Picosure Tattoo Removal

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Tattoos looked so good on me when I was younger. I liked the way I could use my creativity and express myself through body art. I loved the Chinese character tattoo at the base of my neck. So much so that I asked the artist to make it even larger! For many years it worked for me. And then I started to age.....what was once cute and edgy now was just bothersome and did not fit my look. I told myself when I got the tattoo on my neck that I could always just cover it up with my hair to hide it. News flash!!! I'm getting older and shorter hair looks more age appropriate. After a year of debate I made the decision to have my neck tattoo removed. Thus began the adventure of my first tattoo removal. There is so much information on the internet about tattoo removal it was overwhelming to figure out the best plan. I have been a patient at Dermatology Affiliates for many years. Dr. Forney has helped me with all my skin concerns so naturally she was the first person I thought of when I decided to take the plunge. As it turned out Dr. Forney was one of the first Dermatologists in Georgia to bring in the Picosure tattoo laser. She explained the process and science behind the laser. How the Picosure was the new gold standard in tattoo removal. I was ready to get started.

First, let me say that this is a journey not a race! You have to wait a minimum of 8 weeks between treatments. But it is worth it. I have had a total of 9 treatments and can now barely see the shadow of a tattoo. Everyone’s first question is, “does it hurt?” The feel of the laser is akin to someone snapping a rubber band on your skin. There are pops that hurt more than others. You'll hear it and feel it. It's not a walk in the park, but focus on your breathing and go to a happy place. The numbing (topical or injection) does wonders to help lessen the pain. I found the most helpful thing for me is to have the laser technician tell me when we are 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 of the way through. It helps mentally get me through knowing how much of the tattoo is left to cover.  

I am very happy with my results and highly encourage anyone thinking about it to give it a try. I'm rocking my short hair now and loving it.