Large/dark/dense Tattoo Removal - Guilford, CT
9-16-13 Well, when I was 18 I got a tattoo on my...
Well, when I was 18 I got a tattoo on my right shoulder. It is very amateur and ugly. Since the past 12 years I continued getting ink. I got a sleeve tattoo on the rest of my right arm. It came out well and I still like it to this day. Two months ago I tattood my enite left arm with dark/dense tribal that takes up about half of my skin on my left arm. I chose not to finish it so it looks horrible and bold now. This leaves me emotionally upset and with a complex...now I have to wear long sleeves everywhere to cover it up. I been researching everything I can for options and foumd laser to be the best option. It makes me even more upset that I cannot find one success story of someone in my situation. I have an appointment to meet with a M.D in my state that has picosure. The appointment is tomorrow 9/17/13. I am slightly nervous but not too bad. I heard this is very painful. I read a story on this site of woman in a similair situation. After her first treatment she gave up. I am not sure if this much ink is too much pain or impossible to remove. I posted a question about this on the Q&A section with no response and recently a similair question was posted with no response...how wierd. Oh well, tomorrow I will see the professional and see what he has to say. I do plan on going through the entire process for the next couple years. Sure this will cost tnousands, pain and no promise of success. Either way, I am so frustrated with the lack of proof, success or even support on dealing with large/dense tattoos. After the next two years the complete truth will come out of laser removal and tattoos like mine. Stay tuned.
Well I just got back and having mixed feelings.
Now I am left doing research to see if maybe I should try other places. I went to him because of his Picosure now his older laser will still cost me a lot. He was very respectful, knowledgeable and he had a M.D....I also watched him on the news. I guess all that fame would jack his rate up a touch.
There is a new laser tattoo removal place even closer that just opened up a couple months ago. They have many medical certificates from what they show on there website and they are new so offering really good pricing. The place is www.waterburytattooremoval.com I believe. I left them a message and hopefully I will be going there for a consultation as well.
I was wondering if you guys can help give me some advice on where to go from here? Should I schedule many consultations? What should I base my final decision on? Would you guys ever try a new place without a history? I live here in Ct and from what I seen...I do not have many options.
Well, until tomorrow or whenever I make more progress...
A sign or hope
It has begun
The guy performing the procedure was really nice and made me feel very comfortable. He offered me $600 a session for 10 sessions and the sessions will be broken in two or three depending how much I can take. The deal sounded great, the machine was good and the guy seemed right so I said yes.
He asked if I am mentally ready to start now. I did not think I was but my heart asked what are you waiting for? So, we started.
The pain was extreme! I spent 12 hours in a chair getting inked. I took a break for food and bathroom and that was it. I consider myself to have a solid pain tolerance but this was INSANE! The entire left arm contains all vegan ink...which is carbon. He checked it up before our appointment and his sources said vegan/carbon ink is water based and comes out in 3-4 session. This ink is heavy shaded and takes up half my skin on my left arm. The results are amazing!!! The ink on the top of my arm faded A LOT! The forearm has many blisters right now but the upper arm faded dramatically and only got a few blisters...only one large one. I think the ink responded so well it caused more pain than usual. I really hope next treatment will be less painful due to loss of some ink.
I was in a bit of pain a couple hours after and my inkd areas had swollen up bad but by the end of the night the swollen was down and pain decreased dramatically.
I expected to wake up to much pain this morning but to my surprise pain was minimal. Throughout the day is when my blisters started forming. Some are pretty huge on my left forearm.
My right arm is a few years old on the forearm. It is really black but not vegan ink and not as dense. I noticed the pain on this forearm was manageable and not nearly as bad as the vegan ink but the vegan ink has better results. Don't get me wrong the right arm has faded but not as much as the left arm. Also, the right arms does not have as many blisters. The arm seems to be swollen a little more due to more ink but I just fee the vegan ink responded so well it is only accurate that more blisters will appear.
I got about 1/3 my ink done before he called it quits. The pain was intense and he noticed me turning pale so he said we wil resume the session in three weeks.
I am excited to start this. I believe I took a risk by going with a newer place but because of your comments below, I believe I chose a great place with a way better deal and from what I have seen....he did a great job.
I might put a couple pictures up but I am sorry to say that it is very difficult for me to post unfinished crap ink that is on my body to my review...I hope you guys understand. Either way, pictures will be posted soon enough.
A special thanks to Whiterhyno and Falco for advise that helped get me this far and I hope you keep up with my reviews and give some advice to this noobie when needed.
I can't change the location above but this place is located in Waterbury, Ct. The five star ratings are completely accurate! Steve was amazing and the results are amazing after only 24 hours. I cannot wait to see the results in 8 weeks from now, Btw....they contacted me today to check on how well I was doing. The type of compassion is priceless.