Tattoo Removal: First Session

So, the day has finally come for me to get my tattoo removed. I wish I had more food before the actual process because I did feel a little weak after it.
My bf couldn’t go with me cause he has reservice till next week, but my friend came along to give me moral support. Haha.

Man, no amount of mental preparation prepared me for what was going to happen to my wrists. I sure as hell wished they had the picosure laser in Singapore. But, I gotta make do with what’s here.

A couple of photos of me reading the forms and waiting for the numbing cream to kick in. I’m pretty sure the numbing cream did not work. Or, I did not leave it on long enough.

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Getting anxious about having the treatment done because I was just sitting in the room waiting for my doctor to come.
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I had originally wanted to film a few bits of the treatment, but I got way too nervous and anxious. I also couldn’t see very well with the googles I had on. They were hilarious though. I actually wanted to sit up, but the doctor thought it would have been easier on me if I was lying down because I was very anxious. And boy, was it a much better idea. The test shot had hurt like crazy! I thought that with numbing cream it would have just be annoying pain, but I was so wrong. It hurt about 100 times worse than I had imaged. I thought that I had a pretty decent pain tolerance, but this proved me wrong. Overall, the process took about 20 minutes for both hands. It was pretty quick to make sure that I didn’t stay in pain for too long.

These are the photos straight after getting them zapped and I just got cream put on them. It burned for a few hours after. There wasn’t immediate swelling. I only noticed the swelling when I go home and took off the bandages.

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Overall, I would definitely give it a pain rating of 9.5/10. Haha. Maybe I’m just weak, cause I’ve heard that some people just beast it out. I hope it goes away with a couple more sessions, but knowing my luck it’ll be more than 10. 😦
Will definitely be doing updates along the way and will post bout my birthday soon. 🙂

Birthday nails!

Just a short post to show off my nails. Haha.
I decided to get my nails done today as an early present to myself. My birthday is in two weeks, but I booked my appointment for today because I thought I would have gone for my tattoo removal on Monday. I ended up pushing the laser appointment after some convincing from my bf. He didn’t want me to be in pain on my birthday and I wasn’t sure what he had planned. Haha.

Anyway, I went and got my nails done at my usual place, Nailicious spa at CCK. I usually go cause it’s really convenient and she does loads of bling for me. Haha.

I didn’t really know what I wanted for my nails so, we kinda winged the design. Probably not to everyone’s taste but they’re kinda different and I like them. 🙂

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My right thumb nail is short cause it cracked at the side and I had to cut it off. 😦

Tattoo Removal

After a couple of months of thinking, I’ve decided that I want to remove my wrist tattoos. It is not because I do not like them any more, but I am thinking of my future prospects. Back when I got them done, I would have never thought that I would switch from the Arts to Business. I was short sighted back then and did not consider the possibility of a change of mind. I was young and impusive and believed that I would stay in the arts.
My dad has also asked me to consider going into finance, which means that tattoos on the wrists are definitely a no-no.
I do know that I could wear long sleeves and go try my luck when I go on the job hunt, but I did not want to end up being rejected because of my tattoos and end up spending the next year removing my tattoos. I might as well get a jump start on it now since I know I would need at least 8 sessions. I’ve had loads of people tell me that I am being over dramatic and should just wait till I go for interviews to decide. To be honest that logic doesn’t make sense to me, but I guess it could also be because I’ve sorta made up my mind.

I’ve only seriously considered it a couple of weeks ago when I spoke to my parents about it. I don’t have the funds for it and had to ask if they would loan me some money for it. They were actually okay with me removing them and didn’t mind loaning me some of the money. Although, I am getting quite a bit of the ‘told you so’s’ from my mom and bf. Merh..

Do I regret my tattoos?
I wouldn’t say that I regretted getting my tattoos. I guess I have slight regret about the placement of the tattoo. I wish I could just move them to another part of me. They do have some meaning when I got them. It was the first tattoo that I got that was instantly visible by other people and I had to hide it most of the time during family gatherings.

So, my advice to anyone who wants to get a tattoo is that you should really think about placement and colour, because if one day you end up wanting to remove them, colours are going to be a pain in the ass.

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This a picture when I just got them done. 😦

 

Which clinic did I choose?
To be honest, I had a tough time choosing a clinic that I wanted to go to. There wasn’t a lot of reviews that I could read up on and they all pretty much used the same equipment. I decided to use price, convenience and location as factors of choosing the clinic I wanted to go to.

I actually read ohsofickle‘s blog about tattoo removal and saw that she went to the NSC. After loads of research I found out that the NSC had a long waiting time and everything needed to be booked quite in advance. The prices were surprisingly a lot more expensive.

So, I ended up picking Yume Aesthetics & Medical Clinic. I made my consultation and went last Thursday to just get a feel of the clinic and take a look at the place. It looked pretty good and wasn’t too hard to get too either.
There may be better clinics out there but, to each their own I guess. It really depends whichever you are more comfortable with. I’ve looked at a whole bunch of clinics.

 

Which lasers are the best?

The type of laser used to remove a tattoo depends on the tattoo’s pigment colors. (Yellow and green are the hardest colors to remove; blue and black are the easiest.)The three lasers developed specifically for use in tattoo removal use a technique known as Q-switching, which refers to the laser’s short, high-energy pulses:

  • the Q-switched Ruby,
  • the Q-switched Alexandrite,
  • the Q-switched Nd: YAG, the newest system in this class of lasers and particularly advanced in the removal of red, blue and black inks

I did quite a bit of research and overall I found that the most commonly used laser for tattoo removal in Singapore is the Medlite C6 or also called the Nd:YAG. This is based on my own research and I could be wrong. After speaking to a few places this is also meant to be the best laser for tattoo removal as well.

 

How much will it cost?

This is all depends on the size of the tattoo and if the tattoo you want to remove has colours. I actually got quoted $250 per session by Dr. Kevin Chua. I had considered going to take a look at the clinic but, it was an absolute mission and decided to look at other clinics. The price is not inclusive of any medication or anesthesia.

Yume had quoted me $300 per session or I could purchase 5 sessions for $1200. This is also not inclusive of GST or any medication that I may need.

The only way to get an estimate on how much it would cost would be to go down for a consultation.

How many sessions will I need?

From what I’ve read the average would be 8-10 sessions. But I was told that to have it completely gone and not have any marks left, it would be up to 15 sessions! This did freak me out a little. But I was told it also depends on how the tattoo reacts to the laser treatment and that usually by the 4-5th session, there will be a significant lightening of the tattoo.

The number of sessions also varies from tattoo to tattoo.

 

What to expect after having the laser done:

From the photos I’ve seen and the things I’ve read, blisters are a common reaction and that it is good. They tend to show up after abour 8 hours or more and that you should not pop it. Swelling is also likely to happen and that scabbing will take 7-14 days to heal. But it does depend on the individual as well.

 

Hope this has helped some of you who are considering tattoos or getting tattoo removal. I will update when I head over to my first appointment.

p.s sorry for being away for so long 😦

I’m still alive!

I’m still here! For those of you who actually care. Haha. I was gone for a while cause of finals, parents coming down and my trip to the states. After I got back I kinda felt out of touch, and I wasn’t really sure how I wanted to get back into it. I was also kinda trying to decide which direction to take my blog too. At the mo, it’s filled with little rants and quite a bit of product reviews, and I’m trying to figure out if it should be more… consistent? Not sure if that’s the right word. But yea. Anyway, I will try to start posting soon-ish..  I have midterms in two weeks. :
Just got to push through and I will be done by the end of the year!
I can’t believe how quick this year has gone by!

Here’s a photo of my face and Duffy . Hahaha.

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hopefully I get my blogging mojo back. Might do a giveaway if I hit a good number of followers. 😡

Lord saveth me.

Well, the impending doom that are my finals are looming and I am struggling to focus on revision. 😦 all I can think about are all the things I’m going to do after them. I really didn’t do as well in my mid terms and assignment as I wanted too. I really should have worked a lot harder. 😦 Oh well, too late to dwell upon what’s done.

No time other than exam time does one get more religious. I swear only a higher power could save me now.

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I guess I better get back to studying. I will blog more in about a weeks time when this is all over. Will be blogging about clarisonic, clarins, my skin, the plight of dry lips and a bunch of other things.

But here, have a peep at some pretty lipsticks I picked up from back to M.A.C. (If you haven’t seen it from my instagram )

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The top is pink nouveau and the bottom is rebel. Lovvveeee both these colours. I’m getting really obsessed with lipsticks at the moment. It’s probably also because I solved my constant dry lips problem. 😛

Till next week! If you aren’t already, follow me on instagram: thongadong. You’ll just see more frequent little updates 🙂

True Yoga

Hello beautiful people! It has been a while, hasn’t it? Been busy with revision and assignments. 😦 The UC’s are being mean and not giving us any hints so we have to learn everything, which is a lot!

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to write about what I’ve been doing to be a little bit healthier. About a month ago I decided to join TrueYoga. I went for a Pilates trial class and thought it was pretty awesome. I decided to join because for about $100+ I get to go as many times as I want and for any of the classes they have on offer, which is a lot. I found that after going for 5 days consecutively, I did get a little bit stronger and flexible. I have tried to go everyday for the past month. The most I’ve missed was this week, which was 2 days because I’ve been having sleeping problems. 😦 I even feel really guilty not going because I really enjoy the classes.

So, here is some info on TrueYoga from the site.

True Yoga was established in November 2004 and is Singapore’s largest Yoga centre operating 2 centres spanning over 34,000 sq ft with 16 Yoga Studios.

Our Ocean Financial Centre outlet at Raffles Place, spanning 21,000 sq ft of area is equipped with 2 Yoga studios, 1 Hot Yoga Studio, 1 Dance Studio, 1 Pilates Reformer Studio and 4 Personal Training Studios. The Pacific Plaza outlet at Scotts Road with 13,000 sq ft of space has 2 Hot Yoga Studios, 1 Yoga Studio, 1 Pilates Reformer Studio and 2 Personal Training Studios.

Our highly accomplished Yoga Masters from India are committed to providing the best training in Yoga. True Yoga offers more than 400 classes covering 35 different types of Yoga, Hot Yoga, Dance and Pilates Matwork classes each week.

With an inviting and nurturing environment that allows members to harness the full benefits of Yoga, True Yoga aims to promote Yoga as a healthy lifestyle that is accessible to all who are interested in attaining better physical and mental well-being.

More than merely being a centre that conducts Yoga, Dance and Pilates classes, True Yoga is a sanctuary where members can immerse themselves in the complete wellness experience with readily available shower facilities, lockers, steam rooms and Members’ Relaxation Lounges

Some photos:

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I will probably start posting more often once my exams are over. 🙂