As of now I'm being treated with the Yag and Ruby...
As of now I'm being treated with the Yag and Ruby lasers to remove a tattoo I got back in Dec. of 2013. After a deep depression and getting past the fact I had gotten the tattoo, I figured tattoo removal was best for me. The tattoo I had gotten was done by the same artist right after I had gotten my first and it didn't turn out the way I would've liked. The first one done by him was perfect. I'm thinking of posting photos soon and wanted to join the community to share my experience with my removal. For everyone else who is new these treatments remain positive. I've seen a billion photos online of tough tattoos that have been fully removed and all you can do is keep telling yourself by the end of the process you will be happy with your progress and end result. Remember you're not alone in this world of tattoo regret and tattoo removal. I'll post photos of coloured tattoo removal progress soon. I have some of the most stubborn colours to be rid of (yellow, Light teal/blue) but even with the gold standard technology I have seen good results. I'm planning on looking into the Picosure lasers offered in Toronto soon in hopes they'll give me faster and the best results. More Updates on the Way.
An interesting inbox message!
I recently got an inbox message from someone thanking me for my positivity and I wanted to post what I wrote back for others to see as well:
"I went through a really difficult time when it first happened. It can be emotionally damaging seeing your skin with something in it you don't like. The points to remember are it happened and that were all here to do something about our problem. I'm no longer down about my tattoo I don't like. I still think way too much about it but I know with the way things are going I'm seeing some positive fading and disappearing of mine. I know all tattoos are different but I've seen the photos online and I know it's not impossible for all colours to be removed. Im glad you found my post, I've been on real self looking for a while and noticed the same. I figured id join and change up the scenery stating everyone is in the same boat and life will go on. Plus with lasers like the picosure and more developments in technology plus popularity in tattoos I don't doubt in a few more years new lasers will be made to remove them even quicker. Look up femtosecond lasers. They shoot even faster than a pico second and I believe are being studied in the states rights now. Don't feel down. Be patient and know in time, things like tattoos won't be as permanent as they're made out to be!"
Found first photo
Found a photo I took of the tattoo when I first got it in December of 2013.
After 3 ruby and yag laser procedures
I'll upload clearer photos of my progress soon but here's a photo of where I'm at today. After three treatments and still a little healing to go this week, it's still a little red and scabby in the photo.
Healed from 3rd treatment
Still a little red but it's faded quite nicely.
First tattoo and it's meaning
So I wanted to post a photo of my first tattoo. This is the one I'm keeping and know I got for the right reasons. To me it's just a simple compass rose and I love the way it looks. I got this when I knew for sure teaching art was something I wanted to do. I also gained a new meaning for it after my deep depression. It's a symbol for me to wear that basically means keeping moving forward. I guess we never know where life is gonna take us. It's nice to know I'm on the right path for me. I also have an obsession with pirates so it also represents that in a funny way.
A few weeks after third treatment.
So now I'm fully healed and the tattoo is no longer that red. Here's a photo update on the progress.
4th treatment almost healed
Just got my 4th treatment with the yag and ruby lasers, it's almost healed and I'll have new photos soon. Picosure will be on the way in a few months!
The thing I guess we all experience about tattoo removal is the outcomes are so varied we are never guaranteed a final result. One of my favourite quotes though has helped with patience and the doubt that the tattoo may always be noticeable. I say this to myself at least once a day to fight against any negative thoughts towards my life or the tattoo. "if you face your problems with confidence and courage, you will emerge victorious". This has kind of been a self motto throughout my removal and now something I'm gonna carry for the rest of my life.
A little over one month after q switch treatment #4
Decided to take a progress photo in natural lighting today, suprisingly looks more faded than i remember.
Went to Toronto today for a consult and happened to get my first treatment with the picosure right after. Didn't get any lidocaine and it kinda hurt like a bitch. Definitely getting the injections next time but overall the pain afterwards is nearly nothing to what the nanosecond lasers cause. Super excited about seeing my first results and that it's nothing pain wise right now. I'll upload photos when I'm all healed up.
Barely any blisters after only 24 hours!
There's an amazing outcome of blisters after picosure. Before I was getting the big gross ones, it's only been 24 hours after my treatment and there's hardly any bad blistering.
Healing and stuff
Almost one week after first picosure treatment
Original photos better quality
A friend sent me the image I had when the tattoo was first done.
New choices made.
I'm still a believer in tattoo removal and it's been two full months from my 1st picosure treatment. BUT, life has taken a turn for the better and I've got legit plans for my future coming up. I'm gonna need the rest of the money I got for more important things. I've decided to go to my uncles tattoo artist and get a cover up. Something about moving forward with life and knowing that when the waves get rough you can still steer your way through them. My first edition to the cover up will probably be a pirate ship wheel with some waves around it. I'll post a final photo of my progress after one picosure treatment soon.
Done for the year.
This is probably my last photo post for the year. It's been one heck of a year trying to battle obsession and extreme depression. Worth all the money spent but I'm ready to move forward. Here are two photos of my arm after 4 nanosecond treatments and 1 picosure. This is 2 months after the picosure treatment.
2 years since Tattoo Removal
Hey all! So its been about a solid 2 years since I stopped getting laser treatment. To this day I'm very happy with my results. I've even been tattooed again. The ultimate goal is to eventually get what I've had lasered covered up with a more meaningful tattoo. Here's my progress of the original tattoo in Dec. of 2013 and what it looks like now after 4 treatments with yag lasers, 1 with the picosure laser, and 2 years since my last treatment.
One thing I think we all deal with is that awful thought of making the decision to get that tattoo and realizing we hate it when its done. I was going through many other things that caused me stress at the time I got this tattoo. I blamed everything on myself and on the decision to get the tattoo. All I can say is hang in there. As time goes by even tattoos you don't want become part of you and become little mistakes you can laugh at later. Take these photos as literal examples of my progress but also as progress of my mental health. The first when the tattoo was done and I was thinking of suicide, the second after a few years of removal and thinking I couldn't be happier to feel like myself again.
This new tattoo that kinda looks like a snowflake is now on my chest and is a Nordic viking symbol called the Helm of Awe. It was a magical symbol of protection and also aggression against negative forces that may have entered a viking's life.
Keep moving forward my friends and be confident you can have pleasing progress by the end of your journey!