A number of years ago I thought it'd be a great idea to get a matching wrist tattoo with the person I was dating at the time.
Fast forward to 2012 (and now 2013). Yeah, not the brightest idea. Ironically I have a fair amount of tattoos, this one being quite small, though being that it is on my wrist it serves as a constant reminder of how much I hate it (and regret ever doing it). I've researched laser tattoo removal for awhile now and felt it was my best option. Obviously, not a decision to be taken lightly, as it is quite costly, and requires time and commitment (seeing as how the aesthetics of the tattoo changes quite substantially throughout the duration of laser treatment sessions).
Today marked my first session in a series of "x" amount of treatments to remove my aforementioned grand wrist endeavor. Though I wasn't quite expecting such substantial swelling, the pain has been extremely minimal, and the procedure itself was a total breeze. (I had been told by a number of people that tattoo removal is "so painful--a great deal more so than a tattoo itself". I'm so glad to be able to say they were hugely mistaken.
In the coming months I hope to regularly update my progress to potentially be able to help others who may be facing similar circumstances. This is not a decision to be made in haste. Starting the process means severely altering the appearance of your tattoo and skin...achieving the results we want will require time and patience. It's important to understand laser removal is not a quick fix. (For as small a tattoo as I have, the prognosis for treatment is estimated to take a year, possibly more.) I feel blessed to have the means to make this possible, but also foolish that I made the decision in the first place.
I suppose when it all comes down to it, this certainly has not ruined me--I chock it up to life experience and, unfortunately, sometimes making mis-steps. Good luck to anyone thinking about this procedure and to those who are/have undergone the process. Feel free to ask questions, and I'd more than happy to provide insight if I can!