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Do you need anesthesia for laser tattoo removal?

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Laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable, but most people don’t need anesthesia. Depending on the location of your tattoo, you may want to apply a topical anesthesia cream beforehand.

SOURCES:

Skinsight.com: "Tattoo Removal, Laser."

TeensHealth: "Tattoos."

Medscape: "Tattoo Lasers."

The Harris Poll: “Tattoo Takeover.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

SOURCES:

Skinsight.com: "Tattoo Removal, Laser."

TeensHealth: "Tattoos."

Medscape: "Tattoo Lasers."

The Harris Poll: “Tattoo Takeover.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

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What factors should you consider before getting a laser treatment to remove your tattoo?

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