This is a blog post from a patient of Remove A Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic in Mequon, WI. She is in the midst of the removal process and blogs about a week after each visit to describe her experience.
There were three things about this appointment that made it better than the previous two. The first, and arguably the most important thing, was the numbing cream. What a difference this made! I was very skeptical about the numbing cream but Dr. Brotzman assured me that I would love it. I had to arrive to my appointment one hour early to let the numbing cream take affect. That was no big deal – I just sat out in the waiting area and read a book. You have to have the cream covered in saran wrap and periodically touch it to make sure that it is against the skin. Having my neck and ears covered in saran wrap did earn me quite a few stares and side glances.
Dr. Brotzman brought me back after an hour and handed me the stress ball and told me to have a seat. I held the cooling machine on my ears for a few seconds and then he started. I still felt the laser but it felt like more of a hard snap or a force hitting my skin than a burning painful sensation. This time Dr. Brotzman held the cooling machine for me, which brings me to the second thing that made this appointment far better.
It is much different when someone holds the cooling machine. I think that I get so freaked out and stressed that I am unable to aim the machine where the laser is hitting me. With Dr. Brotzman holding it, I was able to focus on other things, like trying to pop the stress ball and remembering to breath. He was able to aim it where the laser was, which was very helpful.
It was time to move on to my neck. Again, the numbing cream helped a TON. I would highly recommend it. I could still feel the heat and the force of the laser, but it was completely tolerable. Dr. Brotzman finished the black and used another laser for the red. Initially, I bragged to him that it didn’t hurt at all but I spoke too soon. The red felt like a dull stinging when it was near my clavicle.
I was bandaged up and sent on my way with an ice pack (very nice touch!), an appointment eight weeks out, and a piece of candy. This was the third thing that made this appointment better. I think all doctors should give out candy or stickers. It reminded me of those Saf-T suckers I used to get at the doctor.
The drive home still stung but the ice Dr. Brotzman gave me helped. I had to stop at the store for more bandages and tape so I got some more curious stares. The first 24 hours was pretty tough. I was up all night long and had hot and cold flashes, which I am not sure was the tattoo or the illness I had come down with. When I took the bandage off there was about 15 very angry blisters on my neck.
I am now three days out from my appointment. It turned out the fever was from an illness and not the tattoo removal. Everything is healing as normal and is beginning to itch. This appointment was a much better experience and I am anxiously awaiting my next one in 8 weeks!