Why Laser Before a Cover Up?

With laser treatment being so readily available, many artists choose to refer their cover up tattoo clients to Removery to undergo laser tattoo removal before putting their art in the same place. This allows for the artist to do a tattoo to their full ability without having to dance around different artists’ old and unwanted tattoo ink. This also reduces the need for the cover up tattoo to be a very large and dark tattoo. Thanks to laser, if you want a cover up tattoo but don’t want a huge dark raven, the possibility remains.

How Many Treatments?

The main question asked when a client comes in to lighten an unwanted tattoo before a tattoo cover up is, “How many treatments do I need?” While this is a difficult question to answer for even full removal, it becomes even more challenging to give accurate answers for tattoo cover ups. This is due to the numerous tattoo styles and artist preferences that play a role in the cover up tattoo process, as well as different skin tones. Every artist will require a different level of lightening before they apply the new tattoo. This is largely due to the tattoo artist’s style and style of tattoo. If you are looking to have a traditional tattoo applied with heavy lines and bright vibrant colours, odds are your artist will require fewer treatments than an artist who specialises in light black and grey portraits, which an old tattoo would more easily show through.

How Do I Ensure my Tattoo is Light Enough for the Cover Up Tattoo?

At Removery, our first piece of advice when seeking a cover up tattoo is to decide on the tattoo you want, find an artist who you love, and speak to them. The best results come from good communication between an artist and client who are on the same page. Every technician at Removery is highly skilled in laser tattoo removal, but typically we do lack the artistic insight your artist will have. Speaking to your artist can also reduce the size of the area you need to be lasered or colours that need laser removal. The less ink we need to remove, the less costly the removal process will be, plus you’ll experience fewer side effects.

How to Remove Sleeve Tattoos

In the case of this client, we opted to use our PicoWay® laser and its 1064 wavelength to get him cover up ready. Because this client had all black ink, all linework tattoo, this was the best laser for his particular tattoo.

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