So what are the risks of laser removal? When you get a tattoo, the ink is injected into the dermis layer of your skin where it soaks into fibroblast skin cells and become permanent, similar to a scar. This is the reason skin art can last for a lifetime. As long as the pigment particles stay in these skin cells, they do not seem to affect the body’s health. But what happens to that ink when it’s subjected to laser treatments?
“A particle can have safe components in its chemical structure when it was injected, but when you hit it with a laser, you’ve turned it into something else – you’ve basically cooked it. You break it into smaller byproducts and it’s those byproducts that really are of concern.”
– Dr. Jeffery L. Deal, Medical Director, Rejuvatek Medical
Laser treatment has other risks as well. If not applied correctly, the heat from the laser can burn and scar the skin. Blistering, swelling, infection, and changing of the skin’s normal pigmentation are other possible side effects.
The biggest drawback to laser treatment is that is there’s no guarantee it will work. Multiple treatments will be required and the number of sessions isn’t something that can be predetermined during an initial consultation. While an average six to 10 treatments might be accurate, it’s possible that the number will be much higher depending on the design, color, and location of the tattoo and variation of skin pigmentation. Even then, many colors will still be visible.
Most laser tattoo procedures are done in a medical clinic by highly trained technicians, or by a professional dermatologist. This means that in most cases, tattoo studios can’t offer laser tattoo removal even if they wanted to.
Tatt2Away: The New Standard of Care
Tatt2Away puts tattoo removal into the hands of trained and certified tattoo artists. Unlike laser, Tatt2Away works with the body’s natural healing process to form an eschar or “dry scab” that lifts pigment out of the skin. When the scab is gone (14 to 21 days), so is the ink. Best of all, the process is effective on all colors of ink – it’s “colorblind.”
“With Tatt2Away, you don’t just move (ink/pigment) from the skin to other parts of your system. You actually remove the tattoo. I can’t emphasize how important that is. Besides taking a knife and actually excising the skin, Tatt2Away is the only true tattoo removal process with which I’m familiar.”
– Dr. Jeffery L. Deal
The advantage of Tatt2Away compared to laser methods are many. For the studio owner, it is another related service they can offer that will enhance the quality of their work. For clients seeking tattoo removal, Tatt2Away means less of an investment in time and money, less pain, proven and visible results, all of which adds up to a more satisfactory outcome.
As Tatt2Away can target specific sections of a tattoo using a process called DESCoverup® it is the perfect beginning to an effective coverup.
Until now, the rule of thumb with coverups was larger and darker – to successfully mask the old ink, the new work had to cover a larger area and use heavier, darker color. Being able to break up the pattern of the old ink, essentially drawing the eye away from the existing tattoo, means a coverup isn’t limited to size, placement and color. Even with tribal tattoos done with black pigment, just a few Tatt2Away treatments may be adequate to rejuvenate enough skin so that the new design doesn’t have to be denser than the one underneath.
The ultimate benefit for artist and client alike is that Tatt2Away opens doors for a wider range of coverup possibilities in addition to complete tattoo removal. Traditional coverups are more limited than tattoo customers often realize. Coverups generally need to be much larger and much darker to cover, and a trained eye can usually tell where the original art was. Even the best coverups by master artists tend to show some of the underlying tattoo after a few years as the new ink settles into your skin.
Without Tatt2Away’s DEScoverup process, it would be unthinkable to cover a dark tattoo like this large black Transformers logo with a lighter, detailed piece. But selectively removing the old artwork allows artists at Tatt2Away centers unprecedented freedom in their coverup designs. The full length of treatment is usually not needed before they can create a beautiful new piece of art. Often, one or two sessions is enough to make room for the new tattoo.
In this beautiful coverup, tattoo studio and Tatt2Away center Electric Tattoo Parlor was able to cover an old, faded tattoo with a sharp new giraffe. They blended traditional wisdom of using the dark old tattoo in the darker shaded section of the new work, but the light colors used here would be impossible without the DEScoverup process. By selectively removing parts of the old tattoo in two sessions, the artist was able to create a new piece that they couldn’t do otherwise.
The removal client pictured here wanted to replace the script on his arm. He went to Black Lotus Tattoo, and they used the DESCoverup process to treat the old script before adding new art. After three Tatt2Away sessions, artist Danny Bayron had a clean canvas to create the phenomenal samurai art you can see here. The total time for treatments, healing of the removal, and healing of the tattoo took 8 months.
Artists who previously had to turn coverups clients away are now able to give them a beautiful tattoo that will be loved for a lifetime.