Tattoo fading for a cover-up

What is a tattoo cover-up?

Tattoo cover-ups involve obscuring an old tattoo design with a new design.

Fresh ink is placed directly on top of the old tattoo, perhaps to represent a new direction in a person's life, to relegate something to the past, or simply for a stylish update.

Laser tattoo removal greatly assists this process, as the initial design is faded and becomes easier to tattoo over in a safe and effective way.

Stacey's tattoo fading for a cover-up

Stacey's tattoo

Stacey's tattoo

Stacey fell out of love with her dragon tattoo, setting her mind on something fresh and new.

Stacey's faded tattoo

Tattoo after being faded

Fading is quicker than complete removal. After just a few sessions with NAAMA, the tattoo is faded and ready for a beautiful cover-up design.

Stacey's cover-up tattoo

Stacey's striking new cover-up design

After Stacey's tattoo was faded, her tattoo artist created a completely new design on top.

Fading for a cover-up

There are many different approaches to tattoo cover-ups.

They vary from complete coverage, essentially placing a large section of ink over the previous design so that it is no longer visible, to intricate creative reworking.

Think switching an ex’s name to another word entirely. Or perhaps don't.

There's no right or wrong here, it's up to an individual to creatively edit their existing and unwanted ink. 

How does laser tattoo removal prepare you for a cover up? 

Laser tattoo removal fades the existing tattoo before a cover-up design. There's less ink to cover and the tattoo artist’s job becomes much easier. 

You are also likely to get much better results from the artist.

NAAMA’s clients often choose to partially fade their tattoos cover-ups. 

Carl's tattoo fading for a cover-up

Carl's tattoo 1

Carl's initial chest tattoo

Carl wanted to fade his Buddha tattoo and cover it with some fresh ink.

Carl's tattoo faded 1

Tattoo is almost completely gone

Our ultra-low energy laser cleared his tattoo without skin damage.

Carl's cover-up tattoo

Carl's new ink

Carl gets the cover-up tattoo he wants.

Carl also faded his shoulder tattoo

Carl's tattoo

Carl's initial shoulder tattoo

Carl felt this shoulder tattoo didn't quite fit with the rest of his arm

Carl's shoulder tattoo faded

The tattoo after being faded

Our one-of-a-kind laser fades the tattoo, leaving only healthy skin ready for a new design.

Carl's shoulder cover-up

His new sleeve completely reworked

Carl's new cover-up tattoo completes his tattoo sleeve the way he's always wanted.

How soon after tattoo removal can I get a cover-up?

We treat tattoos as often as every 2-3 weeks, and as soon as your skin is healed you can go get a cover-up.

Your consultant will be best placed to give an exact answer as to how soon you can return to the artist’s chair for new ink after tattoo removal.

Is it better to remove a tattoo or cover it up?

This one comes down to personal preference and a few considerations. 

  • Is your tattoo black ink or color? (It might not be possible to fully remove a color tattoo, as lighter inks can be more difficult to treat.)

  • Your skin type may impact the removal process. Read more about how we use the Fitzpatrick scale to ensure tattoo clearances are safe for all. 

  • The strength of your immune system is crucial for tattoo removal. After the laser has done its job, the rest is up to your lymphatic system flushing out unwanted ink particles. 

Can you 100% remove a tattoo?

If you don't fancy a cover-up design, you can always remove the whole tattoo.

It is possible to completely remove a tattoo with our one-of-a-kind laser technology. Aside from the above pointers, we have a number of blogs that help clients predict how much of their tattoo will clear, and how fast. 

After familiarizing yourself with our resources, the best thing to do is speak to a consultant for a personalized assessment.

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Tattoo Removal FAQs

Yes, it is possible to completely remove a tattoo with the LightSense® laser system.

However not all tattoos are created equal, and there are a variety of factors that can impact the tattoo removal process. The success of the removal is dependent on the size, depth, position, and color of the tattoo itself, as well as your skin type. The health of your immune system will also play a key part in the efficacy of the removal.

For a specific evaluation of your individual tattoo, contact us and discover how our experts can help you to achieve your goals. A complete tattoo removal is possible but there are certainly things you can do to improve the chances of full clearance.

On average a tattoo will take 8-12 sessions to completely remove; sometimes fewer sessions, sometimes more.

Each removal is unique and will depend on factors such as the tattoo location, type of ink used, skin type, aftercare, and the health of the immune system.

To find out more about the factors that influence how many sessions it will take, read our blog here

We welcome and are able to treat all skin types at NAAMA.

Black ink can be treated on all skin tones, but there are some limitations on treating color inks on darker skin tones due to an increased risk of skin damage. We can only safely treat colored inks on Fitzpatrick 1-3 skin types. 

Speak to one of our experts and get a personal assessment, or read more on our blog.

Return for treatments as often as every 2-3 weeks. 

The gentle LightSense® laser system uses significantly less energy than traditional laser tattoo removal devices. This means there is shorter downtime between sessions with clients returning more often, seeing results faster.

Permanent makeup removal is not ‘one size fits all’ and each case is completely unique.

As a guide, we suggest 1-3 sessions for light microblading removal and 3 minimum for machine brows or denser eyebrow tattoos. Many clients get their desired results in 3-5 sessions, but this varies. Our removal packages are a great option to explore for better value per session. The timescale is similar if you’re looking to come to NAAMA for lip blushing and lip tattoo removal, too.

NAAMA Plus is our highly-curated offering of IV therapy, lymphatic drainage massage, and a range of specially-designed skincare products. It helps in the following ways:

  • Lymphatic drainage massage can help to stimulate the flow of lymph throughout the body. This is the mechanism that removes unwanted ink pigment.

  • IV therapy supercharges tattoo removal results by providing the body with a blend of vitamins, nutrients, electrolytes, minerals and antioxidants.

  • Our Heliocare 360° SPF will keep your skin safe before treatments.

Stay hydrated, rest well, and enjoy exercise. The better the state of your general health, the more likely your immune system will respond positively to treatment. 

Additionally, we advise that you protect your skin with a sun-safe skincare routine and use a moisturizing sunscreen with high SPF when exposing your treatment area to direct sunlight within two weeks of your treatment.

You might also like to explore our highly-curated range of NAAMA Plus treatments, paired with laser tattoo removal to supercharge your results. 

You may be asked to shave if the removal area is densely covered with hair. We will not ask you to shave your eyebrows. Speak to our expert consultants for more information. 

The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification of human skin types, from 1 to 6. We use this to assess individual skin types so we can create safe and bespoke treatment plans for each client.