Total stomach mess

Hi so heres where my story will begin after year...

Hi so heres where my story will begin after year of research and limited choice in Ireland i started the long process of removing a large mess off my stomach 3 tattoos later had a large tribal design to cover dragon after a pregnancy 12 years ago then went and had a worse cover up of flowers 2 years ago im a mum and notbhsppy with my stomach but This tattoo has caused me so much upset I hate it why DIDN'T I go for laser instead of another cover up it made it look worse , I went for patch test today and continued on to having my first treatment because tattoo is so big having it done in 2 stages using the Candela AlexTriVantage laser .Have to say the pain was unbearable how will I manage to continue ?? just took dressing off and loads blisters have appeared im so swollen but I know no pain no gain its going be a long process so hope to meet some friends along the way !!!

Large stomach tatoo and cover up

Can't believe I'm posting pic but want to share And get advice 2 days later large blisters have stated to break still very tender rubbing off my trousers bandage keeps moving doubting this will even work know I may need to recover with smaller tatoo feeling abit emotional tonight

Is it normal

So 12 days post treatment the scabbing as gone still very tender in area but the area is very hot to touch and raised in areas is that normal have been using vitamin e cream skin is very dry but know it's renewing have to admit did itch it abit but can see fading already ;)

Hi what to do

Hi I still haven't had second treatment as laser had been broke awaiting engineer and now has been sent away iv called the clinic few times I really need to have treatment done on other side at this rate I'm due to have treatment on while lot which I think I will so than doing it in half sections ! Anyhow found another clinic which is using Q switch nd yag laser ! Will take me on if sign disclaimer no it involves travelling would ye think this laser will be just as good or is it advisable to change clinics I mean I'm 5 wks now waiting for laser to be fixed ??! Iv noticed break down in colour and black tatoo underneath definitely faded line over belly button all most gone

2nd session done in new clinic

Hi changed clinics had to travel abit they used ND YAG Q Switch Laser , the technician was so nice asked so many questions and really put me at ease ! I was brave had whole lot done it was bad but not as bad as other time she asked to turn it up to higher but hadnt used any cream or ice so didnt I kind wish I had braved it and let her but was so sore by bellybutton couldnt cope as knew had other half was on a good setting she said should dont no exactly ! Hoping this laser will work dont know is it as strong as others will defintely be left with scarring on right side which kind a KNew :( will update again soon

2nd treatment update

So it's 5 weeks since second treatment took a long time to heal iv definitely scarring in one area ! Right side of tattoo feels so different and still has bumps under it ! This tattoo is getting me down I just want it gone and thinking iv bout two years to go depresses me to get rid of this mess continuing to research lasers journeys etc ! Holidays coming up soon so need to make something to cover it ! Next treatment in 4 weeks
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The further I get into this process, the more I'm really not OK with this 4-6 week time frame between treatments that clinics recommend. My skin didn't get back to mostly normal until at least 8 weeks after, and even then it was still a little scaly. Please wait longer between treatments! You're not the first second or third post I've read where someone has spaced their treatments close and then been concerned about scarring. I don't think I'm alone in saying that I totally understand wanting to have your ink gone....... But step back for a second and more forward in a happy healthy way that doesn't interfere with your quality of life. If you're still chomping at the bit for another treatment right this second, keep in mind there are lots of lifestyle choices you can make on a daily basis that will help your system speed the removal
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Hi yes I feel the same going wait 10 weeks this time , have summer hols abroad and had such a bad reaction last time going wait till weather cools down. There is still alot of changes in the skin and definitely have a scarring ! Wish had more options of better lasers here , I have loads questions to ask on next session which is looking like July
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Some good tips offered to you by Fullofregret :) I can only imagine the tummy being such a sensitive area, oh my gosh...next session use at least some ice and then you should be able to turn it up. Hang in there, I realize how long this process can be, but it does go by fast when you look back...don't give up. 
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thanks Eva G take comfort in knowing there's few of us going through this rollercoaster ride its getting me down I'll defintely be using ice pack next time only had few small blisters this time and scabbing but the itching this time is so bad will post more pics soon !
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This certainly is a rollercoaster ride!!
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Hi yes itching today is not as bad this last week has been soul destroying wondering was it a reaction to different laser iv been doubling up on antihistamines and kept it moist very badly scabbed still on two heavy outlines and had some discharge know it was from scratching at night using antibiotic cream on it .
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Yeah that's normal, at least for me. Usually for about 2 weeks after a treatment my skin will feel a little hotter in that area. Also, parts of my tattoo that are normally flat will be raised. I wouldn't worry, what you're experiencing sounds very similar to mine. A few things I would recommend: avoid wearing jeans or any pants that will really rub up against your skin while tattoo is still moist or scabbed. My pants were sticking to the skin and it did cause some scarring. I like to keep it wrapped and moist with aquaphor for the first 3 days after that I leave it pretty dry, which I know a lot of people don't recommend. My skin started healing quicker and with no scars once I started doing it this way. I'll put lotion on it twice a day after day 3 and that's it. But I think everyone has a method for aftercare that works best for them. Can't wait to see pictures! Take care :)
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Hi thanks for reply yes it's a difficult area so with work uniform etc , I'm limited I too used dressings for three days and same routine as you but used some antibotic cream once a day ! Stopped the vitamin e cream Iv actually cancelled other treatment to next week instead as have to work the wend and after first session know what to except Can really see fading would of been so much easier if I only had the tribal design to remove such regret !!
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So you are post 12 days and it's hot to touch? I have never had that, I suggest you follow up with your clinic just as a precaution.  

It does feel raised for up to 2 weeks after, depending on how aggressive the treatment was. 
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Hi yes due back to clinic the wend to have other half lasered :( yes is very raised but more so where old tatoo is under it think it might be the cream put nothing on it today and isn't as inflamed thanks
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Hello. Even tho your tattoo is quite big and a cover up your in good hands with a laser which has a 755nm, 532nm, and 1064nm wavelengths so it can treat a lot of colours in one go. We all feel your pain but everyone is here to lend that critical means of support and you'll find yourself not only on the receiving end but down the line the giving end as well which I can assure is a great feeling. Remember to give yourself plenty of healing time between sessions as this is when the removal takes place. I would recommend at least 2 months before having any part hit again as the laser will shatter enough pigment to keep your body busy for that amount of time. I don't put any cream on mine as the repairing to the skin is taking place underneath the blisters so no cream will actually get down to it. Im having a full sleeve and a tattoo on my back treated. I go every 3 weeks and 4 sessions covers it all so I have a 12 week healing time for each part..... Jez
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Hi thanks for comment oh it's going be a big process hoping it will work so limited with laser options here ! Blisters gone down using aloe Vera and vitamin e it's in an awkward place ! It's great to read everyone's story's I'm Shocked I even started a thread but feel it will benfit me ! Seens as my husband and friends think I shouldn't go through this , but I can't stand the mess of a tatoo ! Good luck with ur treatments too
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Hi Hatemytattoo, how's it feeling today? I think you're doing brilliantly and agree with Eva, you just have to look forward now. We're all in this together no matter where in the world we are, the journey to ink-free is pretty much the same. Hang in there lovely and stay connected, we all know what you're going through :) K
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Hi still very tender and blisters are bursting so is stingy ;( have noticed some yellow dye on my loose bandage which is good and scabbing Hubie got me some aloe Vera today and il start to use that ! Think il bring nxt apt forward as would rather treat whole tattoo as il have only a break every 3 wks on each side rather get all the healing done together !
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make sure to drink loads and load of water, try to drink 4 liters a day, its so crucial to a good heal and washing out the ink particles. also eat healthy and no alcohol it slows healing horribly, just all around bad, and eat healthy, we put a lot of damage on the body need to treat it well.. good luck just let it heal on its own dont do too much other than that
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Hi thanks yes drink lots of water anyhow but have to admit am really bad for sugar and chocolate which guess won't be helping but keeps me going !!thanks for advice x
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Thank you for posting pictures :) Your tattoo is very similar to mine in colors and I am using the same laser for removal. You are going to be ok, don't worry...you can do this. It's so painful and the stomach is a very sensitive area....just breath through it. I had a ton of blisters, especially my first session. Do they give you numbing prior to the session? You can also ask the to use ice, that helps a ton. 

Listen, don't be so hard on yourself, it will only make the process that much harder and also when you are stressed and upset that impacts your immune system. You have found a wonderful support network that will see you through this. Journal your thoughts here, it really helps, and the community is amazing!

You can only look forward now, no point on dwelling on the past as you can't go back and change it. 

Hang in there :)
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Thank you so much oh so many emotions friends saying I'm crazy struggled in work as I do a lot of lifting but I'm doing this for me ! Yes it's in a silly place and is very tender it's great to read your story and others wondering will this laser work clinic said I'm looking at over 10 sessions :(! I'm dreading the next session at end of mth for the other side !! Used ice and I will treat while area next time used tiny bit of numbing on corner as I was only meant for a patch test I'm normally good with pain I'm a mum lol but it was worst experience ever !This is the start of it and I have to keep going x
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Just remember, focus on the positive and live in the present, don't over think things, just allow this journey to unfold and you will be fine :) 
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