So, I thought it would be a fab idea to get my...
So, I thought it would be a fab idea to get my partners name on my wrist with a cute butterfly, as we are getting married in January so not just a quick fling! Problem is, I didn't put enough thought into the design and I let the tattooist rush me into it.....
Now, I want it gone. Not because of what the tattoo represents but just because I think it looks rubbish. I am having treatments at Sk:n in Norwich and using the Yag and Ruby lasers. My tattoo is roughly 8cm x 5cm and am paying £90 per session. I am buying the sessions in bulk to get them cheaper. I started the process in June and I had my 4th treatment yesterday and even though I see some fading, its not as much as I had hoped.
5th treatment booked 27/12/13
I have my 5th treatment booked with sk:n on 27th December. I will take a picture of my tattoo immediately before treatment so you can see fading since treatment 4. It is still not fading as I would hope but I have such bright colours I guessed it would be problematic before I started this process. This next treatment will be the last one in the package deal I bought and think I am going to give Picosure a shot in January. I really hope this Picosure laser lives up to its claims...
24 Jan 2014
2 months post
So I had my first Picosure treatment today! I am so excited to see the effect this has on my tattoo compared to the older lasers. I had a really thorough consultation and the lady treating me says she is really optimistic about my tattoo and hopes for 100% clearance! The tattoo has no colours that bother her, although she thinks the pink will take a little longer but nowhere near as long as the older lasers I have been using up until now. The treatment went well. It didn't feel much different to my past treatments, maybe a little worse but felt more tolerable because I had constant cold air blown onto the tattoo during treatment. It felt a little sore afterwards but I wasn't in agony or anything. Anyway, I have to keep the dressing on for a few days but will post a pic of the healing soon. For now, I have added two photos taken in different lights immediately before treatment with Picosure which is after 5 treatments with the Yag and Ruby lasers.
I see good results :)
25 Jan 2014
2 months post
I have just looked back through pics 1-5 during my treatment with the old laser as I wasn't feeling great about the results I had, but looking back and comparing pic 1 to pic 5, I think I have had some real good fading! I am excited to see hoe the Picosure speeds things along. I changed my dressing this morning and it looks as if a lot of the blue has disappeared!
I forgot to mention yesterday my treatments are £299 with the Picosure but I have bought a package for £1200 where you get 4 treatments and if the tattoo is still visible you get another 4 treatments free of charge. Pretty pricey but I paid £299 upfront yesterday and the remaining £900 will be paid £75 a month for a year so lessens the blow a bit! I could do a lot with £1200 but this tattoo being gone forever gives me the most happiness.
3 days post Picosure treatment
27 Jan 2014
2 months post
So, its 72 hours since my treatment and no big blisters, scabbing or bleeding. I had a few tiny blisters come up on the blue ink but they have disappeared already. I have uploaded a pic to show how much of the blue appears to be blasted away! Its a little shiny though as I had just applied Vaseline.
2 weeks post Picosure
Well, its been two weeks since my first Picosure treatment and I am feeling slightly down about it today. My tattoo does not look any different at all. Back when I took the pictures immediately after treatment it looked like it had got rid of loads of the ink, especially the blue, but now it has healed the colour seems to have come back. It is really strange. I guess I am feeling slightly disappointed because I expected more with this laser as it has been so raved about. I do not see any better results than the old Q-switch at the minute. Maybe it is too soon to tell as I was only treated 2 weeks ago. I am hoping it will fade a lot more before my next treatment on March 15th.
3 weeks post Picosure
14 Feb 2014
3 months post
So, it has been three weeks since my Picosure treatment and I am not sure I see much fading. What do you guys think?
2nd Picosure treatment completed :)
So I had my second Picosure treatment at Trueskin in Bluewater yesterday. I saw a different technician as the lady I had last time was on holiday but she was great too. I asked lots of questions this time about my treatments and expressed how disappointed I was feeling with my results up until now. After all, I have been going through this process for 9 months now and on my 7th treatment and haven't seen as much fading as I would like. She said she honestly expects 100% clearance of my tattoo...even on the tough pink. She says that while treating there has been a good reaction on the pink ink so it is definitely responding to treatments it will just take a little longer than the blue and black. So, last time the laser was set at 2.9 and because I was not happy with the results she turned it up to 2.8 this time (laser can be set from 5-1 with 5 being the weakest and 1 being the strongest) The treatment didn't seem to hurt as much as the last time though but I think its because she gave me the cold air a few minutes before and my wrist had started to go a bit numb before she started with the laser. I was pleased with how much frosting there was afterwards. Every colour had frosted well, especially the blue and she said to expect some blistering this time.
I have changed my dressing this morning and I have a few small blisters on the blue and pink but nothing major. I have also bled very slightly this time, again on the pink ink. I am hoping this is a good sign?! Anyway, I have added a pic of my tattoo just before treatment so you can see what fading I had from treatment 1 and I will post one of my healing in a few days when dressings are off :)
Pictures taken before 2nd treatment
Sorry, forgot to add the pictures before posting the update!
48 hours later....
10 Mar 2014
4 months post
Just a quick update to say I am healing well! Small blisters have subsided already but a little scabby and skin is feeling tight. This is the first time it has actually looked affected so I am really hoping to see some great fading in the coming weeks :)
2 weeks after treatment
21 Mar 2014
4 months post
So, its been almost 2 weeks since my 2nd treatment with Picosure and I haven't compared my pictures yet but think I have seen some good fading this time. I am really hoping it carries on fading over the coming weeks. The pink is still being very stubborn. What do you guys think?
3rd Picosure treatment completed
20 Apr 2014
5 months post
I had my third picosure treatment yesterday and the laser was turned up again, this time to 2.6, so getter stronger each session. I was treated with the Revlite laser aswell, on the pink ink as picosure doesn't seem to be shifting it very well but to be honest, I don't think its helped. I saw no frosting after the treatment and I had been seeing a little after the picosure. Anyway, I have added a photo of my tattoo before treatment number 3 and look forward to seeing some fading over the coming weeks.
Before 3rd treatment
20 Apr 2014
5 months post
A pic of my tattoo before 3rd Picosure treatment
4th Picosure treatment completed 31/05/14
I had my fourth picosure treatment on Saturday and the laser was turned up this time to 2.5. Again, I was treated with the Revlite on the pink ink. I don't really feel I am making much progress. It doesn't frost much after treatments and I don't get any blistering or scabbing afterwards. I just feel like the ink has stopped responding now and feeling really disheartened. I have started having another tattoo on my upper arm removed also and have made a separate thread for that in case anyone is interested :)
5th Picosure treatment 15/07/14
26 Jul 2014
8 months post
I had my fifth picosure treatment on 15th July. I didn't ask if it was being turned up again but I haven't had any blistering or scabbing which is the same after every treatment I have. I have added a pic of what my tattoo looked like the day after treatment and what it looks like today. I think I am going to leave a bit longer than 6 weeks before my next treatment and see if that makes a difference.
6th Picosure treatment completed 10/09/2014
10 Sep 2014
10 months post
I have had my sixth picosure treatment today. This time the laser was set at 2.3 which I believe is quite a strong setting. I am feeling very comfortable though, not much pain at all. I have added a pic of my tattoo before this treatment.
10 Sep 2014
10 months post
I am unable to load my update pic at present but try again over the next few days :)
7th picosure treatment 16/12/14
I had my 7th treatment yesterday and this time we treated the whole tattoo with picosure. I had been going back to have revlite on the pink ink but my technician wanted to see if we had any results treating with the picosure this time round. It frosted well so fingers crossed!! I am going to be leaving longer between treatments now as apparently as you progress through your treatments they become more effective the longer you leave, so I will not have another picosure treatment until February now. I have added a couple of progress pics. I see some good fading but still worried about that pink!!
Last treatment was actually 16/11/14
Sorry, my last picosure treatment was on 16/11/14, not 16/12/14 as stated in the last update! My next treatment is this coming Saturday 31/01/15. I will update with progress pics before I have this treatment :)
10th Picosure complete 20/07/15
So, I haven't been on here to update for a while as I have been leaving a bit longer between treatments now that progress is slowing. I still need quite a few treatments if I am ever to get full removal but I feel like I am slowly getting there. I had my 10th picosure treatment last week which I think will be my 15th treatment including the treatments I had previously with the older lasers. I think the machine was set at 2.3 and didn't get much frosting at all so will ask for it to be turned up again next time. I am already healed from my treatment last week so have added a couple of progress pics :)
Wow! Progress :)
After updating my review, I just looked back through my pics and just realized how much progress I have made! I am feeling really positive about getting this tattoo gone sooner than I thought. To be fair, the black is still a little darker than it looks in the last few pics but I am definitely a whole lot closer to this tattoo being a distant memory :)
A long road...
Wow, sorry guys, I cant believe I haven't updated since last July!
It will be three years this June since beginning my tattoo removal journey and I'm not gonna lie, its been a long hard road! To date I have had a total of 17 treatments on my wrist. I began with 5 treatments using the old YAG lasers and 12 picosure treatments. I have minimal ink left now, although the tattoo is still slightly visible. I have a treatment booked in for next week so will upload some progress pics over the next couple of days :)
So I have hit the big 20! To date I have had 5 treatments with the old YAG laser and then a further 15 since I have been treated at Proskin in Bluewater. I had my 20th treatment yesterday and there is minimal ink left now. We treated with the Revlite all over as the technician thinks this will be more effective on the remaining stubborn ink which is mostly pink! Not much longer and this tattoo will be gone for good hopefully :)
I am now 4 days post Revlite and the tattoo is looking pretty nasty. I am a little worried as haven't had the whole tattoo treated with Revlite before so not sure if this is normal. It looks like it might end up scarring which is my main concern. The ink in this tattoo was pretty much gone before this treatment so if it does scar like this I will be devastated! Anyone have any experience with Revlite that can maybe put my mind at rest?
Time to call it a day :)
Hi guys, you will be pleased to know that since my last post I have healed really well. My tattoo is pretty much a distant memory now. I still have slight areas of pink that the lasers were unable to remove fully and have some hypopigmentation which appears to be improving slowly over time. I often forget the tattoo was ever there now to be honest as there are almost no signs of it and other people never notice it either. I think I'm at the point now where I can stop treatments. I just feel content and made my peace with the fact the skin on my wrist will never be completely as it was before the tattoo. I definitely plan to give it s year anyway and see how I feel then. There is a very good chance the small amount of remaining ink will be gone by then anyway. I will continue to post on this site as I am still having the upper arm tattoo removed and am updating that blog still. I hope those of you that have followed my journey on this thread are helped in some way. Never give up. Keep going. You will get there, I promise.