I didn’t realize that it’d been two plus months since my last update. They aren’t lying when they say that time flies when you get older. Who says that? I don’t know, they. The arbitrary “they”.
Anyway, since the last update, I’ve gone in for another treatment (the second of ten scheduled) to have these stupid tattoos zapped off my body.
The second treatment was less enjoyable that the first. Rob kicked the frequency of the laser up a bit to help accelerate the process of the removal. It made for a less enjoyable 45 minutes during the treatment.
On the upside, there was no residual pain or heat once I left. A little discomfort walking through Boston Common back to the parking garage, but once I got out of the car at home, I was more or less fine. Either the deeper laser wasn’t as painful as the first treatment, or I just got used to it after one treatment.
There isn’t a whole lot to show — the tattoos look mostly the same after the second treatment as they did after the first, unless you look really closely. The tattoo on my right shoulder, of the famed skull & drumsticks, is starting to fade around the edges. The ends of the drumsticks are almost completely gone, as well as most of the black. It’s a slow process, but it’s fading pretty well.
I can’t see my back that well, but when I twist and turn in a mirror, I can see some of the lettering at the bottom starting to fade — right near the middle of my spine.
The more I look at how quickly they’re going away, the happier I am that I decided to do this. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I’m not the same person I was 16+ years ago. Removing these from my body now is the right thing to do for me. I’m also thankful that I’m financially able to afford it, as it’s not exactly the cheapest voluntary thing to have done to yourself.
My next treatment is scheduled for early February.