After several years of wanting to remove my 2...

After several years of wanting to remove my 2 tattoos that were reminders of a wild youth, I finally took the plunge last week the day before I turn 45 and started treatment.


I went in for my consultation during the middle of the work day and met with the nurse and then with the business manager (The Closer) After a short discussion she showed me my treatment plan and cost and offered the different option for payment. I chose to pay everything upfront in hopes I would not chicken out later, that gave me a big discount. This particular clinic has a scale they use to decide how many treatments they think it will take and then everything beyond that will be treated for free upto 1 year later.


That sound great to me...so out flew the credit card and thus we began our journey. I opted not to use any numbing creme because I needed to get back to work...HOT BACON GREASE SPLATTERS being shot from a pellet gun...that is my best description. I have a large shoulder tattoo of King Trident and a small hip tat of James Dean's autograph...don't ask.
I was leaving the next day for a weekend birthday getaway so I think she went lighter on the laser... I did not blister at all.... I felt a bit soar like a sun burn...and all seemed well.. I went on my trip with no problem...I opted for wearing a surf sun shirt all day by the pool for protection and stayed out of the water until the 3rd day. As I am writing this blog, I just realized I got in the pool which I was not planning on doing at all, and I am 16 years sober...so not quite sure how I missed that.


None the less~ I made it home and life was good until day 4 the itching begin, which is what brought to search out this site. The itching has been horrible for 4 days... the only thing that helps is ice... when I am home the ice is on...( and off of course ). I have been waking up in the night scratching my back and honestly thought today that I would ask about getting a refund for the rest of the treatment because this seems unbearable. But alas I took a Zyrtec today and it reduced the itch about 25% .... so I may make it ..
The result thus far faded some small lines...and seems to make some of the others seems brighter, which I read could happen. I am scheduled for about 7weeks apart for treatment so August 30th is the next one, it will be afterwork with numbing creme.
I am actually so nervous of what this will look like in the end.. but then I see someone who is completely faded and I get excited to think someday that could be me.

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The itch was better last night...only woke up once...

The itch was better last night...only woke up once at 4am and 1 of the tattoos had about 20 minutes of itching then it went away. So far not bad today and it is exactly 8 days since my first treament. I hope I am over the itch hump.
I looked at it closely last night before going to bed and it looks like some of the small lines are already beginning to fade away... that made me happy but there is a long way to go. My tats are 22 years old...so hopefully that will help speed the process.
Will keep you posted.

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ahh.. tatoo removal is certainly a difficult and painfull process. Hope you will come over the pain soon :)
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I don't use any numbing cream either. You are brave because your back tattoo is much larger than mine! I hope to see more reviews from you on your next sessions
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I love your description of it feeling like hot bacon grease splatters from a pellet gun! I mean, I wish it didn't feel that way for you, but very vivid image it brings up - and there aren't too many people who don't know the sting of a bacon grease splatter. Nice job making it relatable!

I'm glad to hear the itchiness is subsiding too. Hopefully it doesn't bother you this evening!

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6 weeks later.....there has been minimal fading...

6 weeks later.....there has been minimal fading after 1st treatment to a few areas. The itching has finally stopped at the end of 4 weeks. I just moved my next treatment out to the 8 week mark so that I will not have a fresh laser burn over Labor Day weekend. I have already asked myself why I am bothering to go forward with this process since my tattoos do not show unless I have my shirt off. I guess that is why I prepaid for all of my treatment so I would not back out. I think I will be glad in the end..... But I cannot imagine how LONG this process is going to be. I will post more after my next treatment, which is scheduled for

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It sounds like you are a bit discouraged, sorry if that is the case. :-/ It is good that you knew yourself well enough to basically lock yourself into moving forward with the process by paying for it all up front. Hopefully as you do more treatments you will see more fading, and that will encourage you through the process.

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Today is going to be my 2nd treatment ...getting...

Today is going to be my 2nd treatment ...getting mentally prepared for the next few weeks of itching and healing..... hoping it is better this second time around.... I will post later how it goes... I am attaching 2 photos as it looks today 8 weeks atfer first treatment.

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How did your second treatment go? Can you notice any change in it yet?

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I had my 2nd treatment 6 days ago...I went early...

I had my 2nd treatment 6 days ago...I went early this time for the numbing creme and sat for the 30 minutes waiting for it's effects....Which sadly never came. The nurse said some people say that it helps, but I truly did not feel a difference. The laser still hurts pretty bad but because it is fast, the entire treatment maybe takes 1 minute, it is bearable.
I treated to aftercare very different this time. I iced the area post treatment from Friday night through Monday....off and on.... and even still some on tuesday.
I asked the nurse if I could use a higher concentrate cortisone creme that I was prescribed by my dermatologist for another rash and she said yes.
So I have been using the creme and then also using real Aloe Vera plant gel from my back yard. One of these things, the ice, creme, or plant or a combination of the all has made to itching negligible.
I have taken Benadryl at night the past three nights to make sure I stayed on top of it and did not have a flare up. I actually have forgotten completely about the treatment sights for hours at work. So this time is SSOOO much better.
The tech said we would start with a different laser at my next visit to address the blue colors in my tattoo. No one sounds to promising about removing that color...but we will see. I am still all in at this time and laugh thinking, I have 2 treatments down and only 11 more to go. :-)

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Sorry to hear the numbing cream didn't help. :-/ That is good that the treatment doesn't last long though.

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It has been 5 weeks and 3 days since my 2nd...

It has been 5 weeks and 3 days since my 2nd treatment. I must say, I have not thought a lot about my tattoo this go round. I iced it so much for the first 4 days after treatment and had a much better result. The itching was minimal this time and I feel good about moving forward with the next treatment in 11 days. My James Dean tattoo is fading quickly, the King Trident has faded some also but she has not worked on the colors yet which she will begin on my next visit. I will let you know how it goes. So far, I am happy with my decision. Also for a note, I have worn a swim shirt every time I have been in the sun since the day I started this treatment. My friends wonder what happened to the sun worshiper I used to be and I just simple say this is something I really want to get done and the sun will slow it down.

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i went for a consultation yesterday to have mine removed. Mine is on my forearm and im scared its going to leave an uglier scar after the treatments. are you happy with the results so far although its not far into your treatments? also do you know what machine they are using on you?

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Just finished 3rd treatment on 2 tattoos. It was...

Just finished 3rd treatment on 2 tattoos. It was the best treatment as far as discomfort goes that I have had. I actually applied numbing creme to the site 2 hours before treatment time and this really seemed to help. Also my technician turned down the frequency in how fast the laser would pulse each time, from 10 megahertz to 5 megahertz I believe. This gave a few seconds in between each pop that really seemed to help also. Ultimately, I am not sure if it was the numbing creme application or the pulse reduction that made this feel so much better or the combination of the two, but either way I am sticking to this new winning combination. I was able to talk and have a normal conversation with my nurse while she preformed the procedure.
After care again was lots of icing, Aloe and cortisone...last night it had been 4 nights since the treatment and I did take Benadryl to ward off itching, so far so good!
Feeling good about the process and really feel like we are making headway. I will post some shots in a few weeks as the ink begins to fade.

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Holly cow, I just looked at your most recent pictures - that is some serious fading!! How exciting to see!!

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I used a cream called Tat B Gone. Whole thing took almost 9 months. In fairness my eagle was kind of big. But no itch or pain.

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Was the cream for numbing or helping to remove the tattoo?

5 weeks after 6th session

Here are the pics of a side by side from Before treatment to now, which is 5 weeks after my 6th treatment. The have only only done the color specific laser 2 times now. Although it does make me have to wait 3 months before I can go back, it also makes great improvements. The technician says we will use the color specific laser every other time now.
I am very encouraged by the results. My after care immediately following treatment is to use a cutting from my aloe plant and just keep layering the gel. I put it in the fridge so it feels really good. It seemed to help with blisters this time also. No itching with the use of a cortisone cream and aloe and lots of ice. I go back for treatment 7 on June 30th, that will be 1 year since I started my treatment.

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A few post treatment blister shots

These are photos from after session 4 color specific laser. It was my worst treatment as far as blisters go. I did not know that I was having the color specific laser and scheduled the treatment on a friday night and had to work all day the next day. I think by not being able to ice and aloe all day it made it worse. But the results were good in the end.

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A few post treatment blister shots

These are photos from after session 4 color specific laser. It was my worst treatment as far as blisters go. I did not know that I was having the color specific laser and scheduled the treatment on a friday night and had to work all day the next day. I think by not being able to ice and aloe all day it made it worse. But the results were good in the end.

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im going to dr tattoff as well in montclair... Your fading is amazing... :)
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It has come along way... they say I have another 2 years to get rid of all the blue ink :-( But I am happy with the fading so far.
Amazing fading - giving me hope
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5 weeks after 7th treatment

Things are looking good.... the fading is working...the blue ink is still really heavy but I knew that going in that it would take a long time remove. Overall I am happy with the results.

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WOW, thank you so much for continuing to post pictures. They are both fading so much. The James Dean one is almost non-existent!

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I am so excited!! Even though the larger one is going slower at least the bulk of the tattoo is being removed and I can live with the blue water taking more time since the body and face of King Trident will soon be gone! :-)

Yay - excited for you!! :)

7 weeks after 8th treatment

This was supposed to be the last treatment on James Dean, we will see how it continues to fade. I still have prepaid for 6 more treatments on King Trident. I am happy with things so far...the only downer is, I read a lot of articles today on newer faster lasers and I wish I had not already prepaid for the Q-swtich and I would seek out a doctor using the Picosure laser, as it sounds like it has faster and better results.

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11 weeks after 8th treatment..#9 coming on Wednesday.

Getting ready for 9th treatment and I thought I would do one more photo update. It has been a long time since my last laser color treatment and have had some good fading. Fingers crossed and moving forward.

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Side by side after 11 weeks 8th treatment

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Photos after 10 treatments

Nurse chose not to treat James Dean tattoo this time and see if the redness and pigment discoloration will fade. King Trident had color specific laser this time....lots of blisters.

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What Laser do you use and how do you treat it after treatment ?
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I have been using the Q-Switch Laser... I always use Aloe Plant, lots of ice and Hydro Cortisone cream. This has worked well for me. I am going tomorrow for a consultation with Picosure Laser.
you should try the picolaser for the blue leftovers...
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New doctor ...different laser. Picosure

After several people suggested I try the Picosure laser for the remaining blue in my tattoo I sought out Dr. Adelglass at Skintastic in Dallas. I went in for my consultation and since it had been six weeks since my last Q switch treatment at Dr. Tattoff, Dr. Adelglass said it was safe to do the Picosure treatment. The cost per session is going to be $400. He said because I have had 10 treatments with the Q switch laser on my tattoo, he was not sure how many treatments it would take to completely clear. He believes it would be somewhere between three and four.
I did the treatment with no numbing cream just a little ice and the cold blower. The pain was much less than my previous treatments, however I am not sure if it was a lower setting then I was used to or just the difference in the Picosure. I had no discomfort after the treatment and went back to work and finished my day. There does seem to be one area of blue ink that was not treated yesterday and I have contacted the doctor and I'm waiting for response to find out why.
I will post updates as it heals to see how much fading I actually received from this treatment.

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the price seems to be very high for this little leftovers...
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I was not sure what to expect on price and this seems to be the only one around me that have found with Picosure. On top of that, I still stand behind the thought that he missed a section of the blue ink but he says he did not and will address it in 6 weeks..... It is a lot of money if the entire tattoo was not treated.
looks good- but, yes it looks like he missed a spot...no reason why he can't finish it up now:) Good luck, I hope this is what finishes the job!
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One week after 1st Picosure treatment

I am seeing some nice fading after of the blue ink after my first treatment with Picosure laser .. I am feeling encouraged the end of this long tattoo removal maybe closer than I thought.

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Stephen A...I'm glad I came upon your blog. I must say compared to most of what I've seen on this site, your experience has made me particularly hopeful. I'm very excited for your ongoing progress. With the james dean tat you mentioned that the tech suggested holding off on further tx to see if there is further fading. Any update with that? Also have you noticed any raising or textural differences at all? From the pictures it looks simply amazing. Best of luck!
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I have not notice any raising at all ... There is a loss of pigment in some areas that I hope will fade in time. The James Dean tattoo I think completely done now. There is a faint trace of the tattoo in some areas that they said is actually scarring from beating up so many times. So that too should fade in time. For nowI sit and wait and continue with the Picosure on my back a few more times.
Pico seems to really kill it on the blue...you're so close!!! Hang in there- it should hopefully fade more over the next few weeks :)
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A photo of fading from weeks 3 left to week 4 right

These are photos after weeks 3 and 4 from 1tx Picosure

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Preparing for next weeks treatment

Just 6 days till my 2nd Picosure treatment. Made some more side by sides pics for myself to see and share. I have decided to get one more treatment and then give it a break for the summer, at the advice from other members on Real Self and Dr. Kirby. He suggested to wait longer for more fade between appointments.
After looking at the James Dean tattoo after 4 months since my last treatment...I am happy to see even more fading. Really except for the hypo pigmentation, the ink is gone...so hopefully the hypo pigmentation will clear in a few more months.

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New pictures

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New pics

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Looks great. That tattoo is the "poster child" for pico.
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Thanks! Hope to watch it disappear :-)
Random question...did the James Dean tatt ever see the Pico, or just the Q-switched???
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2nd Picosure treatment

Just had my 2nd Picosure treatment...it went as expected. I used numbing creme 45 minutes before treatment and it was painless.
The office experience was not very comforting... They have asked me to send photos every week over the last 6 weeks which I have done. Then they acted like they had never seen my tattoo before. 3 different people looked at my tattoo and no one seemed to recognize there previously treated work. Strange to say the least if you read the chart. I finally showed them all the text I had sent them and there comments and they still acted puzzled.
Ultimately, I got what I wanted which was a Picosure treatment. He set the laser at 2.9 vs my 3.5 first visit and said this was a higher setting and more aggressive. They were adamant about me coming back in exactly 6 weeks for more....which I did not tell them I am taking a break to see how it fades. So now we wait :-)

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Really odd, and a little unprofessional of them not to remember you! Anyway, sounds like a good treatment - hopefully this might be your last!
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5 weeks after 2nd Picosure - 11 tx overall with laser

Here are a few pictures ...I am exactly 5 weeks out from second Picosure treatment. It does seem to be fading still. I actually am heading on a cruise next week and then I'm home two weeks and I leave again for another beach vacation for a week. So I am armed with lots of sunscreen. I have already covered it once with sunscreen when I was going to be out in the sun last weekend... It actually made it stand out a bit more since it was now in a white square where the sunscreen was. We will see how things go and I will keep you posted.

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Photo update

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You are almost done, looks great!!
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Very nice results! do you have any advice that you wish you would have known when you started getting laser? And what about your pigment, is it returning, or do you see "ghost tattoo" ?
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The only thing I wish is that the technology of the laser had been further along before I started. But like a computer it is constantly changing so you have to jump in at some point. I have not noticed any pigment returning. I surely hope that does not occur :-)

A James Dean update

6 months after last treatment... Still some pigment loss if skin but over all I m happy with the result.

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Side by side James Dean Tat

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Patience is jot my strong suit. I had a very dense black sharp tattoo on my left forearm that I start laser removal on about 2 years ago. The first treatment at Tatoff yielded minimal fading. I moved away from Dallas and didn't resume laser removal treatments for another 2 years. Since I started up again I've had 2 more treatments with the Q. I have achieved some fading but still feeling like it should be more. This is such a long and tedious process.
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Thank you so much for posting this. The complete removal of your James Dean tattoo gave me so much hope. I am so happy for you :)
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Thanks ~~ Hang in there... I am very happy with the process.

10 weeks since last Picosure treatment

It has been 10 weeks since my treatment. So glad I did not go back at 6 weeks as the doctor requested. The fading is still happening everyday I think. I have just returned from a week on holiday and did let the sun hit the area for the first time in 2 years, with sunscreen of course. Their is some ghosting area for sure but overall I am thrilled with the progress. thank goodness I switched to the Picosure....my results have been on warp speed every since.

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Incredible results, so inspiring for others!! I really encourage waiting longer between sessions, and you update speaks to that. Thanks for keeping us up to date!
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So amazing!!! I'm happy for you, and hopeful for me... :) hehe
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Thanks! I am happy and ssssooo ready for this to be over and I can move on.

2 year mark

It has been two years today since I started my tattoo removal. I have ghosting on my back -- have not had a treatment since April. Waiting till winter to see how things look. Still happy I did it and in my mind it is gone although I have some healing to do and maybe one more treatment.

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Sorry for the repeat post, didn't think the first went through...
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I did not get a rerun but I also did not try... I am not sure what the policy is~~ I am leaving about $600 on the table... You may inspirer me to call :-)
You should try! The policy for me is that I prepaid, with the discount. I am supposed to have18 treatments... Translates to $3600.00! I am on treatment # 3, and like the way things are looking. I may just stop after the next treatment ass the tattoo I had was a coverup and dark. I like the way it looks at this point. I was told I would get a refund for the balance if I should stop.

6 months after last treatment

It is been six months since my last treatment with Picosure and I'm scheduled to go back on Monday for what I hope is my final. I thought I would post Agee pics of where I am before my next treatment.

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Looks fantastic! I'm going for my 3rd Picosure tomorrow. I hope I will only need one more after this one!
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Good Luck to you!
Wow! That's impressive!!! Amazing results! You are almost done!
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Just finished 3 Picosure

I just returned from having my third Picosure treatment. The nurse said they had new setting that was a booster. She was going to use that and try and target the specific areas that needed to be hit. She took her time and hopefully got it all. When I got home I removed the bandage and was surprised to see she looks like she hit the whole thing. I will keep you posted on how it heals.

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Dr. Tattoff

I had seen several ads for this company and knew they had been in business in California for a while... they opened in Dallas last year and I was recommended to the practice. The office is very nice and at the staff is very friendly. If they only made anti itch creme that worked it would be perfect so far. I did feel like I ended up with a lot of questions when I got home.. Even with their post laser instructions... I would have liked to speak with someone the next day, That is just a thought.

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