Toronto Tattoo Removal – Cover Ups

Many patients come to see us at our Toronto tattoo removal clinic wanting to have a tattoo removed. We have done literally tens of thousands of Toronto tattoo removals since 2001, and though in many cases complete clearance is possible sometimes it is not. Also, some patients are simply tired of a certain tattoo, and want to get it covered with something new. We get many referrals each month from artists and shops in Toronto, asking us to fade a tattoo so that they can create a new one over top. Typically 2 – 4 sessions of laser tattoo removal clears enough ink so that the artist can work freely, and use whatever colors they wish.

It is important when considering a cover up to discuss your new tattoo with an artist especially skilled in this area, since covering is an art unto itself. As we fade the tattoo, we suggest you visit your artist or send them photos so they can direct you on how many more sessions you  may need, and if there are specific areas of the tattoo they would like us to lighten even more. And be especially careful to make certain that you are happy with the new tattoo you are choosing, since removing a double cover up is extremely challenging. I have had several patients with 3 – 4 layered cover ups!

You can always email us a photo of your tattoo at and we can give you an idea about pricing and the number of sessions you may require. Visit us soon for more information.

What’s the best make-up to cover a tattoo?

Usually it’s hard to cover a tattoo with make-up, unless it’s very faint or lightly shaded. We often get patients who start their laser tattoo removal sessions because of a big event like a wedding or a job interview, and worry it won’t clear in time.

After 2- 3 sessions, it is usually possible to use a quality make-up to conceal your tattoo. We also find Cover-FX works very well. You can get it at Shopper’s Drug Mart and they often have someone who can blend it to your exact skin color on site.

This worked well with a patient who had a neck tattoo and was terrified about having to meet his partner’s parents for the first time. We were able to use laser tattoo removal to fade it to the point that he could cover it up nicely and survived the dinner in one piece!

But your best bet remains to think very carefully before inking up. A significant proportion of individuals regret their tattoos within a year and visit us for removal. If you really aren’t sure maybe go with something small, and in a body location that can easily be covered, or hidden by make-up.

How can I decide if I should do a tattoo cover-up?

Basically, it depends on several factors. If the tattoo is very difficult to remove, our Toronto Tattoo Removal Doctors will tell you at the consultation. A tattoo that’s very multi-colored with lots of yellows and oranges, for example, might be simpler to cover than to try and remove. If a tattoo is unlikely to clear you might consider 3 – 4 fading sessions and then covering.

For a lot of patients the preference is removal, but the cost and duration of removal might be a problem. Our Toronto Tattoo removal clinic often advises that you consider the possibility of needing a cover-up, even if you start off with the hope of perfect removal. That way, if after 4-5 sessions its obvious that it is gong to take longer than you hope you have a Plan B.

It is not fair to guarantee perfect and complete removal to any patient, it can never be certain. So our Toronto Tattoo removal doctors will always be honest from day one, and you can plan your treatments accordingly. Our goal is that you are happy – either with a successful and complete tattoo removal, or a much more satisfactory cover-up.

Which Toronto Tattoo artist should you use for your cover-up?

This is a question we often get asked at our Toronto laser tattoo removal clinic. Choosing the right artist is vital. Many artists may be excellent but do not have experience with cover-ups, which are a whole different kettle of fish. Mapping out the right colors and finding a image that will blend in well with the old one is a tricky procedure.

Our Toronto tattoo removal doctors have great relationships with a number of leading Toronto tattoo artists. They are always happy t recommend artists who they have worked with for years, who have provided patients with satisfactory cover-ups. The ebst is to visit several artsits and see how they would plan your tattoo cover-up. Then as the laser tattoo removal procedes, keep in touch with them so that the doctors can mdofy the removal as needed. Remember youwant the cover-up to be the final one!