Tattoo Cover Up Vs. Laser - The Pros and Cons

Updated: Oct 10, 2019

As the saying goes, ‘nothing really lasts forever’ and tattoos are no exception. Of the millions of people that have body art, it’s estimated that a fifth of them regret the decision.

Laser tattoo removal in London is quickly growing in order to keep up with the demand for tattoo regret. Another popular option is the tattoo cover-up.

In this article, we look at the pros and cons of both to help you make a well-informed decision.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Because of its effectiveness as a long-term solution, laser tattoo removal is the most popular option for the vast majority of unwanted tattoos.

It involves the use of lasers to break down the ink into small particles, which your body naturally removes. Let’s look at the reasons for and against this in greater detail.

The Pros

Unlike removal creams and gels, laser tattoo removal is a proven way to eradicate a tattoo.

Look at any laser tattoo removal before and after photos, and you’ll see the dramatic difference it makes. In just one session, you can see results. It is the most effective way to undertake permanent tattoo removal without surgery.

With new technology introduced in the market, procedures are improving all the time. NAAMA, the latest studio to offer high-end laser tattoo removal in London, delivers innovative technology and bespoke experience. In addition, its technology is thousands of times faster.

With so many clinics offering tattoo removal in London and beyond, it’s also a convenient solution.

The Cons

Much like having a tattoo inked, the traditional removal process can be uncomfortable but newer technologies are kinder to the skin.

Another consideration is cost, which can differ depending on the size of your tattoo. You should weigh this against the benefits it brings and its reliability when compared to creams and tattoo cover-ups.

Tattoo Cover Up

For tattoos that no longer have a place on your body, tattoo cover-up is an option to consider. This is best reserved for those who enjoy body art but do not want a previous inking.

There are tattoo artists that specialise in tattoo cover-ups, transforming unwanted etchings into new and inspiring pieces. Popstar Cheryl most famously underwent a tattoo cover-up, replacing three small tattoos on her back with one huge rose mural.

Tattoo cover-up is ideal for anyone who loves tattoos or wants to replace an old memory with a new one. While laser tattoo removal can help get your skin back to its ‘blank canvas’ status, tattoo cover-ups merely replace one tattoo with another.

So, here’s what you need to know:

The Pros

Tattoo cover-ups are suitable for people who want to amend or revise a tattoo. Some literally find the pain of the new tattoo cathartic in providing closure.

Sometimes, it can even be a rebellious response - like the time Johnny Depp changed the words ‘Slim’ to ‘Scum’ on his knuckles after a bitter breakup with Amber Heard.

It’s, therefore, no surprise that name cover-up tattoos are amongst some of the most requested. For instance, if your tattoo just needs a small amendment, such as changing a date or name, then it may be preferable to complete removal.

Sometimes, cover-ups can improve poor tattoos, be it through misspellings or badly drawn art. A tattoo artist specialising in this field will help provide you with tattoo cover up ideas.

The Cons

Having a tattoo cover-up deserves the same consideration as getting a tattoo.

The nature of a tattoo cover-up often requires that the original piece morphs into a much bigger artwork. Although this isn’t always the case, it means that you may have to consider if you want a larger inking on your body instead.

You may also be limited to cover-up options available. Your artist should be able to provide some tattoo cover-up ideas if you don’t have any.

Unfortunately, tattoo cover-ups are not always possible. If the tattoo itself doesn’t lend itself to a bigger piece or owing to its placement (such as the face), then it might not even be viable.

Using a qualified tattoo artist is the best way to ensure your new tattoo is undertaken with the utmost professional care.

So, there you have it – the pros and cons of laser tattoo removal and tattoo cover-up. There’s no one size fits all solution, with each having its merits and drawbacks. Hopefully, though, this brings you closer to the right decision for you.



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Claims based on (1) a clinical study in which more than 1,000 treatments were conducted across 58 study participants, (2) 150+ samples of treated tattoos and skin as reviewed by independent dermatologists.

Individual results may vary.