5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got My Tattoos Removed

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got My Tattoos Removed

Angelina Jolie Worst Tattoo

Good news, you’re not alone. Celebrities also had tattoos that spell REGRETS. Angelina Jolie (though she appears as a woman who thinks she knows what she really wants) had a bad tattoo. Angelina Jolie had her Billy Bob tattoo permanently erased.  Johnny Depp had her Winona tattoo removed. Both Aunt Angie and Uncle Johnny have tattoo regrets that they couldn’t get away from because their old tattoos are posted everywhere on the internet. But at least they didn’t have financial regrets when it comes to their laser tattoo removal cost. 

Jeffree Star Tattoo Diaries

Jeffree Star’s Tattoo Diaries uploaded on his YouTube channel may make you grieve for your own tattoos. I watched the full series and didn’t grieve at all for the lost art on my skin though there were things I wish I knew before I had my tattoos removed through PicoSure. Here are some of them: 

ONE TATTOO SESSION IS NOT ENOUGH

I wish I was emotionally and financially ready to spend time and money before deciding to remove my tattoos. Some people think getting a tattoo removal is a walk in the park – you simply go to a clinic, spend an hour there and your tattoos are done. You must be emotionally prepared to go through the blisters, redness, and pain after the procedure. You must also be financially ready to spend more for another session or two. 

Weeks before I had my PicoSure session, I watched some tattoo removal videos and was amazed by the before and after results. I also watched live tattoo removal videos and saw how some tattoos respond well to laser treatment. I thought maybe mine would take only one session but I was wrong. Even a session isn’t enough for my blue colored tattoo. I did four sessions with my other tattoos and some colors are still visible though some are already gone. 

 

Pico Tattoo Removal

 

THE LOCATION OF YOUR TATTOO DOES MATTER

It took weeks for my treated ankle tattoo to be healed. Also, I’ve noticed that the tattoo on my back was the fastest one to heal and fade though there are some specific reasons why tattoos fade. One reason is if your tattoo is always exposed to the UV rays. The UV rays will most certainly cause fading and skin aging. Some experts believe that if you don’t want your tattoos to fade, you should choose areas where they are least exposed to the sun or where there’s less friction. Here’s another suggestion: choose to be tattooed far from the heart

Tattoos that are near your heart are the ones easier to treat. Maybe that’s the reason why my ankle tattoo is too stubborn. I’m on my fourth session and I can say it doesn’t respond well to the treatment. Areas with poor circulation don’t usually get good tattoo removal results, as what most dermatology experts stated. They don’t heal fast. 

 

YOUR TATTOO REMOVAL RESULT DEPENDS ON THE COLOR OF YOUR TATTOO

The color of your tattoo matters so much if you are planning to undergo a tattoo removal procedure.  Based on my experience, the colors that are difficult to treat through PicoSure are: red, yellow and blue while the ones that respond well to the treatment are green and black. Since the success of your tattoo removal depends on your tattoo, do not limit to only one laser treatment. I did PicoSure and RevLite and it’s easy for me to identify which one is the most effective. PicoSure failed to treat the red and yellow ones. As a result, I tried RevLite since it’s known to be effective in removing the difficult colors I mentioned. 

In the photo below, you may notice that it took me three sessions for the red ink to fade away. 

 

PicoSure Laser Treatment Before and After Result 

CHECK AGAIN IF YOUR TATTOO WAS DONE BY AN AMATEUR OR A PROFESSIONAL

You’re in luck if your tattoo was done by an amateur. Tattoos done by amateurs are the ones that offer promising tattoo removal results. When I had my first consultation with Dr. Neil Oropeza, he asked me about the age of my tattoos and if they were done professionally. He also asked me about the quality of the ink. He was worried that my tattoo artists used vegan ink because he said the PicoSure treatment is not the best choice for that type of ink. It’s helpful to reach out to your tattooist before going to any clinic to help you answer such questions. 

Amateur tattoos are uneven and did not penetrate deeply into the skin, making the whole tattoo removal procedure challenging yet easier to treat. Professional tattoo artists are more skilled in penetrating the ink deep into your skin, thus the tattoos are more difficult to remove or fade naturally. 

Ugly tattoos

 

DON’T SETTLE FOR ONE TYPE OF LASER TREATMENT

Before going through a laser tattoo removal, be wise enough to research and educate yourself on other types of laser treatment. As I’ve said before, I tried RevLite only when I found out that some colors are hard to treat by PicoSure. I had a colorful tattoo on my hand so I decided to try multiple laser treatments. I’ve had two RevLite sessions after my PicoSure treatments to determine which colors respond better to specific colors. My laser tattoo removal before and after photos would show you how my tattoos respond to the treatment. 

The PicoSure tattoo removal cost is higher than other laser treatments. However, it’s considered one of the top choices by most patients who are eager to remove their tattoos fast. If you do further research, you might be surprised to know that there are actually some groups online that discuss removing their tattoos naturally, that means no laser treatments involved. 

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PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Experience and Results

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Experience and Results

 

My first PicoSure laser tattoo removal experience was the biggest struggle in my life. My second was tolerable, thanks to the genius who discovered anesthesia. The tattoo removal cost is high yet worth it. Here are my before and after photos, they are unfiltered to clearly view my laser tattoo removal results.

 

Hand Tattoo

 

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

First Week

Redness of the treated area is common. Pain level is 7/10

 

2nd Session 7

Second Week

Slowly healing; first time to experience itchiness 

 

2nd Session 15

After a month

(Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink.)

 

Tattoo Comparison 2

First Session VS Second Session

 The second session is obviously a big improvement – the green ink is almost invisible. And yes, no scars. 

 

Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results

 

 

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

 

 

Foot Tattoo

 

2nd Session 2

First Week

Blisters are expected, as what I mentioned in my previous blog post

 

2nd Session 12

Second Week

I probably had an infection because I stayed in a hot and humid place for a week so the treated area became really dry. It was too itchy so I was tempted to continuously scratch it until it became red. I was supposed to use the aftercare cream for two weeks more or until the areas are completely healed but I only applied the cream for a week. 

 

Cream 1

Aftercare cream

Tip: Never look for cheaper alternatives, always use the cream given by your doctor 

 

2nd Session 11

After a month

The result in my first session was better than the second one perhaps because of the infection.

 

Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results

 

Session Comparison 2

 

 

Finger Tattoo

 

2nd Session 5

First Week

Healed the fastest; the blisters only lasted for a day

 

2nd Session 6

After a month

Another session might completely make the blue ink visible. As what I’ve noticed blue and green inks are easy to treat.

 

 

Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results

 

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Before and After Photos

 

Basic Things To Know About PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

 

Cream vs Injection

 

To start with, if you’re planning to get your tattoo removed, always choose the anesthesia via injection. It works like magic. My comment on using numb creams: It’s like having that part of your tattoo session when the artist starts deeply shading your tattoo. But it’s more painful and less tolerable.

 

 

The Color of Your Tattoo Ink Matters

Yes, if your tattoo was done by a professional. The most difficult colors to treat are red and yellow.  Based on my experience, the green and black ones are the best colors for PicoSure treatment.

As you can see below the picture, the red lips of the woman are still visible. Even her orange hair and yellow colored eyes. Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink. What a desperate move to remove tattoos laserless.

 

2nd Session 18

 

Not 100% Pain-Free

 

Another brilliant idea that my doctor shared with me is that you can request for an anesthesia via injection without being scared of needles by applying numb cream first before the injection.

Shaving is Everything

 

One of my regrets during my first PicoBlast session was I didn’t shave. I had anesthesia alright but it was a bit painful each time the light hits the hair on my skin. So if you’re going to have the laser tattoo removal on some hairy parts of your body then start shaving.

 

 

Treasure Your First 15-20 Minutes Feeling Invincible

 

Your first fifteen to twenty minutes during your laser tattoo removal session could be one of the best times of your life. After those triumphant moments, suffer the stinging pain that will last for a day or two.

 

 

Q and A About Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal

 

Here are some of the questions (I’m not really good at Q & As but will try to give relevant answers) some curious readers asked me about PicoSure:

Why should I choose PicoSure over RevLite? 

I’ve never tried RevLite treatment and never seen its before and after photos. However, based on my doctor’s experience he admitted that one PicoSure session is equivalent to almost ten to fifteen sessions of RevLite. RevLite costs almost 8500php per session. If you’re smart enough, you can figure it out.

“PicoSure both heats and fractures the ink so that’s why it’s more efficient.”

How painful is PicoSure?

If you’re using the PicoSure machine only to treat acne scars then it’s not painful. Tattoo removal procedures are painful. But you can have anesthesia via injection so it’s pain-free. You can only feel the stinging pain after the anesthesia wears off.

What will my skin look like right after the treatment? Should I expect scars?

Expect your skin to be a bit swollen. Also, expect blisters. I didn’t experience any scars in my first session so I think you’ll be alright.

How long does it take for my skin to completely heal?

It depends on how you care for your treated skin. Mine started healing after two to three weeks. Don’t forget to use the cream prescribed by your doctor.

Does the age of my tattoo matters?

I think it does. The older the tattoo, the better. It’s not just the age but also the quality of the ink, how deep the ink is placed and if it’s done professionally.

I didn’t include some other questions because they’re too scientific and I’m afraid I don’t have the knowledge to answer them. My advice is to go to the doctor who can perform your PicoSure treatment so he or she can do the assessment himself/ herself.

If you’re too worried about the pain, you should start worrying about the needle injection and not the whole session itself. You have anesthesia so why worry?

If you’re interested and want to know more about PicoSure and tattoo removal cost, you better check some clinics that offer tattoo removal near you or if you’re living in Davao City you may contact:

Dr. Neil Oropeza
General Practitioner
Oroderm
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Dermhaus Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur

 

Update: 

I already had my third tattoo removal session. You can check the laser removal results here.

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