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"Pico-'maybesure'" - Pasadena, CA

I have had a tattoo treated 9 times by Dr. Tattoff...

I have had a tattoo treated 9 times by Dr. Tattoff in the LA area over course of 2.5 years. The tattoo had faded a decent amount, but no where what I thought it would be according to their claims. I was discouraged from going there after they "got real" with me and showed a picture of someone with similar colors who had 32 (YES 32) treatments done and still was trace amounts left. I was blown away, the guarantee was for 13 treatments and then it was free after that. I heard they were no longer doing the free until gone, but more like 2 years or 1 year of treatment. Which is bullshit because each time I went, they'd tell me to come back 2 weeks longer than the previous...6 became 8, became 10, became 12. I really felt like the process was going to take 6 years to remove the damn thing and thousands of dollars. The laser was I think the YAG/Q-switch. It is definitely painful for me, and the treatment felt inconsistent. Sometimes it would hurt a lot more than others, and I can only assume that was because of different staff operating it. So 9 treatments at 180$ later=$1620. I took a long break from treatment as I was discouraged by the cost, the travel for procedure, and the lack of real progress.

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.

Timeline photos

Here's some shots to get an idea. I think first YAG treatment was 7/10/10.

picopossibly

I guess somehow I clicked not worth it earlier, but I really meant not sure, so I was changed to reflect that. obviously, it is too early to tell, but I am hoping it will work well on the stubborn blues.

6~ week update

Here's an updated picture of the fading after about 41 days of first picosure treatment. One includes the LED flash, and the other is regular incandescent bulb lighting.

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 =(

quick note

I've been meaning to post an update, this will be quick but i'll be back. I had my second treatment in mid-december. The healing time seems to be faster than the other type of treatment. I go back in tomorrow for my 3rd picosure treatment. The DR who did the initial eval thought it would be done in as little as 2 treatments.... most definitely not. I don't know what the deal is, but I would probably guess it's still going to be like 8-9 more. I'm not very hopeful on what they say, and I take excellent post treatment, and avoid sun exposure 100%.

I'll try and get an update of pictures after tomorrows treatment is healed. I'll do another before and after also.
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

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.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 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
4 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Hey there, thanks for your update :) How did your treatment go today?
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Thanks for sharing ... so you have any new photos... I am 10 treatments in with Dr. Tattoff and have LOTS of blue. I prepared for 13 treatments so I have three more to go and was told by the nurse that I will probably have another year of free treatments to get it completely removed. SSSOO OVER IT! I think I would rather spend the money and get it off in 3 more treatments if thats possible. Any thoughts now where you are??
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I do have new ones that I haven't uploaded yet. I was going to try and put them together to help show any noticeable fading. As a matter of fact I go in tomorrow morning for #3 with the picosure. The Dr. thought 3 treatments would be all it took, but i'm starting to see that it will most likely not be the case.
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This whole process is really a disappointment.....But still worth it in the end... and now it looks so bad I have to keep going :-)
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I agree, I pretty much expect to have at least 20 treatments overall. This will be number 12 tomorrow, and I think around number 15-16 I might be feeling better about it... but still that's probably close to $3400 spent so far. wow!
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If it makes you feel better I paid $3400 upfront July 2012 for my 13 treatments and am now looking at Pico... Oh Well... I will look forward to your post and pics.. Hang in there.
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It's definitely worth the money to get picosure. I haven't had a third treatment yet, I've been extremely busy in my last semester of college, but I love the results I have so far. If you think about it, the money you'll spend on tons of other treatments evens out with the few expensive picosure treatments! Except picosure takes so much less time and isn't as painful
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Hi. Just thought I would follow up with you. I went in to Dr. Schwartz for my 2nd treatment on Monday. We are at about the same time span. It's been a milestone compared to Dr Tattoff. He should be renamed Dr TattStaysOn. The Picosure as given a significant difference.
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I am due for my second treatment but I still need to make an appointment. I will definitely take new pictures before I go and also update afterwards.
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why dont you try with rejuvi
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I have had the same experience with Dr Tattoff. Will being seeing Dr Schwartz this week for a consult. Please upload new photos before your 2nd picosure treatment.
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which part was the same at tattoff? I went to encino...
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I have had 10 treatments there with very mild fading. With the quote of 15 treatments.
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PicoSure works best on those stubborn blues/greens. Did the doctor also use it on the red ink too or did he use a different laser/q-switched for that?
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I'm believe all of it was treated with the Pico. I had the q switch on everything 9 times before tho. So I am hoping even though it's not best, it will do some and get the blues out to an equal faded. I've though about doing alternating treatment. I'm Sooo over spent on this process already though. I'm due to schedule my next appointment and I hope there'll be better progress after the second treatment.
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You've come a long way and your tattoo faded significantly. Don't be discouraged. I've seen some great results with picosure especially after 3 treatments. Wait it out just a bit more!
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Thank you. I am really hoping it will be gone by 5. That would be awesome. I would like to see more significant fading after the next treatment though.
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It's easy to feel so discouraged by laser removal, especially since you used the q-switch with really slow results. I hope the Picosure works well for you. It's working for me and it worked for a few of my friends as well. Best of luck! Keep us updated with the results
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Welcome to the community and thank you for posting your review.  I do understand you being skeptical after all you have been through.  Tattoo removal can be a very long process.  

Please keep us up to date on the PicoSure treatments as you go through the process.  Looking forward to seeing the pictures.  

 

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I think it's a little premature to say Picosure is "Not Worth It".
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