So for those of you who know me, you know that I have a tattoo on my neck;
I've had this tattoo for almost five years now, and it's been a very big part of my life. I chose to get it for a very special reason that I won't get into now.
Long story short, I have moved on to a point in my life where it is time to remove it. Last Thursday I went it for my very first session of Laser Removal.
Okay, it wasn't that bad. Really it felt like that sensation that you get when you put your tongue on a 9 volt battery and having someone pinch you slightly all at the same time. There were only a couple of times that it hurt, but since my tattoo is so small it only took about thirty seconds to go through the whole thing. I was shaking when we got done, but I think it was from the shock of having my skin super heated and burned to an oblivion.
And the taste. UGH. I am told by my laser-person that a metallic taste is to be expected, but she neglected to tell me that metallic taste really meant the smell of an overworked Furby manifesting itself in my taste buds. Blargh.
All in all, it was not a very bad experience at all. My next appointment is in the beginning of January. This is three days after my first treatment:
Here is another shot of my neck as it's continued to heal; you can't see too much in the way of fading yet, but when you get up close the sharpness of the tattoo has definitely gone away.
Okay, here is an update - this photo is definitely a little more icky than others, so pleased be aware.
This time the technician did two treatments back to back - the first go was with a larger laser that goes deeper into the skin to help with the pigment and then the second round was the same as my first treatment. The second round definitely hurt way more than I assumed it would, but at least it took about half the time as the first. The second laser treatment I didn't really feel, but I think I was just in shock from the larger laser. It definitely packed a punch. I didn't taste the metallic taste as much, which was definitely good.
Okay, here we go:
It is now one day shy of a week after my second treatment and I wanted to post a couple of update photos. The lighting wasn't great on these, but you can definitely see some fading which is very encouraging. There is still some scabbing be warned.
We are two weeks into the healing process of my second treatment and here is the progress so far:
Alright! So we are here a day after my third treatment. She didn't hit it with the deeper laser, just with the first laser vamped up and she went over it more multiple times. Here are the results - and she did break the skin this time around too, so it definitely looks icky.
As you can see we have some redness and swelling, but I'm hoping that as it goes down we'll see even more in the way of fading.
I'll keep you posted!
Okidokies! I think this is about two weeks into healing and here are the results so far:
DEFINITE fading! Woot woot! We'll get rid of the bugger yet!
I have to be honest, there was a little part inside of me that wanted it to go away all at once and knew that that was not a reasonable expectation so when I looked in the mirror today to see how it was doing I was a little down, but now that I'm looking at the picture of it before my first treatment and here after my third, I'm quite happy.
I went in my for fourth session today - and here is the result. *she broke the skin pretty bad, so please aware*
OUCH. She really went to town on it, but I think that she is just trying to get in deep because the guy who did really added a lot of ink.
I'll keep you updated on its healing process.
Okidokies here is another update! I went in and this time the pain wasn't too bad in the center, but still pretty tender around the center of my neck:
As you can see, this one was pretty bloody - I didn't take my shower at night so it scabbed up a bit more over the course of the evening, which personally I think was a good thing.
I also took a picture of it the next day:
Here is it a couple weeks from the last treatement