I have had three sessions of laser tattoo removal with absolutely no change in the appearance of the tattoo. The procedure is expensive and painful. I have several tattoos I would like to remove but I decided to treat one area first to try it out. I chose to address a large tattoo on my left arm. I was quoted $800 per session and to expect 8-12 sessions to achieve my desired result. We agreed to start with the lower portin of the tattoo for $150 to be treated every 6-8 weeks.
At my first visit, I was not offered any pain relief. I left there thinking, maybe my tattoo isn't that bad after all..lol. The pain was 3x worse then getting the tattoo. I called the office and learned that they could use a cooling method during my next treatment to ease the pain. It didnt help much. I was very unhappy and ready to give up. However, I continued another session without change in the tattoo. Laser tattoo removal burns and feels like an intense and constant rubberband snapping at you. It stings for a few days thereafter. I bled during treatment. You must coat the wound with Aquaphor and cover it with gauzeto protect the area. Avoiding sunlight to the treated area is important.
I am disappointed to not see any fading but I expect this to be a long process. I learned recently that I can have lidocaine shots with tattoo removal at a cosmetic surgeons office in my area. I was SHOCKED to hear the price difference quoted. I was told $300 per session for the same large tattoo on my arm as well as two smaller ones and this includes the lidocaine shots. This is 3 tattoos removed for a fraction of what the last place quoted me for one. Also, this office uses better lasers. I am excited that now laser tattoo removal affordable and realistic for me.
I begin this week and I will update this review and post pictures. I HOPE to have good results. So far my experience has not been good but its too early determine how effective it is. I am committing to at least 12 treatments.