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My Picosure Diary - Esher, GB

I have a tattoo that is 27 years old and I have...

I have a tattoo that is 27 years old and I have hated it for almost as long. This year I decided to do something about it. After reading about the diferent types of laser I opted for Picosure. I was very nervous as have seen and heard of some awful results with normal laser removal. the pain wasn't as bad as I was expecting, although far from pleasant, it was bareable and also very quick - literally felt like it took a couple of minutes. I am not sure how effective it has been so far, but have been told it will continue to fade between treatments. Its very expensive, so am going to have 3 treatments, then review if i feel it has been worth it. I am hoping it will though - just to be able to have the confidence to wear sleeveless tops again without feeling like self conscious.
Hi im about to go for my 1st treatment at trueskin on the 26th! I had a patch test and now im terrified of the pain, i'm also not impressed with the price either but I suppose it will mean longer time between treatments to save up so it fades more. Did you use any numbing cream?
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Hi Amy. Yes the price is ridiculous I agree, but I'm really hoping it will be worth it in the long run. They didn't use numbing cream and all I can say is the pain is bearable!!! I just had to close my eyes and try to switch off from it all. The staff there are amazing though and you certainly feel like you are in professional hands. Good luck with your treatment and keep us posted :)
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Hi Daisy, welcome to the site! Looks like you're already seen some results after only one treatment. The periods in between treatments are when most of the work happens. The key thing to remember during this process is the art of patience. If you're not a patient person then you will be by the end of it! Do you have your next session booked?
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Next session looming!!

Well I have my second session on Friday and am feeling slightly nervous. Really hoping to see some better fading this time. The cost is stressing me before Christmas but I want this gone more than anything. I've put it off for so long I need to be patient and remind myself that hopefully next summer I can wear the sleeveless dresses to work that I've wanted to for years!!!!
ouch!! hopefully your blister will go down in a couple of days. Have you got any before and after pics? It gives me so much hope when I see other peoples successes on here. My worry isnt so much the pain, but I have a tendancy to faint - even thinking about it or watching other people have it done on youtube makes me go funny! luckily the lady that did my last treatment was very understanding and let me lay down afterwards in their spa with a drink until I had recovered properly!
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Hi ive just had my first treatment I used emla numbing cream and it did the trick was bareable. I have a humongous blister formed after just an hour its so big and red i'm worried :( good luck for your next treatment
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Second session today

Had Christina carry out my session today. Although she put the machine on a higher setting this time, I didn't think it hurt so much. It's very blistered tonight and quite swollen. Pics will follow


Thanks for the update, look forward to the photos! Did you use numbing cream?


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The day after

Well it's looking disgusting this morning. No Eva I didn't use any numbing cream or pain killers


Oh, you are brave, it's so painful!! That is how mine looks, if not worse after treatment - check out my review Blackberry11  After my first session It looked like someone took a hot iron and held it on my back...it was so blistered...and dark...I was terrified. But it healed all up no problem. One concern I had was the green turned black, or really dark, and I thought oh oh - as some colors can change color and go darker, but it went back to green. Hope your weekend is off to a great start!!


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4 days after 2nd session

Itching started. Blistering gone. Not sure how much will have gone. I guess time will tell
Must admit I normally do spinning every day but putting it off as don't want to get it sweaty!! Finding it hard to know what to do exercise wise - I get frustrated bit doing too much but until the scabs have gone I'm worried about it stinging
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Mines on my ankle and stings a lot due to the huge blisters that have only just gone down. The rubbing of the gauze on the raw skin isn't ideal for healing so I think I'll put off exercise a few more days til its better. Spinning everyday way to make me feel lazy?! I haven't got scabs maybes its too early for me?
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Mines been 6 days and the blister has went down but its still too painful to do any exercise. Now mines a similar state to yours. I speed walk literally everywhere (I ought to buy a pedometer to figure out how much I do) do you think this is active enough given the circumstances?
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A week after 2nd session

Scabbing finally starting to go and so far looking pretty faded underneath
Thanks Andrew I will try to be patient and wait a bit longer. Would be nice to be rid by the summer!!
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Looking good! Think if your willing to wait 5/6 months for your next treatment it will probably be your last. Your tattoo will fade so much more in the meantime with it being on you for so long. Congrats
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I'm so pleased as can finally see a difference. They told me it shouldn't take more than 4 treatments which I thought was optimistic but I think they may be right now :)
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Before and two treatments later

Had my third treatment yesterday. Hoping only one more and it will be gone
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Hi there :) it's nice to find someone on here who's going to the same clinic as me for picosure! I've had 8 normal laser treatments so far and my tattoo has faded significantly and I'm trying picosure in Feb. Good luck with your results!
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Thank you I will try that as am worried about scarring
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Third treatment

Had my third session yesterday. The pain is getting far easier each time. I think it's a case of knowing what to expect means I can handle it better.
Hoping only one more session and it will be gone. Booked for end of March
4th treatment yesterday. Hardly any blisters today. Think I will still need more after this but it is getting there. The black ink is so stubborn
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You are making great progress!! Fingers crossed for you that March is your last session. Can you update a photo after it's healed?
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4th treatment

Getting there but frustrating as was wanting it gone before my holiday at end of May :(
Looks good! How long do you wait between sessions?
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I've been going every two months
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Wow, that's come a long way- it looks like you have some really great fading for only 4 treatments!! Hang in there; I'm sure you'll see more fading in the coming weeks :)
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Update

Photo showing pre - picosure, after treatment 4 then 3 weeks after treatment 4. I was hoping it would be my last but unfortunately think I will need another one but going to wait until after my holidays now
I know you wanted it gone b/f your holiday but you may be surprised to find that it continues to fade during that time off...try not to get down and enjoy your trip!!! You are so close- it's impressive for only 4 treatments, be proud!!
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Aww thank you
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really great progress. Looks like it will be gone after 1 more!
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5th treatment

I decided to have another treatment before the dinner starts in the hope that it will finally go. Edita (not sure of spelling) at esher was so lovely. I hadn't seen her since my first session so she was amazed how much it had faded. I am really pleased with how it's going so far but do want to completely gone so if there are still some dots when this one heals I will go back again. I think when this heals though I will be able to cover for the summer with make up
Looks great, you will easily be able to cover that with make up!! Check out this review for make up info:

http://www.realself.com/review/cardiff-uk-stars-and-text-laser-tattoo-removal
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Thanks Eva. Just ordered the make up so will let everyone know how it goes
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Please do :)
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2 weeks after treatment 5

Significant fading now. Really pleased. Have no blistering and very little scarring with treatments now and it's still working. Hoping it will fade a lot more over the summer
I love in oxford, I have been really depressed all this days because I have a big tattoo on my thigh a garter tattoo and I hate it so much I don't know what to do I feel so bad I can't eat I can't even go to work it's ruining my life :( the tatto wasn't properly done it looks so bad. I think I need to try this
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Im sorry you feel so bad about your tattoo. I can relate to it, and have felt a real sense of freedom the last few weeks now that mine has virtually gone. The last few slight marks on mine I can now cover with make up. It is a huge financial drain and depressing whilst you are still having treatment as sometimes you look at it and think it looks even worse but I am so glad I did it. Its a shame there is nowhere nearer for us in oxford. Anything you want to know though please ask and I will try to help
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I was wondering where do you go to get the laser done? It's easy to get from oxford to that place I think the nearest is in London? Thanks
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