We seem to be spending a lot of time talking about laser tattoo removal of late, as the demand for more information keeps piling up. While it may seem strange for a business that is first and foremost a tattoo parlor to encourage such candor, we absolutely do. In the end, we don’t want to be known for populating the country with the most tattoos possible, but for delivering the highest quality tattoos, ones that people are actually stoked to live with.

Using Laser Tattoo Removal to Make Your Cover Up Better

Fading Defined

It’s as it sounds. In this scenario, a professional laser system is applied to the tattoo in the same manner as it would for a full removal, but fewer sessions will be required. This is because the tattoo only needs to be treated to the point that it is no longer as dark, prominent, and defined as it originally was, or in other words, faded.

When Fading is Preferred

Using laser for fading makes sense when the body of work that you want to cover up presents too much of a challenge for even the most experienced artist. Getting a successful traditional cover-up may be impossible when the original design is too large or incorporates deep dark tones that cannot be covered over without going “all black”. Given that you want to replace a tattoo that you despise, the last thing you want is to make concessions for the one that intends to replace it. With laser tattoo fading, you don’t have to.

Now in a perfect world scenario you would have the original tattoo completely removed with laser so that you have a completely clean slate to work with, but that takes time (well over a year for bigger, deeper toned pieces) and will cost significantly more. If you don’t have the budget and/or don’t want to wait much longer to get the tattoo you’ve always dreamed of, then fading once again comes to the rescue.