Tattoo Lasering vs. Tattoo Coverups


As much as you want to love your tattoos forever, sometimes that doesn't happen. Whether it was a tattoo that you got done after a night of drinking, or you got one of an ex-girlfriend's name, there are ways to make you forget it was ever there.

If you're ready to move on from an unwanted tattoo, there are a few ways to go about it: laser tattoo removal, a tattoo coverup, or sometimes, a combination of both. Below we will dive into the pros and cons of each and help you determine which one will best suit your needs.

Tattoo Lasering

Lasering is probably what initially pops into your head when you think of tattoo removal. This special type of laser targets the pigments that make up the tattoo and dissipates the ink, causing it to fade. Depending on the size and age of the tattoo and the ink used, multiple sessions may be required - in fact they almost always are.

While having a tattoo completely removed is a major pro to laser tattoo removal, there are still quite a few cons. Tattoo lasering is expensive; typically med spas and technicians charge per session and this can quickly add up. Laser removal is also considered to be very painful. While the sensation during the session is considered to be similar to getting a tattoo, the aftereffect of intense blisters are extremely painful.

Tattoo Coverups

A tattoo coverup is a simple concept, you cover up a tattoo that you don't like, with one that you do. This is a much cheaper option than laser removal, and it does not require multiple sessions like laser removal does. The largest problem with tattoo coverups is they sometimes won't work. Depending on the size and detail of your original tattoo, it might not be able to be covered up. Or perhaps it can be covered up, but not with a tattoo style that you like.

A Combination

If you don't want to be limited by your tattoo coverup choices, consider going in for one or two tattoo removal sessions to fade the tattoo, and follow it with a tattoo coverup of your choice. With this method you will still have a tattoo, but you won't be limited with coverup options like you might be without a tattoo removal session.

Are you ready to make a change with your current tattoos? Stop by or schedule a consultation at Legend Tattoo to go over the best options for your desired results.


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