It’s common for people to have a change of heart regarding their tattoos, ultimately choosing to remove them or fade them sufficiently for a cover-up. It’s true that some people may simply not prefer their tattoo any longer while others may find that covering them up to be a better option.
Covering up a tattoo isn’t easy. Some art just doesn’t translate to being covered up. You’ll also need a top-notch artist to have the job done right.
Laser tattoo removal is a popular choice for those who are looking to have their tattoo faded. If the goal is to just have the tattoo lightened, not removed completely, this method can be light on the wallet as well as a sensible choice. By lightening the darkest parts, it paves the way for a new tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal is best achieved by first understanding what you’ll want the new art to look like before starting the process. It’s probably best to talk to your tattoo artists to see the best way to achieve good results, hammering out a solid plan to assure that the right places are faded.
Do I really have to get a tattoo removal when I’m going to get a cover-up?
While there’s not always a hard and fast rule, there’s a decent chance that you’ll have to use a laser to ready the skin for more art, especially if it’s particularly dark. If not, you run the risk of just adding more ink over a previously done tattoo, which won’t particularly look great aesthetically.
It’s true that it’ll be more expensive when you go for laser treatment, but this is one of those cases where you’ll want the result to be excellent. However, most people trust their tattoo artists, so it’s best to trust what they have to say.
How many sessions are required?
The amount of sessions depends on the size and the amount of ink used. Since the goal is to just fade the ink and not completely remove it, you won’t need as many sessions. After all, you’re just getting it to a point where new work can be done!
Is the pain comparable to getting a new tattoo?
Many of our clients state that the feeling of using the laser is essentially the same as getting a new tattoo. It’s probably best described as a rubber band being snapped against your skin. It’s not necessarily without pain, but you can take solace in that it doesn’t take as long as a new tattoo. Take heart that we use the Zimmer Cryo 6 to help alleviate any discomfort associated with laser tattoo removal.
Are there are risks involved with tattoo laser removal?
It’s in your best interest to heed the advice of your removal expert as well as your tattoo artist. Generally, they’ll advise you on how long you’ll have to go between sessions, skincare, and how long to wait before you can get a new cover up tattoo.
Is the process worth it?
We absolutely think it’s worth it in many situations. However, you may not think so if you have a small and faded tattoo and you’re thinking of covering it up with something big and bold. In this situation, it may not be super necessary. On the other side of the coin, if your skin still has a lot of ink pigmentation or you find that the design may clash with the cover-up, you’ll certainly want to look into it.