Eight years. I have been researching tattoo removal for eight years. I suppose it doesn’t really matter why I wanted my tattoo gone. I just wanted it, the hummingbird on the side of my neck that many mistook for a scorpion, off of me. So I researched. I planned. I knew that I had good chances of complete removal due to the location and that I could expect 8-10 treatments. I knew about the different types of lasers. I read stories and blogs and research articles. I read yelp reviews. I guess you could say I obsessed a little.
I also knew that it would hurt. I heard phrases like “rubber bands snapping on skin” or “hot oil splattering on your skin.” Megan Fox went on Ellen and said it felt like popcorn exploding under your skin. The thought made me nauseous.
I began making appointments and would chicken out each time. There was the place in Chicago. The place in Madison. The place in Milwaukee that offered a groupon. I actually made it to that appointment but when I asked questions the guy told me my skeptical attitude would make it impossible to remove the tattoo. He told me a big part of the tattoo removal process was believing it away.
I heard of Dr. Brotzman and made a consult appointment with him. I almost didn’t make it. I asked a lot of questions and was very nervous. One of the most helpful things he told me was after a long series of questions. He looked at me and said “you know you would be done by now.” Thankfully, I was breastfeeding and couldn’t proceed. I left promising to call him when I was done.
I didn’t. I researched some more. I heard about a new cream coming out and decided to wait for that. Then my neighbor went and got his tattoo removal started. It was time.
I was almost sick with nerves when I showed up. I opted out of the numbing cream. I decided to get my ear lobes and neck treated. Dr. Brotzman told me it would be about 90 seconds and that he would do a test patch so I could see what it felt like. I won’t lie. It stung. He had me put cold air on my skin to numb it. That helped a lot. He talked me through the neck tattoo and let me know when he was at the halfway point.
And that was it! Honestly I felt silly for how nervous I was. I was bandaged up, given an aftercare sheet and was told to text him the next day to let him know how I was doing.
The drive home was uncomfortable. It felt like a very bad sunburn. I iced it every two hours and spent the day laying low.
I got blisters about two days later which popped and then flaked off. The worst part about the healing process was keeping my neck bandaged and not exercising for a few days.
I am two weeks out and am very pleased with the fading already. I can’t wait to see it change in the next coming weeks and am anxiously awaiting appointment number two!
If you live in the greater Milwaukee area and are looking to have laser tattoo removal, give Remove A Tattoo in Mequon a call at 414-617-2849. Let us help you start on your journey today!