I have had a tattoo treated 9 times by Dr. Tattoff...
I felt like I was starting to get interested in treatment again and was financially able to consider throwing money at this problem, so I did some research and stumbled across the picosure treatment. Most reviews I read claimed better success, unfortunately most pictures I could find seemed to be the same 6 pictures that everyone has copied (weird for someone that is FDA approved and there's only a handful of examples). Regardless, latest and greatest right? So I did my research in depth, and came across two facilities in SoCal that had the treatment available. I contacted one of them and actually spoke with the Dr. directly, something that *never* happened with "Dr. Tattoff". We exchanged emails, sent him measured pictures of the tattoo and then I waited a month before committing to treatment.
We worked out a deal and today I had my first picosure treatment. I met the Dr. Schwartz first, and he examined the site. He gave me his opinion, and then applied topical numbing (though he did offer numbing injection). I have to say that topical numbing cream is bullshit, at least for me. That zapzapzap hurts like hell. Needless to say, i'll try the injection next time. The process was fast, painful, but no lingering burn like the previous laser. The skin is elevated where there was blues, and not so much where a lot of the reds were already faded. The nurse felt like it would maybe take only 1 or 2 more treatments. I would really like to believe in that! It would be amazing to be free of this for 'picosure' by summer. The cost and the added distance would be completely worth it.
Overall, I am skeptical (maybe gun-shy) at the idea of it disappearing, but I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. The next treatment will be in about 6 weeks, and I will post an update then. Time to see if I can dig up some pictures of the original and then some progress shots over the years.
6~ week update
Still need to book another appointment. I was hoping to see more fading than this after 1 treatment, but I'm hoping 3 more and it will be mostly gone....More dollars =(
I'll try and get an update of pictures after tomorrows treatment is healed. I'll do another before and after also.
Very, very pleased that I was in direct contact with Dr. Schwartz first. We exchanged emails several times before I committed to the 3hr round trip. The facility is nice, clean, well mannered staff. They do other cosmetic surgeries, reconstructions, and skin treatments. I had no appointment, but they took me anyways, I waited 50 minutes - they were busy and still fit me in. The nurse who performed treatment Nina (?), was really nice and professional as well. She explained what she was going to do (though this wasn't my first rodeo). The process took maybe 3-5 minutes. A little early to be giving it star ratings, but I'd definitely say for a drop-in no appointment, things were handled in a manner that exceed my expectations.