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Tattoo Removal is Painful - Houston, TX

I recently had my first removal treatment done. My...

I recently had my first removal treatment done. My tattoo is rather large, and I had it done about 26 years ago. It had faded alot, but the green was still very bright on it. I didn't know what to expect, but at the consultation, I decided to go ahead and have my first treatment.

She started by blowing cold air on the tattoo, and she said this would help numb it. They use two different types of laser, one is for green only which I'm told is very hard to remove, and then the other one is for all other colors. At first, it just felt like a hot rubberband popping my skin. The pain was BAD, and it got much worse as the procedure went on. She asked if I wanted to stop, but I just wanted to get it over with. She said most people can't go as long as I did, but I didn't like the idea of stopping and starting again.

Towards the end, it felt like hot rubber bands with hot needles going into my skin. There are sparks, and at one point it smelled like burned flesh. It hurts a heck of alot more than getting the actual tattoo, so think twice before getting one in the first place. They do have a numbing cream called Dr. Numb, that you can get on Amazon for 20.00 I will be getting some of this before my next treatment!

The techinician told me to apply 2 hours before, and to cover it with saran wrap. Other than all this, I am extremley pleased so far with my results. My tattoo has faded considerably, it does itch and scabbed up some but, I can already see that the Q-switched laser does not leave a scar. I was told that it may take up to 5 treatments, well worth 1200 I'm estimating.

pico laser

I had my first treatment with the pico laser. Much better than the q switched! I still had a lot of green and blue left, and while it's only been a few days I have noticed an improvement. I was expecting severe pain again, but while it hurt, it wasn't too bad. The nurse told me that since it is on my breast, it shouldn't take as many treatments. The blistering wasn't as bad as in previous treatments, and no scarring so far.

second pico sure treatment.

All my green is gone! Can't believe the results. I think one to two more treatments, and that's that. The second treatment was more painful than the first, but maybe because it was only 6 weeks apart.

pics of earlier tattoo removal

after q switched laser 2nd treatment.

If you can find the pico sure laser, I would highly reccomend it. My tattoo is almost gone after two treatments.
New life Laser Center

fast and efficent. Very clean and professional facility. Same day appointments.

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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Such great progress, inspiring! Do you have an update for us? Any chance you have a before photo of your tattoo?
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Hey, looks like you were responding great to the treatment. Hows your tattoo looking now?
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I will be driving 12 hours for pico sure session to the other country ;) So 3 hours sounds funny to me...go for it!
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I checked around and called a center here in Houston and was told the nearest PicoSure was in Austin... :(
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It's about a 3 hr drive each way. worth it.
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Is the Pico laser at the New Life Laser Center? I'm in Humble and would be very interested in checking out the Pico laser. I tried searching on the Pico website and there were no Pico laser centers in our area...
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Wow! Do you have any before pics? The fading is amazing!
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It's about 7"x4".
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Thank you for the information! How large was your tattoo?
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Hi berrie, 

Yes I have heard from other community members that it does hurt a lot. How many session will you have to go though? Other community members have mentioned taking a "strong" pain killer before the procedure, which often helps. We'd love to see pictures. 

Thanks and we will be looking for updates ;) 


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