It's a familiar story- had a small tattoo and got...
It's a familiar story- had a small tattoo and got a cover-up that I immediately hated. I think I'd like the tattoo on someone else, but it is way too much ink for my own leg. So now I am investing lots of money and effort into getting it lasered off. Sigh. In the meanwhile, I hide it from friends and colleagues. This has been easy in winter, as for summer I am planning on lots of long skirts and leggings (good thing I live where it does not get too hot).
I go to Seattle Skin n Laser, which has a picosure laser. My first treatment was October 1st 2013 and I had the second and third treatments 7 weeks spaced apart. My 4th treatment was on February 24th, 2014. I use numbing cream, and the procedure lasts maybe 15 minutes all said and done. Everything is treated with the picosure, and as of the third treatment, the red is also treated with a revlite. The treatment hurts but I focus on deep breathing and imagining my bare leg, and I make it through. Healing has been pretty easy so far, though I get massive blisters with the Revlite. I use coconut oil often during the dry phase, and my skin texture largely returns to normal after about 5 weeks. I am a little concerned about what appears to be a small scar on the right edge- it could be from the multiple tattoos. My technician didn't laser it this time, to give it time to rest. I have used silicone sheets on it and it really helped the skin soften and become less red.
I am thrilled that the green ink lifted so easily, and I see progress on the black, though wish it were faster. I am not sure I see any change in the yellow, but if all I have is yellow at the end, I will be okay with that. As for the red, I am hoping this, its second treatment, makes a big difference. My technician is optimistic but does not make promises. She says before the picosure, my tattoo would have taken 25 plus treatments. She is hoping for less then half of that with the pico. She says the pico has been blasting other tattoos at the office, too.
I shared my pre-pics and post 3 treatment pics. Will try to post regularly.
Good fading post x4
It's been five weeks since the 4th treatment. Following the example of others, I did a side-by-side comparison (sorry for low quality but still obvious I think). Let me tell you, it really helped me see fading I don't notice in person. In person, I see lots of line break-up and some line disappearance. But without the photos, I hadn't realized how much the red really has faded! I can see through to the skin in spots, and it is overall many shades lighter. I also see in the comparison that the black shading in the leaves is fading- though not super fast. I think that ink is layered quite deep. The yellow even seems to be fading, though more slowly.
The 4th treatment was pretty intense and took 3-4 weeks for skin recovery. Not sure when I will get the next one. I might go at 8 weeks, or might try my patience and wait 12 plus. I am sure the latter will be good for my skin, but I am also so excited for continued fading! This is the first time I've hoped for continuing cool rainy weather in Seattle.
I am satisfied with my progress, though of course cannot wait for this all to be over. What do you think of the progress?
Treatment 5 yesterday
16 Apr 2014
2 months post
I got my 5th treatment yesterday. I have some blistering right now and it's all covered up with ointment and bandaging. I am icing and elevating as much as possible. This time, it seems the black parts are blistering with small to medium blisters and so far, none on the red- different from last time when the red areas got HUGE blisters. But we'll see what happens in the next day or two.
I wrote down some details and recording them here for record-keeping purposes:
On the red with a Yag laser (RevLite)- 3 joules.
On the black/the rest with a Picosure- 2.7 spot size, 3.4 joules
3 Weeks Post Treatment 5- Fading slowly
Well, here is the update three weeks post treatment 5. Fading continues- noticeably in the red and in the thinner black outlines. There is a big change from the start, so i am happy about that. But the black shading within the leaves isn't clearing as quickly as I'd hoped, and the thicker lines are being stubborn. I clearly have a lot more treatments to go. I plan to wait 10 weeks at least before the next treatment, and will take another pic around that time. I am curious to see if more obvious fading really does happen after 6 or 8 weeks, like lots of people say.
10 weeks post 5th treatment
23 Jun 2014
4 months post
I see more fading, and some fading from 3 to 10 weeks post the 5th treatment is obvious. I am glad it's working, yet still impatient. Keeping it pretty covered up this summer- I wish I could not be embarrassed about it like some of you on here, but I am embraced for people I know to see it. I bought derma blend and it covers it up pretty well, might do more of that once it gets a little warmer here in Seattle. These pics are from the day before my 6th treatment, which I got an am healing from now. I plan to wait 3 plus months before my next treatment- it sucks to do the bandages and blisters in nice weather, plus consensus seems to be that more time leads to much better fading. Anyways, here are my pics.
8 treatments done. Progress but lots to go.
22 Dec 2014
10 months post
It has been awhile since I updated. I have now had 8 picosure treatments done total. I am now leaving three months in between treatments on the technician's advice. The treatments are painful but manageable, and it takes about three weeks for healing afterward (one week plus for the blisters to go away). It is fading, but taking a long time and with three months in between, it will be a long while before this thing is gone. I am beginning to ponder a cover-up more seriously, though am not sure yet.