Tattoo removal...Am I nuts?

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  1. First of all, Hi everyone.

    I joined the navy back in 2001 but left after just 5 weeks. I had more than one reason so don't Anyway I have decided to rejoin.

    Now since I left the navy I got a tattoo on my neck...I know, I know,

    I have been pricing laser removal and it is around £40 a session and I will need around 10 sessions. £400 is a bit high for a £40 tattoo. So I was looking around and found another way to remove tattoo's.

    OK...It is called TCA or Trichloroacetic acid. I researched it as much as I could and found it to work 99% of the time. It is the same stuff used for chemical peels, used by doctors for acne scar removal and other things like stretch mark removal. Now a 10ml bottle costs just £12.99 and gives around 10 applications.

    I am half ways through my first session and I must say I thought I was in trouble as it did not look nice at all. But its fine now. I have noticed the tattoo fading but I can see it will take few more sessions. You have to treat it like a sunburn.

    Now my question is, does anyone think I am nuts? I am told on a daily bases I am.

    Let me know what you think.

    Even if you would like to join but need to remove a tattoo I would check it out.:mrgreen:
  2. I think your two pancakes short of a picnic

    Also you should change your username because it's now very obvious who you are. (you never know who is watching)

    Finally, Have you considered joining STC branch as they may be right up your street. Full of nutters.

    Last edited: Feb 12, 2011
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Hi back at ya.

    Thanks for asking.

  4. Just a bit to old for the STC...33. upper age is 32...I would have been There are recommended strengths and the most you can use is 50% (for tattoo removal etc...) All on the above link is true but application is controlled so exposure is limited (about 2 mins with no, and I mean NO lasting skin damage)....Maybe I am nuts but it seems to be

    I will keep you posted and if I can show a couple of pics.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2011
  5. Best of luck to you then
  6. was it a good tat??
  7. Pr'aps he has changed girlfriend\boyfriend
  8. Either that or it was a "Mum" tat.
  9. witsend

    witsend War Hero Book Reviewer

    So why did you chuck it in after 35 days?
  10. I think that's what you meant.
  11. There where a few reasons for leaving...Not important now.

    Yes it is my WIFE's name...Still together. Just get it elsewhere. She said I was mad getting it on my neck anyway. (seems to be the general

    Been to the local AFCO and as long as the tat goes and the fitness is, shall we say tweaked???, then they can't see any probs with rejoining. I am starting with British Military Fitness (run by ex military) in 2 weeks time. I am going swimming 3 times a week as well.

    I am giving it 4 months (for tat reasons) and then start the ball rolling. If all goes to plan, I will be joining the submarine service.
  12. Yep, definitely change your name.... maybe to 'Mr lolz'. Good luck with the willy wart remover. If that fails then I recommend that you get a big strawberry tattooed over the top of the existing tattoo and try to pass it off as an unfortunate birth mark. Or even better, get a big anchor tattooed on top to show the local AFCO how dedicated you really are. Hope this helps.
  13. Brian Murray,

    If you want opinions please add my name to your "they think I am nuts" column.

    £400 Squid for those who know their business seems quite reasonable - BUT only after seeking professional advice:

    On here from our resident Medical Specialist, angrydoc, or from your own GP.


  14. Your going to fit in great shipmate, keep up with the knob rot remover and you will fly through.
  15. Don't know how to change it...I also done some research on laser.

    It does not have a 100% success rate and it can take over a year for it to work. It can drastically fade the tattoo but it depends on the colour, skin type location and depth of the tattoo. It also leaves your skin in the same condition as the TCA but with a higher chance of scarring. Both have to be treated the same as sunburn but TCA can successfully be used to remove scars. There is still a chance, if instructions are not followed, that TCA can scar. With laser the more treatments you get the more likely it is to scar.

    I found another method if this does not work...and its free!!!

  16. Any Tattoo removal method will have some side effects........

  17. You sound like the sort of half-wit the RN can do without. Well Do they still have Leading Patrolmen?

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