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Updates about a week after 3rd session. More small blisters this session. Less recovery time and I think more results. Laser settings were increased in intensity this time. I also had a bit of pealing this time which I don’t remember having before.  Plenty itchy now but I’m encouraged as I look at the first pictures I posted compared to now. 

 

I could get in again as quick as four weeks from now but think t will save me sessions and money waiting longer as the process of ink removal continues, this increasing the contrast for the laser to zap in the next session. 

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7 hours ago, tsuk said:

Can i ask how much is a session ?

I am getting a discounted rate since this is with my primary care physician that I have seen for the past 14 years. I don’t feel right advertising that price but I can say that places seem to charge by the square inch and this is considered a med/large tattoo by laser removal standards.  I was quoted $800 per session if I bought five sessions up front from one place. My doctor quoted over five per session but I made a deal to pay in advance for five so he cut the price down for me.

 

In general, I would figure about the cost to double the cost of getting it, per session as that’s what it has worked out for me.

 

Should advancements like the RAP come out and actually work, I would pay considerably more if it could double or triple up results per session. 

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4 hours ago, tsuk said:

Thanks for answering, hopefully you ll get the desired results from this

You are welcome.  I’m happy to answer any questions related to my experience. I’ve read so much online and there seems to be the set/standard bite sized pieces of information on each blog and site.  

I’m looking forward to my next session as I feel like very tiny parts of the tattoo, show significant, immediate improvement after each session, then those tiny spots tend to grow, doubling the results in that area before the next session.  So the progress in six weeks should be greater than what I initially see.  At some point I will photoshop these images together so I can see side by side.  Since the tattoo is continuing to make progress after the session, I believe the longer I wait between sessions the greater the impact, but that I don’t know for sure. 

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All right, session four down.  This time I went in six weeks after the last session.  Settings were increased to 3.1, then reduced to 2.8. I actually bled a bit at the session and have quite a few small blisters already.  This one seemed to show a lot more progress. I will likely wait 12 or more weeks before the next session.

 

the first images are progress from the third session. 
 

the gory ones are four hours after my fourth session. 

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I found the old thread from 2014 and was going to link it here but for some reason the photobucket pictures are now blurred out (by photobucket?), so no real point, I guess. Anyway I had about 25-30% of my whole back done in 4-5 x 30-40 minute sessions. Just lightened it enough to give the cover-up artist freedom to not make it an obvious cover-up. 

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Should I get my tattoo removed?  Since posting this series, I occasionally get messages asking if tattoo removal is something I would recommend.  I am always happy to respond and help others with this decision by sharing my experience.  Rather than retype the same thing again and again, I figured I would post my latest response here in case anyone reading this thread finds themselves grappling with the same question.

I do feel that most of the time, the second guessing, remorse or panic after immediately getting a tattoo is normal for me at least and not a good judge of how much of a mistake it was/wasn't.  It often has more to do with OCD, Anxiety and cognitively distorted thinking like "catastrophizing".  

The tattoo I am getting lasered wasn’t that bad although I wasn’t happy with the placement which made me decide to go through this process. 

Even still I was shocked, and continue to battle with this decision, at how much it cost each session and how many sessions I will need to maybe remove it.  The pain, depending on your pain tolerance and the location, is as bad or worse as people let on.  You won't know if complete removal is possible until you are so many sessions in that it now looks like your drunk friends scribbled something on you while you were passed out...

 I'm not far enough in to this process to be very positive about it.  Four sessions in and I'm not quite half way there.  

Ultimately, I made the decision because I knew, after two years of having the tattoo, that I was trying to cover it up as often as possible, and I was never going to be happy with it.  I also was naive as to the effectiveness of laser removal.  I thought I'd be done in a couple sessions, and didn't realize the cost of each laser session would exceed the cost of getting the tattoo.  All said and done, if I only need 10 sessions, I will have paid over 10 x's as much to remove, as to get.  So the "math" to figure out on this one is, do you hate your tattoo 10 x's as much as it cost and two years worth of painful sessions and unpleasant recovery.  If so, Do it.  

 

I will be posting updated "healed" pictures from my latest session as soon as I get a chance. 

 

Slarti

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Thanks for sharing your progress. I've seen some people 'casually' recommending laser removal before getting a cover-up on the Internet. But the pictures you've shown so far definetely proof that steps like these shouldn't be taken carelessly, even when you're unhappy with your tattoo. All the best to you and I hope you will reach the desired result soon.

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On 11/12/2019 at 12:00 PM, Theatralica said:

Thanks for sharing your progress. I've seen some people 'casually' recommending laser removal before getting a cover-up on the Internet. But the pictures you've shown so far definetely proof that steps like these shouldn't be taken carelessly, even when you're unhappy with your tattoo. All the best to you and I hope you will reach the desired result soon.

Thank you for your well wishes. Yes this experience is definitely no joke. I grossly underestimated the process when I went in for my first consultation. At that time I was told it would likely take 10 sessions for a complete removal and I was shocked.

every person and every tattoo responds somewhat differently to the process of removal but in my case some factors working against me include that my tattoo was relatively new at only 2 1/2 years

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Healed session 4 pictures. Feeling a little better about the progress after this fourth session.  Still much slower than I would prefer but I feel like there is noticeable progress Btwn the third and fourth. 

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