Removing a Large "Cover Up of a Cover Up"! in Burlington, WA

I've had a tattoo on my left forearm for over ten...

I've had a tattoo on my left forearm for over ten years that my wife never liked. Recently she gave me the green light to get it covered up. The brother of my co-worker owns a tattoo shop nearby, and he offered to do it fairly cheaply. Unfortunately, I got what I paid for! He did the outline (an eagle) and it was so bad I never went back. Instead, I went to a different shop with a better reputation. However, it was hard for them to cover up and I wasn't happy with where it was headed, and about half way through the artist asked me, "have you considered laser treatments?" That's generally not a good sign... We have already packed a ton of ink into my arm. He had already went over all the old tattoos with white and flesh tone and a ton of black ink. It's not pretty. The tattoos I am trying to get removed are about 9 months old.

Initially I was referred to a tattoo removal clinic about two hours from where I live. The clinic has a great reputation in the tattoo community but it's very expensive and very far away. Also, the technician (who is great) uses an old laser (Hoya Con bio C-6. It is a Q-switch 1064 and 532 laser) and the swelling and blistering was BRUTAL. In fact, she couldn't even treat the entire tattoo at once because the swelling would create a tourniquet effect. Part of it is because she works closely with tattoo shops and knows they want aggressive treatments and guaranteed results so I appreciated that aspect. She was great and I have nothing bad to say about her; However, after two treatments I decided to look for a newer laser and something closer to home.

So I looked up tattoo removal in my area and found Dr. Tianna Tsistis at RejuvinationMD in Burlington, WA. I had my first appointment yesterday and I was very happy. She was super aggressive with a Spectra laser and we did the r20 method. I have some swelling today but nothing near as bad as my previous treatments. In the photos you can see I had slight blistering when I woke up this morning and the blisters grew in size throughout the day.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take any "before" pictures but if I find any I will upload them also. You can see in the photos how the blisters form over the areas that are really packed with ink. We had really good frosting and "snapping" during the appointment so I think it really reacted well and blew up a lot of the ink. Time will tell.

For post-care, I am using non-stick pads and self-adhesive wrap along with Neosporin+ pain relief cream as an antibiotic. I am keeping everything clean and lancing the larger blisters and leaving the smaller ones alone. The larger blisters will fill up for the next few days but then disappear pretty quickly. It's completely normal and it looks much worse than it feels. I am not in any pain or discomfort at all.

I will keep this updated with my progress as I go!
Mount Vernon Physician

Dr. Tsitsis is very friendly and very aggressive with the treatment (she seemed to cater to the patient as I watched other patients interact with her who didn't want to be as aggressive). Very fair pricing and convenient location off I-5. She does not actually own a laser at her clinic... she brings a Spectra laser and a laser rep to her location once every two months to help do the treatments. That is the only drawback, as I would like to do them every 6 weeks if possible.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 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
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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