* UPDATE – Dr Patrick Briggs is now based in Melbourne at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery *
Approximately two years ago I wanted to have a couple of outdated tattoos removed and proceeded with talking to friends, doing research to find the most suitable options providing proven results.
I wanted a non-laser approach and located a company offering, a liquid injection method breaking down the ink in the skin leaving the area treated tattoo free. In a sense it was like being tattooed again, but deeper and my immediate reaction was that it worked well as the ink was gone. The healing process was long and after the scabs fell away I assumed the normal pink skin underneath will settle – however it did not, instead it went bright purple and very itchy!!!
As I work away I could only return to the company during my next visit home and by now the scarring was raised slightly. I had a large area done on my arm and a smaller one on my chest so the damage was visible for all to see and quite significant. With limited time, the scars increasingly getting worse and worse, I really felt at a loss as I have tried every over the counter product available with partial relief provided by the silicone strips. Due to the fact that I work in a hot dusty environment however it rarely stayed on. I resigned myself to covering the huge scars with long sleeve shirts and rashies at the beach to avoid stares from the public, I hate having them visible and looking at them.
During a visit to Dr Briggs he noticed my scarring and offered to help. I enthusiastically agreed, I hate the questions, the stares from people. Two weeks ago I had my first set of injections, no lying they were uncomfortable, more than painful! Dr Briggs informed me not to expect any real results till about 8 weeks, but I’ve already started noticing the difference!!
I dress the scars with the silicone strips and tape them with copious amounts of tape to hold it in place religiously wanting to maximise the healing process. I look forward to the weeks ahead!
Who knows? The dream of being able to wear a nice sleeveless top, bathers at the beach or even my wedding dress – is priceless!