Three Commonly Asked Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Anyone who says laser tattoo removal is entirely pain-free is not honest with you. Some say the treatment feels like rubber bands snapping on your skin, comparable to getting a tattoo. The good news is there are several ways to manage the pain for a comfortable experience.

At Connecticut Tattoo Removal, we offer four solutions for pain control:

  1. Numbing cream: We use a prescription-strength cream composed of Benzocaine, Lidocaine, and Tetracaine. We apply the cream 30 minutes before the procedure, and it numbs the skin for a more comfortable experience.
  2. The Zimmer Cryo 6 Cooling System:  This device continuously delivers cold air to -30 degrees Celsius. We use the Zimmer to minimize pain and risk of thermal injury during the laser tattoo removal procedure. We use the Zimmer cooling device on all patients.
  3. Lidocaine injections: We are licensed medical practitioners, and we can numb the skin with a lidocaine injection. This method provides complete local anesthesia for zero pain. We use lidocaine injections for smaller tattoos, and especially fingers.
  4. Pro-NoxNitrous Oxide Delivery System: This system is a game-changer for laser pain relief during your laser tattoo removal treatment. Pro-Nox is patient-controlled and delivers a fixed mixture of 50% Nitrous Oxide and 50% Oxygen. You manage when to use it and for how long while still recognizing and responding on your terms. The diminished sensation to pain without loss of consciousness is also known as analgesia.

This pain management alternative has been used in various facilities, including aesthetics, labor and delivery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, laser tattoo removal, dermatology, hospitals, and surgery centers for many years. The effect wears off in ten minutes so that you can drive yourself home safely after your treatment.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

At Connecticut Tattoo Removal, we can remove all of your ink permanently. We utilize the Astanza Trinity Laser System. The Trinity device is a breakthrough laser developed to remove all ink colors: Including resistant blue, green, and red inks that other systems leave behind, and with no scar left behind.

How Long Does it Take to Remove a Tattoo?

The time it takes to remove a tattoo is dependent on several factors: the age of the tattoo, the ink used in the tattoo, the size of the tattoo, the presence of any scarring, the health of your immune system,  and the colors in the tattoo.

Tattoo removal can take anywhere from three to twelve treatments. Most clients, however, will require six to eight treatments on average for complete removal and three to four treatments for a fade down. The time in between each treatment is six to eight weeks.


Next-generation lasers make laser tattoo removal an effective way to remove a tattoo altogether or lighten a tattoo for a cover-up. In addition, the procedure can be done with minimal pain using any of the techniques above. The process for complete removal does not happen with one treatment. Typically, complete tattoo removal takes about 36 weeks to achieve the desired result.