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I’m thinking of getting a tattoo removed. Just how painful is it?

I’m thinking of getting a tattoo removed. Just how painful is it?

You’re not alone. Roughly 1 in 5 people with tattoos later regret the decision. The good news is that today’s advanced lasers make tattoo removal relatively safe and effective. The bad news is: it can hurt and it takes a long time. The pain has been described as the feel of hot oil on the skin, or the sting from snapping a rubber band against the skin. Most people opt for some kind of local anesthesia during the procedure. Complete removal requires multiple treatments usually spaced at least 8 weeks apart. The number of sessions needed depends on many factors including the color of pigments, size of the tattoo, color and thickness of the skin, etc.

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