I Had My Tattoos Lasered Off And This Is What It Felt Like
Pretty damn painful if I'm honest but the results are AMAZING
I got my first tattoo when I was barely 19 and I thought I was pretty damn tough. Back then only bikies and ex-cons sported ink – bikies, ex-cons and me.
I delighted in announcing the fact I had a tattoo to all and sundry and insisted on showing not just my friends but complete strangers.
Some 20 odd years later and my tattoo collection (six) seemed less rebel chic and more totally naff and so I decided they had to go. I did a little research and decided on a course of PicoSure laser treatments.
At my first session Dr Saras Sundrum, of Dr Saras and Co, explained that my tattoos would likely need five to seven treatments before disappearing altogether.
She also let me know that the treatment can be ‘uncomfortable’. Still, I wanted those suckers gone and so I told her I was up for it. She applied some numbing cream and left it work its magic. Some 15 to 20 minutes later we got to work.
Well, Dr Saras did anyway. It was time to press on.
She fired up the laser, I popped on some dark glasses in order to protect my eyes, and then we got started.
As she worked Dr Saras explained that PicoSure uses patented technology to deliver short pulses of energy into the skin.
This energy targets the tattoo ink which then breaks up into tiny particles.
These are so small they are then absorbed into the body.
Of course I didn’t really hear anything much because the laser was making a weird crackling noise and it hurt like a million burning suns.
Still, five super speedy treatments later, and my clean skin fantasy is close to becoming reality and the ahem … discomfort has been worth it.
Does it hurt? Honestly – yes. But my tattoos aren’t large and the treatments are over before you know it. If you have a full sleeve or a large tattoo things might be different however.
Some doctors, Dr Saras included, will provide a local anaesthetic if it’s needed so do ask about that.
After my sessions the skin around my tattoo swelled and dramatically. But after icing this calmed quickly and then I was out of there and in no discomfort whatsoever. Amazing when you think about it.
PicoSure Tattoo Removal costs vary depending on the size of your tattoo and who carries out your treatment, but you’re likely looking at $500 a go. Some ink colours are easier to remove than others so your tattoo may disappear quickly or take longer than expected.
The number of treatments will also be affected by the placement of your tattoos. Mine are on my inner wrists – a tricky place for removal as it’s a long way from the heart and the blood is slower … or something like that?
Apparently those on the chest and body areas nearer the heart do break down more quickly. I wish I’d known this before I had them tatted on. Ah hindsight.
On that, Dr Saras recommends you do plenty of research before you book in to see someone.
Ask which type of laser will be used, what type of training and qualifications the practitioner has and how experienced they are at tattoo removal with this particular laser.
You want a professional – not someone who bought a laser to make a few bucks. A doctor is the way to go – and an experienced one at that.