Hi guys- I figured I'd join since I've been...
Hi guys- I figured I'd join since I've been reading a lot of others' reviews. I got an arm tattoo I really liked in 2012, went back to the artist in August 2013 for an addition and turned out realllllllly not to my liking at all. It's all black, pretty dense (except for some areas where it was inconsistently colored in). I'll post a picture soon...I'm going in on Friday. Super nervous and not looking forward to potentially 2 years of treatments but I know it's worth it- already spent almost the last year hating it and my body because of it.
I'm planning on getting one treatment now and then another after the summer. I don't really want to deal with all the issues during the summer, when it's hot out and it's hard to avoid the sun. Plus I've seen from others' comments waiting a decent amount of time between treatments is helpful to get more fading? Can anyone confirm? And was wondering if you guys had any other tips? Literally anything! Lotions, soaps, dietary/nutrition? I heard exercising helps?
Will update with pics soon and once treatment is done with. In the meantime any tips/comments are appreciated :)
Forgot to add a photo! Before any treatments.
Just got back from treatment.
18 Apr 2014
Day of treatment
Technician was great- nice, informative and honest. Didn't really hurt that much- the tattoos I've gotten hurt more. Will update with photos soon.
Day 2 after 1st treatment
So here are my results the day after getting treated (was treated Friday evening, this is Saturday afternoon). Shoulder was so inconsistently colored that a decent amount broke up. The area closer to my chest had some light lines that are pretty much gone. The area on my forearm hasn't budged much- I know that one will be tough! I'm a little worried because it's not something that would do well with being covered up. I am keeping the biggest portion of the tattoo (you can see it's at least more of a saturated black than the part that was treated) so the smaller bit being so close worries me- it really couldn't be covered in any "good" way. But I'm trying to not get ahead of myself and instead concentrate on taking care of myself. I am taking a multi vitamin w Zinc, omega 3-6-9, and liver detox supplements. Drinking water, making sure to get raw veggies in. I hope drinking a beer or so a night isn't too bad? :-/ Gonna start exercising tomorrow. I bought Zinc oxide sunscreen and bio oil, once my blisters pop I'm planning on massaging everyday. So far I've been keeping them covered, washing lightly and applying a thin layer of aquaphor and then sterile dressing. Tomorrow is day 3 so last day of dressing. Any thoughts on what I'm doing appreciated. Also should
I cut back on the drinking?? I hope 1 or 2 beers consistently isn't too bad- kinda part of my nightly unwinding! But if I have to cut back I will.
quick note about the photos I posted posted last night-
The contrast seems to be upped on my phone. The areas treated are definitely lighter than the black of the untreated tattoo but not as light as those photos depict. Once my blisters are gone Ill post another photo and make sure that is accurately shown. Just dont want anyone considering this treatment to be misled...
2 Month Update
15 Jun 2014
2 months post
I didn't realize so much time had gone by! Here are some photos of how things have progressed.
The shoulder area I think is coming along, again, it was uneven to begin with so it'll probably fade unevenly. The areas of my skin that had darkened seemed to have lightened up. The gray swirly lines that bothered me so much towards my chest have pretty much disappeared. There's a bit of a "ghost", but it's gotten better over time and that was the lightest part of the tattoo so hopefully it'll progressively just disappear. I've kind of come to terms with this being a long process and potentially getting a cover up depending on how things go. But I remain optimistic!
The second part of my tattoo (the smaller chunk on my forearm) has barely changed because it was really really dense black and there was so much ink put it in that it was really raised. It kind of just looked like an old tattoo now (a little less sharp) and it's not raised anymore. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to continue to get this part removed, or at least not right away. Going to probably continue with the shoulder since that what was the most bothersome area to me, and depending on how well the treatments go, I'll continue the forearm at a later date- but it would suck if the forearm left a ghost of a similar design to what I am not treating (the biggest part of the tattoo) and then I'm just left with that or getting a cover up, which I wouldn't want so close to the other bit of the tat.
I'm probably scheduling my next treatment in two months. Like I said before, don't wanna deal with healing over the summer! Yesterday was my first day out in the sun, put on SPF 50 and tried to keep my hair on top of it, haha- it was too hot for sleeves!
I originally had been hoping to use this as an excuse to straighten out my diet and start exercising regularly but am always busy/tired so that hasn't gone too well :( been eating a little better, and taking Milk Thistle and multi vit fairly regularly though.
Money was tight so didn't go back after my first session for over a year but wanted to keep this updated! Had my second session 4 days ago. Havent really had an issue with blisters or any healing complications so far, it's exciting to see the ink "shrinking" in some of the denser areas. I can see the faintest remnant in some spots but I think that had more to do w how the ink was applied to begin with unfortunately. Overall pleased so far though! My technician says waiting a good time between sessions works out best so I'm not in a rush :)
5 months since 2nd session
At the beginning of April I'm going in for my 3rd session. For the small bit in the first pic it'll be the 2nd time. I considered keeping it out of fear that it wouldn't come off entirely but after seeing people's progress here I'm feeling better about it and want to continue so that just the large portion of the tattoo is left. The second photo has had two sessions now.
3rd Session for Shoulder, 2nd Session for Arm
I'll edit this with a little more info later, but this is right after my last treatment.
Side by side- 6 month comparison
Left photos are from April, right after my shoulder's 3rd picosure and arm's 2nd picosure. Right photos are from right before my next session this month (mid October)
1 week post 4th session shoulder, 3rd session arm
This is 1 week post 4th session shoulder (2 pico, 2 q-switched), 3rd session arm (1 pico, 2 q-switched)
Have a bit of ghosting/raised skin in the areas where the ink has mostly come off.