Erasing an Impulse -New Zealand, NZ

I started adding to a dragon tattoo on my back...

I started adding to a dragon tattoo on my back about 2 months ago. A couple of days after I started, I realised it wasn't going as planned. I was devastated. I felt like my back was ruined. I got in contact with Michelle at Inkoff and she advised me to wait 8 weeks for my skin to fully heal. Last Thursday marked 8 weeks, and I went in for removal on Sunday.

The treatment was fine. No where near as bad as I was expecting. I used Emla cream to numb the area a bit first, and it felt like I was being pinged with elastic bands.

It's Monday evening now, and the tattoo feels like bad sunburn, so it's not terribly painful, but it is irritating. I'm already seeing a little bit of fading, which is encouraging, but overall there's not a lot. The tattoo is red all over, but there's not a lot of blistering like I've been seeing on other tattoos.

I will post pictures eventually.

Update on healing

Tattoo is healing well. I was able to do some karate training last night (3 days after removal) with hand weights (1,100 arm movements) and the tattoo didn't bother me at all, so I'm pretty stoked I can just carry on as normal. I was expecting to be out of action for a good few days. Although, I guess if she turns the laser up next time, things might not be as easy :P

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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Hey there, just checking in to see if you have an update for us :)

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Bummer about it being expensive, but I'm glad you were able to get it to keep things as comfortable as possible!

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Thanx for the review. I hate the redness thing but it should go away in a week or two. What colors do u have
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I have mostly black with a splash of green. I understand the green's gonna be a bit of a pain to remove >.
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Thanks for your review, Glad you didn't go on with the tattoo when you realized it wasn't right. Are you planning a cover up or complete removal?
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I'm hoping for full removal, but I'll get a cover up if I have to. Not really sure what to get seeing as I don't really want it though :\
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Are you removing the old tattoo as well, as you mentioned you were adding on. How big is your tattoo? I would say that if you don't want a cover up just stick to the treatments, I am 8 in and still have I would say 8-10 more if I wanted full removal. I am going to keep going and if I can't achieve results of full removal, then I will have to either just leave what's there or do a cover up, and I know what I would want, or I have an idea, but would prefer nothing on my back now. Good luck :)
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Yeah, I'm just gonna stick with it and see what happens. Fingers crossed it won't take too long.
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Oh, and yes I'm also removing the dragon.
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So glad to hear the treatment wasn't as uncomfortable as you were expecting. Did the office supply the numbing cream or did you buy it on your own beforehand?

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I got a prescription from the doctor for the Emla cream, but it's not subsidised medicine, so it was expensive. The laser technician recommended Dr Numb, which is hard to get in New Zealand, but easy in the States.
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