Post # 1
There’s a thread going about how painful a tattoo is. I’ve experienced that before; it’s like a hot poking that you just want to swat away. On occasion, it gets very annoying, but it’s doable.
On the flip side, has anyone had a tattoo removed? I sorely want one gone (17 year old version of Jules made a big mistake) and I’m curious about how painful it is in relation to getting one.
Post # 3
a girl i work with has been getting a tattoo removed for a year now… she said it’s A THOUSAND times more painful then getting the tattoo. she can’t even explain how much it hurts.
she has to go in installments obviously because you need healing time between sessions etc.
she’s gone 4 times already and still has like 6 more times to go… it’s quite a process.
Post # 4
I can’t tell you, but I am curious about what tattoo you want to get rid of? Have a pic of it? Or a description?
Post # 5
Ive had 6 sessions at $200 a pop so far (for an $80 tattoo back in the day) and am not even half way done I dont think based on progress. Its the most painful 3 minutes of my life. It feels like hot oil being poured over my skin. I take a tylenol and have a lidocaine cream but those dont do much.
Ive taken a break because its more painful and expensive than I imagined.
Post # 6
@StuporDuck: I’ve heard it’s quite painful and expensive. What about getting it covered up with something else that’s more “Modern Day Jules”???
Post # 7
@MrsHart2Bee: Sadly, “Modern Day Jules” loathes the tattoo location and the stigma that comes along with it. I’d rather avoid the judgment that comes in the professional workplace. It’s on my ankle, and I’d like to wear skirts without it being visible.
@Choosgirl: I’m curious: How big was your tattoo, and what was the color scheme of it? I’ve heard certain inks are more difficult to remove, but I don’t recall which? Also, how many treatments did they project you’d need to be done? What is the length of time between sessions? Just curious. I’m set on giving this to myself as a birthday gift, I just want to be prepared for the consequences of my temporary insanity.
Post # 8
bestbuddies posted a thread about her tattoo removal process!
Post # 9
Oh god, same boat. Unfortunately, it’s six that 16-19 year old Brandy wants to get rid of. One I can cover (and have been thinking about doing), but the others span the entirety of my lower back and I don’t think there’s anything that can be done. I have a new artist that does beautiful work who might be able to cover it, but the cost is prohibitive.
This reminds me that the first time my FI’s grandpa saw me in a bikini, his first comment was, “My cousin’s son owns a tattoo removal place in Indiana, if you want me to talk to him.” Argh.
Post # 10
@vorpalette: Are you unhappy with the particular tattoos, or do you regret getting them in general?
I have one on my back I can deal with because shirts cover it, and plus I never see it anyway, so I forget about it. This ankle one has got.to.go!
Post # 11
@MissBoPeep: OOH! Thanks! This will be very helpful!
Post # 12
@StuporDuck: Awww :-/ I feel the same way. I have one on my chest (in between my bewwwbs) STUPID, but I plan to cover it with a chest piece.
Post # 13
I’m surprised it would be so much more painful than laser hair removal (which I had a few sessions of and wasn’t bad at all). Is there something different about the laser used with tattoo removal?
Post # 14
I would consider maybe just getting the tattoo covered instead of removed? I had a friend who had one removeed and he said it was HORRIBLY painful, so much so that he couldn’t even describe how awful it was.
I’m getting one on my hip covered soon. I’ll cover a tattoo before I remove it, any day.
The laser is much more powerful (as opposed to laser hair removal) because instead of just zapping hair out, it’s removing ink pigment from your skin. Much more in-depth than just hair removal.
Post # 15
@StuporDuck: my tattoo is all black and another reason I took a break is because I think I was being ripped off because I see less than 30% fading. I want my derm to do it but she charges $600 a session and says she uses the same laser at the “Spa” I was going to. The medlite c6 laser which is suppose to be the best. Ill wait til the wedding is done I cant do both right now. oh well.
They projected as many as 12 but they could not tell until we started because everyone reacts different and they dont know what kind of ink the tattoo artist used. I waited 6 weeks inbetween sessions.
Also no tanning on that area at all during the whole removal process. I looked real cute in St. Martin with a big ol bandage over my tattoo. NOT LOL
Post # 16
I went through a tattoo removal process over the course of 24 months to remove a dark grey/black outline tattoo from my upper chest area. It took a total of 16 sessions at $225 a piece plus the cost of the numbing cream. My tattoo originally cost $130 and was only mildly painful/uncomfortable to get. The removal process however, was extremely painful. I would often cry/tear up through the sessions because of the pain, but it is a matter of 1-2 minutes only (mine was the size of a fist). If you can tolerate real pain for a short time period, you can do it. Also, the first few sessions are more mild and the rest are usually at a stronger laser strength so you get to ease into the process a bit. I’ve also had a Brazilian laser hair removal which compared to tattoo removal, you can’t feel at all. (for reference)
That being said, I am glad I went through the process because now I can wear whatever I want withwore thinking about covering it up. To me it was worth all the pain and money to no longer see it when I look in the mirror!