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  1. I just heard about it last week! Seems you do the audio blast along with laser and multiple passes of laser in one session. Makes me wonder if I’d be able to take it as I can’t even imagine what going for a second and third pass would be like. I would definitely like to try though, the results looked unreal. Like completely gone after two or three sessions.
  2. Yes. The question is how many sessions it will take. apparently there is fine tuning that takes place also, if my artist mixed the black with blue, or with any other colors I understand that could have an impact. My Dr said the main factor is my immune system and how healthy it is. A healthy immune system will clear away the pieces quicker. I think I have a healthy immune system. Also, higher blood flow areas fade quicker too. So I’ve got that going for me.
  3. Yeah, I was cautioned that it might not show much results the first couple sessions while frequency is getting dialed. This is also a newer tattoo I got a year and a half ago. Nitrous was only administered during the procedure and I saw online this is a pain management option for some laser places. I elected to skip it this time and found it easier to deal with the pain with a clear head. I don’t typically read people going on about the pain part and don’t know if I just have lower tolerance or if it’s because of the location but I’ve found this to be more painful than expected and a different pain lasts well past the procedure.
  4. Ok. Second session done. No gas this time, only used numbing cream. I would say it hurt just as bad but was bearable. I know the settings were more intense this time because an hour later and it is swelling up and red all over whereas the first time only had minimal swelling and redness faded rather quickly.
  5. Well, today is my second session. I was so nervous about it that my hands were sweating and heart rate rising just making the appointment. The first session my doctor recommended I use nitrous. He explained this would not lessen pain but would decrease my relationship with the pain and make the procedure better for me. I went along with the recommendation and plan on doing this session without. I really didn’t like the other effects of using nitrous. Teenage me probably would have been thrilled but 14 years sober me prefers not experiencing intoxication whenever possible. So I’m lathering up a numbing cream (aspercreme) and hoping I can get through this without any gas. Here are before pictures, taken today, approximately six weeks from the first session.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. I do this too!! I know I love tattoos, and feel like my body is more my own with them, but I have this same reaction. Wow, makes me feel better to learn someone else has this too! Thanks for sharing.
  14. All comments above have helped me get a different perspective and I thank you all. I have now come to see it not as I had envisioned but as it is and this is helping quite a bit. As with each tattoo I have gotten, I need a break in and adjustment phase. Right around the time it has healed and doesn’t look shiny, plastic, I start getting a perspective that most closely resembles how I will feel going forward. I guess no different than most things in life, it’s better than a lot of other possibilities, not what I expected, and if I focus on the things I like about it, I will feel good about it. Thanks!