I feel like we already know each other. I had a...
I feel like we already know each other. I had a review before, but someone I know from work was talking about realself and I got sketched and removed all my pics and closed my account. They weren't talking about tattoo removal, but I still don't feel like talking to anyone at work about it ever. Anyway, I'm back and still bad at taking light/skin consistent photos, but I think it's important to share info, support, and progress here...all for the tattoo removal cause. As lame as it sounds, I genuinely missed some of you. Feel free to PM me. May your ink and regret always be fading.
I have had 2 treatments with a space of 8 weeks at the time of this review. I have another scheduled 8 weeks from my last as long as I'm completely healed and skin texture restored. I will wait longer if need be.
10 weeks after 2nd treatment
I'm really looking forward to my next treatment in about 2 weeks. I didn't plan to have 12 weeks in between treatments but I'm trying to be really patient and I want to try to avoid alot of textural changes or scarring. It was really annoying trying to keep it out of the sun at the beach, so next year no matter what state of removal, I'm taking a break through summer. I'll post after my next treatment, until then wishing everyone well.
Had my third treatment today. It had been 12 weeks since my last so I was looking forward to it. I will update in a few weeks after recovery.
letting your treatment area "breathe"...
I would never suggest anyone do anything different then advised by their doctor or tech, I WOULD suggest that you question things for yourself when most aftercare suggestions goes against scar prevention (possibly causing more ink retention) and is now considered a myth by specialists. Please feel free to google the phrase "mayoclinic moist wound healing promoted" or "let wound breathe myth nytimes" happy fading!
18 weeks after 3rd treatment
2nd treatment and then 18 weeks after 3rd.
update so far after 3 treatments
I had my 4th treatment today, I think it has been about 6 months. I wanted to get one done so that it could heal before summer sets in. I want to enjoy this summer and not have to worry about sun exposure. So I'll go back in the fall if it is all healed well. I do think spreading them out does well for me, but everyone is different
2 weeks after 5th treatment.
These pics are 2 weeks after my 5th treatment. Both separate side by sides are the same progression time- from the beginning(May 2014) until now, but under 2 different lighting conditions, as I thought it would help to give the best examples. I will update in about 10-12 weeks, after more ink has time to fade and lymph away. I continue to use quality Beta Glucan(yeast and mushroom- but not oatmeals) by supplement and topically. I also drink a lot of water,and practice a healthy active lifestyle. I enjoy optimism, but I have always been a realist in regards to this process and the limited studies about it out there. With my tattoo having no shading, but being heavy line work, I have always expected it to take roughly ten treatments and a few years(including a final rest fade) and feel that it's worth it and I am good with that. If happens sooner, it's cool, but it's nice to be half way. Wish you all the best, and be smart out there with your techs/doctors/clinics.