The "Thing"

The dark spot indicates the higher-powered laser zap.

If you read my previous post (Tatoo? What tattoo?), you are aware that yesterday was my first date with the Art Erase laser. Instead of having the entire surface zapped (as I anxiously imagined), the laser tech performed two patch tests. Why? Well, here are a few reasons why it’s important to do test patches.

  1. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to lasers and various laser settings. (Read: The technician was looking out for me and my delicate skin.)
  2. I could not answer the technician’s question about titanium (found in white ink). At the time I received the tattoo, I didn’t know to ask the tattoo artist if he was using a pink ink or a red ink mixed with white ink. It seems titanium reacts to lasers in the opposite way other non-titanium inks do. They get DARKER!!! Don’t want that. (Again: the technician is looking out for me, this time it’s my sanity she’s concerned about.)
  3. Sun exposure of the area can play tricks with the technician’s eyes, and therefore decrease the quality of the removal. The technician wants to be certain that the treated area matches the normal tone of the surrounding non-tattooed skin. (Again: a sign that the technician is skilled and cares about the results and keeping the customer happy!)
  4. We all have different thresholds for pain. The technician used the patch test as an opportunity for me to ease into the pain instead of thrusting me head on (in this case, forearm on) into agony. (Again: the technician wants me to have a pleasant and fulfilling experience.)

My tattoo is not much bigger than a quarter, as you can see from the image above. Regardless, the process to have it removed is just over $1200.00. (I was able to get a deal and am only paying $600.00.) At first, I thought this was a bit much. (Hell, I didn’t even pay for the thing in the first place!) But after visiting the technician yesterday, I realized that I am paying for the skills of an expert team of health professionals. I want zero remnants of this “thing” to remain and am confident that my wish will be granted.

(By the way, there was little pain involved. Because it was just two zaps of the laser, I declined any numbing cream. They just felt like a rubber band being snapped across my arm. A few minutes later, the skin raised and warmed in the two spots. Nothing a little bit of Vaseline and band-aid couldn’t soothe. My next visit is February 7.)

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  1. Hi there. I would love to hear and see an update on how the removal of the pink ink is going. Still wanting to remove my pink ink but im scared of it all going brown and then not getting better….?! Hope all is well thank you

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    • Hey! I haven’t forgotten about you. I have 1 or two more treatments. Here is a link to an image of what it looks like now after my 5th treatment: https://paularenee.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/tattoo_5_treatments.jpg

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    • Wow. That looks great.. thank you . Seriously so much. I am having a hard time deciding if i should move forward with my removal because im afraid if mine goes dark it wont fade as well as this. Do you have pix from each session?? Did it ever feel raised or look weird?? I may removed the black outlines and then see about the colour..

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    • It was never raised. I didn’t like the place I went to for my first two treatments. However, the second place and final place I found, Zapatat, have done a great job and took pictures along the way. Let me see if I can pull some of them together for you.

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    • Oh wow. Thank you so much. So it took awhile to all turn browny?? My test spot went brown… I want to retest the spot to see if itll fade more and not go darker. But he doesnt see a point.

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    • Hii. I just wanted to ask. How many sessions did they do on the pink to get that faded? What laser do they use?? Do you think it will be removed 100% . I cant believe how almost gone it is haha yay. Oh also. When they just treated the outline did the pink change at all that may have got hit by the laser?? Thank you

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  2. Aww. Thank you. i hope its super faded for you. After you treated the whole tattoo dis it all go brown…. After the second time you treated it did it lighten then at all or is this only the second treatment on the pink. What made you/them decide to go ahead with the pink too? The brown spot on mine looks like its gotten darker … Its been almost amonth since it was treated so im hoping within the next two weeks itll fade a bit as the body breaks it down?!?

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    • This is the first treatment that the pink has been lasered outside of the first test patch shown. The technician explained that if it gets darker, it’s a good thing because then the laser can actually treat the dark pigment. Kind of a round about way of getting the pink to go away: make it darker so it can be broken down.

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  3. Thank you! What do you mean by its scabbing? Sorry im confused?? Did all the pink go brown? Has it faded at all after the second session. Will it completely fade out. Or are you still considering a cover up. Do you feel comfortable posting a pic of it in the healing process. Thanks again. has this laser place treated other pinks? What was the result?

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    • Right now, the skin is brown only because of the scab that is covering the actual surface of the tattoo. I can’t see how much of the pink has faded until the surface skin heals, probably in another two weeks.

      Only because I have an emotional attachment to this tattoo, I am considering covering it up with a tattoo to replace the negative energy. However, I probably won’t do that right away.

      I will put together some side-by-side images of before, during and after this week and post.

      The laser place has treated pinks and other colors mixed with white ink, which is the main issue…white ink doesn’t respond to lasers like other pigmented colors. I am very anxious for this to heal about as much as you are!

      🙂

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  4. Sorry to keep bothering you.. just wondering if the brown faded after the second session??I’m so terrified to keep going with this removal om scared it will all turn brown and not be able to be removed. Do you think its unhealthy for. Our system to break down these chemicals? How many more treatments do u think u will need. Thank you. Do you know what laser wavelength they use on the brown colour.

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    • It’s only been 10 days since my last treatment. The brown I am seeing is scabbing. Is it good for our system? Uuugghh, who knows. But it’s like eating paint. At least there’s no lead in the pigment. 🙂

      I am going to sit down with the owner of the place I received my treatment and ask some pointed questions related to that. Honestly, it wasn’t healthy for me to get the tattoo in the first place…for many, many reasons.

      Keep bothering me. You are reminding me of things I need to ask and write about.

      Namaste!

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  5. Heeyy… did you have success with removing this tattoo. I am getting a pink tattoo removed and my test patch turned brown please your dot did.. is that the same as paradoxical darkening? Its not black? Thank you

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    • I need to follow-up on this. My tattoo removal was a success but took more treatments and a change in treatment approach. Let me find the info and I’ll share as a response to your comment…

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    • Thank you I am eager to see/hear what happened. I’m so nervous about starting this journey

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    • I just had my third treatment on Sunday. Start by checking out Zapatat. Once this completely heals in about 3 weeks, I’ll share my results. 🙂

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