo. We'll work with you to put together an affordable, low-hassle tattoo removal plan so you know what to expect before you begin.

Patients who have received tattoo removal treatments with the Cutera enlighten laser compare the sensation to having a rubber band snapped against their skin. Not bad, right? But even better: Sound Tattoo Removal operates within Sound Vascular under the direction of a Medical Doctor. That means that unlike most tattoo removal centers, we can offer most patients lidocaine, a topical anesthetic to numb your skin. While your tattoo is being removed, you'll barely feel a thing.

Many patients report some redness and swelling. It doesn’t last long, and you can go about your normal work and family life immediately after treatment and throughout the process.


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