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