I have read a lot of stories here and I have to...
I have read a lot of stories here and I have to say that I honestly thought that something is wrong with me and I am the only one who do not want to be inked. I was thinking of getting a tattoo for a while and I had a clear idea what it will be - nice elegant initial of my parents on my left wrist. Since I do not make decision straight away and I always think a lot before doing something, I was honestly surprised how I reacted them my tattoo was done - I wanted to get it off once it was finished. I went through short depression and then I thought I need to start doing something about it.
My tattoo is 1 month old and I already had 1 session of laser to remove it. I am quite impatient, but I know it is a long process and it might take 10 procedures and about a year (or even more) to get rid of it completely. What scares me the most is that no one can guarantee that I will get rid of it completely, but I will try to stay strong and positive.
I am happy it is only 2,5*2,4 cm and black ink.
Sorry guys, couldn't update the picture of my tattoo before.
1st treatment down
I had my first laser treatment 1 week ago. Hard to say how it goes as here in Russia I think we are using a different lasers. I was lucky to find a good doctor, who is specializing in lasers and he is an actual doctor.
I have a very mixed feeling right now. At one hand I am trying to stay positive and to do whatever I can to remove the tattoo and enjoy my life which is actually awesome. :) I do not want to wait for the moment I will get rid of it, I want to enjoy life now and look at this as an experience. BUT (there is always a but!) I am scared that I won't fix it and won't remove it completely. Plus I am not showing it at work or at home, which is also a bit of stress. Thanks god I can perfectly cover it with my watches. Summer is coming and by summer I will have 3 treatments done, but still what scares me the most is that I have no idea how long it will take and if ever I will be able to remove it completely. I am getting a huge support from my friends, but still I can't let go this situation and stop blaming myself. I have to stop being so hard on myself and admit that what is done is done. Sorry guys for this emotions. I do believe that I will deal with this and will be stronger.
I wish you all a good night and just stay positive and what I learnt so far is that people love you for yourself no matter you have tattoos or not. For me it was also hard to accept as I have to accept myself now and I am almost there. :)
My doctor told me that after 1,5 month he will be able to tell me more information about the removal process as he will see how the ink is reacting and the fading is going. My next appointment is on 24th of April and I will keep you all updated!
Sorry for mistakes :)
Btw, sorry for my mistakes. English is not my native language and though I use it every day for work, I do have mistakes :)
2,5 weeks post 1st treatment
So just a quick update on my first treatment. It has been 2,5 weeks since I had my tattoo lasered for the first time. Hard to satin results. My tattoo is very fresh, black and on extremity . My next treatment is in 4 weeks. Hope my tattoo will fade a little more. I am treated with Fotona q-switched laser. Don't know about the settings, will ask next time.
Information needed :)
Guys, since I am quite new removing process and had only 1 session behind, I have few questions I want to ask you as more experienced in this process:
1. How long should I wait between the treatments? As fas as I understood, the longer I wait, the better it will be for my skin (and this is totally logic). So, in general, should it be 8-10 weeks or more? My doctor told me 6-8 weeks or more. Definitely not less.
2. What creams or oils are you using for aftercare? I read so many different options in your reviews. Need to start using some cream or oil.
3. What do you guys do to speed up the process of getting Reid of ink? Some massages or anything else?
I do not drink alcohol, do not smoke, work out 6 times a week and eat healthy. Don't know if this will help me, but definitely won't make it worse.
I am sorry if all those questions were already answered somewhere, but I would appreciate if you share your opinions and links if you have.
Good fading to everyone!
1 month post 1 treatment
Hello, everyone! :)
It has been 1 month since my 1st treatment and I am glad I started the removing process, but it definitely going to be VERY long process as I can see it now. Sometimes I really feel like I do not believe it can be removed completely or fade that much.
Anyways, see attached today's photos.
My next treatment is in 3 weeks and it will be 7 weeks between sessions.
Questing: Tanning and tattoo removal?
I have a question: do you tan? I am hiding my tattoo if I go to tanning studios and since I git it, it was never under the sun rays. Here is my question: Summer is coming and I will go to the sea. I might have my laser treatment 2 weeks prior (but thinking to delay it and have it after I am back). So do you guys tan or you prefer to stay away from the sun? Or it is possible to stay under sun if last procedure was 10 weeks ago?
I have a question: Have you ever seen a complete removal yourself? Is this really possible? I am looking through pictures on web and saw few videos on YouTube, but never saw a complete removal. :(
Sending some positive vibes :)
Hello, everyone! :)
I hope you all are doing great! We finally have some sun in Russia and I finally got to the point that I am not thinking much about my removal. I found some peace and I look at this as on challenge and it will just take time and patience. After all, this is a good lesson and life experience! I hope that my mood won't change!
My next treatment is next Thursday and I am going to ask my doctor few questions and definitely will share it with you!
Here are my pictures of my tattoo. 6 weeks post-treatment and I am noticing some fading. Not much, but my tattoo is only 2 months old and I didn't expect it to fade immediately.
My skin healed completely, it is soft and happy :) and I am happy too!
In June I am going to Cyprus for 2 weeks and I will keep my arm out of the sun (don't worry :) dut to that I am planning to have my 3rd tx in July only (approximately 10 weeks after 2nd).
I am also posting a picture of the tattoo then it was just done. Sorry about the quality and the lightening.
Also, I have been reading some information about tattoo removal and I see a lot of post that tattoo-removal is EXTREMELY painful. I disagree. It is so sad that people do not want to start it because they think it is very painful. Of course, I have to say that it is not pleasant experience and it all depend on the place of the tattoo and the size, but there is nothing to be afraid of. But yes, I admit that it is different for diffferent people.
So, here are the pictures. Not much changed, but I am very early on.
Have a great weekend everyone! And stay positive! :) Life is amazing!
2nd treatment down!
Hello, everyone! Greetings from Russia! :) I guess I am the only one Russian here lol I am almost unicorn :)
So, today I had my second treatment done. I am treated with Fotona q-switched laser at medical center, which is specializing in laser treatments. I am treated by MD with a very good reputation. He is a very nice and sweet and I am very happy and lucky I found this place.
As I am based in Russia, it is really hard to find modern technologies here, comparing to the rest of Europe and USA. Sometimes I feel like I am leaving in third-world country lol no offense to anyone from Russia, but it is true. I think we will see PicoSure in 10 years :(
Anyways, I talk to my doctor today and we discussed my plan for next treatments. He said that tattoo is reacting the way he expected and he will be able to remove it, but it will take time. He asked me to be patient.
Also, I asked him about settings of the laser. First treatment it was 1064 and 4j. (Not sure I understand what this mean. Will google tomorrow) and today we did at 4.2. It wasn't that painful just because it was really fast, buy guys I totally get now how you feel removing bigger tattoos. It's hard! And emotionally as well. My doctor said that he will be increasing the lever (or how it is called), but very slowly as the skin on wrist is very gentle and had to be treated carefully.
I will download the pictures tomorrow. Skin is a bit red, but not that bad. I definitely can handle it.
Emotionally I am feeling ok just because my boyfriend is distracting me with some travel plans (we are flying to Paris :) and I am very busy with work, so had no time to think about regrets and depression.
Good fading to everyone and please, think of positive things, life and we are strong enough to overcome this! Life is amazing! Live and live now!
Don't wait for a perfect moment, take a moment and make it perfect! :)
Treatment 2 is behind and good night everyone!
Lack of understanding.
I hope everyone is doing ok. My wrist is healing and I have little bit of yellow close to the ink (I think it might be bruise). All in all, things are going ok. I will upload the picture after few weeks. For now there is not much to say.
What I wanted to say today and share with you is my thought of how people are reacting on my removal process and how my closest friends are reacting as well.
After I started the process of removal and actually come to peace with the whole situation, I decided to stop sharing and talking about it with people. Just only with my closest friends. I have to say that my family do not know that I have a tattoo and that I am removing it. I am keeping them away from this and trust me, I am doing this just not to make my parents sad. I know that they might accept it and will support me later no mater what, but then you love someone, you want to prevent and save him from shock, sadness etc.
This weekend I saw few of my girls (my bff's) which do have tattoos as well. The asked me about the process and I told them about my removal journey so far and about RealSelf and people, who I qas so lucky to meet here. I was suprised how they reacted. They do not understand how you can be depressed over the tattoo and why you want to remove it if you dp not have for some reason (job or military services for example). This made me a little bit confused as I do understand very well how each of you feel and moreover, I would have understand it even if I wouldn't have to come through it myself.
Thanks god I have my bf and you, guys, here to give me support and hope! :)
Have a wonderful day all of you and rememeber, it will all pass! :)
To PicoSure or not to PicoSure?
Sorry for overposting :) I was checking some PicoSure reviews and saw really good results on black as well. We do not have that kind of the laser in Russia, but I am able to get treatments done in Europe by it. Don't get me wrong, I am not rushing into anything, I am just researching other options just in case.
Anyone tested PicoSure on black? How is it? Any articles comparing q-switched vs. PicoSure?
Just to compare prices at the moment I am paying 45 USD for each treatment, which I think it a very good price!
In sports I trust :)
Hope you all are doing great and have nice fading! This weekend was quite hard for me as I had kind of mental roller coaster, but I guess everyone here can understand what I am talking about! Anyways, I really do not want to feel this way and it is surprising (really!) how miserable you can feel over small tattoo! Wow! That's really surprising! I really think this all will pass eventually and in 1 year or 2 I do not want to look back and think that I wasted my time. I know it will get better! This just can be any other way!
What I wanted to share today is that reading some review I keep noticing that people gave up doing what they liked - meeting friends, doing sports. They started to eat a lot more just to erase the pain and I want to say that please, stop :) this is not a right way! This is not a way you want to go or to remember once you are over it. Don't go this path! This is hard enough and you do not want to feel miserable even more!
What is helping me right now to get through this all is keep doing what I love and stuck to my everyday routine. I do love working out and I live eating healthy. I want to share a picture of me last week at the gym. (Hope it is appropriate). By posting this picture I want to say that you are better and stronger than you think and you can overcome all stress and misery and fix things up! Don't give up on yourself! Don't let this small mistake ruin your life or hold you back from achieving your goals and dreams!
Good night, everyone! :) big hug from Russia! We can do it!
1,5 post treatment 2
Here is a picture of my wrist 1,5 weeks post treatment 2. Still healing.
This time I have to moist my wrist even more. :( after care is really not easiest process. :(
Just wanted to share a picture if my tattoo. Feeling optimistic, but it is going to be a really long process. I can tell it now!
The healing is doing great. Hard to say though if I have scarring while I was getting the tattoo or not. It is really small and thin.
I noticed that this time the healing process is taking a bit longer. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks after my 2nd tx. I am going to have my next treatment in 5 weeks.
Nice fading to everyone! Good night! :) and yeah, today I thought that good to know that I have some options like excision if laser won't work. But I hope it will :)
I see most of the fading on letter M. A is also fading a bit. Tattoo is not black anymore. More like light grey. Is this normal? How your tattos faded?
Anyone using scrab?
Just a question if anyone here using (or is it actually allowed) to use some scrub to peel off dead sking after 2 weeks of the treatment?
Woukld appreciate your feedback!
Never a failure, always a lesson!
18 May 2014
2 months post
While I am in Amsterdam at the airport on my way back from USA, I have decided to update. I had an amazing trip to USA and this was a nice distraction of the removal process. I have to admit that sometimes I will down and sad about the whole thing. Even that I try to stay positive, I noticed that sometimes out of nowhere I have those panic attacks like why did I do this to myself? Or how could I have been so stupid? It is not that tattoo I hate, I think that the worse thing in my case is that I see it almost all the time.
Anyways, in USA I got a chance to try Dermablend which is not being sold in Russia. I went to Macy's in Chicago and a girl selling cosmetics was very sweet and nice. I had such a big plans for this kind of make up, but unfortunately it is not working for me. :( we tried 3 different colors and still I could see my tattoo. Maybe it is still too fresh and dark and I will change my mind about it in 6 months. I remember then I had few layers of the make up on my hand covering the tattoo I had a feeling of sudden happiness seeing my skin ink-free and it was a relief. A minute of relief.
Though I didn't get make up for my tattoo, I have bought aloe Vera gel as Chad Welsh suggested. :)
Also I have scheduled my appointment for 3rd treatment on 12th of June (7 weeks apart) I might have to postpone it to 19th of June since I have to leave.
Guys when did you start seeing actually changes in your tattoos? I know it is all individual. I see some changes, but my brain is playing games with me. I will post a photo of the tattoo in few weeks. I guess in the beginning you do not see much changes.
I keep thinking how long and sad this process is and I never ever thought I would be the one going thought it. It is quite a nightmare for me. I am always so positive and happy and now I feel scared. Scared of not knowing the result in the end.
I am very sorry for my sad thoughts. I do not let ink regret got into me, I will overcome it for sure. But lesson learnt - always trust your gut!
I was surprised that in USA 80% of people I saw have tattoos. It was so different to Russia! I guess I just never thought about it before as I was ink-free.
So, I guess I will try again make up for tattoo in few months.
And now I remembered Oscar Wilde phrase: we all are in a gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Stay positive and be happy! Life is amazing and it all be gone! :) that's what I trust in and hope for.
5 weeks post 2nd treatment
30 May 2014
2 months post
Hello my tattoo removing family! :)
While I am at home on sick leave (nothing serious, just cold) I decided I should update. I am 5 weeks post 2nd treatment. I can't say I see a lot of fading, I can see that my tattoo is well-done (oh no! :)) and quite dense that why it is taking longer to see some fading. In 2 weeks I am having my treatment #3 and I will have 2-3 more at my current clinic and then I might think of using Picosure. I see a lot of options how it all can go, but I really think that full removal is possible, but I might need 2 years. I really think my doctor knows what he is doing.
With this whole situation being quite stressful and sad, I am happy where I am mentally at. I do not feel so depressed and sad as I used to be. Sometimes I still wonder how I would have feel or what I would be thinking of instead of wasting so much time on thinking of removal. Would I be happier than I am now? I guess not. I think about my tattoo as some ink under my skin (like permanent make-up), not like a mistake I can't undo or like a mistake people should judge me for.
It is not a tattoo that makes us feel this way, it is our attitude towards it.
So nice fading and healing to everyone! Do not stop being alive, do not stop living! We all do mistakes and likely for all of us here, this one can be undone! :)
Anyways, I decided that next time I want to do something I will think twice :) I was always so careful with taking decisions and always was careful making something I can undo.
Little update :)
12 Jun 2014
3 months post
Just thought I should update! It has been 7 weeks since my last treatment. My 3rd was supposed to be yesterday, but I had to postpone it due to my doctors medical conference.
So here are (photos attached). Today I was thinking if I should consider cover up as well. I never thought I would ever consider this, but now I am thinking if laser won't work, I might think about it more. I would do the same just change it and make it more elegant. Just a thought. I will think more about it and make sure this is a right decision as I do not want to jump into anything again.
Again, even if I am going for a cover up, I need at least 5-7 treatment for tattoo to be lightened enough. It is good to have options.
I really should have thought about the design more lol then I was getting it!
By this post I just wanted to say that we all have options! And we should remember this. Also, I though that it is important to understand why we wanted to get a tattoo done firsthand.
Yeah yeah, a little bit of thinking, but I am in a good mood and thinking positive!
My tattoo is pretty dense still, but I see a little but of fading and lines breaking. Excited!
Nice fading to everyone :)
One more treatment down (my 3rd)
16 Jun 2014
3 months post
Hello everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful Monday! :)
I just got back from my 3rd treatment. Surprisingly, I do not feel sad or down after this treatment (normally after treatment I was feeling blue and a little depressed). I noticed that recently something changed about myself. I am not sad, I dream, I laugh like I used to do before. I am happy again and back to be myself 100%! I think I just got used to the situation and adjusted. Hope I will stay that way in anyway or so.
So about my 3rd treatment: for those you do not know, I am treated by Fotona q-switched laser. The best I could find in St. Petersburg, Russia. I am treated in medical center which is specializing on lasers by a doctor, who is also specializing in lasers and skin care. Today my treatment was really painful. Not that I was about to cry or anything, but I definitely felt it more. He turned the laser to 5.5-6 j this time (1064). I didn't asked him to increase myself. She said he will be slowly increasing the power.
I told my doctor that I really don't know how people are removing sleeves as this is so painful, but he told me that wrist is much more painful to remove than sleeve as skin is more sensitive on wrist. We talked about tattoos, PicoSure and our plans for my removal. He is sure he will be able to remove my tattoo, though he do not give any time expectation as he said that everyone is different and reacting differently. I asked him if I should try PicoSure after 5-7 tx with q-switched. He told me that we will wait and see :) he actually has 2 tattoos and is planning to have more! :) funny!
Also, he said that he recommend waiting at least 6 weeks before next treatment, but to his mind it is better to wait 12 weeks! I go every 8 weeks for now.
As for lack of the results, he said that it is not true. He does see line breaking and tattoo is not that black anymore. He said that then I came to him, my tattoo was freshly done and bt first 2 treatments we were removing the skin and extra pigment of the tattoo. My tattoo was 3 weeks only then I started. Do I regret I starting that early? Maybe! Now I recommend to wait 3-6 month before doing anything. It will be better mentally and for skin as well.
My next treatment is going to be on 18th of August! I like to plan things :) I am very organized.
All in all, I would say that somehow I think this experience is for good. It is changing me everyday and opening new qualities and everything in me. But! Let me save those word till my very last treatment :)
For my tattoo removing family - thank you for all your comments, messages and support! You helped me then I felt lost and didn't know what to do. I am glad I found you guys and all your stories. This was so-so helpful! God bless you all! Happy fading everyone! Stay healthy, positive and happy!
Hugs from Russia :)
P.S. For those who are feeling sad and down those days - it will get better! Everyday it is getting better and it will get even better! Having a tattoo is not the biggest regret in life!
Recently I read a nice book for children. To cut long story short, it is about a girl who was trying to find a positive outlook in very bad situation. That's how I live! Try to look into positive things in your life! You got a tattoo? Not a big deal! You are healthy, happy and have all your life ahead!
I am happy I have a tattoo. I can see how it is changing me to a better person. I was never stressed in my life as then I got it. And I handled the stress pretty well I think :)
Again, good luck to everyone! Happy healing to me! :)
1,5 weeks post 3rd treatment
24 Jun 2014
3 months post
Hello my tattoo removal friends!
I decided I should update. It has been 10 days since my 3rd treatment. So far doing really good.
The healing this time is a bit different. My wrist is itching and I have to skin peeling or scabbing so far. I use bio oil and aloe Vera everyday.
My next treatment is in August. It is very very long process, but I sure it is worth it!
Nice healing/ fading to everyone! Together we can overcome it and become better and stronger!
Hugs from Russia!
Seeing the results
26 Jun 2014
3 months post
Just a quick note, mostly for myself. I have been talking to my few friends lately who are aware of my removal and everyone was asking me to send them pictures of the results. I told them many times how slow the process is and that it will take time and there is no magic here.
Long time ago I decided not to discuss my removal with anyone who is not into this. For me it is a lot more informative to share my experience here and get support I needed. So, today I got few reviews from my 2 friends that they thought by now I would have more results and suggested to seeing another doctor. Those comments made me a little sad. Thought I am very positive and sure I will deal with this, I wish I could turn back hands of time :)
Anyways, again, just for myself, let's compare. What do you, guys, think? Am I getting somewhere?
I know I will get it removed! I know it! I just wish people were more understanding and realistic.
Good luck to everyone! Stay strong and never ever doubt yourself!
Fading: black turning to brown? Or grey?
Hope you all, guys, doing great. I am now 2 weeks post 3rd treatment. The wrist is healed, skin is perfect. Regarding fading, does your tattoo fade into brown or grey? Is it normal? Pictures attached.
I thought actually that black should fade into grey lol oh and my tattoo decided to fade partly :))) some spots has became lighter than others. Some spots decided they prefer to stay :D
So, please, share your thoughts!
Nice fading to everyone and sending my positive vibes from Russia!
Hello my removal family!
I didn't planed to update in 4 next week, but I thought that maybe for some people who are removing of thinking about removing would be interesting to see how the process is gong and what to expect. Here is my tattoo 3 weeks after my 3rd treatment. It was a successful treatment and finally my tattoo started to fade and I definitely see some light in the darkness. Good news, I got myself new phone few months ago and quality of photos is better now and I tried to capture unequal fading. I can now definitely tell where I have more ink left.
Anyways, all in all, things are going great. I am thinking if flying to London and using PicoSure. Thats a big decision to make as it is money and time and visa and I do not know if after PicoSure I could continue with my current doctor. Lots of unknown things. For next 5 weeks I will have to decide what I am doing next.
For about 1,5 month I have lost my boyfriend support since we broke up, but actually I am doing great. I am glad I have you guys to talk to!
Funny thing: yesterday I went to have my nails done and my nails master knows all the story about my tattoo removal as she is a good friend and she noticed that my tattoo is fading! Yay! So, it is obvious now! Keep my fingers crossed!
Also, for 5 months now (since I got inked) I managed to hide my tattoo from my parents! I feel like I am superwoman! ;) I think at some point I should have told them, but I am just too afraid and do not want to hurt them and since I am doing great and in a good mood and couping well, I though I will still be hiding it!
It is summer in the city! Finally! :) I am very happy and I hope you all guys are doing great! Remember we are in this together and each one of us are not the only one. Ink is not defining us! And this is telling you a person from a very judgemental country!
Lots of love xx
Feeling down :(
22 Jul 2014
4 months post
Hello my tattoo removal family!
Hope you all guys are doing great and enjoying your summer! :) well, I didn't plan to update until my next treatment in 3,5 weeks, but I decided to share how I have been feeling those last 2 days. All in all I was doing great and decided to stay as much positive as I can, but those 2 last days I was pretty down. I can't stop feeling how much energy this all is taking from me and I can't stop thinking that I made a wrong decision. I would be a lot more happier than I am at the moment. Forgive me for such thoughts! I really do not feel like this all the time. Sometimes I feel really happy and hope that this all will be finish one day. Let's hope that in 1 year I will be closer to end of this!
Happy fading everyone and here are photos of my tattoo post treatment 3 4,5 weeks after.
6,5 weeks post 3rd tx
30 Jul 2014
4 months post
Just a quick check-in! I saw how many new people are joining our wonderful community. I am 6,5 weeks post my 3rd tx, which I think finally broke the ink and was quite successful. I just remembered that in few places I visited before I started at my current clinic, I was quoted to 10 tx! I am almost on my 4th. Soon heating my half way? Really? I guess only time will show, but no matter how long it will take, I will get where I want!
Also, quite confusing question: how do you guys know if the skin is scarred or not? I do not have any tissue issues, but my doctor told me that laser itself do not get you scars, but they might have been done while getting the tattoo. Interesting thought for me. I am really excited to see my tattoo fading after the treatment, but I am even more excited to see how it will fade with further treatments!
Nice fading and healing to everyone and hugs from Russia!
For all new people out there who just joined, I would recommend to give yourself some time to adjust. Getting a tattoo is a shock, realizing that you do not want it - is even bigger shock! I know it, I was there, but trust me, it will get better! Just take it step by step.
And attached are fresh photos! Love my new phone :) I can capture the fading even better! I definitely can see the fading!
My next treatment is on 18th of August. It will be 8 weeks after my last treatment.
Give me 4!
18 Aug 2014
5 months post
Hope you all are doing great! Today in the evening I am having my treatment number 4. Time is flying. I will post pictures later today or in few days after the treatment and will let you know how it went.
I have to admit that I am not thinking about my tattoo much as I have millions of other things to think about. Reallty busy lately and I know once day it will be gone and there was a reason why I did it.
Nice fading to everyone and I hope I will have another succesful treatment today!
Treatment 4 down!
18 Aug 2014
5 months post
Guess today I will be over updating! I just had my treatment number 4. Doctor Denis was amazing as always. He has a very calming voice and such a positive attitude. Just amazing!
I have to admit that before dr. Denis never gave me a prognosis or estimated number of treatments or event any idea of what result to expect, but today (maybe he was in a good mood) he told me that he thinks I will be done in 10 (maybe 8) and that he is pretty sure I won't have any ink left and it will be really hard to notice that I had a tattoo on wrist. I really hope he is right!
Settings as always 1064 and 6,5. A little bit higher then previous time and a little bit more painful.
I wish I didn't have to go through this, but it is what it is. I have so many other things that bothers me a lot more like everyday life, my purpose here and life balance. I know I will be done with the tattoo sooner or later. I do feel like the worst part is over and now it is just a matter of patience and time.
Inked or not really doesn't matter. Matter how you cope with the stress and cherish yourself. It is still you and believe me no one really cares of your tattoo if they care about you. Meaning inked or not, people who love you will love you. So love yourself too. Even if you think you made a mistake. It is your mistake, your body and you won't have another one.
Tried to sound positive, hope it worked :)
For now nice fading for everyone and happy healing for me! Attached are the pictures straight after my treatment and my lovely bandage. :) you can see that dr. Denis is very good in wrapping my hand lol
Hugs from Russia!
1 week post 4tx
26 Aug 2014
5 months post
Quick update from me. I am 1 week out of my 4th treatment. So far healing is fine. I do see that the tattoo has faded even more. Though hard to say yet. Need to wait few more weeks.
Here are few photos. It is looking more brownish now. Let's hope for more fading!
Good luck to everyone!
Positive outlook on whatever happens in your life.
29 Aug 2014
5 months post
Just a quick note, mostly to myself, but maybe, at some point, it will help other people!
Then I got my tattoo I was in shock! Likely, shock is temporary condition and it goes away. I was very angry with myself, my tattoo artist, my friends who supported me while I was doing my tattoo in Israel. Let me tell you: THOSE FEELING IS A WASTE OF TIME! :) Don't be angry. Everything is happening for a reason and trust me, you will be happy again and you will be able to smile again without feeling of guilt.
Why I am writting this? I remembered then I was doing my tattoo, the guy was very nice and I actually have hin in friends on Facebook. I was very angry with him that he didn't understood that I wasn't ready and I am pretty sure if he told me I do not need this, I would have agree, but who knew! I knew that I am fully responsible for whatever happens in my life and it is YOU who can turn your life around and look at circumstances on different angle. My tattoo artics recent;y had a b-day and I sent him b-day wishes from all my heart! And I really meant him all the best!
I realized that I am not sad anymore. I forgave myself for that choice and so should you! We all worth it and thanks for laser industry we have a chance to undo our choices!
Stay positive, happy! Go out with friends and enjoy your life to the max!
I started to tell people about my tattoo and removal process! It is not that hard as I thoght. Though still keeping in away from parents and co-workers (some of them). No need to tell to everyone!
P.S. Almost healed from my 4th tx. My next one is on 16th of October, my 5th.
2 weeks post 4th tx
Here are pictures post tx 4. I can definitely see less ink. It is fading! Though I think I have a long way to go!
Hope you all are doing great! Hugs!
1 month post 4th
11 Sep 2014
6 months post
Hello guys! New pictures from my treatment number 4! I am actually impressed how it is fading, but still long way to go! Staying positive though!
Can't believe my next treatment, my halfway point hopefully is in 4 weeks! (8 weeks between treatments)
On the pictures you clearly can see where I have more ink left!
Nice fading to everyone!
7 weeks post treatment 4!!!
Hey everyone! :)
I was away for my vacations and haven't been here for a while! My review update is coming soon today and here are few pictures of how my tattoo is looking now! I will have treatment 5th in 2 weeks and can't believe time fly so fast! Hopefully my next treatment will be halfway of the whole process!
Happy fading to everyone!!!
Post-vacation esperience and little update!
I am now back to Russia and had time to read all updates! So many new people! Glad to read that many of you started the process! This is a long road, I know, but in the end I think it will be so worth it! Fingers crossed that I will see the end by the end of next year!
Firts of all, last week was first time I actually had my tattoo under the sun! That is super strange experience not to cover it with watches! (it was covered with SPF all the time!) I was very careful with the sun on this place, but I am glad I had some sun! Keeping tattoo covered an away from the sun is quite a challenge I have to admit. Thanks god, mine is small and easy to cover, but I can feel the pain of others who have to go through the same!
Also, I have never seen so many tattooed people in my life! I was on Ibiza and 90% of people was inked. Strange feeling to be in that 90%, but at the same time I was releived not to have to hide my tattoo anymore. I haven't changed my mind and I still want it to be gone! I really hope I will have a good result in the end! Fingers crossed.
I was in Italy for couple of days and I met my friends there for the first time I got inked and I shared this my regret with 1 my friend and I was actually very surprised with his reaction as he told me that my tattoo is beautiful and he really do not understand why I was so depressed over it! It was nice to hear that reaction! Made me feel better, but as we all know on this website only your opinion matter! It is your skin and you have to live with this choice!
I am now 7 weeks post my last treatment and my next one will be in 2 weeks! It will be my 5th already and I plan to have 1 more before NY. Not sure if it have faded more during past weeks, but I haven't thought of it much since I had so many other things to think about and I am going to have my mind occupated till the day it is all over!
All in all, I am quite positive and I am sure I will have good results, but this is going to take a lot of time and ths whole process is hard to deal with! It is only you to decide if you will let it get you or not. I am not letting my choice to ruin my life, though I really do not wish this experience to anyone!
I hope that everyone is doing great! Happy fading and healing to everyone! I will post new update and pictures once I get my treatment done!
5th session done!!!
23 Oct 2014
7 months post
Hello, my tattoo removal family!
I know I haven't been updating for a while. Life is really hectic sometimes. I have been traveling for work past month, my MD was away and today finally! I had my 5th session done! I have brilliant doctor! He told me today that he is very happy about my progress and for professionally done tattoo I have very good results. He said that I might need 4 more sessions, but with tattoos it is hard to be sure. If I will be done in 10, I would be more than happy. To be honest, if I will be done in 1 year, win win for me! Anyways, laser today was used today at 6.0 volume first pass and 7.0 second pass. My doctor told me maximum level of the laser is 14. So I reached halfway. We talked in general. He also told me that for te area (wrist) my results are better than he expected. Session was more painful, but totally bearable, since it was done in no time.
Attached are photos after first pass and the machine itself. Can't wait to be done wits while stuff!
Hope everyone is doing great! Nice fading to you all ;)
P.S. My next session will be before Xmas. Hopefully not that long way to go!
31 Oct 2014
7 months post
Hello my tattoo removal family!
Hope you all are doing fine! :) Today I realized how tired I am because of the process and there is still a long way to go! I actually forgot how dense my tattoo was! Now I am 1 week out of my last treatment (5th). I will take latest pictures soon and for now see my 1st tx vs 4th. Always compare pictures! This is what keeps you going!
Good luck to everyone! Tons of fading!
Give me 6!
18 Dec 2014
9 months post
Hope everyone is doing great! New Year is coming! I am already in Christmas mood, wrapping gifts to my family and friends... ;) each year I say something about past year and I have to admit that 2014 was a tough year for me, but I have my hopes for 2015!
Today I am going to have 6th treatment! Wow! Time is flying! I have to admit that my emotional roller coaster is not so emotional past month, but I still can't wait for removal to be over!
Here is a picture where I am as of today. I have to admit that tattoo faded quite a lot, I definitely see less ink. I still keep seeing my doctor every 8 weeks. I will continue this way for now. Actually, I have a good feeling that this tattoo can be removed!
I will update later today. Wish each one to stay strong and positive! Don't let this let you down and down let down yourself! You are so much more than a tattoo!
18 Dec 2014
9 months post
Hello my tattoo removal family!
I got back from my clinic where I had my 6th treatment done and I have to say that one was painful. My doctor is now mixing Fractional laser + laser and this is something new we are trying! Anyone else tried fractional laser? what do you think about it?
My next session is in 1,5 months. I will post a photo as soon as I can. My hand is bleeding a little after new laser. Oh, let's hope for the best!
19 Jan 2015
10 months post
Hello my tattoo removal family!
Hope everyone are doing great! I haven't updated for a while, but I just didn't feel like it. First of all, I wanted to thank each one of you for your reviews, support, useful information! Tattoo removal is long and tough process and I am glad I have all of you! For me it is less dramatic as it was before, but it is still hard. Sometimes I wonder what if I hadn't done it, but what is done is done and let's focus on the future :)
Today is about 4 weeks since my last treatment which was mix of fractional laser and my standard laser. I clearly can see a slight scarring which, I think, was caused by tattoo itself. To be honest, I do not care about scars now. I will figure it out later. Sometimes I wonder maybe I should take another road and get an excusion? Would be a shame to end up with it!
Anyways, in March I am hitting 1 year! Jesus! Thats just insane. I have to say that I still love tattoos, but this is just not for me. Haha what a joke!
My next teeatment is next week. It will be 5 weeks after my last one (or 4?), but my doctor said that after fractional laser it is ok. I can see fading of the tattoo, it is becoming more greyish, but it is hard for me to imagine that one day it will be gone!
Btw, my friends from UK, anyone around London or Bristol beginning of February and want to meet up? PM me.
I decided not to go to Reset Room to try PicoSure as honestly after Chads review about it, I do not see the point.
Anyways, all the best wishes to you all! Remember we can overcome it! We are stronger than we think! Big hugs from Russia! Xx
Btw, forgive the lightening! Terrible, I know. Hard to catch up some day light here in winter!
Photos post 6 tx
20 Jan 2015
10 months post
Couldn't attached photos yeaterday due to an error.
26 Jan 2015
10 months post
Hello my tattoo removal family!
Very quick update: today I had my 7th treatment! Oh man, that hurt a lot! Wrist is super sensitive area and this time we had laser at 8 or 8.2 j cm2. As last time it was both fractional laser + standard laser. My doctor told me that we can have 2 passes with normal laser or combine 2 of them for faster removal. I trust my doctor in this, so we did 2 different lasers.
8.2 was painful! Not that I was about to pass out, but I felt this treatment by every cell of my body and regretted again why I ever did a tattoo on first place. Anyways, thanks god it was all done in few minutes. Now, happy and fast healing to me! And yes, I bleeded again.
My next treatment is now in 3 months, late April. To be honest, I never waited longer than 2 months, but I know that now it is right thing to do to space treatments for more weeks and wait longer. After all, it all worth it!
Hugs to everyone and I will update you, guys, soon with the pictures!
Stay strong! Xx
2 months post treatment
Hello my tattoo removal family! :)
Hope everyone is doing great. Summer is just around the corner. Can't help myself smiling :)
Anyways, it has been more than 2 month since my last treatment. My next treatment, which I suppose will be number 8, is scheduled late April. Attached is the photo of the progress. So far, my tattoo has been fading nicely, tho the process is soooo long and I am more or less facing another year of removal. But! Sooner or later, it will be gone!
Stay strong, happy and healthy!
I know it has been a while. I hope everyone is doing great.
I am actually still here, reading your stories. Life is hectic, I have been traveling a lot lately and been busy. It is a good distraction and after all, life goes on. I do not have panic attacts anymore, I do not feel unhappy. I wonder something how my life would have been without tattoo, but it is what it is for now. I am positive, happy and moving on! :)
I did few treatments with my current doctor at the same clinic. I think I got to the point then taking a longer breaks is a good idea and might do its thing. I had last treatment 1,5 weeks ago. Laser was 8,1. Now I am taking a break till September.
I have to admit that I am still thinking about excision.
Hope everyone is doing great! Hang in there, guys! You will all do great! x