The Best Tips On How & Why To Lighten A Tattoo For Cover Up

Lighten Up to Cover Up is an Option…………

People like tattoos. They just quit liking their tattoo. Tastes, attitudes and relationships change. If you do not love your tattoo anymore you can consider a cover up. The decision should be made with careful consideration. If you dislike the tattoo, but continue to like tattoos then definitely consider a cover up tattoo.

I recommend that clients see an artist, to assure the cover up design you are seeking can be done….because a layered/covered up tattoo that you may ultimately decide to remove is more difficult to remove than an original tattoo.

The colors in your tattoo can determine the outcome. Blacks are easy to remove. Other colors can be difficult to remove, meaning multiple sessions are required and still the desired results are not achieved.  Some multi-colored tattoos are better to cover-up than to remove.

The cost to fade is significantly cheaper than the cost to remove a tattoo. A fade generally requires 3-6 sessions. We have seen black ink fade enough for cover up in 1 session. This can vary, depending on the amount of ink, ink colors, and overall size. Extra-large tattoos may have to be treated as a few single tattoos and thus require more session. Avoid cheap or outdated lasers; find a clinic with a Quanta laser and a skilled technician. Skilled technicians with a good laser can meet your needs with fewer sessions. Our goal is to do the least amount of laser sessions to achieve a client’s goal. Just like removal, required sessions depend on the color, density of ink, skin type, age and quality of the ink.

Are you impatient? A full removal of 6-12 sessions will take 1-2 years. A session is done every 8 weeks, so about 6 per year. If you cannot commit to this, then consider fewer sessions and a cover-up. A new tattoo can be placed 8-12 weeks after your last laser session.

Many tattoos can be covered up by your artist. A current trend is to have a blackout. This trend is the result of original tattoos being so dark that only a dark, large, blackout tattoo will cover them. Dark, saturated inks in a tattoo leave no option for cover-up. Even lighter, non-saturated tattoos require larger and darker designs to be covered up. Not all tattoos can be turned into the design you desire. Most artists would prefer that you consider tattoo fading/lightening or removing a portion of your tattoo before cover up. Black filled or black outlined tattoos require more black ink and black artwork to cover them. This limits the design possibilities for an artist. It really is about giving your artist a good area to work with. Getting the proper amount of fading is critical to getting the best cover-up. Fading the dark colors usually is all you need.

What is your goal?

If you have a small, older faded tattoo then laser fading is probably not needed. See your artist and move forward.

Having a few laser tattoo removal sessions done will lighten your newer, darker pigmented tattoo, remove saturated ink, and give you better options for cover-up. Tattoo design is important, so when there is a misspelled word, poor quality art work, blending of colors or letters that bleed together consumers look for options. Laser removal sessions will help lighten an area so the design can be reworked.

Clients will often times be undecided about what they are seeking. They know they want a tattoo re-do; voicing “anything is better than this”. We meet with clients and we start with a few planned laser sessions. The sessions are spaced about 8 weeks apart. At the 8 week intervals a client can see how their ink reacts to laser sessions, how it feels and what their commitment is to the process. Either way a client benefits. If they decide to seek a cover up tattoo they have started the lightening process, if they decide to continue with removal they are well informed about what to expect and what the commitment is.