Rejuvenate a ratty old tat with a beautiful coverup.
Chances are, if you were attracted to the inked look in the first place, you still like it. Your instinct to rock a little ink hasn’t totally evaporated, but the way you want to express that desire has. So why not upgrade that single-color scrawl to something a little more you?
If you want to de-ink altogether...
Lasers may be the best way to go. While other methods are available — like salabrasion, in which the tattoo is scraped away with an abrasive tool after a salt solution is applied to the skin, and dermabrasion, which can remove tattoos by sanding down the skin with a rotary device — they tend to scar.
The latest on lasers
This year, a big advance in lasers hit the market — PicoSure, a picosecond aesthetic laser that delivers ultra-short bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second, as compared to other lasers on the market that fire at nanoseconds. This technology, used by both Kunze and Derick, can remove some tattoos entirely, in a fewer number of treatments. While this new laser can be about twice as fast as others, it’s not for everyone. For example, a longer-wavelength laser is needed to effectively break up the ink in darker skin tones.
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