Treatment four. I have now been working at this tattoo removal thing for a little over five months (I say it like I do so much more than show up and sit in a chair for 5 minutes). I am very happy with the fading so far and am beginning to see an end in sight!
For the last few treatments, Dr. Brotzman has been mentioning using something on me called a Ruby laser. The first thing he told me about it was that it “smarts” a bit. Then he told me that it causes more blisters than the other laser. Great.
This time Dr. B. tried to use the Ruby laser on me but since I am a wimp and I had an event coming up that I couldn’t have blisters for, I was able to avoid it for one more week. I am not too excited about anything “smarting” more than it already does but supposedly this will make my ink fade faster.
Since the numbing cream made treatment number three so easy, I decided to come in earlier and let it sit for an hour and a half before the treatment. Again, this was no big deal.
We started with the ears. My right ear has been fading quite a bit and you can almost see the skin under the tattoo. It doesn’t even look like a star anymore. My left ear is still pretty dark. I asked Dr. B. the reasoning for this and in my nervousness I forgot his answer.
This treatment wasn’t a walk in the park – even with the numbing cream. My ear stung a lot. It felt closer to the pain of treatment number two. It is possible that I accidentally rubbed some of the cream off while I was waiting because the other ear wasn’t as bad.
My neck wasn’t so bad. Again, I could feel the strength of the laser hitting my skin but not the burn or the pain. Dr. B treated the black first and then the red and bandaged me up. I made my appointment for eight weeks out and left with an ice pack.
Then the itching started. My ears and neck itched like crazy. I tried hydrocortisone cream and Benadryl. You can’t really scratch the area, so I spent a lot of time tapping my fingers against it or rubbing it. I found that standing in the shower with the water pressure on took some of the itch away.
Dr. B. thinks I have 6 more treatments left – maybe less with the Ruby. My next treatment will be the halfway point and I cannot wait to see the continued progress!