Instant Regret!

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I wanted to share my experience to help others that might be in the same situation, with a huge regret and considering laser tat removal. Six months ago, I went & got a tattoo that was supposed to be a dedication of my love for my grandfather, the man who raised me and taught me everything I know today. It was an impulsive act, one without prior consideration. I must add I have 3 other tattoos, which I don't regret, for which of course, I took 4 longs years in between (each) to consider, what I was getting, where and basically weighting all the options. Anyways, the moment I stood up from the chair and the tat was done it became the biggest regret of my life. So from that moment on I was on quest to find a place to get this black thing erased. I checked several laser places, but they sounded all too good to be true. Then my PCP referred me to a dermatologist office that specializes on tat removal. After the initial consultation they told me I needed to wait at least 6 months to start the process, that way some of the ink gets absorbed and the skin properly heals. At first, I was disappointed, but I have come to realized that it was the best thing. It gave me enough time to get used to it (some how), and also to reconsider my initial reaction towards the tat (what if maybe after all I could like it). 

With all that been said, I made my first appointment for the removal on 4/24. I put ice on the tat for 30 min before the procedure (everyone's experience I read in these 6 months recommended to put ice before and after, so I decided to give it try), the technician was pleased with that, she explained that the ice helped alleviate the discomfort of the procedure. The procedure didn't hurt one bit (at least this one or not at least like I was expecting it to), she used the minimum that could be used (2), it honestly felt like getting a tattoo. As soon as she was done I wrapped my arm in ice and kept it like that for about an hour. Needles to say, I did not get a blister (thank god, I think I looked at too many pics & that's one thing that terrified me the most, some people get really bad reactions). So far, there has been no change. I know the process of the body removing the ink starts 2 weeks after the procedure (according to all the literature I have read on the subject), but the technician told me I might not see much difference in the first tx and that's ok. I feel very optimistic and good now that I started the process, because to be quite honest I was terrified, I guess I read way too many things on the internet. I must add that I am glad I found this site. not only did I find some many others in the same situation but their experiences really helps me, gives me hope and motivation to do this.
I hope my experience as well as the others helps anyone out there that's going through the same situation.

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Thanks for posting your review, look forward to watching your progress and hope you get the results you are seeking!
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aloha ari3,  I understand regret all too well.  I also have many other tattoos that I adore (each and every one with a personal sentiment attached) but this latest one, one that I thought about for years, was the worst experience.  Regret filled me as I too stood up from the chair and my first thought was "well this has to be lasered off".  I was so nervous about the first session, but after being numbed with lidocaine shots and the laser was aimed at the offending ink, I actually began laughing.  Now five sessions later I see fading and breaking of lines (well saw it after the first session actually) and am so happy.  Yes, it's an expensive treatment and a lengthy one but in a few years I'll be ink free, with no scarring and it'll be worth it all.  Good luck with your treatments, happy fading and let us know how you get on.  Thanks for sharing, silence doesn't help anyone.  aloha...k
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2nd Tx

I went for my second tx on 6/11. This time she did a double pass. The first pass hurts a little more than last time, I had put ice before for about 10mins, I put it again for about 5 when she was done with the first pass & wrapped my arm on ice when she was done for about 1-2 hours. The second pass did not hurt as much, I guess because the area was kinda numb from the 1st one. I have did not blister. Neither have I noticed any change. What I do notice is little tiny areas that might flake off (kinda like when u get a sunburn). They are gradually incresing it, to minimize skin damage she did tell me that I will start to see the results by the 3rd tx which I have scheduled for 7/31. I'm waiting 7-8 weeks in between txs.

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before 2 tx

No changes

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Jw, we all have our reasons, but why do you regret it?
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Did you buy a package of treatments? If you still haven't seen any change before going to number 3, maybe you should try somewhere else..?
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4th Session

No drastic change has happened since I last updated my progress, although I do notice it grayish it not as black as it used to be. The laser is getting intense and more painful but still tolerable. I do take anything or put anything except for ice before and after. The itch is somewhat torelable and I only peel, like when you get a sunburn. I'm currently doing the tx every 6-8 weeks.

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Thank you Dr. I'd be interested on a second opinion. Do you have a website? Contact info?
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Session #5

Hello All
I have not updated my progress in a while, because quite frankly there has been no progress. I completed 4 tx - double pass, and no change. So for a few months I decided I was going to live with my regret and accept it. But then I came accross an advertisment for the new tattoo removal laser machine - PicoSure- and I decided to give it one last try. So I payed for 6sessions, the will be 6-8 weeks apart. I had my first session on Mother's day weekend. I will provide an update before my next tx which is schedule for 6/21.

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Picosure is apparently the very best laser out there. I've had 14 q-switch treatments and although I have seen a huge difference, I'm not seeing much more fading. As such I am also using Picosure in July. Would love to hear how you get on with it. Many people who use Picosure see fading almost immediately after treatment - hope that happens for you!
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I hope so too. Some of the staff in the office claimed they have been using it & showed me their tats and it's has faded greatly, so I am very hopeful.
Apparently some of the staff in my clinic are doing that too. Fingers crossed for us both!

2nd Session with PicoSure

It's been 6 weeks since my first Tx with PicoSure, there have been no change at all. Today they increased the energy and did a double pass. We'll see if this time there are any changes. I will keep you posted on my progress.

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Thanks for the update, happy healing and fingers crossed for fading!
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Thank you Eva!!!
It sounds as if you are getting as tired of this ordeal as I am. Hang in there. I have been waiting longer between treatments (10-13 weeks) and have noticed more fading and less hyper pigmentation. I also switched to the Picosure and am pleased with the results. All of the thin black lines are completely gone. Its the thicker black lines and purple and green shading that remain. Since all of yours is thick, it may just take a bit longer to notice a difference. Hang in there and make sure you are taking care of yourself.
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3rd Tx with PicoSure

Today was my 3rd treatment using PicoSure Laser. So far there have been NO fading. With this session I have completed a total of 10 and the tattoo is as black as it was the first day. They increased the energy level to see if hopefully this time there is some change. I have added a new photo taken before Tx this morning and about 3 hours after. I am accepting the fact that it might not be erased. Maybe is combination of the ink used, how deep it was done and that is fairly new. I still have 3 more sessions left with PicoSure. There are spaced 8 weeks apart so I'll be updating if I see any change between here and Oct 25th (my next appt).

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Wow, sorry you are not having success. Fingers crossed you start to see some results in the next 3 treatments. 
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Thank you. Hopefully I do!
Have you done a side by side photo of before treatment and now? I think you might see fading, as I do. I found that waiting longer between sessions was very helpful. There was a member here that did a laser session once a year and she found it to be helpful, now I don't recommend that, but I think a photo might put it all into perspective. This whole process takes so much time and energy, patience is definitely a virtue in this process.
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