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The Arduous Road of Tattoo Removal - Franklin, WI

In 2005, I made the silly mistake of getting a...

In 2005, I made the silly mistake of getting a tattoo on my right wrist. Thankfully, I had enough sense to get a small one (1 inch long by a few millimeters wide). I was contemplating tattoo removal for a few years and finally found a deal online in 2013. It was $100 for 4 treatments. Considering I was quoted $50 per session at another clinic and was told it may take 6 treatments, I decided to go ahead with the $100 package. Well, I finished the 4 treatments and the technician informed me that I will probably need an additional 5 treatments. I hope that's not the case! I have a feeling that since I was getting a significant discount, she didn't use the laser at it's highest level. Therefore, my results aren't dramatic. Or maybe, my skin is taking longer than normal to push the ink out. Either way, I'm going to continue to shop around, but here are my reviews and photos. Good luck!

PAIN LEVEL: tolerable. Every session took 120 seconds (believe me, I stared at the clock the whole time). At first, I thought the pain was excruciating, but after the 1st session, it was manageable. I would describe it as getting burned by grease over and over again. Eventually, you just zone out and forget about the feeling. I can't imagine how people with larger tattoos deal with it. Afterward, you shouldn't get the treated spot wet for 24 hours or do any rigorous exercise. I didn't use any numbing cream and just kept it moisturized and out of the sun.

COST: high. I understand that a laser is being used, but for a $40 tattoo I will have spent about 10 times more to remove it. Plus, for the 4 treatments I had so far (each scheduled 6 weeks apart), I was in the clinic no more than 20 minutes in total.

5th Treatment Update

I went to another clinic on 08/19/13 to get my 5th treatment since my 4 session deal had expired. I originally went to this clinic last year for a consultation and was quoted $50/session. Let me say that this treatment seemed to hurt a lot more and I could actually smell the burning skin. Perhaps she used the laser at a higher level, which is something I wasn't used to. Well, as the pictures show, it blistered and is still tender two days later. The technician informed me that the reaction is normal. I anticipate my next treatment in early October and hope there will not be more.

5th Treatment Update - 3 Weeks Later

My latest picture shows some better fading, which proves my suspicion about the first 4 Groupon treatments being weak. Oh well, you get what you pay for.

The affected area was very tender and itched like crazy for longer than I wanted. I used a lot of polysporin and never popped the blisters. I got it wet in the shower, but was too paranoid about going to a public pool. I didn't want to risk an infection. I kept it bandaged a lot, too.

I will say that that I liked the Groupon tech a lot better. She was much more friendly and provided a lot of info. This latest one was tardy, rude, barely talked and gave no aftercare instructions whatsoever. However, since the price is right and the results are more dramatic I will continue to see her. Hopefully, not too much longer!

6th Treatment Update

My latest treatment was on 02/03/14 and I went to the same clinic as my 5th treatment. I really see great results and the only ink that's still visible can easily be covered with makeup now (after the healing process). I thought the technician would actually talk to me this session and tell me if I needed another treatment, but she didn't. She said we'll see in a few weeks. All in all, I've spend $200 for all of my treatments and I hope I'm done!

6th Treatment - 5 Weeks Later

The fading this time around is better, but I really thought that this latest treatment would be my last. I wonder if it's worth getting a fading cream or just pay for another treatment...
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4 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
4 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 tmes
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Hi! Any update? :) How the tattoo is fading?
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Looks great, it will continue to fade as time goes on - here is a great example of that from oneTime2many - this members tattoo is in the same spot:

http://www.realself.com/review/tri-state-area-yrs-post-late-stage-tattoo-removalgive-time-and-realistic
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Congratulations!! You have come so far, and you must be thrilled!! From this picture you can hardly see any remaining ink, once you are all healed up please post a new photo update :)
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Hi, Any updates?
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I'm planning my next session in late January. The holidays took over my wallet :(
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Let us know how everything goes after your next session :) Hope you are enjoying the Holiday Season - all the best!
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This is fading really nicely. I know what you mean about the attitude of the technician; the staff in the clinic I used to go to were very dismissive. The staff in the new clinic are really friendly and I actually feel like they're genuinely keen to see my tattoo disappear. But hey, if you're seeing better results that's what really matters!
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Yes, removal is far more lengthy (it can take years with spaced apart sessions) and cost far more than the original tattoo.  You are very lucky it is so small, a bandage, silicone patch or even the "hyde my ink" cover up and a few bracelets and you're set to go.  I'm sure that fading will come its way.  Many on the forum remark that after 8 or 10 sessions the fading is remarkable. Good luck with your fading.
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Thank you! I can't wait to see more results.
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It doesn't even look like a tattoo, just like a scar. I wish that's what I had to deal with :)
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Thanks! It still feels like a tattoo :(
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Doesn't even look like a tattoo anymore, put a watch on and your set! Good luck!
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Wow, it looks to me like you had some pretty good fading. Granted, from the pictures it looks like an all black tattoo which from what I understand is the easiest ink to remove.

Thank you for posting such good pictures!

Looking forward to hearing how the rest of your removal goes.

 

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