It has been over six months since my last treatment. I wanted to give the tattoo enough time to fade and I was hoping the last treatment was the final one. There was still a good amount of ink in the star on my left ear and you could see the faded outline of the bird on my neck, so I decided it was time to come in for a treatment.
You don’t have to wait 6 months in between treatments. Actually, Dr. Brotzman doesn’t recommend it – it just prolongs the process. Most of the fading is complete about 4-6 weeks after removal. I just kept putting it off for various reasons – I had a number of events and I didn’t want to deal with the healing and then I hurt my back and was taking advil.
The tattoo appointment was pretty standard. I prepped my tattoo at home by first shaving the area and then applying numbing cream. My skin gets pretty red from the numbing cream, so I take pictures before I put it on. Dr. Brotzman was pleased with the fading of the tattoos and got me all set up with the laser. Because there was less ink in the tattoo, the actual time under the laser went quickly.
It’s always the first pop of the laser that I don’t like. I have never been one for loud noises. It makes me nervous and it is quite loud. One reason for this may be because I am getting ink on my ear lobe removed. This time Dr. B had the idea to put cotton in my ears and it made all the difference in the world.
Healing for this treatment took a little longer than usual. I am usually back to normal within a week, but this time the redness lasted about a week and a half. I have been diligent about drinking water, applying sunscreen, and exercising when I can.
I am so glad I made the decision to get my tattoo removed with Dr. Brotzman and I look forward to seeing the rest of the ink clearing from this last appointment!