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My new tattoo blog!

Hey guys, just wanted to let you know about my new and improved WordPress blog over at http://www.tattooremovalpics.com/. I’ve added a lot more content, including a forum and “tattoo cover-up” store, so make sure you check it out! Help build the online tattoo removal community!

Happy tattoo removal,

Deborah

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Two batches of pics this time – first set of pics were taken over the weekend, approximately 6 weeks following my 16th treatment. As you can see, I’m seeing little to no progress at this stage.

Second set of pics were taken this morning. Yesterday I had my 17th treatment at Blink. Joanie zapped me three times in a row, 20 minutes apart. Apparently they had more maintenance done to the laser. She is very surprised that I’m not reacting to the treatments. She said it is very unusual.

6 weeks following 16th treatment…. by the way, the ugly “lines” on my skin are from my socks:

Day after 17th treatment (three laser sessions within an hour). The redness usually only lasts 2-3 days. Fortunately, I have been healing nicely after every laser session. My skin is completely smooth over the tattoos. No scarring whatsoever:

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Not much to say here, the photos pretty much speak for themselves. It’s slow going at this point. All I can do is wait it out…

Photos taken six weeks following my 15th treatment. I started my treatments in June of 2009.

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Had my 15th treatment this morning. Blink is trying something new with me – today they gave me three separate treatments, 15 minutes apart, on both tattoos. We’re going to see if that moves things along a bit.

I supposed they progressed a little this time – I dnno, what do you guys think? Pics taken 6 weeks following my 14th treatment:

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Photos taken 6 weeks following my 13th laser treatment. I’m noticing no difference. The folks at Blink are also a little baffled. They guestimated that I’d be further along by now, based on my fair skin type and age of tattoos. The doctor did mention that ankles take the longest, because apparently it takes the body longer to traffic the debris away from this area. They’re planning to try another laser they haven’t used on me yet that targets different wavelengths the next time I come in. Treatment #14 was last Tuesday and it still hurt like a mofo. According to the doc, this is good news. Still lots of ink there (obviously). Strangely enough, the topical lidocaine has completely stopped working on my ankles. I’ve noticed this the past few times I’ve gone in. The nurse, Joanie, asked me not to use it next time (since it’s not numbing me anyway) to see if the treatment is more effective.

Sigh… I have a feeling I’ll need around 20 treatments to get these tattoos where I want them. Not exactly what I was expecting…

Photos are not retouched.

13th laser tattoo treatment

13th laser tattoo treatment

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These pics were taken 6 weeks after my 12th treatment. I just got my 13th treatment on November 2, and will post those pics in another few weeks. Overall, not seeing much change at this stage. They’ve got me maxed out on the laser – I went from a level 3 to a level 12 over the course of 13 treatments. Yes, it still hurts like hell. I noticed Blink Skincare, where I go for my laser treatments, has posted a series of videos documenting the treatment process of one of their customers, who went on to describe the laser pain as a “2 on a scale of 1-10.” What?!

laser tattoo removal treatment #12

I realize the ink in these latest pics actually looks darker than the last few treatments, which is mostly due to the lighting (indoor vs. outdoor). The pics above are more accurate than the outdoor shots. This is the real thing, kids – 17 months of treatments and still a long way to go.

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From 5 weeks after my 11th treatment. I got my 12th laser treatment this morning. Sorry about the leg hair.

Before laser treatments and after 11th treatment. Time elapsed = 1 year 2 months:

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