Regretting a Large Tattoo

I rarely do anything impulsive, but when I do, of...

I rarely do anything impulsive, but when I do, of course it has to be something permanent. I feel like an idiot. I got a very brightly colored quarter sleeve tattoo. It's not even finished yet and I'm regretting it. I've cried almost every day since I got it. So, I have 3 consultations scheduled for laser tattoo removal. One is very close to me, the other is the hospital system I work for which would probably give me a discount, and the soonest appointment is 3 hours away, but it's the closest office with the Picosure laser. I've done a lot of research, and it seems that the Picosure is my best chance of removing my purple, green, and light blue colors. Why couldn't I have just gone with a plain black design? Oh, well. It's done now and I can't take it back, so I have to move forward!

Don't feel like an idiot.  We have all done crazy things in our life for one reason or another.  

The PicoSure is excellent for the blue and green colors.  I am very anxious to hear back from you on this.  I am also wanting to remove a tat off my ankle.  


Treatment number one!

I had my first treatment with the Picosure today. I expected it to be awful since it's a almost a half sleeve, but it was tolerable even without any numbing cream. She was pretty optimistic about the removal. My light blue and green parts have already faded significantly after one treatment. There's already some fading in the black, too. She may have to use a different laser for the red and purple, but she thinks she can get rid of those colors, too. I'm feeling really good about it! Definitely confident that I'm doing the right thing.

Thank you for the update!  I would love to see photos of the progression as you go through the process.  


Day after

I'm unwrapped now, and so far I'm pleased. No bruising, swelling, or blistering at all. There is very significant lightening of my teal and green, decent lightening of the dark purple, and surprisingly, my red lightened up a little, too. Wasn't expecting the Picosure to touch the red. It hasn't done anything to the pink, but my technician said she may have to play around with a few different lasers to get the different colors out. Feeling optimistic!
I'll get some photos up soon.

Second day

Now I have tiny blisters in the green and blue. I'm slightly swollen, too, but still not very painful. I would say it's similar to a very mild sunburn.

Finally getting some pictures up

Here's the progress so far. I'm keeping the purple flower on my shoulder, and may end up keeping the pink and purple daisies at the top, too. I hate the red one, and the bottom purple one is beautiful, but just too big and I don't think it goes with the top flowers.
What clinic are you having your treatments done at?
Hmm, I did the same thing recently, started a big tribal style design covering half of my arm and I hate it before it's finished - now I'm finding myself looking over reviews such as this. Such a horrible mistake to make. Do you know by any chance if Picosure would be effective on someone with tanned skin? I'm half philippino and half british. It's all black but i'm so worried that even if I do manage to get the money together I may have a massive pale discolourations over my arm..
Black is the easiest to remove from what I've read. People with pale skin have better results, but there is a laser specifically for people with darker skin. You should schedule a consultation with someone who has multiple lasers so they can choose the one that's best for you.

Second treatment done!

I had my second treatment last week. She was impressed with how well I healed, so she really turned up the laser this time. It definitely hurt worse, even with numbing cream. I still barely blistered. Just like last time, it was slightly sore for a couple days after, and then back to normal.
I'm getting used to having all this ink, now. I've decided to keep the top three flowers, and just get rid of the red one and the giant purple one. I will still need to have it finished, which will have to wait until after the laser treatments. I'm very impatient, so it's hard to wait!
-:- Message from RealSelf staff -:-

This comment does not follow our Community Guidelines and/or Terms of Service. We reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.
Hey there, just checking in to see how your removal is going. 
Going well! Just put some new pictures up. Thanks!

5 treatments done!

OK, I've been slacking. I had my 5th treatment on Tuesday, and boy was it rough. She introduced the Medlite on treatment number 4 for the red and dark purple. She's been hitting the purple with both lasers, and the Medlite really takes out the red. I had some decent blistering this time, so I hope it fades even more! I haven't had a lot of blistering until now, but I have seen fading every time. We're going 8 weeks between treatments now, because I see more fading in between that way. I'm excited to get my remaining 3 flowers finished, so I'm going to set up an appointment with a couple tattoo artists to get some ideas flowing. So excited to see it finished! I know I still have several treatments to go. It's hard to be patient, but it will be worth it.
Hey there, just checking in to see how you are making out, any update for us?
Amazing prgress! If you don't mind me asking.. how old was your tattoo?
Only a couple months

Six treatments done

It's been a while since my last treatment. I've noticed that the fading continues for over two months! I'm scheduled for my next appointment July 8th. My last one was end of March, so it really has been a while! The last treatment I had my first REAL blisters. It was pretty gross, but the results were amazing. I'm afraid to have her turn up the lasers again. Maybe I'll just keep the same settings....
So curious to know how your fading is coming along - please update when you can :)
Hey there, would love an update, have you had anymore treatments? Hope all is well :)
how nice fading!!!!! i got hopeful thinking and feel relieved from read your review.. congraturations!! & good luck :)
Skin and Vein Center

Jen does my treatments at the Sterling Heights, MI office. The staff is very pleasant and accommodating. Jen called me before my appointment to answer all of my questions and give me an idea of how much it would cost. They also scheduled me for my consultation and first treatment on the same day since I live far away. They also have several different lasers, as well as the Picosure, so they can customize your treatment. I definitely recommend them!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
Was this review helpful? 7 others found this helpful