I got my little wrist tattoo done in Dec 2010 as far as I can remember. It was meant to be a simple little symmetrical black tattoo that was immediately a disaster. The artist (who owns his own studio) didn't give less of a hoot when he did my ink and if I was smart I would have walked out right away. I went ahead an knew he didn't do a good job. What was worse was that he dug the ink too far in and it also became a blowout (when ink seeps into the tissue underneath causing a permanent 'bruise' on the skin) It was a disaster. If I new laser tattoo removal existed at the time my story would end here but no it goes further.
Months and months later I decided to get it covered up. I picked a colourful purple and blue butterfly. I was happy at first, it was a major improvement on what was there. However it still wasn't what I wanted. The black tattoo kept peeping through an no matter how many free touch ups I got it never fully vanished. The tattoo was very 2 dimensional and kinda like a child's drawing. (I chose it though, that is my fault)
So fast forward to the summer 2015 when I decided the butterfly needed to develop into something more sophisticated. I spoke to a lovely artist who sat down with me an went through the little options I had. My wrist is so small, there wasn't a lot of negative space left and she said whatever covered it needed to be dark. We went with a blue rose which I was really happy with. I said to myself I could live with a blue rose..
Nope. Afterwards I realised I really could not. It was big, it was blue and the black lines couldn't really be seen cause of the darkness beneath it. Now this isn't the artists fault. She was lovely, an I think she did the best job an artist could do in the situation. I do hope to return to her for other works. Anyways the tattoo stands out too much. I have my sleeves up in work so it draws a lot of unwanted attention. I've found I've actually began to hide it when talking to people, I keep my arm close to my chest and things...
After a lot of reading (especially on this site) I've decided to give laser tattoo removal a try. I'm beyond nervous about the pain, the effort it will take (as I will have to drive 3 hours each way for treatment), how many sessions I will need an most importantly if it will be successful at all.
For anyone living in Ireland I live in Cork an will be travelling to Dundrum Clinic in Dublin as they are they only clinic in the country that has the pico second laser technology. The specialist did tell me though that the picosure also has its limits and he will not be starting me on it for the first few sessions. They also have an alexandrite and a ruby laser as far as I know.
I start on Nov 7th 2015. WITHOUT any form of pain killers as he said its best to have none for the first treatment because if I'm numb and something isn't right there will be no way to tell (I've never heard anyone else say this though about their first treatment, Id really like all the pain relief they can give me cause that's the part that's scares me)
I will document everything here. I'm under no illusion that this will be done in 5-10 sessions.. Id think about 20 considering the amount of ink involved.