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Tattoo Removal of a 1 Inch Butterfly on Upper Right Shoulder - Springfield, MO

I have done so much research on laser tattoo...

I have done so much research on laser tattoo removal and excision. It seems that there is very limited information tattoo excision. I have had two laser treatments on my butterfly tattoo and am happy with the progress, however with that being said, it is very slow going. The procedure is somewhat painful (not crazy painful, but almost like being burned with grease popping from bacon or something), but it is quick. Each procedure was $125 and was done by a trained professional (so he says), but not at an actual doctor so I have some mixed feelings about it. Anyway, I am impatient and want this butterfly gone so I have made an appointment with an actual plastic surgeon to have an excision performed. I am not sure if it will be done in stages, but I will report back as soon as I know all of the details. I am SO excited. I have hated this tattoo for 14 years!!!!

Today was the big day!! I had my consultation...

Today was the big day!! I had my consultation which was very quick. I couldn't really think of any questions aside from the obvious. I asked how long my scar would be and that was about it. Lol. I sort of regret that now. He did tell me that I can't work out my arms or back at all for 12 weeks total!!! So pretty much crossfit is out for 3 months. That sucks so bad! I hate this darn tattoo though so it's worth it. I wish I had the money for my mommy makeover so I could really utilize this recovery time for something big. Anyway back to the goings-on of today. As I was paying the lady told me the doctor could perform the excision in two stages and each stage would cost $250 a piece and be 6 weeks apart, and would I like to start today? I was a bit impulsive and said yes, but I had to call my husband and make sure he was ok with that. So I did it! I have to say it was a lot more involved than I had anticipated. It was an in office procedure with local anesthesia so he numbed the area and gave it a few minutes to settle in. I'm guessing he was cutting open the area, but all I could feel was him moving down my back. Then the worst part was hearing the scissors! OMG. I seriously cannot get that out of my head. He was cutting the tattooed skin. off. with. scissors! He used a cauterizer to stop the bleeding so that was also weird. I am unsure how much blood I lost, but I felt a little light headed when it was over, but I think it was partially nerves. It didn't hurt a bit though. Then I could feel him pulling the skin back together and sewing it up. The sewing up part was the least comfortable, but not bad. All in all it took about 30-45 minutes. At this point (4 hours later) I am sore and very aware of how much I use this right arm! It's more annoying than painful just trying to not use it. He said not to shower until tomorrow night. Then I can take the band-aid off in the shower. I'm not sure if I am supposed to put neosporin on it or something else. I'll call tomorrow and find out. The worst part about the whole thing is my 8 month old is sick so I am having some anxiety about her and then coupled with the anxiety I have about this gash in my back I'm a little on edge. I am definitely waiting until my baby is older for my mommy makeover! That is one thing I have learned through this so far. I can't imagine trying to recover from something serious with a baby....

4 days since stage one of my excision and I'm...

4 days since stage one of my excision and I'm doing great. The first day I think I freaked myself out about it a little, but by the next day I snapped out of it. The pain is barely noticeable. It is tender, but nothing too terrible. The butterfly is almost gone! I can't believe it. I so wish he could have gotten it all. I feel like I can't really celebrate until it is all gone. The scar is a bit long but very thin looking so far so I am happy about that! I visit with the doctor in a week to check the progress of my healing. Yipee.
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The doctor that I am scheduled to meet with is in my area, and I just stumbled upon his website while doing an internet search.

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Hey. How is the scar looking? Did it heal up well?
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Whoa, I just read your  update - that would have been really creepy to hear the scissors!! I have had a couple little moles removed & I struggled with that - I can't even imagine what you were experiencing!! Good for you for being brave & going through with it!

Let us know what the doctor tells you to put on it when you call tomorrow. I hope it continues to not hurt much, and that your baby feels much better soon.

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I can't wait to hear about your excision story!
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I have been excized!! (sp?) I will add a picture tomorrow when I can take the band-aid off :)
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That is great that you are excited!! I haven't heard much about excision either, so will be very interested to follow your story. Keep us posted on how you are doing!!

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