(Closed) Spin-Off: Tattoo Removal Pain

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
Member
2274 posts
Buzzing bee

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
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83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
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431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@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 # 9
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11242 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 12
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431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@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
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13102 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
Hostess
3377 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@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
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71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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!

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