Laser Tattoo Removal vs Fading a Tattoo for a Cover Up

Laser Tattoo Removal Pinehurst NC

Tattoos can be a beautiful expression of art, creativity and emotion. According to recent studies, more people are getting tattoos than ever before and they are even more widely accepted in the workplace than they were in previous years. However, many people who decide to get tattoos earlier in life end up changing their minds later on and wish to have them removed or replaced with body art that better represents who they are now. Fortunately, Dr. Melley offers tattoo removal options for individuals who desire to have their ink removed with no downtime.

PicoSure is a safe and effective option for laser tattoo removal and typically requires fewer treatment sessions than more traditional removal methods. During the procedure, Dr. Melley uses PicoSure’s PressureWave technology to deliver short pulses of laser energy to the dermis, shattering the ink particles that make up the tattoo pigment while leaving the skin undamaged. Afterward, your body is then able to naturally process and remove the pigment.

You may be wondering how many treatments are necessary to completely remove a tattoo vs. fade a tattoo sufficiently enough to be covered up with a new tattoo. It is important to understand the many factors that play a role in determining how many treatment sessions are necessary to fully remove a tattoo. Factors such as overall skin health, the age of the tattoo and how faded it may be, even the color of pigments used play a role.

It used to go without saying that tattoos are a lifelong commitment. With the advances in laser tattoo removal, that statement has become less true over time. While many people simply regret their decision to get a tattoo, some may want to get rid of an old tattoo to make room for a new tattoo that will better represent their current ideals and aesthetic.

Fading a Tattoo vs Removing a Tattoo

Reasons to Completely Remove a Tattoo:

  • Regret decision to get a tattoo
  • Shift in interests or feelings
  • Dislike the overall art quality
  • Tattoo has faded and looks unsightly

Reasons to Fade a Tattoo Before Cover Up:

  • Fading allows for more color and style options
  • Brighter colors, less pigment required
  • Remove part of existing tattoo (such as a name)
  • Fewer sessions required

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Melley to determine how many treatment sessions will be necessary for your overall tattoo removal goals. Learn more about laser tattoo removal at or call 910-295-1130 today to schedule your consultation today!

Your Ideal, Healthy Weight and How to Calculate It

The first step in a weight loss journey is setting goals for yourself. This will help keep you focused and give you reasons to celebrate as you reach each goal. It is important to understand that healthy weight is different for each individual person and must be calculated with multiple factors in mind including age, gender, muscle mass, bone structure, etc.

According to the Surgeon General, you can find your ideal weight by using a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator or chart (featured below). Based on the BMI index, underweight = <18.5, normal weight = 18.5-24.9, overweight = 25-29.9, and obesity = BMI of 30 or greater.

After you’ve calculated your BMI and set your healthy weight goal it is time to start planning. If you are overweight, losing 10% of your body weight can improve your health overall. Losing weight gradually is the healthiest option as well as the most effective in terms of long term goals. It is recommended to stay in the range of losing ½ pound to 2 pounds a week.

Sometimes, in a weight loss journey, you can greatly benefit from having help. At the Laser Institute of Pinehurst, we offer a customized weight loss program that includes personal medical counseling from our providers. We will monitor your progress and make the necessary adjustments that will allow you to best achieve your short and long term goals. Learn more about the weight loss programs we offer at or call our office at 910-920-9410 today to schedule your complimentary consultation!

Greet the Season Beautifully


Worried about looking your best this holiday season?  Don’t fret; there is still time to have you feeling and looking fabulous.

Whatever the question – Botox is the answer!  Seriously, come in for Botox and you won’t have that scowl when you bite into that overcooked turkey (again) this year!   Be assured all our injectables are expertly performed by Dr. Melley.

If you would like to brighten the appearance of your skin, the Pomegranate Brightening Peel could be just what you are needing for that youthful complexion.  This is a featured special this month and it’s full of anti-oxidants, helps stimulate collagen, evens out the top layers of skin and more!

Are you a little embarrassed by your dry, aging hands?  The Jan Marini Hand and Body Lotion improves the appearance of aging and environmentally damaged skin.  This amazing product combines the rejuvenating benefits of glycolic acid with specialized ingredients that minimizes area that have contour irregularities, due to uneven fat distribution.  Next, let us perform a manicure treatment and you can show off those lovely hands.

Not exactly certain what treatment or product is best for you?  Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our estheticians and let’s help you “Greet the Season Beautifully”!