Can you fade my tattoo for a coverup?

Blackout Tattoo Removal specializes in fading tattoos for a cover up. Cover ups are much easier to apply after the existing tattoo has been faded. Laser tattoo removal creates a cleaner canvas for tattoo artists to apply a cover up and also gives you more creativity with your cover up piece. In addition to fading, Blackout can completely remove your tattoo or selectively remove a part of your tattoo (i.e. a name) without damaging the surrounding ink.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Majority of patients say the laser is very tolerable and feels like a rubber band continuously snapping against the skin. Depending on your pain tolerance, the laser can feel similar to getting a tattoo applied. Blackout uses the Cryo 6 cooling machine to effectively numb your skin and provide maximum comfort before, during, and after each treatment. This device helps mitigate any pain and discomfort and also reduces the risk of thermal injury.

Is laser tattoo removal dangerous? Are there any side effects?

Laser tattoo removal is the safest method for removing tattoos. Our Duality laser is FDA-approved and is trusted by leading laser tattoo removal practitioners worldwide. Our laser technicians are expertly trained by the world’s leading laser tattoo removal training programs, and use custom protocols for your unique tattoo and skin type to ensure each patient receives the best skin care and optimal results.

After your treatment, you may experience temporary redness, itchiness, swelling, blistering, scabbing, and/or pigmentation changes. All of these side effects are indications that your immune system is removing the shattered ink and will heal over the weeks following each treatment. As long as you follow the detailed aftercare instructions provided by Blackout, your skin will heal beautifully without any scarring.

What should I so BEFORE a laser tattoo removal treatment?

Have a full night sleep and drink plenty of water. Arriving well rested and well hydrated (as you would prepare for a tattoo) is the best way to walk into a laser tattoo removal appointment. Taking care of your body through exercise and good eating habits sets you up for optimum healing and results.


  • sun exposure and tanning (use spf 30+/10% zinc content)
  • heavy alcohol and caffeine consumption the day of treatment

What should I do AFTER a laser tattoo removal treatment?

Keep the area covered, hydrated and clean for the first three days, then leave it alone. Aftercare is a large component in the success of your fading/removal process. Improper aftercare can lead to scarring, reduced effectiveness of treatments and possibly even infections.

Verbal instructions and printed instructions will be given following each treatment, please follow them.


  • sun exposure and tanning (use spf 30+/10% zinc content)
  • soaking area in water (hot tubs, baths, lakes etc)
  • heavy exercise for 24hrs
  • restrictive clothing that may rub or scratch at the area

Do you offer laser hair removal?

We do not offer laser hair removal. Hair removal requires a pulsed laser while tattoo ink requires a Q-switched laser. The difference is the laser emission pulse length. Pulsed lasers emit more power over time (thousandths of a second), but have a lower peak power while Q-switched lasers emit a very high peak power in a much shorter amount of time (billionths of a second). The key to shattering tattoo ink particles without harming surrounding tissue is the speed in which the particle is heated. Using a pulsed laser on a tattoo can result in the particles attracting large amount of heat at a slow rate not causing it to shatter, but to heat enough to burn surrounding tissue.

What type of equipment do you use? Is it a Picosure?

We use a Duality Q-switched laser and Zimmer Cryo6.

This is a common question. There is a great deal of marketing surrounding the Cynosure PicoSure laser. There’s a great deal more physics, actual results and reviews that need to be considered. Choosing equipment that is best suited to our area and our clients was a long process with a great deal of preliminary research.

For our business we chose the Astanza Duality Q-switched laser. This laser is known for high performance, reliability and results.

Blackout Tattoo Removal is a service for people with tattoos. The most important factor in researching laser tattoo removal services is finding a certified laser operator who understands tattoos and their application. We understand tattoo application and look forward to collaborating with local artists as those cases come up. We understand that you may not necessarily dislike your other tattoos, and you may already be planning your next one. The person you were when you received your tattoo is most likely a little bit different than the person you are now.

Read more about class action lawsuits filed against Cynosure testifying the PicoSure ineffective results record.

How long are treatments?

Laser tattoo removal is an extremely quick procedure that lasts anywhere from a few seconds to 15 minutes.

When will I see complete results?

Our Astanza Duality is engineered to shatter more ink with each session, effectively speeding up the natural fading process and reducing the number of overall treatments you will need to see complete results. That being said, a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks is required between treatments to give your skin time to heal. The time it takes to see complete results is dependent on this 6 to 8 week healing period plus the number of treatments your tattoo will need for complete removal.