I went in to my appointment for treatment #2 feeling fairly confident. The pain from treatment #1 wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined it to be and the healing/wound care had been annoying but not terrible. My appointment was scheduled for 5pm and I was a little concerned about having to wake up at night to ice the tattoo every two hours.
Dr. Brotzman took pictures of the fading from the first session. My neck had faded slightly and there was some decent fading on my earlobes. Then Dr. Brotzman informed me that the strength of the laser was increased every session. I had no idea that this was even possible! I thought that the first time would be the worst and it would be smooth sailing after that. I immediately became a nervous wreck again. I decided that I would try the laser without the numbing cream and if the pain was unbearable I would come in an hour early next time for the cream.
I stalled for a bit, asked some questions, and cooled my neck. When I was ready we started on my ear lobes. The pain level was about the same as the first time. We moved on to my neck. The neck is a pretty sensitive area but I made it through. I had to be told to breathe once or twice. I’m surprised I didn’t pop the stress ball that is provided.
Dr. Brotzman uses a different laser for the red in the tattoo and I almost decided that I was done for the day after the black. My neck was sore and I was done. But… I really want to keep the process moving so I decided it go ahead and do the red. It wasn’t nearly as bad as the black and only took about 20 seconds.
I decided that next time I am going to try the numbing cream. I will have to come in an hour early and hang out while my neck numbs. I don’t think I will need it on my ears because it’s over so quickly. I am also going to bring an ice pack with me for the drive home, which is probably the worst part. I imagine it is a similar feeling to going sun tanning on planet Mercury.
didn’t actually wake up at all to ice my neck that night. I only ended up icing it once, which is a lot less than the recommended 12 times in thefirst 24 hours. This time the aftercare part seemed a little easier. I only wore a bandage for two days. There was some redness around the tattoo that I didn’t have the first time.
It is now five days out and I am in the peeling and itching stage of healing. I make sure to drink a ton of water, work out and cover my neck and ears with sunscreen every two hours if I am going to be outside. Treatment #2 was easier in terms of aftermath, but was more difficult in terms of the actual treatment. I am encouraged by the fading thus far and cannot wait for treatment #3!
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