"Erase that ink with Ease - Pain management tips for laser tattoo removal"
Updated: Jun 11
Laser tattoo removal is a popular and effective way to remove unwanted tattoos, but it can also be a bit uncomfortable. Pain management during the laser tattoo removal process is an important consideration for anyone undergoing this procedure.
In this blog post, we'll discuss several options for managing pain during laser tattoo removal, including the use of numbing cream, over-the-counter pain relief, cold packs, deep breathing, and more.
"One of the most effective ways to manage pain during laser tattoo removal is through the use of a local anaesthetic cream or gel".
These products, also known as numbing cream, are applied to the skin before treatment to numb the area and reduce the amount of pain felt during the procedure. They work by temporarily blocking the pain signals to the brain, allowing you to experience less discomfort during the procedure. These topical anaesthetic gels can be purchased at your local pharmacy or you can have a compound chemist make one that is formulated specifically for laser tattoo removal. At https://www.unifyprivatestudio.com/laser-removal
we can recommend the most effective method of pain relief for you during our thorough consultation as not all clients will be suitable candidates for topical anaesthetic. Another option for pain management during laser tattoo removal is the use of over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. These medications can help to reduce inflammation and discomfort, and can be taken before and after the treatment to help manage any discomfort.
"Beyond Creams and Pills: Alternative Pain Management Techniques"
Cold packs or ice can be applied to the treated area before and after the procedure to help numb the skin and reduce inflammation. Reducing inflammation helps the wound healing process by clearing the wound of debris, bringing oxygen and nutrients, forming new blood vessels, and reducing pain and discomfort. However, excessive inflammation can slow down the healing process and it's important to strike the right balance to allow the body to heal effectively. We recommend applying ice packs for the next 48 hours after the treatment and three times a day for at least three days to accelerate healing and reduce the heat and inflammation associated with laser tattoo removal.
All our clients leave Unify Skin & Laser Clinic with an ice pack in our aftercare kit.
Practicing deep breathing or visualisation techniques during the procedure can also help to distract from the pain. It's important to note that pain tolerance varies from person to person and so it's important to communicate with your practitioner about any discomfort you may experience and what pain management options are available for you. Generally the laser tattoo removal treatment is quick and over before you know it but for larger tattoos there are alternatives for managing the pain, such as:
Using a handheld fan or blowing cool air on the area during the procedure. This also helps to protect the integrity of the skin.
Practicing deep breathing or visualisation techniques to help distract from the pain.
Somatic techniques such as wiggling your toes or moving the pain to an area of your body that doesn't normally feel pain such as your earlobes, this actually does work!
Guided imagery or self hypnosis
Imagine a scale of 1-10, with 1 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain imaginable, now imagine the number on the scale decreasing as you focus on your visualisation.
Imagine a colour that represents your pain. As you focus on your visualisation, imagine the colour becoming less intense or fading away completely. Create a mental image of a healing process taking place in your body.
Imagine the pain and discomfort being replaced by feelings of healing and wellness.
Imagine a place or activity that brings you feelings of peace and relaxation. Focus on this image and imagine the pain and discomfort fading away as you feel more calm and at ease.
Use guided imagery or self-hypnosis recordings that can guide you through the visualisation process and help you to focus and relax your mind. It's important to keep in mind that visualisation may not work for everyone, and it may take some practice to master the technique. However, for those who can use it effectively, visualisation can be a powerful tool for managing pain.
"Hypnotise Away the Pain: Using Hypnosis for Pain Management"
By using hypnosis, you can enter into a state of deep relaxation, which can help to reduce the perception of pain and discomfort associated with laser tattoo removal or getting a tattoo.
As a qualified Hypnotherapist I will guide you into a relaxed state by using specific verbal cues and suggestions. Once in this state, you will be more open to positive suggestions and commands that can help to reduce the perception of pain. For example, I may suggest that you will feel less discomfort during the procedure, or that the area being treated will become numb. During the hypnosis session I can also help you manage pain and discomfort after the procedure. For example, I may suggest that the experience feels less painful and there is less inflammation, or that healing will occur more quickly. I can directly communicate with the subconscious to support the body in particular the skin and lymphatic system. There are many different ways that hypnosis can be used to manage pain during laser tattoo removal or the tattooing process. I prefer to use hypnosis in conjunction with other pain management techniques, such as the use of local anaesthetics or over-the-counter pain relievers. It's important to note that hypnosis is not appropriate for everyone. Some individuals may not respond well to hypnosis, or may not be able to enter into a state of deep relaxation. However, for those who do respond well to hypnosis, it can be a highly effective tool for managing pain during laser tattoo removal. It's important to communicate with your laser tattoo removal practitioner about your use of hypnosis as a pain management method, so they can work with you to ensure the best and most comfortable experience.
While laser tattoo removal can be a bit uncomfortable, there are many options available for managing pain, including the use of local anaesthetics, over-the-counter pain relievers, and other techniques such as cold packs, self hypnosis, fans, deep breathing and anaesthetic gel. It's important to communicate with your practitioner about your pain tolerance and available pain management options, so you can have a comfortable experience. Our aim at Unify Skin & Laser Clinic is to make your experience with us as comfortable as possible so you go on to reach your goals of clean skin or fading for some new body art.
Remember that the pain associated with laser tattoo removal is usually temporary and will subside soon after the procedure is completed. With proper pain management, most people find that the discomfort is manageable and well worth the end result of a tattoo-free skin.
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Author: Deborah Allen
24th January 2023