Getting tattooed is exciting in the moment. You make a fist and bite your tongue as the needle makes its mark. ‘I’ll love this forever,’ you tell yourself as you admire your cool new ink. Fast-forward to a decade later: that Chinese character you had permanently stamped on your wrist doesn’t actually mean “strength.”. Or, maybe you love your original design, but it’s time for an update. Laser tattoo removal is the best way to erase or alter the body art on your skin, as long as it’s done safely and professionally.

What is laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal is a means of erasing unwanted ink from your skin. It’s crucial for this process to be done safely and effectively in order to get optimal results. The best way to do this is by visiting a clinic that uses the PicoWay Laser. The PicoWay is a laser removal system with three wavelengths that works especially well on a wide spectrum of colours. The laser shoots micro-pulses that are so quick they’re over before they begin (unless you can detect one trillionth of a second). High-powered pulses of light energy hit the tattooed skin and break the colour up into millions of tiny particles. These particles are small enough for the body to process and eliminate on its own.

Advanced Laser Clinic was the first in Canada to offer the PicoWay to dissolve pigment in the most efficient way, and they have the most experience treating various tattoos and skin types. This type of laser treatment requires fewer sessions than more traditional (and more painful!) methods of tattoo removal.

So, is it possible to get a cover-up tattoo after fading or removal? The answer is yes.

Benefits of tattoo removal or fading before getting a cover-up

While some people want their tattoos completely removed, it can actually be beneficial to hang onto some pigment. A cover-up is done to alter an existing tattoo, transforming it into a piece that works better for you. So, you don’t just have to think in terms of removing your ink – you can fade and redesign it all together!

Lightening the pigmented skin, or fading it, can mean a better cover-up tattoo in the future. The treatments should be done at a clinic by PicoWay laser professionals to ensure a safe procedure and proper healing.

For so many people, an old tattoo can mean a current regret. Luckily, we can turn back time… or at least erase it! Because of its three wavelengths, The PicoWay can remove many different colours of ink, including red, yellow, orange, black, brown, green, blue and purple, as well as custom colours. Another benefit to the triple wavelength is that it causes minimal adverse effects to the skin. And unlike older technology, skin with darker pigment can be safely and effectively treated with the PicoWay.

How long do I have to wait after removal/fading before getting my new tattoo?

It’s important to wait at least six weeks after treatment before tattooing the area. This is important to ensure that your skin has properly healed and can heal again after re-inking. Having patience is well worth the amazing results you’ll get to enjoy!

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