The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived. I finally revisited my tattoo rues and opted for continued laser removal for my left middle and ring fingers. If you remember, or have been following along, I began this process with a company called Tataway. We worked together for 3 tattoo removal sessions, but as of late, I have moved on to work with someone else. I met with Bethany Cirlin after my friend and hairstylist, Courtney Lee of Kinloch Salon, suggested we’d be a good fit. She was absolutely right. A few weeks ago, I headed to the Clean Canvas More Art office, located in L.E.S., right around the corner from my high school…
…But before I get into the removal process, I want to touch on the reason I decided to move forward with a different company. You see, between appointments (which are often 8 weeks long) I let too much time pass. Laser tattoo removal is not the most fun experience, so I guess you can say, I was avoiding my 4th session. During that time I tried to think of a cover-up for both fingers, but it was such a pain-in-the-ass, I just dropped the idea all together. Returning to Tataway was far from my mind, as at that point I missed a few appointments. After speaking with a few friends about their experiences at other places, I decided Tataway just wasn’t for me.
Fast forward to last month, the day I first met Bethany of Clean Canvas More Art… We spoke about my woes and what I wanted to accomplish with laser tattoo removal, and I mentioned that my middle finger’s ‘Fashion’ tattoo had blown out. A tattoo blowout is where the ink has bled and the lines have become blurred. In this case, the letters have spread and the ink moved down my knuckle, giving me what I like to call, a Smurf finger. The goal is to completely remove both my ‘Fashion’ and diamond tattoos from my fingers. We set our appointment for the following 2 weeks, and I was given instructions on what to expect.
I can’t tell you that tattoo removal on your fingers is smooth sailing, nor can I tell you I took the pain like a G. It just didn’t happen. As you know, everyone has a different tolerance for pain, so even if I mention I felt no pain, it wouldn’t matter—you might feel something completely different. What I can tell you is, I am happy with the results. The above photo was taken yesterday. You can already see how faded the ink is. My diamond is still a bit red in color, but it has completely disappeared at the top right corner.
I mentally prepared for the lasers, and practiced squeezing the heck out of the stress balls Bethany gave me. The funny thing about this whole process was, as soon as she was done, I didn’t feel much of anything. It was great! Once it’s over, it’s over. Bethany cleaned me up and wrapped my fingers again, then explained how to care for my fingers. I went home with a bag of ointment, self-adhesive tape, and a few other items to help in case I blister.
There was some swelling, post removal, but it was nothing unmanageable. I didn’t blister at all, and the more I look at my healing fingers, the more I notice the existing ink break down. It’s been almost 3 weeks now and I couldn’t be more excited for my next visit in 8 weeks. Who knew?! The total experience is well worth returning, just for the special care Bethany provided. I know that when I go to Clean Canvas More Art, I will be seeing her, and only her. What’s more is I can always rely on Bethany, in the event I need her. That’s just the kind of service she offers her clients. I hope this post has encouraged you to visit Clean Canvas More Art. Hey, maybe I’ll see you there!