Medicine: About 30 minutes before your scheduled treatment, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin). These medicines work to calm your nerve endings, so you will feel less sensations from the laser.
Relaxation: Only you know what relaxation techniques work best for you. Some clients find it helpful to listen to music, imagine themselves in a relaxing setting, or squeeze a stress ball.
Topical Creams: Some discomfort can be mitigated with the use of over-the-counter lidocaine creams, which will numb the surface and your nerve endings. However, it’s important to remember that the cream needs to be applied between 30 minutes and an hour before treatment. Just before the treatment, the cream will need to be washed off so that the effectiveness of the laser won’t be jeopardized. It will also only treat part of the procedure. Lasers work below the surface, too, where these creams won’t reach.
Essential Oils: Some of our patients are in the practice of using essential oils to help with a variety of well-being issues. Before using essential oils, be sure to learn how to properly use them, since skin irritation can occur and in some cases, cause severe reactions. Some oils can help calm you down before a treatment, such as lavender or chamomile. Simply bringing some to smell during the treatment can calm some of our clients down. Wintergreen and peppermint oils have also been used for pain relief, although topical use on the treated site is not recommended.
It’s important to remember that the pain level for laser tattoo removal should be significantly less than the pain you experienced getting your tattoo.
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