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Thought I would add my experience as I go along. I am seeing a dr in the area in which I live. Went in for my consult and first session.   I will try to keep up progress pictures. 

 

These are the before images

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These are a couple hours after. In addition to redness and swelling I can see areas, that were filled in with the shader, that are immediately showing lightening.  I figure the outline will take the longest and is the biggest gamble in how well this goes. 

 

I’ve looked at a lot of pictures online and am still trying to stay realistic about what can be achieved. I realize I made the choice to get this tattoo. I think the artist did a good enough job although I wish we would have spent more time on getting placement and the line even. I’m attempting to get it removed as I have never felt good about how it looks. When people see it, they generally act in a way that confirms my bad feelings about it. By either not saying anything or clearly avoiding any comment on how they think it looks. I realize other people’s opinions don’t matter if I like it but I don’t like it AND this nagging issue is confirmed by their response. Being an educator, I’m hoping I can again wear the top button, unbuttoned while at work. 

 

The tattoo is pretty new, got it in October of 2017, and being that it is so big and bold I think I’m right to be concerned about how this removal will turn out.  Unless I end up doing a coverup (which would mean top button for 25 more years), I realize this will likely be a long, painful and expensive ordeal.

 

Stay tuned

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Sorry that you have to go thru all that.  It'll be really interesting to see how it progresses and a good example for others considering the same.  Thanks for sharing.

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14 hours ago, JAC1961 said:

Sorry that you have to go thru all that.  It'll be really interesting to see how it progresses and a good example for others considering the same.  Thanks for sharing.

Thank you John,

 

I'm certainly not thrilled either.  One the one hand I feel a bit ridiculous spending so much money, going through so much pain for such a long time on something I did to myself knowing it was permanent.  On the other hand, if it works, it certainly is not getting off easy.  

Day one after first treatment: 

Neck sore but not nearly as bad as yesterday.  I'm able to wear one of my looser fit dress shirts, tie and top button fastened.  I don't know if this is helping but I cut off the short sleeve from a T-shirt and stretched it enough to get it over my head and on my neck.  The constant contact prevents my dress shirt from rubbing or scraping.  

From a progress standpoint, I am surprised just how much faded in certain areas while others appear to have no change (other than red and swollen).  I'm sure this is due to depth and saturation of ink.  

 

I'll update when there is news.

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Yeah, the laser application process isn't precisely uniform - so the results are going to vary by degrees. It'll also take a month or more before you see what the real progress is in any area. There will be further fading from each session even 3-4 months down the road. 

For what it's worth, I think the tattooist did a great job with application, line-up, etc. I don't know the impact of the particular message or local culture where you are, buit educators here in the States (or most of them) don't have to worry about minor ink showing . . . 

Temporary make-up wasn't an option?

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On 4/12/2019 at 11:52 AM, SStu said:

Yeah, the laser application process isn't precisely uniform - so the results are going to vary by degrees. It'll also take a month or more before you see what the real progress is in any area. There will be further fading from each session even 3-4 months down the road. 

For what it's worth, I think the tattooist did a great job with application, line-up, etc. I don't know the impact of the particular message or local culture where you are, buit educators here in the States (or most of them) don't have to worry about minor ink showing . . . 

Temporary make-up wasn't an option?

Yeah. I hear ya man. There were some fairly large parts that blew out. I understand the neck is a tricky spot. I take full responsibility for my displeasure with this one and am paying for it in heaps of cash, time and pain. And rightly so I suppose. It’s a flippin tattoo. Meant to be permanent. So the fact I even have the possibility of fixing this giant mistake should keep my complaining to a reasonable, endless and internal monologue l.  

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On 4/12/2019 at 11:52 AM, SStu said:

Yeah, the laser application process isn't precisely uniform - so the results are going to vary by degrees. It'll also take a month or more before you see what the real progress is in any area. There will be further fading from each session even 3-4 months down the road. 

For what it's worth, I think the tattooist did a great job with application, line-up, etc. I don't know the impact of the particular message or local culture where you are, buit educators here in the States (or most of them) don't have to worry about minor ink showing . . . 

Temporary make-up wasn't an option?

Yeah. I hear ya man. There were some fairly large parts that blew out. I understand the neck is a tricky spot. I take full responsibility for my displeasure with this one and am paying for it in heaps of cash, time and pain. And rightly so I suppose. It’s a flippin tattoo. Meant to be permanent. So the fact I even have the possibility of fixing this giant mistake should keep my complaining to a reasonable, endless and internal monologue l.  

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The pictures above are just an update. 4 days since first session. I’m simultaneously encouraged and discouraged by the progress. I see a few spots with really significant lightening others that look no different. I heard the first few sessions might not yield much. 

 

I’ll post when there is news. 

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PICO or Q-Switched laser? I had a small black tattoo lasered a few years ago. It didn't respond well at all. I did six sessions over the course of a year with a Q-Switched laser which was the only type available in my area. After six sessions, it was finally light enough for up for a coverup. Good luck!  I know the neck must suck...good luck!

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The neck is definitely no joke!!  I’m getting this done with a cutera enlighten pico laser. I’m noticing the horrible blurry and patchy progress that says “no turning back now!”  

Full week since I had the first session.  Neck is now just sensitive and a little itchy.   I believe I’ve read conflicting information on pain increase vs decrease with consecutive sessions but I’ll post how it goes  

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