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Two months after his first treatment, Austin -- the guy with the large "Melissa" tattoo -- returns to Dr. Edward Rohaly and ERDerm for a second treatment with PicoSure laser.

Austin tells RealSelf where he's seeing progress, and Dr. Rohaly explains why there's a marked increase in the number of people who are getting their tattoos zapped -- and how many times Austin is going to have to come back until he can get "Melissa" off his chest.

Austin: At the first treatment, there's some skin showing. There's no
ink right about the 'I', and the dot on top. And then the 'M' has slightly
shaded.

Edward Rohaly: My name is Edward Rohaly. I'm a dermatologist, and I'm the
medical director here at the ERDerm. We've recently introduced the PicoSure
Laser into the practice. It's the cutting edge technology in tattoo
removals.

It's operated by Lynn Brownell, a nurse practitioner, who has about a
ten year history of treating tattoos and using laser systems.

Brownell: When was your last tattoo, last PicoSure treatment?

Austin: About two months ago.

Brownell: What did you experience after the last treatment?

Austin: First day, a little bit of pain.

Brownell: It hurt a little bit more than you expected?

Austin: Yeah. Maybe because it's a laser. It's not needles. But it did
feel like a burning, rubbery, snapping sensation on my chest.

Rohaly: A lot of people want to be in public service. Like policemen,
firemen, like, candidates for that. They want to get their career going, so
this is an ideal machine for that person.

Brownell: The best part about the PicoSure Laser is that it does get it
done in half the amount of treatments as you would typically need with the
other lasers. So just the idea of having to sit through the tattoo removal
session is rewarding, because you know you don't have to come as many
times.

Did they have you take anything beforehand to relax you? Any pain
medicines or anything like that?

Austin: No. They have some cooling air they keep on it.

Brownell: You can even see in some places how it reacted. It shows me
that the ink on something like the tails of those delicate letters are
already gone.

Did it hurt more this time?

Austin: Not any more painful than the first time. I was surprised how
well my skin took it. Last time the sensation was snapping rubber bands
against my chest that were on fire. It still feels the same, but not as
much. I would give it a seven out of ten. The first time would be a ten.

Rohaly: Maybe they regret their tattoo, and don't want their kids to
see them, or don't want them, so they'll take those off. Some people, it's
just that they want to re-do their art.

Brownell: Do you think that you would get another tattoo?

Austin: I would get another tattoo, but not make the same mistake as
getting a girl's name on my chest. But it would be nice to start with a
fresh canvas.

Rohaly: I'm real happy with his progress. I would expect somewhere
around four or five treatments to get him clear. I'd say probably five.

The other thing people have asked, when people call they'll look at
our websites. They'll look and say, 'Well, aren't there more pictures?'

People need to understand that since this machine is new, a lot of
those photos are from clinical studies. Things take a few months to settle
out. The color kind of blends in and gets a little bit darker, a little bit
lighter. It blends in.

And those final photos aren't often taken because people go about
their lives and don't come back, because they're happy.

Austin: Just looking for the end result. That's what I'm excited about.

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal — See This Young Man's Results

Nine years ago, this young man had his girlfriend's name tattooed on his chest. They're no longer together, but he's still got the tattoo. See Austin's journey to have the ink removed for good.

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