Tattoos are meant to be forever. It is quite common, however, for someone to change their mind about their ink at some point later in life. When this happens, there are a few methods for dealing with such tattoo regrets.
One approach is to revise the tattoo by adding another tattoo over it. Sometimes this can be effective, but it requires a highly skilled artist to execute with a convincing design. In many cases, though, the size, shape, and colors of the original tattoo don’t lend themselves to the possibility of a tattoo do-over by this means.
Another approach to tackling tattoo regrets is by way of laser tattoo removal. This involves a laser treatment process that gradually fades the ink from the skin. Laser tattoo removal is the only safe way to effectively remove tattoo ink from the skin.
There is yet one more approach, however. This involves a combination of both fading by way of laser treatment followed by a new tattoo being placed over the original. A new tattoo design is chosen, and laser treatment is used in select areas of the original tattoo. This is followed by a highly skilled artist then adding the new tattoo scheme on top.
Is Laser Fading Absolutely Necessary Prior to a Cover up Tattoo?
Not all cover-up tattoos require laser removal of the original tattoo to be effective. In many cases, though, this is necessary so that the cover up tattoo will look good and not lack definition. An experienced tattoo artist will be able to make this call beforehand.
How Many Sessions Does Laser Tattoo Removal Require?
The answer to this question all depends on the size and darkness of the original tattoo. If a tattoo is only being faded, then this will require fewer sessions than a complete removal. A six to eight-week gap is also required between sessions, so it’s important to take that into account when planning as well.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?
Laser tattoo removal is often described as feeling like getting a tattoo, if not slightly less painful. It is also frequently described as feeling similar to having a rubber band pinged against the skin. While not entirely painless, it is much quicker than the time involved in getting an actual tattoo.
Are There Any Risks to Laser Tattoo Removal or Pre-Coverup Fading?
You should always rely on the individualized advice that your tattoo artist and laser tattoo removal experts will give you. All tattoos are different as are skin types and sensitivities. In general, however, this is not a high-risk process, and the professionals at Precision Laser Clinic will explain realistic expectations, skincare technique, and more prior to beginning.