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Lasering Off My Impulsive Ink Choice in Toronto, ON

I'd like to start this off with stating that I...

I'd like to start this off with stating that I always have been and still am a tattoo enthusiast, I currently have 8 tattoos which will soon be 7 once my removal is complete. All of my tattoos mean something to me and the only reason why I'm removing one of them is because it didn't turn out the way I was wanting it too which has made me self conscious about it. I looked into doing a cover up though eventually realized that I'd just rather have it gone. What I'm removing is a combination of 2 tattoos, I got the first part (a cherub) in 2002 and then added to it (a vine underneath it) in 2011. The whole thing measures about 10 centimeters in length and contains mainly black ink with touches of green and pink and is located on my upper left arm. I am fair skinned and have always limited my sun exposure, I've never had a tan in my life.

I've already had one tattoo removed back in 2002. My first tattoo removal experience went very well and I have no ink left with minimal scarring. This was a small tattoo (about 4 centimeters in length) and contained only black ink. It was already slightly faded at the time I removed it and was located on my upper chest. It took 5 treatments total to remove about 90% of the ink and then what was left faded on it own within about 2 years after the last treatment.

I did a search for tattoo removal clinics in my city and there were 2 names that kept popping up as the top rated. I tried to book a consult with one yet had a lot of difficultly in reaching someone and once I did get into touch they had very limited availability which wouldn't work for me so I went with the other highly rated one and was able to book in for a consult soon after.

The consult went very well and left me feeling confident about the results I would see. The technician also showed me some before and after photos of tattoos she had removed on other clients which I thought was a nice touch. I was given the estimate of 8 - 10 treatments and received my first treatment in September '13.

I didn't see much difference after the first 2 treatments which is what I suppose is to be expected. I noticed that I was healing up pretty fast, my arm would be red and puffy for about a week and then it would just itch like crazy. I had a few blisters and scabbing which went away after about 2 weeks. I have been trying to leave the area alone for the most part, I'm just applying a light moisturizer to help with the itch and peeling.

I'm now 4 sessions in and am seeing some fading in the top part though not as much in the bottom half. I've noticed that the touches of green and pink now look brighter while the black ink sections are looking faded. My tech says that the ink is being pulled more to the surface which is why the colors now appear brighter. I hope this means that over the next few sessions the colors will start to fade as well.

I have mixed feelings on my experience thus far. I am happy to see some fading and can definitely tell that the top portion of my tattoo is going to be gone quicker than the bottom half mainly as the top half was already fading since it is much older. The bottom half has definitely lightened up though it's unclear as to how many sessions will still be needed as my technician has described the ink as 'deep and stubborn'. After being told this I started getting discouraged as I might be in for much more treatments then what I had originally been quoted. Then again I am halfway through the quoted 8 sessions so who knows, maybe the next 4 will remove more ink than what I've seen so far.

I've decided to look into getting a second opinion on the removal and have contacted the other high rated clinic and booked in a consult. I'm wondering if maybe the best results come from getting treatments done with a few different lasers. At this point in time I'm willing to try just about anything to get rid of this tattoo, with summer coming I'd like to wear sleeveless tops and dresses without a huge mark on my upper arm.

I will update this after my next session and include some pics!

Thanks for reading. :)

Funny Discovery

I made a funny discovery the other day.

After feeling super self conscious at my gym the other day as I saw how pale and washed out I looked I decided to try a self tanner moisturizer. I'd heard good things about the results the new line that Jergen's has and I can definitely say that it does work wonders! After a few days of using it all over I'm no longer pasty white. I'm not exactly super bronze tan either, I just have a slightly sun touched color and my skin tone is a lot more even. As I stated in my original review I have a few tattoos other than the one I'm removing and I've noticed that applying the self tanner over them has made them appear brighter and fresher. People are now asking me if I've gotten a new tattoo or touched them up. That was a unexpected side effect!

I got a 2nd opinion....

Yesterday I went in for my consult at another tattoo removal clinic which I have heard nothing but rave reviews for. Apparently the laser used at this clinic is by far the Best. The consult went well and I am going to continue my treatments at this clinic, I have cancelled my upcoming treatment at the first clinic I had been treated at. After my consult with my new laser technician I have resigned myself to the fact that I am not going to see 100% removal of parts of my tattoo, apparently the ink is very deep inn sections and there is also some scar tissue built up underneath the ink which is impeding it's breakdown. I also am more likely than not going to be left with some scarring. It was disappointing to hear this though I have to accept that it is what it is. I figure if I can get this tattoo to the point where it's faded enough to look like an erased pencil mark I'll be happy with that. I am trying hard to stay positive and trust in my new technician's abilities, like I was saying I have heard nothing but rave reviews for his work and there are many who like me have come to him after seeing somewhat unsatisfactory results at other clinics and have had him give them the results they were looking for. Fingers crossed!!

Progress Photos


I'm now in a bit of leeway as I'm waiting until the end of this month before starting up with my removal treatments again. The reasons for this is that I have some other expenses to take care of and also that the technician I'm now seeing was pretty booked up until the end of this month which I'm taking as a good sign. I'm trying hard to stay patient and remind myself that this is a process and with any process there may be setbacks.

5th session overall and 1st session with my new laser technician

Today I went in for my 5th overall session and first session with my new laser technician. Things went well. I've committed to 4 sessions with this new technician and have decided that I will finish out these session without freaking out about anything and just take things as they come. After these 4 I am going to wait it out a bit before doing any other treatments. My reasons for this is simply just that this process is very expensive and I've got to draw the line somewhere. I'm hopeful that after I've completed 8 sessions total that I'll see significant lightening and then can just allow it to continue to fade on it's own once my sessions are done.


I woke up today and took a good look at my tattoo which is being removed. It now looks pretty disgusting as it's all red and inflamed after my treatment yesterday. I can also tell that I'm going to be getting some blistering. It looks to me like the ink is breaking up in some places though the majority of it still looks pretty dark. I felt myself going into a panic as the thought that maybe this tattoo is not ever going to remove fully and I'll always have something of it left on me. The rational side of my brain is telling me that I've just got to wait it out a bit more and really the way it looks right after a treatment is not indicative of how it's going to look forever. It's just fully sunk in to me how much I am really kicking myself for being so impulsive about getting this tattoo in the first place. If I could only go back to 2011 for one day and change the course of history forever.....

Photo of one day after the 5th laser session

Finally some signifigant fading!

I checked out my tattoo this morning and was actually a bit shocked. I am finally seeing some real fading and breaking up of the ink on the bottom half which is the part that the ink is the most deep. I thought maybe it was just the bathroom lighting which was playing tricks on me so I checked it out in a few different rooms and my suspicions were confirmed, it's lighter all over! Yay! The black lines are starting t turn into a navy blue and are looking more blurred. I've also got some raised areas which are looking white-ish which I think are some scars developing. I was warned though that I would most likely be left with some scarring as the ink is deep. Oh well, if given the choice I'd rather have some scars then this tattoo. Yay for progress!! I'm feeling a lot more optimistic now about the results I'll see with my upcoming treatments. Progress pics are on the way.....

2 days after the 5th laser treatment I can see some fading!

My Rollercoster Mental State

I'm feeling some anger at myself and not just the usual anger about getting this tattoo in the first place This is a new source of anger stemming from the fact that I've seen better fading results with just one treatment at the new clinic I'm going to then I saw with 4 treatments at the previous one. It's hit me just how much time and money I have wasted on those 4 treatments for minimal results. I have my next treatment scheduled for May and that might have to be my last treatment for awhile as I am starting a course in May and haven't decided yet if I'm going to cut back on my hours at work to allow more time for the course. If I do then this means less income which means tattoo removal might not be in my budget. I haven't made a decision one way or the other though It's times like this when I wish I had credit so I could just prepay a package of removal sessions and worry about paying it off later. Then again it was thinking like that which got me into bankruptcy a few years ago soooooo.......anyway my tattoo is looking decent, the areas which were once a solid black have all faded into a blurred bluish grey. I'm optimistic that this kind of fading will continue!

Resigned to a few facts

I've decided to push back my upcoming treatment from May to June as I've gotten the opportunity to go out of town with friends for one weekend in May so budget constraint mean the laser treatment has to wait. It seems that the popular consensus is that the longer you wait between treatments can be the better as your body has more time to heal and break down the ink. I think that my treatment in June will be my last treatment for awhile because as I was stating earlier I'm starting a course in May and will be cutting back my work hours starting in June. I'll most likely resume my treatments in September / October. I've resigned myself to the fact that it's still going to be another year or so before my tattoo is either gone or extremely faded. I am optimistic that I'll see the results I want as my first tattoo removal went very well and I know I'm a good healer. I've decided in the meantime of still having my tattoo (though it is significantly faded now--yay!) I'll make it look the best I can by taking extra good care of my skin all over my body, not just focusing on my facial skin. I've been exfoliating often all over and applying a self tanner with a moisturizer daily. It's definitely paid off as my skin overall looks more even toned plus feels so smooth and soft! The exfoliating has really toned down the bumpy and raised appearance my tattoo was getting even though I know that there are scars developing. My confidence has risen as well now that I'm feeling better about how my skin looks overall since I'm no longer pasty white with razor burn on my legs since the exfoliating has made shaving my legs easier and smoother. The self tanner has also made my other tattoos look sharper and cleaner. I'll post a progress photo soon! Thanks so much to all who have been keeping up with my journey and lending your support, it really is so appreciated and my thoughts are with all of you!!

Progress Photo

Precision Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic

I'm no longer getting treated at this clinic, I am now going to Fading Fast Tattoo Removal Clinic also in Toronto, ON.

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 Middle! You've def got some fading in there. I'm sorry you seem to have wasted time and effort on treatments at the previous doctor. I'm scared of doing that as well :/ But hey, we will all come out on top at the end of this. I'm pushing for you. Have fun with your friends and keep us posted on any fading in the meantime! w
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That's the spirit wilhughes! Nice to see your perspective has shifted and you are encouraging others through this and reassuring them this will all be ok in the end. Smile ear to ear over here!
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Thank you! It really does help to know that there are others going through the same roller coster of emotions. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress photos as well!
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Hey Middle- I saw that you had posted that you had another one of your tatts removed by laser...would you care to post a pic of it? And if not, no worries- did it fade completely or is there any residual ink? I am (for the most part) at the end of my removal journey but have a few tiny lines/areas that have residual ink, whereas other areas are 100% gone...just wondering w/ others who have finished removal if they had 100% complete results. Thanks!!
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Good question and I also would love to see the pictures of other tattoo you removed if it is possible :)
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Hello, thank you for reading my story and for your support! I tried to get a pic of my first removed tattoo though really there is nothing to show, I had complete ink removal with very minimal scarring. The scarring is white and smooth so since I'm fair skinned it really doesn't show. I lucked out with that removal though as the ink was fairly superficial and it was already partially faded when I began the removal treatments. A close friend of mine has similar results to what you are describing (she had 8 treatments and was left with a few spots of green from her tattoo where other areas removed completely) she just left it alone and found that the spots faded on their own after some time, you'll probably see the same kind of fading on your residual ink spots or you could just have them zapped one more time.
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Hello thank you for reading my story and for your support! Like I was saying above there is really nothing to show from my first removal, I had complete ink removal with minimal scarring and as the scarring is white and smooth it barely shows. I was lucky in that the first tattoo I had removed was very superficial and already partially faded.
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Well that's awesome to hear- thank you :) It makes sense that ink placement/depth would affect the results, and I am very happy that you achieved great success w/ that one! Thanks for your reply and best of luck treating the tatt you have now. Taking a bit of time in b/w sessions seems like a wise choice (even if the reasons are due to limited finances) b/c the down time supposedly still chips away at the ink...best of luck in your removal- I appreciate all the feedback :)
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Yep placement and ink depth make a big difference with your removal results. I've been told that the area I'm getting my current removal on (upper arm) is a good area for complete removal as it's an area where there is a lot of blood flow.
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Looking into removal and thanks to searching i found fading fast to have the best reviews and will probably go with him when I do decide to do it on my new piece. Good luck and I wish you all the best as you are now in the best hands.
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Thank you! Yes Fading Fast does have the best reviews and it is tricky to get an appointment as the technician is so busy, I have to book 6 weeks in advance or I won't get the spot I want. Best of luck to you as well, do you know when your first appointment will be?
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I'm going in for my consultation next Friday, I won't be able to do anything for at least another few weeks as my tattoo is only 2 weeks old. Really worried about this hole process as it seems there hardly any hope at the end of the long road.
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It is definitely a process and no guarantees can be made though I am very confident in the abilities of the staff at Fading Fast They've helped tons of people get rid of tattoos and I've seen significant results with only one treatment.
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That makes me feel a lot better Thank you!
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Quick question, what do you do during the summer? Can we be out in the sun at all or do we have to cover up like vampires haha
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You have to keep the treated area away from any sun exposure and can't tan whether naturally or in a tanning booth.
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So glad to hear you are feeling better and your confidence has risen - way to go!! I love to exfoliate, so great for your skin! I bet you will see lots of fading while you take a break from treatments, be sure to keep us posted - ok :)
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Thank you for your support and kind words! Yes exfoliating is awesome, I have no idea why I didn't start doing this earlier! I find that St. Ives Apricot Scrub is the absolute best and its cheap!! I got some on sale for $3.99 even though the usual price of $6.99 is still a steal. Also since I don't go out in the sun a tan from a bottle is the only way I'll get some color though I finally get why everyone goes so crazy over tanning, it really does even out your skin tone and gives you a certain glow.
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You know what I love to do, make my own scrub. I use coconut oil, sugar cane crystals, add in whatever essential oil you want ( I love chocolate and coffee mix) you could add in some almond oil - it's a beautiful mix. 
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That's a great idea! I've tried something similar with olive oil and raw sugar.
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My daughter always uses olive oil - i'll have to try that! And "Raw Sugar" that's what I use, I just couldn't think of the term...silly me! Have you ever tried adding salt?

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I've tried salt though find it a bit too harsh.
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I could see that it might be harsh, I may try it with the Pink Himalayan Salt - the fine one. 
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I've not ever heard of that kind of salt. Where do you get that?
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Any health food store will have it - it's great for raw foods and cooking but often found in beauty products such as scrubs. It's one of the healthiest salts, google it to read all the benefits, it's amazing stuff. 
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