Tattoos are not everyone’s cup of tea. Although times today have been more accepting of this artistic expression, some people who have them wake up one day with regret and want to peel the tattoos off their bodies like stickers.
A piece of advice: think (thoroughly!) before you get inked.
People have different reasons why they get tattoos on their bodies. There are those who do it out of curiosity or self-expression, others to commemorate a memory, and unfortunately, there are those who happen to pass by a tattoo shop and do it on a whim after a night of hard partying. The latter usually are the ones who regret their tattoos most.
Whatever your reason maybe I leave that up to you. The fact that you are interested in and reading this article leads only to one goal: you are thinking of getting your tattoos removed. You have come to the right place as I have lined up several blogger reviews that would help you know more about the available procedures for tattoo removal in Singapore.
Tattoo Removal with Picosure Laser by Xinyi Soh
To be honest, blog reviews about tattoo removal is hard to find. I am sharing Xinyi Soh’s review first on the list, as her experience is the most current I have found on the World Wide Web.
At first, Xinyi was hesitant to have one of her tattoos erased as most of her friends advised that having it removed may leave scars on her skin. However, this changed as she discovered and learned about a laser treatment that promises to effectively remove pigmentation and tattoos. After learning about how PicoSure Laser works, Xinyi was convinced and booked her first session for tattoo removal.
Xinyi’s tattoo removal started with a consultation. During this time, the doctor recommended a combination of CO2 Laser and PicoSure Laser to prevent her skin from wounding. Following the consultation, Xinyi shares that a numbing cream was applied over the area of her tattoo.
The CO2 Laser procedure commenced first. Xinyi explains that the CO2 Laser is a fractional ablative laser that works to rejuvenate and tone the skin. This treatment benefits the top most layer of the skin it protects the skin from blisters and scars.
Subsequently, the PicoSure Laser procedure is administered on Xinyi’s tattoo area. PicoSure, according to Xinyi, removes the tattoo by “delivering ultra-short pulse bursts of energy to the skin in picoseconds shattering the ink pigment into tiny dust-like particles which are then absorbed by the lymphatic system and eliminated by the body naturally.” In addition, this type of laser emits less heat and prevents the skin from any damage.
Xinyi likens the pain she felt during the procedure to ant bites. She mentions feeling a bit of discomfort about 15 minutes after finishing her first tattoo removal session. Despite the slight pain, Xinyi shares that she did not get any blisters after doing a session using both lasers to remove her tattoo. She describes her tattoo as looking “whitish” after the application of PicoSure Laser. There is no drastic change in the appearance of the tattoo and her doctor advised that she needs 6 sessions of tattoo removal for the ink to be erased completely.
The cost for her combination CO2 laser and PicoSure laser is $960.00 for a tattoo that is about the size of a palm.
Read more about Xinyi’s tattoo removal experience here. You can also watch a video of her tattoo removal procedure embedded in her blog to have a glimpse on how the treatment goes.
My Experiences on Eyebrow Laser Tattoo Removal by Vanny
In contrast to the skin in the body, I can say that our face’s skin is much more delicate. Vanny’s laser tattoo removal covers an area that is very sensitive—the eyebrows.
In her blog, Vanny explains that she decided to have her eyebrows tattoo removed, as she would like to try out a different eyebrow shape. She found a package for laser tattoo online that quoted her $388 inclusive of laser tattoo removal and eyebrow embroidery. The laser tattoo removal is for an unlimited time, which means until the ink color diminishes completely.
Vanny narrates that her treatment started with an assessment of her eyebrows. Once that was done, she was prepped up for her laser treatment. Numbing cream was smeared on her eyebrows. As usual, 30 minutes passed for the cream to take effect. As the cream became effective, Vanny was given a pair of shades to shield her eyes from the laser beams. Her first laser tattoo removal took around 10-15 minutes to complete. I can’t say exactly what kind of laser was used on Vanny’s eyebrow tattoos because she did not mention it on her review.
Regarding pain, Vanny grades her experience with a maximum of 4 over 5 in total (3.5 for pain, 4 for discomfort). Having the laser go through her eyebrows, she shares, felt like having rubber bands continuously shot onto the target areas. She did not feel comfortable at all as the procedure was done close to the eyes. A burning smell consistently lingered throughout her treatment (I’m thinking this may be caused by burnt hair?) Generally, the pain was tolerable for her.
After her first tattoo removal, Vanny’s eyebrows turned white. The tattoos were not removed totally and she had to schedule a couple more sessions to achieve high results. In her following sessions, the laser power that was applied to her was increased. Vanny shares photos of her eyebrows that bled—a lot! She did not mention anything about scabbing, so I guess none of that happened as the blisters on her eyebrows healed. She was advised not to put on makeup as her skin healed.
Vanny discloses a very important tip for people who wish to have their eyebrows tattoos removed: get it done by a highly skilled beautician as is has to be performed in a controlled manner. The strength of the laser should not be too powerful as it could kill the hair follicles of your eyebrows. You want only your tattoos removed—not your entire eyebrows!
Vanny gave commendable results after having 3 sessions done. She imparts that the colour of her tattoo has faded and her eyebrows’ hair has started to grow back. For aftercare, Vanny used a lash and brow serum.
A plus to this blog review is the interaction between Vanny and other readers who inquired about other details post-procedure. You can check this on the comment section of her blog site, Vannytelly.
My Tattoo Removal Journey by Michelle Yang
Michelle Yang’s sentiments on the number of blog reviews available on the Internet and mine are basically the same. There aren’t almost any detailed write-ups that offer information about tattoo removal in Singapore!
Anyway, I am thankful that Michelle decided to chronicle her experience. Her review, which comes in 3 instalments, is so extensive I love it!
Michelle shares on her blog that she had several tattoos that she wanted to remove. These tattoos are located on different parts of her body. She went on a search for clinics that offered tattoo removals and finally settled to have it done in one that used the MedLite C6 Laser system. Michelle provides a brief background on how MedLite C6 Laser works on her blog.
Coming into the clinic, Michelle shares that the first thing the doctor did was to give a consultation. After this, she gets prepared for her tattoo removal procedure. Her tattoos get a generous amount of numbing cream in order to ease the pain brought about by the laser. Michelle’s preparations took a bit of time (2 hours) as she had several tattoos she wanted to remove and had to wait out the numbing cream to take effect. The tattoo removal soon commenced and the doctor administered the MedLite C6 Laser on her tattoos.
Michelle discloses that she initially was fearful of the pain she was anticipating to feel during the procedure. She says that she once tried to have her tattoos removed when she was 20 and the pain was unbearable. Surprisingly, her tattoo removal experience this time was more pleasant. She rates the discomfort of the procedure 3-4 on a scale of 10 as the most painful. She also mentions anticipating blisters after the treatment.
For aftercare, Michelle shares some of the medications that she was prescribed with. She completed 10 sessions of laser tattoo removal within a year and, as she discloses, will need more to have all the ink colours erased totally. Overall, she was happy, as her tattoos have faded significantly. The results are pretty awesome after 10 sessions if you ask me.
Tattoo Removal by Ohsofickle
Tammy’s blog on tattoo removal goes way back. It lands on our list of reviews, as her experience was quite different based on the first three blogs and it records all the things she went through in 5 separate articles complete with photos!
The location of Tammy’s tattoos that she wanted to remove it on her arm. She, like others, turned to good old Google to search for ways on how to remove her inks. Her research only led her to the most effective recommendation given: LASER.
Tammys shares that she had a hard time bringing herself to the clinic. But, finally, the day came where she took all courage and was able to drag herself for her appointment!
For preparation, her arm was coated with numbing cream, wrapped with cling film, and had to wait 45 minutes for the ointment to be effective. Her laser treatment took 20 minutes to finish. Sadly, there are no photos included in Tammy’s blog, but she discloses that during the procedure she could smell her skin burning. After her first session, her arm was wrapped in a bandage. She mentions that her arm burned and swelled badly after the tattoo removal process.
Tammy also expresses her dismay at the amount of pain she felt when the laser was going through the tattoos on her arm. Her wrist felt the most painful sensation as she mentions that the numbing cream did not cover the area well. She was barely able to move her arm and her flesh was throbbing in pain. After two months, she did a follow-up treatment. The following day after her second session her arm had gigantic watery blisters!
As if that’s not enough, it wasn’t the end of her ordeal. Her arm looked the worst after her 7th session. To be honest, it looked like a harrowing skin disease! Nevertheless, she needed about a month to recuperate from the battering her arm endured.
By the end of the 9th session, Tammy posts photos of her arm taken prior to her treatments and after for comparison. She drops the bomb by honestly saying that having a tattoo removed via laser is not as easy as it looks like.
For costs, Tammy’s first session totalled to $500. This amount already included the consultation. She estimates the cost of the succeeding sessions to roughly about $300-$400 per session. Her tattoo was a big one, so a smaller tattoo for removal would cost less.
On the number of treatments needed, she advises taking 7-10 sessions of laser tattoo removal. To set expectations straight, Tammy says that the tattoo will not vanish entirely even after 10 sessions as some ink may be impossible to remove.
You can read more about Tammy’s entire tattoo removal experience on her blog site, Ohsofickle.
As you may have noticed, the bloggers used different kinds of laser for the removal of their tattoos. It is always best to scout for the best option around that fits your needs and, most importantly, your budget. I hope this article was able to help find the right laser treatment for your tattoo removal. Happy searching!