Tattoo Pain vs Laser Tattoo Removal Pain

Tattoos and the possibility of pain is one of the biggest questions people have before getting inked. You found an artist you like, a design you love, and now you’re concerned about the pain factor.

While everyone’s experience with getting a tattoo differs, some generalizations can be made when exploring the least and most painful locations for a tattoo. Factors like size and style (whether there is much shading or not) will also impact the level of pain you may experience.

Thinking about tattoo pain, you might also consider what the experience would be like to get your tattoo removed or even faded for a cover-up. There are some similarities between these experiences, but they also have their differences. Read on as we go through the best and worst places to get a tattoo, and how tattoo pain relates to laser tattoo removal.

The Least and Most Painful Spots to Tattoo

Before looking at specific body parts, let’s review some of the factors that can affect if a tattoo will be painful or not. Apart from your personal threshold for pain, these factors will impact how getting a tattoo feels:

  • Skin sensitivity
  • Endorphins
  • Amount of shading
  • Experience (if you’ve gotten tattoos before or not)

These are just a few factors that are worth considering as you decide whether to get your new ink. It’s also important to keep in mind that your reaction could change throughout the process depending on what’s being done and where it’s placed.

Now that we have the basics covered, let’s get into the specifics of tattoo placements and pain.

The Most Painful Places to Tattoo

Let’s go ahead and get the worst out of the way. Here are some of the most painful areas on your body to get a tattoo. Pain in the following areas is generally high to severe because they are close to bones without much fat, have many nerve endings, and/or thinner skin.

  • Rib cage
  • Feet/ankles
  • Shins
  • Head/face/ears
  • Groin
  • Hands/fingers
  • Inner bicep
before and after results of laser tattoo removal of black anklet and geometric tattoos
Results after 10 laser treatments with MEDermis Laser Clinic

The Least Painful Places to Tattoo

While the list above may seem quite long, the good news is that there are still plenty of other areas that are much lower on the pain scale when getting inked. If you know that you don’t have a high tolerance for pain it may be worth considering one of the following placements:

  • Forearm
  • Outer bicep/shoulder
  • Calves
  • Upper and lower back
results of laser tattoo removal of lower back black tattoo of two birds
Results after 11 laser treatments with MEDermis Laser Clinic

No matter where you get your tattoo placed, the good news is that the initial pain should only last a few hours after your session. While slight bruising is normal for a few days, if you have persistent pain or concerning rashes/bruising you should get it checked out by a doctor to rule out infection or allergic reaction.

Does it Hurt to Get Laser Tattoo Removal?

There are many reasons why people get their tattoos removed, but one of the biggest reasons people avoid it is because they believe the laser tattoo removal process is painful.

However, it’s very similar to getting a tattoo — the location of the tattoo will largely affect the potential for pain. The MEDermis Laser Clinic team has combined experience of over 30 years in laser tattoo removal, and a big part of our training is about pain management.

Our priority is to make you as comfortable as possible, and one way we are able to do this is through a unique numbing technique that we’ve developed. In addition, this technique always preps the surface of the skin for the laser so that you can get the best results with minimal pain.

The overall sensation varies from person to person, but there are a few things we’ve noticed over the years.

  • If you didn’t experience pain getting the tattoo you likely won’t experience pain in the removal process.
  • Women tend to have more tolerable experiences with laser removal and handle the treatments better than men.
  • We work with every patient and will stop immediately if they need a break.

With this in mind, it’s important to remember that tattoo placement will play a huge role in your removal process. Areas with a lot of nerve endings are going to be sensitive, and some of the most sensitive areas tend to be:

  • hands/wrists
  • feet/ankles
  • the length of the spin
  • rib cage area
  • face
  • underside of bicep
medermis laser tattoo removal in 2 treatments
Results after 2 laser treatments with MEDermis Laser Clinic

We are straightforward with our clients and we will give you all of the facts before starting the removal process. The laser treatment takes a fraction of the time of getting a tattoo, per session, and we numb the area beforehand, making the removal easier than getting the tattoo.

Also, the tattoo gun actually dissects the skin to apply the ink, whereas the laser does not cut or burn the skin. The laser simply attracts to the ink and fragments it. This fragmenting is what the individual feels and we’ll work hard to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the treatment.

Call the Tattoo Removal Specialists Today!

Have questions about how laser tattoo removal works? Or are you ready to schedule your FREE consultation? Get in touch with MEDermis Laser Clinics today by calling our Austin clinic at 512-637-5277, the San Antonio clinic at 210-402-4030, or by filling out our online contact form.