I have had two treatments since my last posting. That means that I have had seven total sessions on my neck and ears and will be approaching the one-year mark of tattoo removal next month.
I am seeing some decent fading with my neck tattoo. Almost all of the red is gone and the outline is faded in some spots. The outlines take longer to remove because of the ink density. My right ear continues to fade more than my left ear but both are coming along nicely.
I have been very careful with the recovery process. I always use sunscreen, I drink water, I exercise and I follow the aftercare instructions when the site is healing. It is hard to always remember sunscreen – I have containers placed everywhere in case I forget.
For the last two treatments I have been using the numbing cream at home. This is a much easier option and allows me to save a little time. I apply the cream at home two hours before my appointment and cover the tattoo with saran wrap. The numbing cream turns my skin bright red but seems to do the trick.
I can still definitely feel the laser while I am getting treated. It still feels like a strong snap of a rubber band. Waiting for the power of the first snap is the worst. Icing it, especially on the drive home, helps a lot.
There has been some pretty intense itching during the healing process of the tattoo the last two times. This is normal but very challenging because you can’t exactly scratch the area. My earlobes itch very badly and I have found that rubbing the back of them helps immensely. Itching my neck requires some light tapping, which doesn’t help.
Dr. B. said at this appointment that we have about 5 more treatments left. We are spacing the treatments every 8 weeks. That means I should see complete removal of the tattoo in about 10 months. It has been a week since my seventh appointment and I am excited and anxious for this tattoo to be gone!