Regretting a Fresh Tattoo - Virginia, VA

Here goes. Much like many others in this nifty...

Here goes. Much like many others in this nifty little community, I have a one month old blob of a coverup tattoo on my shoulder and chest. The original tattoo is only about three months old. I'm so dumb. The original tattoo wasn't bad, but was unfinished and definitely had some flaws. The guy said to let it heal and come back if he needed to touch anything up. So it healed and I wasn't hating it but there were pieces that I didn't love. The design was good, but the execution, not so good. So anyway, I wanted to see about fixing a few spots and adding more on my shoulder eventually. I go back to the place, and they had closed down! In a matter of a week after getting the first tat! Argh! So I thought and thought about it and decided I would go to another (more reputable) shop in my area. He said the only thing he could do was a coverup and if he tried to fix some other guys work, it would look worse. He even told me in the beginning"why don't you get it layered a few times, then cover it" I was like "yea right" I do not want to get into that mess. I said let's just cover it. I had ideas that I liked, but none would work with the design to make the coverup look good.

Finally after a few days, I settled (yep, key word there...settled) on a design three to four times bigger than the original. He said it had to be much bigger to cover the old one well. Stupid me, and my impulsive nature said lets do it! Stupid, stupid, stupid. So I let him throw it on me and go at it. We only had time for the outline, shading and heavy black blobs over the old black. i said i would come back in two weeks for color. i was hopeful color would make it awesome. It's all black with a little blue from the first tat. It's prob 8 x 7 in size and its horrible. The artist is great..he really is but it's not me and its not going to look amazing with color. I hate it. I hate myself so much for doing this. I haven't eaten or slept. I'm depressed more than ever. It's constantly on my mind. I'm usually a happy, goofy and positive person. Not anymore. I usually go to the gym 4 times a week...I haven't even been in weeks. I don't want to hang out with anyone anymore. I'm embarrassed and ashamed. I'm hopeful laser removal will work. I went to two consultations. Both doctors seem positive about it. They said because its so new and mainly black, it should be successful. I have to have sessions split in half. So I will go every two weeks for each half. So I will be going essentially with 4 weeks between sessions. This has destroyed my self esteem. My husband just says he wants "me" back. I want me back. Im even having to change my wardrobe because of my stupidity! Anyway, I'm blabbering. So glad I found this community and I'm seeing similar stories.

Lazered. Not layered as mentioned previously!

Lazered. Not layered as mentioned previously!

I agree with Eternities forever. Try to give yourself some grace. I know its hard, but try to get yourself back into your old activities, like going to the gym. Even if you absolutely don't want to go, just tell yourself that all you have to do is get into your gym clothes and go for 10 minutes. If you get there and want to go home after 10 minutes, go home and be proud of yourself for at least going. My guess is once you are there you will continue with your workout and hopefully it will help pop you out of the funk it sounds like you are experiencing.

Sending you a hug!

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Please, whatever you do, do NOT hate yourself. When it comes down to it, you were doing what you thought was best at the time-even it was it "impulsive". You are still you, with a little extra color in you skin. That's it. Nothing else has changed. Just some ink in your skin that can be removed. Black ink has a successful rate of removal.
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First session tomorrow! Since my tat is pretty...

First session tomorrow! Since my tat is pretty big, I am just going for half tomorrow and the other half two weeks later. I will be going every four weeks, but from what I read, maybe I should be going every six. I don't know which is best. I'm just listening to what the doctor told me. Anyway, I'm hopeful, very hopeful. I'm just really nervous about the pain, although I usually do well with pain...this place uses the chiller machine for pain control. We'll see how it goes
Thanks so much. It's really a lesson learned. I love tattoos and have decided that if mine can't completely be removed I will get it covered. I will think long and hard about the design though and will not be impulsive this time. I'm hoping for significant fading after four to six visits. Just have to be patient. First session tomorrow...I'm so nervous
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Awe, sorry to hear you are feeling nervous. :( What particular part is making you most nervous?

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Thank you. I am slowly learning this. Truth is, I've lived with depression for most of my life...this was all I needed to top it off! It's okay, days are passing and things are getting somewhat better. I realize there are so many people out there who are bad off and have nothing, not even a home. I need to stop the pity party! I just need to think about the person I am and what I'm really worth. It's just tough right now. First session tomorrow, I'm hoping this will lift my spirits!
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Just got home from my first treatment for one half...

Just got home from my first treatment for one half of my tat. The actual lasering wasn't too bad. It was somewhat better than I had anticipated. My doctor uses the chiller, and it really helps. I wasn't prepared for my 45 minute drive home though. Holy crap! I had the most intense burning and throbbing for about 20 to 30 minutes. It was like my armed was being torched! It was so bad. It made me a little nauseated for sure. That part was worse than the actual treatment. I really hope this is normal. I'm home now getting ready for a nap. The burning is just minimal and I have a little soreness there, but I can definitely live with it! I'm so happy to have my first half treatment down. I know it's going to be a lengthy process, but I can see some light now that I have gotten the process underway!
I am sure you will do great! Keep us updated on your progression. Always remember that there are people to love and support you :)
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Ok, so I know I still need to add pictures. I will...

Ok, so I know I still need to add pictures. I will do it soon. So, yesterday was treatment 1. A few hours after I noticed small blisters all over the area treated...no big deal..this is normal, I didn't freak out. Four hours later, I proceed to change my dressing, and...OH MY GOSH HUGE BLISTERS! I'm talking a half inch to bigger blisters. There were about four of them. Immediately, I cried. I was reversing in my head and going back to thinking why in the hell did I ever decide to get this massive blob of a tattoo! I started freaking that maybe those huge blisters arent normal. It took hours to just calm down, finally I slept. So, today the blisters were still huge all day long. Hopefully they will go down soon. Nothing really hurts though, the whole area is slightly tender, but I went on like I normally and really had no pain. Anyway, the great news is that I have noticed a really nice amount of fading in one area in particular. It looks so different! Seeing that one inch area of significant fading has given me so much hope! This thing might actually be gone in a year. What a roller coaster of emotions. Laser tattoo removal ain't for babies, that's for sure!
I've read ALOT of reviews. The big blisters are normal... Just make sure you don't intentionally pop them. They will pop and scab naturally.
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One week since treatment one. All blistering has...

One week since treatment one. All blistering has gone down, and now have lots of peeling. I'm feeling so optimistic about how much fading I've already noticed! I feel like it may be too good to be true! Go for first treatment on other half of tattoo March 7th. Will keep updated...

Oh my gosh! Just had first session on second 1/2....

Oh my gosh! Just had first session on second 1/2. It was rough...real rough. This part is on partially on my chest and very close to my armpit. I almost had to make him stop, but I got through it...sweating and clenching. Again, the after burn and throbbing are the worst. It's been almost two hours and its still throbbing some. I have an ice pack on it now. I'm feeling good knowing that my first full treatment is done. Trying to keep a positive outlook!
I've been there!! My tattoo was done November 6 last year... There were SO many signs that said don't do it, and still for some reason I did... Mines HUGE compared to yours, but it's just an outline, just a dark dense outline so I'm still kinda stuck... I pray it fades enough to move forwards... Since placing this tattoo I have hidden behind long sleeves and fully intend to while I go through this process... Good luck!!
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Yesterday was first treatment on other half. I...

Yesterday was first treatment on other half. I took the bandage off last night, and wow. The owl has faded drastically! Way more than I thought it would. I am so excited about the progress after just one treatment! Trying to not get my hopes up too much though. It's really sore and still very red and swollen today. I have blisters, but none as big as the other half. I will add a pic of the owl part. It seems too good to be true that I had this much fading, but I'm thrilled about it!
I agree there's so much fading already!
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So much fading! That's amazing!
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It's so funny how a huge chunk of us are here because if COVER UP tattoo regret!!! Your story sounds just like mine... But your fading... WOW it's amazing! Good first session!
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Adding new pics. It's been one week since last...

Adding new pics. It's been one week since last treatment. It's still a little red, slightly swollen and peeling. So itchy too. Some lines have already disappeared. Amazing! Next treatment on the 28th. I dread the pain, but its worth it knowing this will be gone.

One thing I've been meaning to add. I forgot! The...

One thing I've been meaning to add. I forgot! The blue isn't doing anything. He zaps it with the laser, but it never blisters or hurts or anything after. The skin remains the same in the blue each time. I'm afraid it may not fade. The Dr said he may need to eventually change the wavelength to treat the blue. Think I'm gonna start having another tattoo removed too that I've not cared for for years (a mistake at 18). Will keep updating!
Thanks for the post and photos, you sure do have some fading!
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Thanks! I was reluctant to add pictures. I'm extremely embarrassed over my horrible tattoo, but seeing others people's pictures gave me hope about tattoo removal. If my pics can help someone else, it will be worth it! Hope you are doing well blackberry11
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Going for session two on half of my tat tomorrow....

Going for session two on half of my tat tomorrow. It's been six weeks since first session. I hope to see as good results as I did from my first session. Will post pics! The closer summer is getting, the harder it's getting to deal with my mistake. Oh we'll, it's just one summer!
aloha regretful99...Stay postive girl! I know it's tough but I've learned that worrying and obsessing over this ink regret sucks, sucks your energy. I look at my hand and think "WTF was I thinking?!" and then I think about the postive aspects of things. Laser removal is underway, it'll take some time and it'll take some patience. And if you want to wear something fantastic that shows your fading ink, then go for it. You might inspire someone else to start laser removal who thought that they couldn't. Just like keeping silent about the ink regret doesn't do any good, neither does hiding. Show it off. I'm going to purchase some fantastic bangles and wear them with pride. And if anyone asks about your fading ink, just say it was a mistake and it's being lasered off and then find something positive to say about them. Leave everyone on a postive note including yourself. It takes less energy to be positive than it does to be negative. Negativeness sucks. Wear that tank top with pride, sista!! Show off your progress, it's amazing! aloha...k
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Good luck!! Trust me when I tell you u totally understand the summer thing. Remember..Its just ink, and doesn't change who you are!! We will be waiting to hear how great your session went!!
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Best of luck on your next session, hang in there and be tuff! you're right, it's just one summer, get yourself some nice T shirts that you adore and have fun...who cares! I thought I would be a mess this time of year with summer around the corner, but you know what, I don't care anymore...my health and happiness is more important. I got lots of cool clothes I can wear, no one needs to see my back. Here's to making the best of a crappy situation...stay positive and be kind to yourself :)  
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Sitting here after my session icing my arm! The...

Sitting here after my session icing my arm! The pain wasn't quite as bad this time. Still completely sucked, but not terrible. Hoping to remove this bandage and see more vanishing ink! Gonna chill and watch some tv and love on my family! (My hubby and dog) Will post pics in a few days if there is enough fading!
Happy Healing! Can't wait to see your updated photos, based on your results so far, you are going to have great success!!
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Good luck today! Sometimes I wish I had started removal years ago but you know what, now is the BEST time to do it! Lasers have advanced so much in the last few years. Wear what makes you feel good - whether it's covering it up or showing it off! Personally, I'm going to keep mine covered since I want to keep it out of the sun. :-)
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Day four after treatment 2. Still have it bandaged...

Day four after treatment 2. Still have it bandaged today. There are still quite a few blisters and swelling. I think the doctor tweaked the wavelength a bit this time for the blue. Omg, the itching is almost unbearable this time. It's awful! I haven't noticed near as much fading this time. Will post pics once its healed! Go again on the 25th for another zap! Trying to stay optimistic!
Thank you for sharing your story. I'm in the same situation - fresh large, tattoo that I hate... it's triggered my depression also. It's easily hidden by wearing pants, but I feel like it's sucked the self-confidence out of me. I've stopped going to the gym, hanging out with friends, etc. No one seems to get it. I'm trying to decide what to do about it at this point. I have my second laser removal consultation this weekend. I'm looking forward to checking back on your progress.
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aloha lostspyder,  I understand where you are coming from.  My ink regret has taken its toll on my psyche.  It's a challenge but with help I am overcoming it.  This forum helps, sharing brings me strength and in turn I hope I help others.  Good luck with your consultation.  I too had three before I took the plunge.  I hope it works out for you.  All the best...aloha...k
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Thank you, Kahelelani, I appreciate the kind words. I'm very happy I found this forum... it's nice to know I'm not the only one going through this.
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It's been 12 days since last treatment. Still a...

It's been 12 days since last treatment. Still a little scabby and peeling. Keeping it as moisturized as possible. Feeling very down today about this damn abomination of a tattoo. Even though I've had quite a bit of fading, I realize it may never completely go away. I just beat myself up over making such a quick and dumb decision. I've been doing a lot better lately, but I'm just not the happy person I used to be. I was telling my husband tonight about how I can't even look at myself naked anymore or even feel good enough to be with him. Somehow, I think he thinks I'm less sexy or just ugly now. I hate this so much. He still sees me as the same person, but I don't feel it myself. Ugh...trying to stay positive and realize that life goes on. The hard thing is that every damn piece of clothing I own shows this horrible mess. Think I'm gonna go clear my head and meditate. I need to reflect on all the positive in my life rather than this huge looming negative mistake.
Hi :) I always have the  most negative emotions after my treatment, and it lasts for several days.....oh my dear, I feel for you...I understand and relate exactly to how you feel! I would find it hard to believe your husband thinks your any less attractive, but I totally understand how it feels, I feel like I am less attractive too...but my husband always reassures me nothing has changed.  My most challenging moments are watching TV which is filled with sexy,  perfect women...and I think...agggg, what did I do to myself...but then I snap out of it, and just try and focus my negative thoughts on what is positive in my life. Oh well, I can't wear a bikini anymore, but there are some really nice Tank Tops I can throw over myself...(or tarp) LOL Oh well, it is what it is...what can we do! I hope your spirits perk up soon...meditation will help, my thoughts are with you!  
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Hey again, my husband is great. He reassures me all the time. He doesn't see me any differently. It's so crazy how even when the tattoo is covered, I still feel like people see it and are judging me. It's the craziest thing. I've let it take over my spirit and my emotions completely. I know what you say about tv and seeing people with clean skin. I look and think about how badly I want that back. It's the worst when I look at old pics of myself with clean skin again. I just want to throw something! Lol. Oh there will not be bikinis for me this summer either...unless I keep a tshirt on. I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks so much!
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Been a little over two weeks since last treatment....

Been a little over two weeks since last treatment. Still itchy and a few tiny scabs. Have noticed more fading. So happy about it. I'm starting to think about coverup ideas if I want to go that route. I liked the concept of the original tattoo so much, I may get the same type of thing done again..(by someone really good). Posted a pic of arm part, going for owl section treatment two next Thursday. For some reason the red is hanging in there well...it's from the old tattoo. I thought red was supposed to go quick.
Dont get a cover up. I did that and regretted it afterwards. It won't take away the tattoo or the stigma behind it. I got an outline done of what was supposed to be a cover up and decided that I did not want to take the risk of having a tattoo I did not like for a second time. Maybe I'm scared. I thought about getting this tattoo for a year before actually going in to have the design drawn out. After the design was drawn, I thought about it for another 3 months before I actually went in to get it outlined. Wrong move! Now I have to pay the price in the form of tattoo removal. Don;t take that chance again please. I did... thinking I could fix something that was already broken and made it worse. Just continue with the treatment and be patient. My tattoo is large and it is going to cost me around $1600 to remove this per R20 session. Thats four treatments in one session with 50%-80% clearing after 3 months. Zapatat is in Richmond and Arlington, Virginia. Check them out! I have my first consult with them on Sunday and I will let you know how it goes. After this is gone, I am NEVER letting a tattooist touch me EVER! My decision. My problem. My FIX! Can't wait to get un-inked!
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Do you just not like your tattoos or having a tattoo in general? I think cover-ups are a good option for people who love tattoos, just not the one on them :)
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I have two other small tattoos that I love. I just thought I could go big, but then after wearing it around for a few days it didn't feel like me. Can't believe I did this!
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Going tomorrow for another treatment. Getting...

Going tomorrow for another treatment. Getting nervous already. The chest part (owl) hurts much worse than the arm. :/ Thank goodness it will only last fifteen minutes or so. Got my ice packs ready to put on right after. So glad to get another treatment out of the way...just a bummer I will be wrapped up all weekend. Will post pics soon.
aloha!  your photos are terrific.  The fading looks spectacular.  I feel your itch from the tape.  Of the entire process it's the tape that bugs me the most.  The adhesive residue makes me itch like crazy!  Well I lie...I'm not a big fan of the big bucks cost of this adventure, but my husband says "that's life, it's only money, we can make more".
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I agree...keeping it taped is the worst! My skin always gets so irritated...yea I'm not a fan of the cost either, but I would pay any price to get this off my skin! I'm just glad I make enough to comfortably pay for removal! Take care!
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I just had my second session 8 weeks after the r20 session I had.I told her I just want3d to do a single pass this time so I wasn't so aggressive with my skin.she turned it up too 9.she uses the medlite c6.I feel your pain.I hope you get good results.my laser tech is really funny though.
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Still healing...very peely and scabby. Today I'm...

Still healing...very peely and scabby. Today I'm having a pity party for myself. I don't expect sympathy, I just have to get it out. Actually went to the gym today, and saw so many people in their tank tops and clean skin. I have to admit, I'm a little jealous. If I could just go back to that day I made this decision, I think I would do anything. Ugh.... I know I can't, what's done is done. I have to live with it. I could have some debilitating disease or be handicapped. I do realize there are much worse things! That's what keeps me going! Just getting my feelings out. My hubby is tired of hearing it!
Your fading looks phenomenal after the few treatments. I went through all of the emotions as you and these pictures makes me super excited to continue my removal. I really appreciate you sharing because I probably wouldn't be able to go through it if it wasn't for removal stories like yours on this site! My tattoo is in the same spot as your owl, black ink and shading (year old). I sucked it up for one session but I didn't blister..while the tattoo itself was itchy, I broke out around the tattoo which also drove me nuts to watch to scratch. I didn't use any numbing cream or injection and I've left the tattoo dry during healing besides soap and water. No lotion or oils. I was wondering if this happened to you? and I was also wondering what you do during the healing process?
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Hi nevaeh! Thank you. I am so glad I've had great progress. I wouldn't make it without this site! It's awesome to find others in your same situation. My tattoo blistered a lot on the shoulder area, but less blistering on the owl. I always blister though. I have never broken out, but I always get some serious tape irritation. I dont use any numbing at all either, I don't want it to hinder the laser process. I was leaving mine dry after about two weeks when it was healed. my doctor fussed and said I need to keep lotion on it while healing, and to keep it moisturized all the time. I've been using lotion some. I always keep it covered and use and antibiotic cream for a minimum of three days after, but I've went as long as five days sometimes. I do keep it very moisturized while its scabbed and peeling. Once the scabs and peeling are gone, I just use a little lotion until my next session. The itch is oh so horrible! I hope your progress goes well! You should post pics if you get brave enough. I didn't want anyone seeing the tattoo at first, but I thought it was important to share my story. Good luck, and keep in touch. I would love to hear how you are doing through your removal. :)
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It's amazing to see how much it has faded! Seeing your progress really lifts my spirits. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Gearing up for next treatment #3

Next removal May 28th. I Canceled the last one to move it out another two weeks. This will be the start of session 3. Hopefully this time, the doctor will start doing removal on another tattoo I don't like. I'm excited about getting another removal, and slowly saying bye bye to a big mistake. Will post pics after!

The start of treatment 3

Just got home from treatment 3 on the first half. It was horrible this time. I didn't think I was going to make it...he asked if I needed a break. I was dying for one, but just told him to go on. I don't rest for breaks because I just want it over! It was almost unbearable this time. I really hope this was the worst one, but I have an idea it's not. Bring on the post removal depression...ugh. I still am keeping a positive attitude though because one day, somehow this piece of shit tattoo will be gone!
Your photos are looking great! 
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Interested in following your story. I can relate a lot! I have a tribal butterfly on my back that I got when I was 18. The "artist" did it up too high. Said he couldn't do it any lower. I should have walked then. Sure enough about 5 years later I started obsessing over it. Instead of leaving it alone I was so STUPID and had more tribal added to it. I wanted something there and basically said okay to whatever the artist I went to drew up since I trusted him a lot. I hate it so damn much . I refuse to wear anything where you can see it. I also have two roses on my ankle but one is a cover up of my ex's initials. Yes I was a dumb kid lol I'd like to get the one rose lightened and redone so the initials aren't so obvious. I'd also like to fade my back tattoo greatly and get something nice there. Not something I thought was cool when I was 18. I'm 31 now. If I could go back in time, I'd stick with clean skin but since that's impossible I'd eventually like to get up the nerve to get laser removal. I'm just scared! It's so much money!! And then it might not work :(
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You got that right, remember "screw you tattoo" It will all work out in the end, you know that. I do lots of thinking, and one question, or thought that I have a tough time with is "how did this happen?" "how did I allow something so ugly to go on my body?" This can only get better, not worse. I prep myself for each session knowing I am working towards resolution, whatever that may be, new tattoo, or faded memory, I don't know..what I do know is that you can't change the past, you can only live in the present and make the best of it, we have no idea what the future holds, and we shouldn't. I also know that the more you dwell on the issue, the more energy it steals from you and just makes your life worse. I never ever had to remind myself to be happy and thankful, I just was, that was me before all this, things are a bit different now based on a decision I made, and now sometimes I have to remind myself. A powerful lesson was learned, one that does not seem fair, however my days go on. and yours must as well. You know, my son came home from school yesterday, he sat down at the kitchen table, and he said "mom, dad...well my good friends dad shot her mother on Friday (prom night) and she died" His face was white, and his head down as he spoke then he looked up at us almost to say how thankful he was to have us both....in that very moment of such a tragic situation, such a great loss for another family, I felt so grateful for my family and my issue instantly became so small. Take life as it is, live it, enjoy it....we don't know how long we are here, we can't predict the future, and we certainly can't change what happened in the past, so just live for the moment, and do whatever you can to be happy. Happy healing my friend!
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Third treatment=hugest blisters ever!

Last night I had big blisters, but today, holy crap! These are the biggest blisters I have ever had. I think the doc must have cranked up the wavelength a big because it was the most painful session! I had to post pics to show the harsh reality of laser removal! These are really gross by the way!
Hello, Regretful99! Thank you for sharing all your proces and progress! I wanted to asking u : Do your skin was tanned before first removal intervention?
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Seriously how do you sleep with huge blisters like that ? I'm genuinely curious!!
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MomofTwoBoys, it's not terribly easy sleeping with those blisters. I usually sleep on that side or my stomach. I guess I somehow just sleep a different way until they go down. I don't know what I'm doing in my sleep but in my mind I guess I know to avoid that side. Some people don't blister, I get huge ones. I'm red headed and always burn in the sun, maybe that has something to do with it!?
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2 weeks since last session, going in again tomorrow for other half!

It's been two weeks since last treatment. I have noticed more fading! After tomorrow, treatment three on both parts will be in the past! Feeling great, just nervous about that 15 minutes of ridiculous pain! I really just want tomorrow evening over with! Will post pics after full treatment #3 is healed!
Thanks so much for your posts and positivity. I'm looking forward to my first round of laser treatment after getting a botched job last Thursday. So heartening to see that it works. I'm still so disappointed and down about it but I'm glad there are supportive people out there going through the same thing.
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Woops, didn't realise that last comment posted! :P
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Hi there! I'm so glad to have come across your posts. I just got a tattoo that botched last Thursday. I want it off NOW. But, as you probably know, you've gotta wait at least 8 weeks to begin the process. I'm so encouraged by the lightening in yours after 2 sessions. Perhaps I will have to log my journey as I get mine done as well. Good luck!
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Treatment three done and healed!

I've noticed much more fading since my last treatment on the owl. I'm so excited about it. I can't wait to get it gone and start looking into a cover up. I don't think I want to wait it out to gt it completely gone, as I still have a love for tattoos. I've been wanting another one badly, but it's prob the best idea that I wait until this one is done with. I'm going out on the lake today on the boat with about ten of our friends. Some still don't know I'm having tattoo removal. They will surely know as I sit there in my swimsuit and tshirt. It's going to be a hot TN day and beautiful day for the lake. I usually stay in the sun and get in the water but not this summer. It will still be fun regardless, but again it makes me regret this mistake more. Well, here's a pic of the most recent treatment. I'm supposed to go on Monday for my start of treatment #4. Not sure if I want to keep it or move it. My last treatment on that section hurt terribly and blistered the worst ever, I'm just not sure that my skin might need six weeks as opposed to four. It's hard to decide because I want it done as quickly as possible, but don't want to add too much trauma to my skin. I guess I will have the weekend to decide. Happy Saturday everyone!
It looks great! I also agree with kahelelani with waiting a litttle bit longer, in the end it will be worth it
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I find waiting those extra weeks does wonders for the skin.  I'm waiting four months between my R20 sessions.  I want the skin healed completely.  The skin is so rough after the healing.  I slather on the Curel Intensive and wait.  Sometimes patience is truly a virtue.  This whole process has taught me to be patient.
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I agree! it doesn't hurt to take an extra couple months or so for a break on the next session then maybe go back to your normal waiting period. It is all up to you but don't forget to listen to your body. I was actually supposed to take my second session of laser yesterday (8th week) but major storms and traffic made me miss it. I realized it may be for a reason that it is better to wait til Sept (5 months.) Especially for a large chest tattoo, I would rather have best healing of full removal but that doesn't mean I will do it for every session because I also want this gone asap! Oh and the break out I mentioned earlier were actually tiny blisters... good luck on your decision :)
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Tomorrow marks the start of treatment #4!

I never thought I would be this far, but tomorrow I start my fourth treatment! Bring on the fading! I hope it's not as painful as the last...either way, it's one step closer to saying goodbye forever to this ink!
All I can say is "bye bye birdie".  It's all looking so good.  I have been waiting four months between sessions.  I have the R20 done.  My skin is so beaten up, had some bruising, and the rest period allows the body to rid the blasted ink but also heal.  It's hard on the psyche to get the strength up to keep going back, so the extended waiting helps.  I go in exactly two weeks and I'm excited.  Then after this July session I'll go in December.  I'm taking it slow, want good results but also want healed skin.  I think your fading is amazing, good luck with the next session.  I look forward to hearing how it went.  aloha...k
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Healing slowly

I have my next treatment on the 29th! I can't wait...one step closer. I'm still scabbed from my last treatment. I seem to be healing slower this time. I've recently been diagnosed with Lyme Disease, and I have to take 4 antibiotics a day. I wonder how this will all effect my sessions as well as healing. I'm so glad to have a diagnosis because I've felt horrible for months. I will add a pic of my latest treatment. I think I have noticed some additional fading. It gets kind of hard to tell sometimes once the whole tattoo keeps getting lighter.
My clinic won't treat me until its been 2 weeks since my last antibiotics...
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Is it because of photosensitivity? I didn't think about it. I'm taking 4 antibiotics a day for one month. I really hope this doesn't set back my treatments. I will be so upset if I have to wait a month. Thanks for the heads up.
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Regretful99- honestly I never asked why since I haven't had to be out on any meds, but they ask every time I go in...
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Next treatment postponed for at least one month :(

Called my Dr today and asked about antibiotics and laser removal. He said I have to wait until I'm done with antibiotics completely. Unfortunately, that will be a month at least. Ugh. I guess it will give my skin plenty of healing time though, so I guess it's a good thing. Hopefully, I won't have to continue on meds further than that. I'm still keeping a positive attitude, especially as I look back at my "before treatment" photos. I am so happy for my drastic fading!
I am glad you posted this information, just in case others didn't mention taking prescriptions when they have already started treatments. I don't think it's a bad thing to have to wait, like you said, more healing time. Take care!
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Aww I'm sorry to hear that... I know my clinic won't... But healing time can't hurt :)
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Finishing up #4

So, on Monday I will go back to get the owl zapped and treatment #4 is done. I can't believe its come so far already. I have noticed some light scarring right in the area of the most dense part of the coverup. I've been trying to use scar cream here. In the end, I am much happier with some light scarring than having this ugly tattoo! I am in a much better place mentally as treatments go on. I still get the post treatment depression for a few days after, but I'm coping so much better than before starting laser treatments! Excited for #5 and lots more fading.
Another thing I forgot to mention. I noticed in your pics that you experienced a little bit of browning of the black ink. Did your technician mention what that might be? I seem to have the same thing and its really bugging me! It doesn't seem to want to shift! Thanks :)
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My arm has a ton of raised scarring and i agree with you. I'd rather have these big ugly scars on my arm than a tattoo i don't want 
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Hey 99. I feel like I am reading parts of my own diary here. I had a small tattoo around my ankle (boyfriend bonding attempt, failed) covered by a much larger one that extends up the side of my leg. This was 15(!) years ago, roughly. I was as hopeless and depressed and desperate and self loathing as you were. It was awful –for years. No one understood. Everyone was annoyed. I hated myself. I did some fairly stupid things to try to remove it that did not work. And then finally laser, which, like you've seen, does work to fade the f'ing thing. The process is indeed excruciating. I was, like you, back and forth to the place every few weeks and couldn't work-out: limping around, my leg and foot blistered up, oozing and throbbing. At some point I just stopped doing the treatments. It was too much of a pain in the butt. I sorta learned to live with it. I still hate it, though. I will tell you that it has continued to fade. A lot. When I have a tan, you can hardly see it. The blue and green, however, are the most visible of the colors. Apparently those colors are the hardest to treat. I am thinking about going back to continue the laser treatments, and probably will. Anyway: I feel your pain–in more ways than one. Thanks for sharing your story. There are a LOT of us out there in similar situations.
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Onward to treatment #5!

6 days ago was my last treatment. It hurt less this time, which is great considering all I have is the cool air machine. Still scabbed and tender right in the dense part of the owl wing. I go back on the 17th of Sep. to start #5. I'm so excited to think of it being gone. I want my life back. I don't get down about it like I used to, I just often think about all the lifestyle changes I've made because of the tattoo. Everything I do is centered around trying to cover the damn thing up. I survived summer though, and it wasn't too bad. I have a new wardrobe of tshirts, that's for sure. I put all of my cute little tank tops to the back of the closet this summer because I knew I wouldn't dare wear them. I've never been more excited for fall than I am this year because I know I can start to wear clothes that cover everything, I'm hoping by next summer I will be back to myself. It's been such a long journey so far, and I do still have a while to go. I'm seriously considering finding a Picosure laser to maybe get removals done. What's a three hour drive anyway?! I've posted a pic of the latest fading!
The fading is amazing! Definitely gives several of us hope for successful removal. Please keep us updated.
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wilks1986, hey there! I didn't really ask my doctor why it is turning brown, but from everything I've read, it looks to be normal. Apparently the black ink just fades to brown as it fades away. I still have some brownish areas in mine, but anything is better than the dense black ink!
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Almost healed

Just a few tiny scabs from my last treatment, and I'm getting ready for #5. I'm so ready. I've decided I'm going to make the three hour drive for Picosure. I have emailed a dermatologist in Charlotte, NC about getting in. The doctor has had great reviews, so I'm so excited about it. My husband said he would go with me, so that would be great! I'm just impatient I guess and just can't wait to get it gone. I would like to get pregnant soon, and would like all this tattoo mess taken care of! If I keep going with the q switched, it might take another 8 or 9 months which would be fine if I was not wanting to become pregnant. :/
Exciting! Can't wait to hear about your results with the picosure!
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Also. For your coverup and future tats.what most people think are great tattoos in reality are not good at all. I suggest flinging tattoo forums. It really opened up my eyes and I understand what good art it.and price shouldn't be a factor.rule of thumb is 150 a hour is what you pay for a well known amazing artist.let me know if you need some artist suggestion in Virginia!
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Hey I'm from Virginia and my laser didnt have it up high enough my first treatment. Yours looks good. What's the name and location of removal place? Thanks
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Getting Picosure treatment!

I have a consult/treatment appointment Sep. 30th for Picosure in Charlotte, NC. I can't wait. I really hope it's worth it. I'm nervous about the expense though, especially with the size of my tattoo. I've saved money so I can afford to have it done! The office I called seemed very nice. I'm now wondering if something has went bad at my normal removal place. I was originally supposed to get treated today, and they called and said the were having "scheduling issues" and they will call back to reschedule me. Weird. They still haven't called. Who knows? If I have excellent results with Picosure, I will continue going to Charlotte for all my treatments going forward. Will post pics after treatment!
is picosure a new laser? it seems to be triple the price? why not just get 3 normal ones
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Yes, it is a new laser. It is 2x-3x more effective which means less treatments overall. Not to mention, the tattoo can be removed in months instead of years
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Hi falco4758, check out PicoSure Tattoo Removal Treatment: A Real Story this is a video story that will tell you all about it!

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First picosure treatment tomorrow!

I'm getting very excited for my first picosure treatment tomorrow. I've heard it hurts less which is great. I may opt out of numbing if they have the cooling machine that I'm used to. I emailed a picture to the doctor, and she said she would do the whole thing for $750. This is a lot of cash, but if it means it will put me closer to getting back my sanity, I'm all in. Hopefully I will be posting some pics of some nice fading soon!
Good luck! I had my first picosure treatment almost 3 weeks ago. I can tell you it def hurts less and is bearable with the cooling machine. I had 7 treatments with the nanosecond lasers and 1 pico which def looks like it faded a lot. I am waiting the full 8 weeks so hopefully it will fade more in the coming weeks. I think this laser is def worth the extra money.
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How exciting!!! Can't wait to hear how it goes!!

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Excited for you! I really hope you see a huge difference. Be sure to get an update up when you can!
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I survived Picosure!

So, yesterday I had my first treatment with Picosure. Overall, it hurts less than the q switched. I'm used to having 1/2 of the tat lasered in one appt. The doctor lasered the whole thing, and took her time. It has already faded some, and I can't wait to see what it looks like in a few weeks after healing. The doctor is so sweet, she went ahead and did another tattoo I've hated for years, and she did it free of charge! I couldn't believe she said she would go ahead and do it for free! This tattoo has lightened up drastically! I didn't have a before pic of it, but she took one. Once she emails me a pic of it, I will include it in my review. It definitely took that one down half way! It's amazing! It's hard to see the real fading with all the swelling and blistering. I am extremely swollen, more so than ever before, however has less blistering than ever before. My opinion of Picosure so far is that it's definitely worth it. I will be able to tell more in a few weeks. I'm so excited about it. My doctor was by far the nicest, and most professional doctor I've ever been to. She is very laid back and honest, and seems very genuine. I would recommend anyone go to Saluja Cosmetic and Laser Center in Charlotte, NC. She really impressed me with her personality and friendliness. I think I might be sticking with her for future treatments, even though it's 3 1/2 hours away. I will post pics once I start to heal!

Forgot to mention...

Another thing I meant to mention, is that she said she was going to go very hard on me on my first treatment, she turned up the laser a bit more than she normally would. I still survived with just the cooling machine. She offered numbing, but I didn't want it. It's definitely still tolerable with just cool air. The old one on my back though hurt terribly! Terribly! I admit I cried a bit on that one. It's never been treated, so it was very dense and so incredibly painful. It only took a couple minutes though. Thank goodness for the cooling machine!

Thank you for your update, wonderful news!!! That is amazing they did another tattoo free of charge! Will they continue to treat if for free? Can't wait to see photos. Take care!

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Having mixed emotions

So, it's almost been a week since my removal with Picosure. I'm having mixed emotions about the effectiveness of the laser on my skin. My tattoo has faded some, but not at all what I was imagining. I know it will continue to lighten over the next few weeks, but probably not much. I'm willing to have another treatment though and see how it goes. I'm tired of feeling ugly and insecure over this. In a few months, I will have had this tattoo for a year, and it's crazy how this ink has set me back in terms of self esteem. I'm usually pretty positive, but today I'm feeling a little blue about it all. Sometimes you have to just allow yourself to have the blues. :/

Saying goodbye to a very old mistake, this one is a bit embarrassing

Here's the other tat being removed with Picosure. I've had it for eleven years and I've hated it for 9 years. What the hell was I thinking?! I've def made terrible tattoo decisions. I will post after treatment photos once I'm healed
Do you have any post-pico pics? Hope all is going well
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Thanks for posting a photo of the other tattoo being treated. It's completely understandable to be feeling a bit blue, and like you said, it perfectly ok... and it's normal, we can't be happy all the time. 

Take good care and we look forward to your updates.

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Hello Eva, I am excited about the fading in the second tattoo being treated! I doubt that the doctor will continue to do the other free of charge, but I would be thrilled if she did!
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Almost 2 weeks healed. Fading is happening!

It's been almost 2 weeks post-Picosure. I was a little upset that I didn't see much fading initially, but it's fading a bit more each day. A few lines are completely gone. I still was expecting more, but I'm thrilled with what fading I have had. The tattoo on my back has faded a lot, and hopefully it will be gone in three more treatments, hopefully less! I'm going back in November for another Picosure treatment. My doctor said she may turn it up a bit more the next time. So, here's to waiting about 4 more weeks! Bring on the fading!
Hi! Great progress! Did you pay $750 for just one treatment with the Picosure?? if so, wow! It's going to be a laser reserved just for the Rich in Australia where everything is double the price of USA!
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Hi TiffanyJaye, yes it was $750 for one treatment! It hurt paying that much at once, but I think I'm going to do it again in a few weeks. It is very expensive, but in the end I feel will be worth it. It has faded a bit more since my last pic.
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Do you see the dramatic results from the picosure that it says ? I've been told its almost same as qyag
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Picosure #2 coming up!

So, I've decided to get another Picosure treatment. I'm going on the 26th. My total cost for 2 tattoo removals will come to $800. I've struggled with this decision, because I've recently lost my job, due to my boss retiring. I figured the $800 is well worth my sanity, especially since I have money saved. So, here's to treatment #6! I told myself I would give Picosure at least two chances. A place here right in my town is going to charge $600 for one tattoo at one treatment with a regular q switched laser. I'm getting two tattoos at $800 with the Picosure! I figure why not do Picosure again?! I will post pics after healing. I'm really getting excited for the possibilities of a cover up!
Hey! Did you go ahead with Picosure treatment number 2? How did it go??
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Hey wilks, yes I did. I'm healed up and need to get pics up soon. I'm just not seeing the fading I'd hoped for on the shoulder tattoo (owl), but the old one on my back has faded drastically! I'm thrilled with that one. I'm getting a good deal with pico, so I think I'm going to stick with it. I want a coverup as soon as certain parts are gone. I'm getting very impatient, and I'm not scheduled back until the end of January.
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That's cool!, can't wait to see the pictures. I imagine you'll continue to see that owl fade over the next few weeks!
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Results from Pico #2

Here is the result of Pico treatment #2. Its faded some, but I'm not getting the "wow" factor I expected. I'm still going to continue doing treatments with my same doctor. She is amazing! I asked her if she could use a q switched the next time since I had such excellent results before. She said she would R20 with a q switched, then Pico. I'm still thrilled with the fading. My 2nd tat doesn't have much longer though! I go back at thr end of this month. She said she wants me to wait 8 weeks between treatments. Anyway, here are my pics. Hope everyone is having a great Saturday.....I'm about to hit the treadmill!
Hello looks amazing! Im going in for a pico consultation on Tuesday. Thinking i may be up for $800 also. Did you find the pico smashed that blue? Also i hear you on those down days every day is a struggle just is always on the mind.. Dont feel attractive anymore all that its horrible.
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Hey there georgiec! Yes, the pico really lightens the blue a lot! It did better on the blue than anywhere else. I've seen your pics, and you are almost there. Ever consider a cover? Are you trying for full removal? It is a hard struggle for sure. Its awful to have to try to hide all the time. I miss my sleeveless shirts and tank tops. Its really changed who I am, and it shouldn't. I put on 15 pounds because of my depression from this. I lost all motivation for anything. I'm much better now than I used to be though. I can actually think about other things now, and I've started to lose some weight again. Well, it looks like you don't have too far to go with your removal! Good luck, and keep us posted.
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Looks good! Fingers crossed that owl is only a few treatments away!
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Doing a side by side...

great results! so amazing. i liked your own tho....i would have it any day instead of my aweful tattoo
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Hi regretful! Thanks so much for sharing your story. I, too, am regretting a new tattoo that I got in November. I will be starting my removal in February with the picosure. I'm hoping to get fairly good results since mine is a portrait. Therefore, it's mainly light shading. May I ask you, was the owl, especially the portion on your chest, very dense? Again, THANK YOU!
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Hey confused. Thanks. I'm sorry to hear about your tattoo regret. Its horrible to deal with! That's great you're starting with the Pico. I've had four treatments with a q switched, and just two with the Pico. The owl was fairly dense in areas, but not as dense as the shoulder portion. Check out all my pics to get an idea of the density of black. I feel I've had amazing results so far, and I hope the same for you! Do you have pics posted yet?
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Getting zapped Feb. 6th!

I'm definitely driving the 3 hour drive for my next treatment but, glad to get another one underway. My doctor will first use a q switched laser, then use the Pico after a rest. I'm sure I will be a lot more swollen, but if it gets it gone, that's all I care about. It will be two months since my last treatment. With summer getting closer, it's harder to be patient!
Good luck, let us know how everything goes and don't forget to take a picture of your tattoo before your treatment :)
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Treatment 7.... Check!

Just got home from my third Picosure treatment. Today, she did r20 with the Pico. The second pass wasn't too bad at all, but oh the swelling! My shoulder feels like a piece of rubber. My back tattoo was hit again too, and it's also very sore today. I'm hoping that second pass with the laser will make a big difference. While, I was waiting, my doctor asked if she could do a laser treatment on my face to lighten up sun spots and freckles. She said all those treatments will be free if I agree to letting her use my pictures. She said people usually pay $300 a treatment for this procedure. After a few questions, I agreed. So, not only did both tats get zapped, so did my face! Its still a bit red, but she assured me it will be fine tomorrow. I absolutely love my doctor, and would recommend anyone go to her with any lasering/cosmetic needs. Anyway, here's a fresh pic of my tat. Will post again in two months to see full results.

Post treatment pic. 3 hours after treatment

Congrats on another session in the bag :) Like WillG said, I'm looking forward to seeing how the additional pass turns out! Happy healing!
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Looks like you got zapped pretty good! I'm curious how the r20 technique will work with picosure. Keep us posted! I'm excited to see your results. Hang in there!! :)
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800 a session is pure robbery, i pay 100 a session and it has no square inch restrictions i do my leg and sleeve with the same if not better results, i would shop aroound! good luck
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One year anniversary of removal...

Yesterday marked exactly one year since I started removal! Not that I will be celebrating anything, but this past year has flown by quicker than I ever thought. I remember exactly how I felt this time last year, and thought that I had completely ruined my life, and that I will never see this dreadful tattoo gone. I think I did have unrealistic expectations though. I thought that in a year my tattoo would be completely gone, or almost gone. I would say I'm half way. So much has happened to me mentally in a year. I've never felt more down about myself in my whole life, nor have I ever been so critical on myself. I let myself gain weight, and just give up on the things I love. I love going to the gym, and hanging out with friends. I quit going to workout, and started puling away from friends and avoiding social situations. ALL FROM SOME STUPID TATTOO! What was I thinking? As the year has gone by, I've realized there is so much in my life to love and be thankful for! I have a great and loving husband, so many awesome friends, a job and a nice home. I do still get down about the ink, but it's no big deal! My friends and family love me the same regardless! I have so much in life, that many others don't. I'm going back to the gym again, and making the most of life. So, long story short....for those of you just starting removal, I know the horrible feelings and depression you are having. Look ahead and realize that in a year, maybe less for some, you will be in a much better mental state. I still won't show my tattoo to many people, but for the people that know what I'm going through, I use it as an educational tool about tattoo removal. People are always intrigued to know what it feels like, or how it's fading. The more people I show, the more comfortable I get because I'm not so concerned about hiding it. One day it will either be gone or covered, and this will be a distant memory.
So do you think you're seeing more fading after doing the R20? Did she just R20 with the pico or incorporate the Q? I may ask to do that at my next treatment which will be my second one.
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No, I do not think the R20 has made a difference. In fact, I'm seeing less fading this time than any others. She only used the pico for the R20. I think I may look onto having another treatment with a standard q switched laser. This pico laser has def broken my wallet, especially to see such little results. Good luck with your second treatment. I hope you get lots of fading!
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Wow, that's so frustrating! -_- Your fading thus far has been really impressive, though and now that you are much more positive about the situation, I'm sure that will ultimately help speed things along. Have you thought about going back to a laser specialist? I went to several consultations with dermatologists but ended up going to a laser specialist in NY with the pico. She's really well-known in the tattoo world. I feel like it helps going to someone who has a really great understanding of tattoos to begin with. IDK--that's just my two sense. I drive 5 hours to go see her and I'm glad I do.
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Pico #3 pic

I'm posting a pic of all three Pico treatments. Unfortunately, I don't see much of a change since treatment #2. I told myself I would give Pico a chance, and if three treatments didn't make a big change, I'm moving on. I'm just not sure what to do from here. $800 per treatment and 6 hours on the road is not worth this little progress. I don't want to leave my doctor, but I'm going broke paying for this. Overall, I've had amazing fading, and I'm thrilled with it, but I may have to change directions. I saw much more progress with a q switched than I have seen with Pico. I had high hopes, but it's let me down a bit. Any ideas would be appreciated. I'm not sure where to turn at this point. I've read a bit about the Ruby and Medlite lasers, and I'm not sure if I may have better progress with that. I'm going to try to find someone in my area that has a standard laser, and start the consultations all over again. I'm not being down, I'm just being real. I'm very happy with the fading I've had in seven treatments. I'm just not where I thought I would be, and I'm getting rather impatient. It's hard to think that $2400 went down the drain for the tiniest little bit of fading.
Hi. I agree with Wilks that Picosure on black can be good but the cost doesn't make it worth it. Im guessing its down to cost and time why Cynosure didn't include more wavelengths on Picosure but for decades people with greens , blues and purple in tattoos had a very tough journey getting anywhere with laser treatment and Picosure filled that gap so blacks & reds was never their target market. Your fading is truly amazing tho and in 1 year. I think large tattoos need 18-24 months of treatments ( 9-12 sessions ) then left alone to bring any pigment colour back and clear what it can of remaining ink
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Good shout jman - there are several powerful, efficient lasers out there now operating in the 1064nm and 532nm wavelengths that can handily take care of black and red inks - the Picosure must have been about filling that hole in the mark and putting a premium price on the treatments, because they know people will pay a lot of money to have those inks that were previously difficult to treat, removed more easily.
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Starting over with standard laser

I went today for a consultation in my city at a laser center. I can't believe what I was quoted per session. She said it would be $50 a treatment because it's so faded. I'm in shock, but in a good way. My only reservation is that it's not a doctor doing the removals, and there are two different laser techs. The good news is, I think they own their machine instead of renting it, and I looked through some photos of removals they have done. I told her what I was paying for Picosure, and she was in shock. I have my first removal here in two weeks. I can't wait to see my results. I still can't believe I will only pay $50 a treatment!
Wow, sounds like a great deal!! Do you know the model of laser they're using? I know you're weary about being treated by someone who isn't a doctor, but I think provided the technician has plenty of experience and can show you examples of good removals, they should be able to take care of you. It's the back street places with the little table top lasers that you have to be weary of.
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Hey jman622, I noticed the biggest difference in the little bit of blue in my tat with Picosure. I'm going to switch for a while, and go much cheaper. I am so happy with the fading I've had. I think you are right about larger tattoos, they prob require more treatments for sure. I'm gonna give it until fall and make a decision about a coverup.
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Falco, I hope I didn't sound rude in my comment back, that wasn't my intention. I was very frustrated that day I was posting. I did some more shopping around and have found a place that is much cheaper. It isn't a doctor though doing removals. I'm a little nervous about this. It took a while, but you were right. I have found a much better deal. We will see how it goes in two weeks. $800 is a lot of $ for something that's proven little results
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Something to ask the community

Does anyone know anything about the sandstone q switched yag laser? This is what I'm going to be treated with. I'm going to do some research also
Daisygirl1080, thanks a lot! I'm happy that I've had a lot of fading too. I haven't had much scarring, I do have a bit in one small section. I hope to get a beautiful cover...just have to keep at it for now!
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Wow! Your results are great. Im so happy its fading so nicely. I see big tattoos that sometimes scar badly because of healing and yours doesnt seem to be doing that! I hope that you will get a beautiful clean arm or a great tattoo after this :)
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Wilks, it's a Sandstone q switched yag. This girl seems to have a lot of experience. That good of a deal seems almost too good to be true! Maybe it's because I dumped three grand into this removal already. I read that this laser is comparable to the first one I was being treated with. This place is nice and they have a main doctor on staff at all times. I'm hopeful for nice results. Even if it's not great, I've only spent $50!
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Haven't been on here in a while

It's been a while since I've been on, and I thought I would update today. There isn't much to report, I haven't had anymore treatments since Feb. 6. I had an appt to have a removal with a q switched, but had to change the appt. I feel like I'm coming to the point where I may need a break from it all. My last three treatments with Picosure got me a bit down, and I haven't had the same excitement about removals since then. Here's to another summer of being covered I guess! I do have an appt scheduled for the 24th of April for a removal with a q switched. Hopefully, with 12 weeks of waiting, I will get some pretty good results.
My feelings of getting a cover up have changed. I'm almost thinking I want to go for full removal. I keep going back and forth with this decision. It isn't one I have to make right now though. Part of me wants a cover just to have this all over with, but I think a bigger part of me wants clean skin. I don't want to go get a cover just to have it over and done, I really want to make a decision I will be happy with forever. I guess I've got a while to consider the options though.
aloha regretful99, I think it's awesome that you are listening to yourself. I know there are times I wished I had. You are so brave to try the picosure and everything else you have tried. You are awesome. I know from my experience that waiting between sessions has allowed my skin to heal, my immune system to gobble up the blasted ink and even given time for more fading. I know also about the depression feelings following an intense treatment, it sucks big time. But thankfully I got over it, mostly because I didn't hide it. I'm also glad that you see that you have time to consider your options. That's one thing that we do have...time...I was in such a rush in the beginning, planning/scheduling the appointments, trying to get this all off by May 2015 when I graduate. But time is definitely something that I have plenty of...and of course, so do you. So good to see you back here, your posts always help me realize that I'm not alone. Thanks so much for your support. aloha...k
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Hey! Good to see you back! In my opinion, I think the very fact that you're not sure about a coverup or not should be enough to stop you from getting one. I've toyed with the idea myself on a few occasions. The appeal of being able to put this to an end in a matter of a few hours is very tempting, but ultimately I don't think it's the right way to go about it, and I'm talking purely about people here that can't decide, not people who are certain that they want/need a coverup, that's a different story. You've made so much progress so far, and it'd be a real shame to quit now. Just think of the elation and sheer joy on that day when you look at your skin and it's clear again. That's your goal - you can reach it! Have you looked in to a Ruby laser for that stubborn blue? It could be the key!
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If someone is unsure about a coverup, that also means that they are unsure about full removal. I think we all have to do a cost/benefit analysis and the results could be different for everyone. As for myself I am still weighing things out, and won't decide until I have an option to. Then I'll ask myself how much more $$ and time am I willing to spend for uncertain results? I think that will depend how much $ and time I've already put into it when I'm at the place where I can make a decision.
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Another treatment completed!

So I just had my 8th treatment, and it hurt a bit less this time. The office I went to is right in my town, and they don't have a cooling machine! So, I did it with no pain control at all. Yikes! I got through it though with no breaks. The best part is that I can't believe I only paid $50! That's all they charged. After over $3,000 dumped into this mistake, it feels great to pay 50 bucks! I hope I see some fading this time around as it's been about 13 weeks since my last treatment. If the q switched laser does the trick, I will say bye bye to Picosure forever! I will post new pics once I start healing. Hope everyone is having a great day! :)
How is the healing process coming along???
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Hey girl next door! It's coming along great! I've already noticed a lot more fading from my last treatment than any with the Picosure. Scabs and peeling are gone. The further along you get, the less annoying the healing process is! I need to put up a pic soon. Next treatment in a few weeks. How are things with you?
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hey great educational review, i also have had 5 session with a q switch i think relite or medilite, the results are okay but im on a time frain so im going to try the picosure with one of my tattoos next month, i see you said it was worse, :'(, i figure i gotta try!
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Finally seeing some real fading again!

I had my last treatment a few weeks ago with a regular old laser, and wah-lah! Fading! I was started to think I was at my end point when the Pico didn't work well. I will post another pic. That stubborn owl is just hanging in though, that's the part I really really need gone! That's where I've recently noticed a lot of fading tho. Results might not show as much in a picture, but is really see it myself! I will post another pic soon. Hope everyone's having a great day! I'm going to enjoy my day off!
Hey! Would love to see how the owl is doing if you get a chance to update. :-)
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Hi! I hope your doing well, and have time to post a pic of your recent progress! :-)
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Hey! :) How is the fading going? :)
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Missing my community of tattoo regret friends

It's been a while since I've been on. It's summer and busy, and I haven't done much in the way of lasering, but I go next week for another treatment. I think this will be #9. It's hard to keep up! I hope they crank up the laser more this time. My owl is slowly going but I saw more fading after this last treatment! Yay! I have been tanning a bit, so it prob looks a little lighter than it actually is. I'm thrilled that I'm getting fading, and only paying 50 bucks! So here's my latest pic. I've missed looking at everyone's progress. I need to get back on here! Everyone have a great night! :)
Hey Welsh! Got a pic up. Hope all is well in your world! I gotta go look at your pics. I haven't been on in quite a while
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Hey GreatDane! Thanks..I'm doing well. Hope you are too. I posted a recent pic! I need to go check your profile!
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Hey Marisska, my fading is back! Yay! It's pretty faded...esp the owl. I was getting a bit annoyed that it was moving so slow...guess that's the nature of this beast. How are you doing?
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Recent pic.

Just updated review, now it's gone! Oh well, here's a photo!

Ugh...not sure what's happening on this site tonight.
Hey you :) Just checking in to see how your fading is coming along. 
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Hey what q switched laser is being used?
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Ilovealexis, It's a Sandstone q switched. The wavelength was started very low...somewhere around 400, they've increased it to around 500 something. I started with a palomar q switched, and in between tried the Pico. Good luck!
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Dr. Allen

I have changed doctors. I now go to Dr. Raminder Saluja in Charlotte, NC. I pay $800 per treatment with the Picosure. She is treating two tattoos at once. She is amazing, and I would highly recommend her to anyone!

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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