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The tides finally turn and things got a bit better

We were answering the question. What’s tattoo removal like?

That was when I stumbled upon a place called The Skin Factory, which had a location called Rethink Ink right in Henderson — my neck of the woods. They had promising online reviews, it was in a good area, and the facility looked clean and professional. It was definitely worth a closer look. 

My first appointment was with Eddie, the owner. He came across as no-nonsense, which I truly appreciate in people, especially someone I’m considering letting take a laser to my skin. So, when he told me it would cost $75 per session (determined by the measurements of the tattoo), I knew my next question. “Why will you charge $75 when the last place quoted me closer to $200?”

“I own my machine,” he explained. “Everyone else rents. So they have to charge you more.” 

The price obviously spoke to me. But more importantly, I liked Eddie and his business. He wasn’t trying to convince. He gave me the facts and let me make up my own mind. I received my first session minutes later. 

To help numb the area a little, Eddie used a tube to blow really cold air on it, before going in with the laser. People always want to know if it hurts. Yes, tattoo removal hurts. It hurts more than the tattoo hurt, by far. It feels sharp, or almost like you’re being snapped with a rubber band (but worse). The good news is that it’s also over in a fraction of the time. Seconds. Obviously, the bigger the tattoo, the longer it takes; but it’s a quick process. 

Here’s how it works

Perspective is key. You sat through possibly hours to get the tattoo in the first place. If you can handle that, then you can handle this.

When the laser zaps your skin, the tattoo immediately turns white. Eddie taught me that this isn’t the tattoo disappearing but rather a result of the effect the laser has on the ink. That whiteness goes away after a few minutes. Sometimes it’ll be a little red or swollen after, but that goes away within about a day.


After my first couple of appointments, Ellen took over my sessions, and I’ve been with her ever since. People often wonder: Does tattoo removal work? Laser tattoo removal certainly isn’t an overnight fix, but you will see results each time you go. In the weeks after every session with Ellen, the ink in my forearm breaks up more and more. By this point, even the most stubborn parts of my tattoo are faint and nearly gone. 

I went into this not expecting perfection. I assumed that a little ink would be left behind and made peace with the fact that the laser might even cause a little damage. When I first met Eddie, he assured me that wouldn’t be the case. And after seeing Ellen, I believe it. The laser breaks up the ink to reveal the same skin that was there before I got the tattoo. There is zero scarring, and the ink is indeed disappearing completely, thanks to Ellen’s skilled approach. (Don’t take my word for it, though — check out her testimonials.)

Look for Part 3 coming next..

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