Unfortunately bad tattoos can happen to anyone. Perhaps the artist was inexperienced, or misunderstood the look you were hoping for. You may also have a really nice tattoo that no longer has a place in your life. An ex-lover, previous experience or a design you just are no longer into. If you’ve watched the shows “Bad Ink” or “Tattoo Nightmares” you know that it is not an uncommon request.
Prior to Smart Laser tattoo removal, the only option available was to try and place a camouflage or covering design. With really dark inks or especially intricate shapes and designs, a cover up could be really difficult to get a result you would be happy with.
What kind of tattoos can be covered up? What about black ink? How does the laser and cover removal process work? What can you do to make sure you get the best cover up tattoo possible. Read on and we will guide you through just how lasers work with cover up tattoos.
Smart Laser uses the newest tattoo removal technology called Picosure to break up tattoo ink into tiny particles which are then cleared by your body. This causes a gradual fading of the tattoo ink, making the cover up tattoo process much easier. For most tattoos, even black, 1-3 sessions of Smart Laser will give sufficient fading to prepare the area for a cover up. Smart Laser sessions are performed every 6-8 weeks. Dr Shaw recommends waiting 6 weeks from your last laser tattoo removal session before placing the cover up tattoo.
Caring for the area after the laser is jsut like caring for a new tattoo: keep it clean with simple soap and water, apply Vaseline or Aquaphor, and avoid direct sunlight. Good care of the area will make certain you get ht absolute best result possible.
Choosing the right tattoo artist is a critical step in the process. Cover up tattoos require the highest level of skill and artistic talent. Spend time choosing an artist that not only has extensive experience with cover ups, but also understands exactly what you want.
Dr Shaw started Smart Laser with the goal of delivering the best laser tattoo removal services for patients in Richmond. The Picosure is the pinnacle of laser technology and delivers the fastest and most effective removal available today. He is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon and is a laser instructor. He has treated hundreds of tattoos. He works with several local tattoo artists helping many patients with the goal of getting a cover up tattoo.
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