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
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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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 ;)
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 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
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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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
Had treatment 3 done last week travelled a far bit but finally found amazing clinic with new lasers and vast knowledge of removal put me at ease was a registered nurse that done it and was shocked after I told her about my last treatment . She done a spot test first and then I had the whole area treated with 3 different lasers Q switched Yag laser and a Ruby laser and can't think of other , it was very painful but she used Cryo chiller machine which really helped .This time I didn't have that terrible burn feeling after I noticed I wasn't as sore all week and didn't blister much only in the green areas and some of the yellow the tattoo felt raised and a little itchy , laser must of been on lower setting ? Iv been using bio oil three times a day and juicing and will have next treatment in 8 wks
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Been 12 weeks since last session it took so long to heal iv noticed fading and i have been left with 2 scars lately I have noticed small brown blisters under some of the heavy black tattoo area oh what to do next ? do I change clinics again and hope I get a better was it that laser I reacted to its so hard to decide maybe ruby laser will work better either way next week I need to have a treatment wish could access a picosure laser
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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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