Sayonara Butterfly Tattoo: Part Two

(Part one with before photo here.)

So, yeah. I kind of disappeared over the summer in regards to the tattoo removal, but I’m back with an update!

I have now officially had three treatments on my tattoo, and I can see some fading, although it is definitely a slow process. I was told it would take around 10-12 treatments, so I’m hoping for complete removal by next summer. (Isn’t it crazy? A hasty 30-minute decision 20 years ago takes over a year to remove?? Ugh.)

Here are the progress photos so far.

The overall treatment takes less than 5 minutes, is mildly painful (I use numbing cream and ice beforehand), and takes about 1 week for the skin to heal after the laser treatment.

Although, this photo is kind of painful looking, no?

That’s what it looks like for about a week after treatment. Ouch.

Here’s my tattoo removal self portrait. Fancy, huh? Proof that I can still operate and aim my camera while being sabotaged with lasers. Can’t be THAT painful, right?

Don’t forget the groovy protective eyewear I get to sport!

My next appointment is in about a month or so, so I’ll be back with an update. ALSO! I’ve been doing laser hair removal on my underarms, and let me just say, I love it. No long, drawn out waiting periods on that front. I’ve had 3 treatments on my underarms, and I only need to shave about once a week. (I previously needed to shave every day.) It is THE AWESOME, people. I can’t believe how fast the hair has been eliminated!

If you’re looking for a little laser love, check out South Coast Med Spa’s awesome deals on laser tattoo removal and laser hair removal. Tell ‘em I sent ya, and maybe I’ll see you there!

  1. Danielle (elleinadspir)

    September 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Laser is the best. Had bikini and under arm done years ago (10!) and have had zero regrowth. Love!!!!

  2. Danielle

    September 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Wow! Thanks for sharing that. I, wearer of 6 tattoos, am shocked to learn that it takes that long to get them removed! Definitely will think hard before getting another one.

    Excited to hear about laser hair removal. PCOS is making that likely for me in the future!

    Glad you’re back!

  3. Lacretia

    September 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    You can totally rock the groovy protective eyewear. Really interested in hearing about how the underarm treatments go – how many treatments overall will you need and is it permanent? Good luck with your remaining treatments!

  4. Heather

    September 14, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Wearing those glasses makes you resemble Secret Agent Josephine. What made you want to get the tattoo removed in the first place?

  5. teethwhiteningkits

    September 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    The glasses are cool. I thought a tattoo was for life?

  6. The Bombshell

    October 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I’m on my second laser hair removal and I was relieved to also find out that it hurts less each time. Wahoo! Why did I keep waxing for so long?!