Removal of colorful tattoo

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This is a follow up to a previous review I wrote...

This is a follow up to a previous review I wrote under the title "Coping with tattoo regret and removal." I signed off for a bit but then was not able to continue with my old account. I will sum up my previous review and update you on my current progress. I got my very first tattoo in Jan 2013. It's a fairly large, colorful tattoo on my left arm. About a month later, regret set in and I began to research tattoo removal . I began my removal in June 2102 at Dr Tattoff. I was quoted 13 sessions for removal but am positive it will not be gone by then. I have some scarring from tattoo placement so I'm sure that will make removal a little more of a challenge.
A month after my treatment I found out I was expecting so I stopped my treatments immediately. I had a baby boy in March and have resumed my tattoo removal. I had a little fading from the 1st tx but not much. I had my 2nd treatment this past Friday on May 23rd. The pain was like I remembered but it wasn't as bad as the 1st time. It was a different nurse that treated me this time around. The nurse that treated me last time was out of town. The nurse said she was using an all color laser like the first time. She also mentioned they were using a new laser Astanza Trinity. She said it was a better laser than the one they had beforegt, medlite I believe. I'm on day 6 following treament. The tattoo site is itchy and the outline is raised. I really don't remember if my tattoo was raised this long the1st time?? I will post pictures soon.

Week after 2nd Tx

It's been a week now since my 2nd treatment. The area is still itchy and raised. I'm a little concerned that it is still raised. I honestly don't recall how long it took for the swelling to go down following my 1st Tx. I also haven't had any peeling which I had the 1st time. I'm hoping that it is still healing and that the raised outline will go down in a few days...fingers crossed. If it doesn't, I'm not sure how I will proceed. I already have some raised lines, scarring from placement so i definitely don't want the whole tattoo to become raised because of the laser treatment. What sucks is that I've already prepaid for 13 treatments so if this is already scarring, I will not continue. I am hoping I can continue but if I can't at least I have some options with dr. Tattoff. Although I can't get my money back, I can try to sell my remaining treatments or switch to other treatments they offer . God I am hoping this heals fine so I can proceed! Wish me luck!

Day 11 post 2nd Tx

It seems like the tattoo area has healed. It is not as raised as it was but I can still feel some raised parts when I run my hand over it. I'm still putting aloe and cortisone on it. I'm also going to put on some vitamin E or bio oil. Don't know if it will help but doesn't hurt to try! Also my tattoo never peeled after the 2nd treatment. I don't know if the RN used a low setting or what? Don't notice any extra fading yet although one of the cat's nostrils has totally disappeared haha!

I've noticed I've started to dwell on my tattoo again. I guess because I've started my tx's again or because it's summer and I have to put a little more effort into how to keep this ugly thing hidden. I wear mostly t-shirts and elbow length sleeved shirts now. I'm short so most T-shirt sleeves are long enough to cover it. My work scrubs also keep it covered thank goodness! I don't mind it peeking out a bit under sleeves but prefer it stays hidden. I have found that when it peeks out people become curious and will want to see it especially when it's someone who didn't know I had the tattoo. Well onto something positive, on Saturday I got in the pool for the 1st time since getting this thing. Well I only put my legs in cause the water was so cold. I also wore a shirt over my swimsuit which I never did before :( but at least I got in the pool (sort of)after 2yrs! I don't want my baby to miss out on fun stuff like swimming just because I'm embarrassed of my tattoo.

Here is the cat's missing nostril :)

T3 scheduled for Aug 23rd and I see a little bit more fading!

Just checking in! So I was supposed to have T3 tomorrow but had to reschedule as I will be moving and I need to use my left arm. I decided to put it off until late August as I have a lot of family stuff coming up. My sister will be coming into town in 2 weeks and I don't want to be dealing with trying to be careful with the arm. I don't know but it seems like everyone decides they want to give me a hug or pat me on the arm after a treatment. Of course it could just be that I notice how touchy, feely people are after a treatment because I am trying to protect it. Having my sister in town should be interesting as I haven't seen her since getting the tattoo. She and everyone in my family knows about the tattoo but no one knows how much I hate it and that I'm getting it removed. It was quite the scandal for me to get this tattoo because I have very old school parents. Although I'm 37 years old, I still worry about what my parents think of me. My mother thinks tattoos are hideous, especially on women so as you can imagine she was not thrilled to find out I got a big one on my arm. I had to listen to my mother tell me how stupid I was to get a tattoo and that I looked ridiculous. All I could think was, Gee mom! let me know how you really feel. Not surprisingly that's when I really started to hate my tattoo even more! I know it's sad that I'm this old and still care about what my parents think. Sigh! Oh well, at least I know she'd be in favor of me getting it removed. She even knew about laser removal and said I should look into it. Haha! My sisters didn't overreact about the tattoo but they knew my mom would fly off the handle so that was a big deal. I guess I just don't want to tell them yet about getting it removed because I really don't want to hear " I told you so!" Yes they did tell me I'd might regret it, along with "be sure you want it! It's permanent", " you don't want to have to get it removed later, your skin won't look good." My husband says not to feel that I have to tell them anything and to just wait until it really starts fading and it's obvious. I kind of want to tell them sooner than later because I feel it will be a weight off my shoulders and not something I have to hide. I won't be surprised if my sister asks to see my tattoo and I'll have to show her. Ha! I wonder what she'll think cause it's already fading a bi t in some parts so it kind of looks like an old tattoo. One of my sisters ( I have 4 and I'm the youngest), saw it a few months ago and said "wow your tattoo faded a lot already, you might need to get it touched up". I took it as a compliment! I thought, "YES! It's fading!" Ok, everyone, I will get back to packing and will update you all when I complete T3. Take care! Excelsior!

T3 Underway

Hello all! Just got done with T3. Oh treatment day! I don't get nervous anymore as I know what to expect but it is a frequent reminder of how ridiculous this whole situation has been but alas it's my predicament. It's always good to get through another treatment though because I feel like I am one step closer to taking care of this issue. Different nurse again but she was nice as well. I felt like she was meticulous in getting every inch of this tattoo cause it took a little longer than usual but still quick. I try to not take breaks while she's lasering because I hate the suspense of the first few hits of the laser so I just squeeze the heck out of the stress ball. After it was done she covered it with aquaphor and wrapped it up with ice packs. Now time to heal! Scheduled my next one 12 weeks out. I will update again to let you know how it's going!

T3- 8 hours later...

Not in any pain. The tattoo site feels sunburned and tight. I'm already beginning to develop some tiny blisters like I did the after my 1st treatment. I didn't really ice it like I am supposed to but I just can't find the time to sit and ice while having to care for my baby. The site is also swollen as you can see in the pictures. Lines are raised and there is redness around some of the lines in the tattoo. The RN just used a laser that targeted all colors but primarily the black. She said that maybe next time they'll begin to target specific colors. They just wanted to break up the black ink first. She also said the pain will be a little more intense when they target the colors but it's still bearable. I look forward to that :/ I will put some more aquaphor tonight and will start with the aloecort tomorrow. I think I will get some peeling this time as it's reacting like it did the 1st time. I think I'll have some good break up in the ink after this treatment. I'll check in with you all later and keep you posted.

T3- Day 5

Hi everyone! Healing is coming right along. Swelling is gone but the outline is still raised as I can feel it. It is itchy but not that bad. It's also tender to touch in some parts. Its peeling a little bit but I hope I have more peeling than this. I am using hydrocortisone and aloe to help it heal and control the itch. I also just got some virgin, unrefined coconut oil so I will slather some of that on too. I am posting a picture but you can't really see any difference. It looks a little more faded in person than it does in the picture.

Post treatment products

Here are the products that I use after my treatments. I was using Aloecort, a cream that Dr Tattoff sells but really it's just aloe and hydrocortisone. I also make sure to use sunscreen as well. It took a bad tattoo and laser removal to make me take better care of my skin. Go figure!

Treatment 4 pending...just checking in

Hi everyone,
Sorry I haven't updated in a while but I haven't had a treatment so there's not much to report. I was supposed to have a treatment in Nov but I cancelled it as I had a little health scare. Long story short, I needed to have a mammogram done the same week as my laser tx. I decided it probably wasn't a good idea to get the mammogram right after having a tx. I was glad I didn't because they sure need to manipulate you a lot. Talk about putting things into perspective. Thankfully everything turned out ok and with the holidays complete, I think I'm now ready to go ahead with tx 4. I haven't scheduled yet but will in the next few days.

Not much change in the tattoo. There has been very little fading and minor breakup in the outline . I don't think a picture would show any change since the last treatment.

I will post a pic before my next treatment and will let you know how it goes! Hope you all enjoyed your holidays despite the regretted tattoo!
Dr. Tattoff

I've been pretty pleased with this clinic. The staff and nurses are very nice. Jessica, the nurse, that performs the treatments always answers my questions and responds quickly to any emails I send. She also always calls the next day after a tx to see how I'm doing. I recommend Dr. Tattoff.

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