It’s been over a year since my first SMP procedure and I scheduled a followup procedure for 02/05/2015. I really feared showing up (driving the 2 hours at 4am) and Dr. Pak saying it looks fine and there really isn’t much to do here. For the most part it looks to me the same as the day I got it.
However, Dr. Pak and his staff examined my head with a critical eye and definitely saw the fading that happens from exposure to exfoliation and UV. Now that I see the new final result, my jaw again drops to the floor. It looked good before, but now it looks amazing. One of the big things that I noticed is the difference that occurred in the camouflage of the scar. It’s very hard to see the fading that occurs when you see your own head day to day.
The touch up procedure went the as smoothly as the 4 days of initial application. This one started at a little before 7am and ended at 2pm. The day started with gas and lidocaine. A few booster shots shots over the day to keep the “numb buzz.” The lidocaine really seems to fade for me when eating lunch. Christine and Len worked on me continuously for that time except for the lunch break. I feel asleep multiple times as the tattoo needle is almost a pleasant vibration once you have the lidocaine and I woke up at 4am to get there. FYI, Len is a new addition to Dr. Pak’s staff (as of last April) and just as pleasant and diligent as Christine.
I brought my daughter (aka car pool lane buddy) again. We were both amazed at the kindness and service at Dr. Pak’s office. We both smiled at looked at each other when each of 5 different people (including Dr. Pak) offered us a beverage when we started. They bought my daughter and I lunch (Burgers from The Counter) and served it to us in the chair. Then there is the ice cream dessert and candy bowl to boot. We watched some YouTube and Netflix during the procedure when I wasn’t sleeping.
As an update on me, personally. I have never looked back at hair. I don’t think I have had it longer than three day’s growth over the past year. My hat collection is collecting dust and I have a nice collection of sunscreen to replace it. There is always something, eh? On other people detecting the work, I have dated a few women over the past year, all ask about the scar, but none know about the SMP. I end up explaining it just for grins.
I highly recommend Dr. Pak and his staff; they are diligent, hardworking and are continuously looking to make the procedure as pleasant as possible. Now (a year later) I realize the value and foresight that Dr. Pak provides by allowing his clients a simple and easy way to maintain the SMP look.
It’s always good to hear from our patients. The entire staff takes personal pride in what we do and we form a close bond with our patients. Thank you for sharing your experience!