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Bamboo Tattoo Picosure Removal -Bluewater, UK

I wanted to post this review and share progress...

I wanted to post this review and share progress pics as I haven't seen any bamboo tattoos on here and it may be helpful to those also considering removing theirs. Would also love to hear anyone's feedback on my pics. The tattoo is on my left calf, which isn't the easiest place to photograph, so excuse poor quality on some of the pics. I will update with regular progress pics.

I went for a consultation and first treatment at the Medispa centre in Bluewater. The spa is a very relaxing environment and the staff are friendly and informative. I was not given any numbing cream as apparently it is important to gauge the pain level during the procedure. I don't know why. The entire procedure took less than two minutes. At first it didn't hurt much, but it quickly became extremely painful. This is where I peaked in my regret of getting the tattoo. A costly mistake a younger version of myself confidently made. I have had the tattoo for just under 6 years. I told myself I liked it for about a year, and it bothers me a little bit more every year. I figured the sooner I bite the bullet and do something about it the better. I considered a cover-up job but have decided there's no tattoo I would be happy with. Interestingly when I walked into the clinic there was another guy with stars (on his arm) there for a consultation. The lady who carried out the procedure had also had her star on her foot removed.

I think my expectation was that I would see immediate difference, and as you can see from the photos this is not the case. I still very much have a tattoo on my leg, and am considerably poorer than I was before. The main difference I have seen is that the lines have blurred slightly, and some areas seem to have faded very slightly. I am remaining positive and anxious to see some results. As this is a bamboo tattoo, the laser may work better or worse than it does on machine ones. I am told it depends on the depth and type of ink. Post treatment I have lots of blisters, but it does not really cause me any discomfort. A week later, most blisters have subsided and it has started to itch. Taking care of it (aloe vera, vaseline and redressing) every day is quite time consuming, but it is not a major burden.

Please let me know your thoughts!

18 days post treatment

hi guys. seen some good progress as the blisters have started to heal and shed. as (i hope) you can see there has been fairly significant fading across the entire tattoo. i am more confident now that the treatment actually works! based on the results I've seen I've decided I will go for my second session after 6 weeks. it's obviously a long and slow process, but i'm optimistic.

2.5 months after first treatment

I will have my second treatment in January. Here is a progress update pic in the meantime...

Second treatment done!

hey folks. I went back for my second treatment on saturday 18th Jan. i was surprised (and delighted) that it really didn't hurt anywhere near as much second time round. I'm adding some progress pics from 2 days and 10 days post. lines are blurring - hope to see some good fading soon!

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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hi! Your treatments seamed to have healed really well with no lasting hypo or hyperpigmentation- nice! How is #2 looking now? Any progress after 10 days post? Thanks!
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Looking great! Glad the pain wasn't so bad for you this time around - keep up those progress pictures :)
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Hi, I'm considering to get 5 of my tattoos removing with picosure laser . Can i know how much you paid for your first session of picosure?
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Hi Jason. Mine costs £400 (GBP) per session. I am told it will take 3 sessions. Best of luck!
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Can i know which clinic you went for the picosure ? I'm was considering to get my done too . Hope can get a better price =D
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I went to trueskin in Bluewater
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I got 5 tattoos. Not really big one. Just done my laser tattoo removal at trueskin , harley st. It cost me 750£ per session. Ouch.
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i can't imagine getting 5 done that must have really hurt. sounds like you got a good deal though. hope to see some progress pics from you! i'm in for session two on saturday
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Now its the 4th day already. Seems like its the same like usually. Non blistering also.
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be patient man you will start to see results soon (progress is definitely slow)
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Any update on session 2?
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Hi Eva, Apologies for the delayed response. Unfortunately I have not yet had the second session yet. I was lying there with the laser pointing at my leg, but the lady was worried I might have been exposed to UV after the last treatment so said i need to reschedule. I expect to go back at some point in january. I will post a pic shortly of the tattoo in its current state. Thanks for your interest! Will
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Thanks for the update, so glad to hear from you! There sure is some good fading after only one treatment!! Keep us posted :) Happy New Year!
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Hey there, just checking in to see if you have an update for us, hope all is well!!

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You have very good fading after your first treatment!
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Welcome to the PicoSure community and thank you for starting your review with us.  

Keep at it and you will notice improvement with additional treatments.  This process takes some time.

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Excuse my ignorance, but what is a bamboo tattoo?
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Rather than using a conventional machine, the tattoo artist uses a piece of bamboo with a number of needles attached to the end. This is generally seen in Thailand (where I got my tattoo done a number of years ago). Hope that helps
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