I had a tattoo done back in 2011 and in 2012 I...
29 Jul 2013
10 months post
I had a tattoo done back in 2011 and in 2012 I decided to get it removed because I do not want one anymore. I first went to place and was quoted 600$ for the removal of chest and half sleeve that uses qswitched laser. The process was long as they go over each spot slowly to make sure the laser hits each spot. The day after there are large blisters and it is painful for about a week. One of the blisters was about the size of a quarter. The second week the skin starts peeling and flaking off. In the skin coming off, you do notice that ink is coming out(or maybe burned off lol). I notice that it is lighter a little right away, but over the next 6 weeks it doesnt seem to fade much. I went to this first place for about 8 treatments and it seems to be about 60% faded......i inquired at this first place about r20 and they said they could do a second pass for half as much.
I decided to switch to another location and was quoted $250 per pass of laser and could do r20, but it is still $250 per pass. You would think that it would be cheaper for the second pass since you are there, but guess not. After first session with 2 passes, did not have any blisters. They dont use antibiotic cream either. Have not noticed any results yets, but they said it should be after 4 weeks. I guess I am used to seeing instant results from the peeling. Will update when i go again
9 treatments later.
The place that I went to for more than half of my treatments was Rethink Your Ink. The place for r20 was Westside laser. Felt like I wasted my money at Westside laser. Felt like some of the ink was removed at rethink your ink, but that their treatment has resulted in additional side effects: hyper pigmentation. They kept telling me my black ink was blotched out, therefore thats why it seems to have spread... Rethink your ink uses ice packs during treatment, which I didn't really like, and I am not sure whether they re-use them or not (sanitary issues).
I have finished consultation at Institution for Skin Advancement, and will be beginning my treatment with Picosure for $350. Newest technology and for some reason ends up being cheaper than the old technology (RYI and Westside). I am having high hopes, hopefully the results will be positive.
Rethink Your Ink may be good for removal for some people, but I guess it did not work well for me. Now I have to go for another 6 months to 1 yr of treatment.... The fact that anyone there is not a skin specialist (ie. dentist) may be an issue to others.