Tattoo removal will hurt more than getting the ink put on, but the actual treatment time for most tattoos is seconds! For example, a tattoo the size of a dollar can be fully treated in about 10-15 seconds. Once the treatment is finished the pain should subside in about 2 minutes. We use a topical anesthetic and a "zimmer chiller" to cool the skin during the procedure for our patient's comfort. We also have a topical numbing cream available that drastically diminishes the discomfort of the procedure.