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10th Treatment

I’m a little behind in posting updates. Here are pics from 5 weeks following my 10th treatment. I’m really not seeing much change anymore…

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These pics were taken about 5 weeks following my 9th treatment. I’ve now been receiving treatments for one year. I’m not seeing much progress with the kanji tattoo. This is frustrating.

9th treatment + 5 weeks

9th treatment + 5 weeks

And a reminder of where I started:

These photos were taken last week, the day before my 9th treatment. I think I’ve finally turned a corner, the ink seems to have faded quite a bit this past month. No problems with itching this time. The nurse said it might be because so much of the ink has lifted. Let’s hope it’s smooth sailing from here on.

When I look back at the photos from last summer, before my first treatment, it’s hard to believe the tattoos were ever as dark as they were. They’ve really faded a lot over the past year. I’m happy with the progress.

I’m guessing I’ll need at least 4 more treatments, especially on the kanji tattoo. The fine lines of the celtic tattoo seem to be fading evenly. So much for tattoo-free ankles this summer. Ah well, patience is a virtue, right?

8th laser treatment celtic tattoo

8th treatment + 5 weeks

8th treatment + 5 weeks

8th treatment + 5 weeks

Progress: no treatment, 1st treatment, 7th treatment

The last few months have been crazy and pics from treatment #6 got lost in the shuffle between moving from my old place to my new place. I haven’t been seeing much progress lately anyway, it seems. Here are the latest pics taken about 5 weeks following treatment #7. The pics actually look a bit more washed out than the real-life versions, but they’re definitely getting lighter. I’m afraid the doctor’s original assessment of 10 treatments each just isn’t going to cut it. I’m estimating 13-14 sessions to get these the majority of the way off.

My kanji tattoo, which is on the outside of my right ankle, has been itching like a MOFO. I’ve tried hydrocortisone and a few other sample prescription creams that the clinic has given me, but nothing seems to help. When I went in for my 8th treatment 2 weeks ago, they prescribed me some steroids to stop the itching which I have yet to fill. The redness you see in the photo is a direct result of me itching. The itch is compounded by whatever article clothing I happen to be wearing rubbing against the healing scab. Insanity.

The celtic tattoo is coming along, slowly but surely. My next appointment is scheduled for the first week in May. I’ll update the blog again before then with pics from treament 8 + 5 weeks.

5 weeks following treatment #7

7th laser tattoo treatment + 5 weeks

5 weeks following treatment #7

Treatments #4 and #5 are complete. I wasn’t sure they were fading much the last few months, but when I see the comparison it’s pretty obvious. Both tattoos are itching like crazy, it it’s difficult to keep from scratching (note the redness and puffiness on the kanji tattoo – yep, scratching). The laser treatments are feeling less severe – I just had the 6th treatment a few days ago and it was the least painful of the bunch. I”ll post those photos in a few weeks.

I’m hanging in there! This process takes forever. I’m hoping to have tattoo-free ankles by Labor Day.

3rd laser tattoo removal treatment

3rd laser tattoo removal treatment

 

Well, we’re making progress, although sometimes I feel like the tattoos can’t fade fast enough. I feel like I’ve plateaued a bit from sessions 3 to 4; just had the fourth session last week. I’ll post those pics in a few more weeks, as I seem to see the best results 4-5 weeks after each laser treatment.

The kanji tattoo remains relatively unchanged.

On July 23, 2009 I had my second laser tattoo removal treatment at Blink Skin Care. I was slightly less nervous this time around, and was in and out in about 20 minutes. They shot both ankles up with more lidocaine which hurt like a BITCH, but the pain from the laser this time was minimal.

laser tattoo removal before and after 2nd treatment

laser tattoo removal before and after 2nd treatment

 It’s been 17 days since the 2nd treatment and finally the intense itching has subsided. I’ve been treating the itch with a 1% hydrocortizone cream which has helped a little. It’s hard to tell on a day-to-day basis if the tattoo is fading (kinda like with weight loss), but when I see my own before and after photos I can see a huge difference. Overall, the celtic tattoo is much lighter and the fine lines are beginning to break up. I’m not noticing as much of a difference with the kanji tattoo, but it’s a thick black mark. I think this one will take more time.

Kanji tattoo after 2nd treatment

Kanji tattoo after 2nd treatment

 

The two photos of the kanji tattoo were taken at slightly different angles which explains the change in shape.

Overall, I’m extremely happy with the progress and have a feeling the celtic tattoo will be gone in less than the estimated 10 treatments.