Painful but Worth It -Fort Collins, CO

I have many tattoos from when I was young. Half of...

I have many tattoos from when I was young. Half of them were done by an ex-boyfriend with a homemade gun. He had spent years in prison "perfecting his art" and I decided to let him practice on me. Now it has been 18 years and I want them gone. Every time I look in the mirror I am reminded of him. I like the tattoos that I have paid for and put sober thought into. I just want the past removed because I have grown up.
I finally got the courage to go in and talk to a specialist about these horrible blobs of ink covering my body. I was quoted 100.00 per session and up to 12 sessions to remove the one from my stomach and hip. I decided to give it a shot. Anything is better than living with these for the rest of my life. I can tell you that I was not prepared for the pain inflicted on my from that laser. I thought it would be something like getting the tattoo. The one on my stomach was the most painful one I got and 5 times more painful to remove. I did this without any pain medication or local anesthesia. My technician was so patient and assured me I could take as many breaks as I needed. I wasn't being charged for the time it took, only for the treatment of the entire tattoo. He used a cold air blowing machine to help cool the area but it didn't help much. I bit the bullet and figured it's what I get for being so stupid in the first place.
He told me there will probably be bruising and blistering after he was done. Immediately after I was red and swollen and it felt like hot grease was being dripped on my body. It was very sore the first day but ice really helped. This is day two and the swelling is almost gone, no blistering, and barely red. The best part is that almost all of it is faded and I am told that it will only get better. I really think these will be gone in a couple of more sessions. I am so excited to see my skin again!

I figured it out! I just put 2 pics up that were...

I figured it out! I just put 2 pics up that were taken 72 hours after the 1st treatment. The one around my belly button used to be all the same shade of black. I can't believe how quickly it is fading. The roadrunner/peace frog cover up combo was done professionally and it is fading nicely too. Can't wait until the next few weeks to see if it fades even more.

Itching! Holy cow! This just started last night...

Itching! Holy cow! This just started last night and was easy to get rid of by lightly rubbing on the outside of my shirt. Now I can't stand it. I want to lay on my belly and scrub it with the carpet! I wonder if ice will help. I am going to try some of this steroid anti-itch cream. I'm afraid to scratch it from all the reviews I have read and people said. So far, no blisters or peeling. Does the itching mean that will happen soon? Ugh.

Session 2 complete!

I actually had to bring moral support this time. I almost turned around and went back home. Had to mentally prepare myself for the pain. This time I slathered on the lidocain numbing ointment before I went in and brought my own bag of ice. Had a couple of panic attacks on the way there but I did it!
It wasn't quite as painful as the last time and I think the ice and numbing cream helped a little. I could hear the laser zapping my skin but this time I didn't look. I only took a couple of few second breaks. Geez! Getting the ink put in is way less painful than removing it.
Once again my technician was really patient and just an overall nice guy. His wife was super sweet too. I would seriously recommend Tat2Undo to anyone in Colorado or Wyoming for that matter.
I will post a new pic as soon as this burning goes away.

"It doesn't have to be like that"

This is what my technician told me when I asked about the blistering and trauma I have seen after laser removal. I never did blister or have any major discomfort after the first session. At first I thought it must mean that it didn't work. But I had such good results the first time around I choose to believe this place has a different approach. "It doesn't have to be like that" If you know what you are doing you can effectively remove the tattoo with minimal pain and discomfort during healing. The last time I posted pics 72 hours post laser so I thought I would do the same today. I am very happy with the results so far and know that in a couple of weeks it will be even better. I'm not looking forward to the horrible itch that is to come but I am excited for the next session already!

Showing off the fading!

It is now 9 days post second treatment and I am surprised it hasn't itched at all. No blistering, no bruising, no itching. Just a little peeling when it gets dry. I have been using coconut oil and lavender essential oil and I take fish oil, green tea extract, and some other metabolism/immune support supplements. The first day was the only day that it was uncomfortable this time.
I got a copy of the before pics from my tech. so I wanted to post those along with todays.

3rd treatment complete!

Time for another update. Yep, it still hurt. This time was worse maybe? I can't really remember for sure. Now that I think about it, it was the same. It's definitely not an enjoyable experience but so worth it. Last session was pretty uneventful. After about 3 days the swelling was completely gone and I never went through that itching stage. Never a blister either. This time my tech used a different laser to target some of the color. I much prefer that laser as it only zaps me one time per second instead of 10.

I wanted to post pics of immediately after the treatment in case anyone wanted to see how horrible it looks. There is such a difference the next day that I will post again. Don't be shocked or discouraged though. I promise it looks worse than it feels. I will continue my home remedy for healing as it seems to be working. If anyone wants to know what it is, let me know.

Picture update

The new photos are from 72 hours post 3rd treatment. Since I posted the other ones at that time I thought I would keep it consistent. This time I did get a few small blisters but they are already flat and healing. They are kind of a weird color due to fluid and ink in them. Next time I will post pics right before the 4th treatment. I am very happy with the results so far. Thank you Mike at Tat2Undo for doing such an amazing job, being patient with my making you stop for a break, and having such a professional place to go. I think I will upload the video my son took while I had the blob part done if I can figure that out too.
Michael Scarpulla

Mike is one of the most caring, compassionate, professional people I have met. He explains everything very well and listens even better. I would never go anywhere else. I highly recommend him at Tat2Undo if you are anywhere near Fort Collins, Colorado.

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
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Hey there, just checking in to see how your treatment is progressing, hope you are seeing some good fading!! You mention you wanted to add video if you could figure out how to upload it so I thought I would send you the link on how to do that, would love for you to share :)



How to add a video Let me know if you have any questions. 



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i would like to start laser removal but i'm afraid it will not work , also need help finding a good technician with out having to pay so much money someone was asking for 400 per session

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It sounds like you feel really well cared for by the person doing your removal - love to hear that! :)

The easiest way to add the video is to upload it to Youtube, then use the embed code it provides. Feel free to private message me if you would like more help. I'm happy to help!

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Thanks for letting us know that it looks worse than it feels, because those pictures look like it would really hurt! I'll be hoping there is a lot of fading from this session for you!

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Amazing progress! Can't wait to see the end result :)
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It sounds like you have a wonderful technician.  Mine is awesome also.  He does a test spot each time we meet as the laser intensity is higher.  He asks all sorts of questions about the healing process.  I don't blister much either and there is virtually no swelling or any discomfort.  I thought maybe it wasn't working but my tattoo looks very old and I'm pleased with the results.  I like your sense of humour in the photo captions "dumb road runner is almost gone"...yes, it is almost gone.  HURRAY!!  As for the itch, I slather on hydrocortisone anti-itch cream and I also take antihistamines, all of this helps me.  Scratching will only damage the skin.  Thanks for the update.  Good luck.  aloha...k
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11 days post treatment and the itching is gone. Well, as long as I don't start itching it doesn't come. It seems like the minute I scratch, it flares up and itches uncontrollably. So hand off for me! I never did blister or scab but I do notice a small amount of peeling like when a tattoo first heals. I also notice that it is kind of red and still a little swollen. The fading is about the same as when it was first done too. There are some parts of the ink that I am seeing breaking up. I can't wait for the next treatment!
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Good-bye itch, hello fading and breaking of lines.  That's wonderful, areis918!  My fading makes the tattoo look like it is years old. In some places the ink is breaking up.  I understand now why people say it takes patience and perserverance as the tattoo will look just plain weird for awhile.   I slather on the coconut oil and keep it moisturized and simply don't look at it.  Good luck with your next treatment, when is it?  I'm coming up on post two weeks and can't wait for the next one at the end of May.  aloha...k
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Sounds like we are about the same timeline here for treatments. My next one is the end of May also. I use coconut oil too. It really helps. One thing I did for the itching was add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the coconut. It took the itch right out! I'm glad you are seeing the fading and breaking up too. Its so encouraging! Thanks for your comments.
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aloha Areis918, your fading is amazing! I agree with Tena G below. Being in pain isn't worth it. And it could inhibit healing. You'll wince up each time you go. The clinic I go to gives lidocaine shots and it is totally worth it. I don't feel a thing except the ding in my wallet. Use numbing cream and focus your energy on healing rather than the pain. Good luck! aloha...k
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Thank you! I will use it for sure next time.
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I would talk to your technician about numbing cream. I didn't use any for the first six treatments but I found some cheap on eBay and it makes a world of difference
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I have a prescription for a topical lidocain numbing cream stuff. It's the same thing I was offered for my next treatment. So I will be ready for sure next time! I didn't think it would make that much of a difference. I'm really glad to hear that it made such a difference for you.
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Congrats on getting started with your removal, and thank you so much for choosing to share your story. Wow, your belly button one did fade a ton in areas. Its interesting that some parts faded more than others, but encouraging none the less! :)

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Hi Megan, The one on my belly was started 18 years ago. The darker parts were done 9 years ago. So the older part really faded. I'm pretty sure it was a different type of ink used on the darker part. I so wish I had never tried to 'finish' that tattoo. :)
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Ohhh, that makes sense. Thanks for clarifying that detail for me, I appreciate it. :) I'll be hoping the newer part fades well for you!

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My next treatment is scheduled for the end of May. I wish I had a before pic. I'll look around my computer for one. I am going to try to upload one from today though. Its been 3 days and I am really pleased so far.
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That's great! I hear that older, non-professional tats are the easiest to remove so you should have great results. When is your next treatment?
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aloha areis918..ink regret...well it sucks doesn't it. We have all had, or are going through it, that's why we're heare. It's amazing how many of us there are out there and so many that don't speak up because we're afraid. But we're not alone. We all make mistakes. I made a doozy of one back in October and hopefully by Christmas I'll see a good portion of it gone. I'm glad you are having fading. Maybe it's because it wasn't done professionally but with a homemade gun and also because it's old. But everyone is different and it's great that you have fading. I hope you update with pictures, it would be great to see your success, it gives us hope and we can share in your happiness. Thanks for sharing. aloha...k
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