It's a familiar story- had a small tattoo and got...
I go to Seattle Skin n Laser, which has a picosure laser. My first treatment was October 1st 2013 and I had the second and third treatments 7 weeks spaced apart. My 4th treatment was on February 24th, 2014. I use numbing cream, and the procedure lasts maybe 15 minutes all said and done. Everything is treated with the picosure, and as of the third treatment, the red is also treated with a revlite. The treatment hurts but I focus on deep breathing and imagining my bare leg, and I make it through. Healing has been pretty easy so far, though I get massive blisters with the Revlite. I use coconut oil often during the dry phase, and my skin texture largely returns to normal after about 5 weeks. I am a little concerned about what appears to be a small scar on the right edge- it could be from the multiple tattoos. My technician didn't laser it this time, to give it time to rest. I have used silicone sheets on it and it really helped the skin soften and become less red.
I am thrilled that the green ink lifted so easily, and I see progress on the black, though wish it were faster. I am not sure I see any change in the yellow, but if all I have is yellow at the end, I will be okay with that. As for the red, I am hoping this, its second treatment, makes a big difference. My technician is optimistic but does not make promises. She says before the picosure, my tattoo would have taken 25 plus treatments. She is hoping for less then half of that with the pico. She says the pico has been blasting other tattoos at the office, too.
I shared my pre-pics and post 3 treatment pics. Will try to post regularly.
Good fading post x4
The 4th treatment was pretty intense and took 3-4 weeks for skin recovery. Not sure when I will get the next one. I might go at 8 weeks, or might try my patience and wait 12 plus. I am sure the latter will be good for my skin, but I am also so excited for continued fading! This is the first time I've hoped for continuing cool rainy weather in Seattle.
I am satisfied with my progress, though of course cannot wait for this all to be over. What do you think of the progress?
Treatment 5 yesterday
I wrote down some details and recording them here for record-keeping purposes:
On the red with a Yag laser (RevLite)- 3 joules.
On the black/the rest with a Picosure- 2.7 spot size, 3.4 joules
3 Weeks Post Treatment 5- Fading slowly
10 weeks post 5th treatment
Very positive experience. I like the RN, Joanie Roth (I think she is a LNP). (note the above says Jean, but her name is Joanie). I like having the same person every time. She has a lot of experience with tattoos and is calm and steady and friendly. The first time, she had an assistant manage the cool air machine at the same time, which was awesome and really helped with pain. In subsequent sessions, she has worked alone, and has the cold air directed at the spot, but it's not quite as directed and responsive. Still helps, though.