Tattoo Removal Before the Wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

It’s almost gone… that’s a good sign! Ouch, getting them removed sounds painful. Just another reminder why I am never going to get inked myself lol. I definitely am fickle.

I hope that you achieve your goal – good luck!!

Post # 4
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1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Jeez that looks awful! Ive been getting lasering done every 7-8 weeks since christmas and although my tattoo is fading, i have my doubts as to whether it will ever be completely gone. my tattoo is on the back of my neck though, so thankfully i cant see it while its healing. 

do you think the co2 laser worked well enough? Im almost at the point i just want to surgically remove the damn thing lol im not removing it for the wedding. I could care less if my family and friends see it. Im doing it for professional reasons. I dont want to be judged based on a stupid 18 year old decision by my patients or colleagues.

this is my progression from before (top left), after first treatment (top right), after second treatment (bottom left), and after third treatment (bottom right)

And this is just after my sixth:

 

 

Post # 5
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2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m currently having tattoo removal done on my wrists using a Quanta Q-switch laser.

Did you just have the one treatment? I’m now 7 treatments in with the Q-switch.

I’m post-marriage, but getting them removed now that I’ve “grown up.” The actual procedure is quite painful, but after the laser stops, I am good to go, other than a little tenderness.

Before any treatments & after 6 sessions:

Post # 6
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I want several of my tattoos removed because they suck, but I’m too scared to throw money at a non-problem. I know a place here that basically uses a tattoo gun to scratch over the tattoo and then douses it with saline solution, which, to me, sounds like it would work.

Post # 7
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2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@vorpalette:  That would *not* work. Sorry. That would cause scars and all sorts of nastiness, but would not remove your tattoo.

Lasers, CO2 and excision remove tattoos. That is it.

Post # 8
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1243 posts
Bumble bee

I had a tattoo removed (about the size of a quarter, over my heart) about 4 years ago.  I could have likely gone for a few more treatments, however if you didn’t know it was there, and didn’t inspect me closely, you would not see anything there. To the OP (and others), if you can get it faded enough before the wedding, you should be able to at least cover it up. (Mine was impossible to cover with cosmetics)

 

Post # 9
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264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Dayna_RA:  Hi, I stupidly covered my arms in tattoos between the ages of 17 and 19…. I am just glad I got some sense and didn’t get more. I am usually ok about it and just cover my arms but wedding dress and tattoos just don’t go 🙁

I have been having laser tattoo removal doing 3 at a time for the past 2 years but they are just fading really slowly (rubbish immune system). I have found some glamerous fingerless gloves which go with my dress though and I will just photoshop the other tattoos that I don’t like out.

I have considered some rather drastic action but am just taking it slowly.

Yours is tiny and hardly notceable, you could get rid of any of those tattoo marks using a very simple photo program or even ask your photgrapher to do it for you.

Post # 11
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1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If yours are all as faded and far along as that photo you should be in great condition by the wedding.  Even if they are not totally gone you should easily be able to cover them with makeup at this point.

Post # 13
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@urchin:  But saline solutions are used to clean out wounds (it’s the recommended form of aftercare for a piercing). I don’t know, I did a bit of research after a friend mentioned this method (a local place does it). I found this thread, but I don’t know how reliable that is. The saline flushes the abrasions and the ink and the abrasions are done with a tattoo gun to get them down to where the ink is. Sounded better than a laser lol.

Post # 14
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1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Dayna_RA:  If you are really concerned about the one on your wrist can you wear a pretty, but thick bracelet or some kind of gloves on your wedding? Do you think some makeup on the area might help for photos?

 

Post # 15
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371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Dayna_RA:  if you aren’t able to fully remove it, there’s a coverup at Sephora that will completely hide it!

Post # 16
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207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have yet to see laser removal look inconspicuous and sometimes looks worse than if the person had just kept the tattoo. Saline and a tattoo gun does not sound like a win. Maybe a professional artist can airbrush the area?

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