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How To Get Ready For Laser Tattoo Removal & Lightening

Dec 2

Laser tattoo removal and laser tattoo lightening services are becoming as popular as tattoo parlors, since being inked has become more socially acceptable, and having extremely nice tattoos has become the trend to follow. Whether it's due to a change of heart or a desire for a sexier tattoo, many individuals just want better tattoos.

Cover-up is the appropriate answer for you if you want to stand out amid the swarm of tattooed people but don't want to replace your existing ink with something bigger or louder. It's a chance to upgrade, change, or replace your old ink, which may be a quick and inexpensive option.

The placement of a fresh tattoo over an existing tattoo is known as a cover-up tattoo. Even the most skilled artist may find it difficult to make distinct hues of the current tattoo and the new tattoo coexist side by side. You may have a restricted range of designs for your new tattoo depending on the quality, age, size, and colors utilized in your previous tattoo. Covering a dark-colored tattoo with anything other than a darker tattoo, for example, may be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Imagine you took a blank piece of paper, drew something on it with a thick permanent marker, then changed your mind about the design; now try drawing on top of that design, or even creating different drawings surrounding it, with a finer marker or more colors – and see how satisfied you are with the final result. Most of the time, no.

Your tattoo artist will tell you that you require laser treatment before they can begin working on you. The main purpose of the laser treatment, which is the safest, fastest, and most likely to leave your skin undamaged afterward, is to erase the undesirable ink. Having a tattoo lightened in preparation for a tattoo cover-up is a great approach to improve the outcome of your future cover-up.

Rather of putting up with a world of black crows, enormous crosses, black 8-balls, and black blobs as cover-up tattoos, lightening previous tattoos will allow your preferred artist to produce more noticeable and successful cover-ups. The black skull tattoo may be far too dark to allow for the placement of a lovely colored blossom. The tattoo artist's collaboration with the laser removal specialist will be vital in coming up with an attractive solution and prepping your skin for the fresh inking.

Fading takes fewer sessions than complete removal, which is why the tattoo artist must decide when the tattoo is light enough to cover up. Fading is a technique that includes fading just the parts of your tattoo that are tough to hide or certain colors that are difficult to cover.


What are the advantages of using laser?

Although laser tattoo removal is not the only option for getting a tattoo cover-up, it is a better option than merely covering the original tattoo with new ink. You probably already know what type of picture you'd like to replace your unappreciated tattoo with — one you'll be more pleased with. When your artist has to work around what's currently on your skin to create the design you've imagined, the amount of work they can perform is severely limited.

A disgruntled customer complaining about their cover-up is the last thing any tattoo artist wants. Any artist that values their reputation will always tell you the truth and provide you with the finest recommendations available. By fading some of the undesirable tattoo, your artist will be able to focus on creating a design that you will like. It's critical to understand why your tattooist suggests laser tattoo removal before a tattoo cover-up. Yes, removal will increase the overall cost of the cover-up procedure, but it will help the tattoo artist create a blank canvas on which to work in order to give you a tattoo that you will appreciate more than the custom cover-up design or, worse, a poorly done cover-up that reveals the part of the tattoo you wanted removed.

Tattoo cover-up professionals that can cover-up a tattoo without using laser tattoo removal typically need tattoos that have faded over time or aren't very intricate in terms of colors and ink density.

If you insist on covering up your tattoos without first having them laser removed, keep in mind that extremely colored, huge, and complicated tattoos will take twice the amount of ink to cover them up. Too much ink and clashing colors might result in an eyesore that neither you nor your tattoo cover-up artist will be happy with. To make matters worse, if you decide you don't like your cover-up tattoo, laser tattoo removal will cost more since the ink in your dermis is thick, requiring more laser treatments to break up the particles.


But how long before I can get a cover-up?

By merely glancing at your previous tattoo, it's impossible to estimate how many sessions will be required to lighten it. The color and chemistry of the tattoo ink, the depth of placement, the density of ink, and certain medications, as well as the presence of scarring, your skin type, immune system strength, whether you smoke, your overall health, and the care you will take in protecting your healing skin, are all factors that influence the likelihood of tattoos fading.

Because all lasers have an effect on the skin, it's critical that your skin heals completely in between laser removal sessions, which can take anywhere from one to six weeks.

With each laser treatment, you'll see the tattoo fading more and more. A large, intricate tattoo can take anywhere from 10 to 20 treatments to erase, while certain Indian ink and amateur tattoos can be removed in as little as 6 treatments, and some smaller, older tattoos can be removed in as little as 1 or 2 sessions.

How can I help with laser tattoo fading success?

You may somewhat adjust your lifestyle in order to boost the possibilities of a successful tattoo removal, aside from following your artist's and tattoo removal expert's instructions.

Quitting smoking is a big part of the process. Smoking cigarettes lowers your chances of having your tattoo removed in ten or less sessions by 70%. Smoking has long been recognized to impede wound healing; if you've ever had surgery or a cosmetic procedure, your surgeon most likely informed you of this. The laser helps with tattoo removal, but it is ultimately your lymphatic system that removes the ink. The immune system is suppressed by cigarette smoking, as expected.

The sooner you stop smoking, the better — not just for tattoo removal, but also for the health of your lungs, heart, and blood vessels.

While it comes to applying the cover-up, the instruction is similar to that given when getting a tattoo in the first place. To begin, abstain from consuming alcohol before to having tattooed. Although it may appear appealing, alcohol and other drugs, such as aspirin, might thin your blood, resulting in excessive bleeding. This may cause the tattoo to scab, and the more you bleed, the longer it will take for your skin to recover.


Is it possible to begin now?

So, whether you despise your new tattoo or have grown to dislike it over time, tattoo removal isn't the only option. We'll go over some of the key points to remember on your tattoo cover-up journey:

  • Make sure you've had enough time to recuperate from your tattoo and that the ink has sunk into your dermis.
  • Take some time to think about it and make sure you choose a design you'll like. You don't want to get a tattoo that you don't like twice in a row. Even so, be open to suggestions from the tattoo artist you pick to execute your cover-up. Some of your ideas may not function or seem as you had hoped... A dependable and knowledgeable artist will be able to determine which design is the most elegant.
  • Learn about various tattoo artists and look for someone who has done cover-ups before. When you come in for an appointment, make sure to bring copies of what you want and talk frankly with the artist.
  • If your old tattoo is being faded with laser treatments, be patient and trust your artist that the end result will be a magnificent new tattoo to replace the old one.
  • Last but not least, if you decide that a cover-up isn't for you, fading your previous ink will make it lot easier to erase. Our bodies accomplish amazing things when it comes to getting rid of undesirable ink, but only if we help them out by utilizing laser to break down ink particles into residue that they can attack. And if our skin canvas is as clean as possible of the remnants of an undesirable tattoo, this entire procedure can be shortened.