The most unchanging factor is the tattoo area. Regardless of the technique used, tolerance of the person, sex, etc. our nervous system is very similar. There are many myths surrounding what causes pain in the tattoo: it is said that the areas where there is bone are more painful, where the skin is thinner, etc... and although all these factors influence, the reality is that the one who perceives painful stimuli is our nervous system, in particular called free nerve endings. There are several receptors called nociceptors that send the painful signals from the tissues that are being damaged to the brain.
This is why the most painful areas of the body are those in which we find a greater number of nerve receptors. The tips of the fingers, the soles of the hands and feet, the ears, the nipples and the knees can be described as the most intense areas. Behind them we would have the sides, the neck, the head and face, the groin, the armpits, the hands, the corvas, the ankles and insteps. If we are looking for an area that hurts as little as possible, we need to move away from the areas mentioned above.
Bigger is the size of the tattoo, the more pain it’s going to cause because not only will we damage more tissue extension, but we will also be longer. Normally from 3-4 hours it starts to be less bearable.
If we speak of line, shade, filling or color each application is different, so will be the sensations associated with it. With the line we will feel a more localized pain. With the shadows and filling the pain usually covers a greater extent of affected tissue. But color is certainly the most painful technique, because due to the thickness of the pigments the application is usually slower. To this must be added that the more detailed our tattoo, more degraded and effects, the more time it will take to carry out them.
Tattooing is another factor that affects the pain caused. When we do the application there are times that can be done by sectors (as an ink jet printer works) and in this way it will be less painful than by tones. This is because in this last technique we passed several times by the same site, or near some damaged area. But surely what hurts the most is stopping the application too long. When the body cools down, the stimulus in the skin that is damaged is the most intense sensation that can be felt in the application.
And last but not least also influences your level of pain tolerance. Each person has a pain threshold of their own. Besides this the state of health, rest, a correct feeding and hydration and a good attitude influence much not only in the pain that we will feel if not in how we will wear it during the session.
There are some topical creams that contain lidocaine to exert an anesthetic effect. The most common are EMLA or LAMDALIN, but are not recommended for tattoo application for different reasons:
• Short-term effect: The duration of the effect usually does not exceed half an hour and the sessions are usually longer. When the effect begins to disappear, the intensity of the pain will be greater and less bearable than if anesthesia is not applied and everything is felt progressively.
• It alters the texture of the skin: applying the cream causes skin hardening and dilation of the pores. This dilation affects the application of the tattoo, since it has a more textured and hard surface. In addition, because it is altered, it may not be well appreciated if the application has been correct, it may be necessary to pass through the same site several times and this will not be visible until the tattoo is completely healed.
We hope that it has helped you to mentalize before your next tattoo, remember that it hurts in the but the end result is forever.Our greetings and see you next article.