Hush Gel – Topical Anesthetic

After months of testing several different topical anesthetic products, Fade Fast Dallas is happy to announce that we now carry Hush Anesthetic Gel (coming soon to our Arkansas location).

HushGelFor more information on the product please visit –

Because the anesthetic takes an hour for full effect, our Dallas location offers two choices:

  1. Hush Gel can be purchased and applied in advance so our clients can relax in the comfort of their own home prior to treatment.
  2. Let us apply the anesthetic then relax in a recliner, in our private waiting room.  The room features a large television available for your entertainment or feel free to bring your own device and plug into one of the USB power ports available for your convenience.


For more information and photos of the Dallas location please visit

Fade Fast Dallas – New Location – New Days – New Hours

Location – As of August 2015, Fade Fast Dallas has moved to a new, larger facility in Dallas, 2928 Main St, Suite 100, Dallas Texas 75226 (in the heart of Deep Ellum).

Mondays – Starting Monday September 14th, 2015, Fade Fast Dallas will be extending our schedule to be open Monday-Saturday.

Hours – Now open at 11am weekdays for clients wanting to make lunchtime appointments (Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturdays 1pm-6pm)


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ConsultPrivate Consultation Rooms

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For information on our Arkansas location please visit the following link –

Photos by Allan Hayslip and Naked Lens Photography

Tattoo Ink Study

Recently we put together a study to determine how different laser wavelengths interact with particular colors and more specifically different brands of tattoo inks. This test was designed to present empirical data proving or disproving the following statements:

Presently the four most common wavelengths that are used to remove tattoos are:
1064nm (infrared light) is absorbed by black and most other ink colors
650nm, 694nm, 755nm (red light) are absorbed by green ink
585nm (yellow light) is absorbed by blue ink
532nm (green light) is absorbed by red ink


The study was also designed to further determine the interactions of each wavelength on nonstandard or mixed colors such as orange, teal, purple, etc. In addition, the effectiveness of infrared light (1064nm) was tested on all colors to determine the absorption rates in comparison to the standard complimentary colors. Ex: Green absorbs Red Light.


Many of the inks did conform to the generally accepted light absorption archetype. However, some colors did not and produced some very surprising results. The outcome of this preliminary test identified some interesting ink interactions with every wavelength; most notably the less commonly used 585 (yellow) wavelength.


High resolution photos were taken and cataloged to show each ink’s interaction for side-by-side comparisons. All of the data produced by this study will be available during our lecture at The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth, October 3rd at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Nevada:

Nine Bar Removal Project

Laser Tattoo Removal

The gradient laser removal project started August 17, 2007 when Adam Walsh of Hold Fast tattooed the bars on the inside of my right arm.  We chose 9 because an approximate spacing of a half-inch seemed to work well aesthetically, and 8 treatments seemed to be a reasonable estimation to remove a black tattoo.

I began treating the tattoo on September 19, 2007.  This was of course quite soon to start the removal, but the process was as much about experimentation as it was to show my clients how the process worked. As you can see by the first treatment, the ink was quite resilient, breaking down in an uneven fashion.  This result is actually fairly uncommon, usually only seen when treating newer tattoos.  Also, in treatment number two you can see an unusual result.  The white patch on the right side of the bar was from a scab that I accidentally pulled off.  Of course total ink removal is a plus, but I could have been left with a scar.  Thankfully I was not.

Treatments three through five all went as planned with only one constant issue.  The 9th bar, and sometimes number 8, would often blister post treatment.  This was most likely attributed to heat generated by my bicep touching the area when my arm was bent.  Treatment six also went as planned with another minor problem.  Again I accidentally pulled a scab from the area.  This time however the area did not loose color.  In fact, the opposite happened.  The scab was more superficial and the underlying dermis was exposed leaving a very dark area in the tattoo.  It took a few months, but in time the epidermis regenerated and the color evened out.

Treatments seven and eight went well. I increased the energy quite a bit to knock out as much color as possible. I was a bit more aggressive than normal, but the project was nearing completion and results needed to be more dramatic if possible.  Bar number 9 is not perfect.  There is still a bit of tattoo ink left, the tissue feels slightly different and depending on ambient temperature the area will turn red at times.

The removal project ended with the final laser treatment on February 17, 2009 and the outlines tattooed on April 2, 2009.  Overall I am happy with the final product with one minor exception. As can seen in the photo, the bars that were once straight and symmetrical, have changed shape dramatically as they were progressively treated.

In time the bars will continue to fade and the outlines will soften.  So, in the future I will be updating the photo and possibly the story behind the project.

Credit and Special Thanks to Stacy Potter for the photo.

Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you…

Removing tattoos might be our business, but removal can often mean editing an existing piece or making room for better work. Today is prime example of that. I have an old armband that has been treated twice and is now ready to be covered. Well, not quite. Mike worked on it for an hour or so today, but stopped because some of the areas are still too dark to cover. Looks like one more treatement before the tattooing can go any higher.

Wow the elbow is uncomfortable

I want to thank Mike for all the work he has done on my left sleeve…and in case you haven’t heard of the guy, here is a little background on him:

Some of you might know him from his tattoos on The Lizardman

…or possibly from his portrait of Maddox Jolie Pitt

One day everyone will really know him for his controversial paintings

…but me, I know him as the light handed tattoo artist with the SWEET ‘STACHE

Sorry, Mike….it had to be done.

Mike Tidwell Awards
Best Color Small – Texas Tattoo Roundup – 2002
Best Color Medium – Texas Tattoo Roundup –2004
Most Realistic– Texas Tattoo Roundup –2004
Best Portrait – Texas Tattoo Roundup –2004
Most Unusual – Texas Tattoo Roundup –2005
Most Unusual – Texas Tattoo Roundup –2007

Tattoo Removal Creams – Revisted

In a previous blog post I touched on one of the more common tattoo removal creams: Wrecking Balm  People have been asking more about it.  So I decided to do a follow up with a bit more information.

Here are the instructions: (Visit the older blog for a full breakdown of the ingredients)
(I am paraphrasing as to not violate any copyright laws)

  1. The first step involves buffing the skin with Suffusion Gel and a device called the DemoMatic with Erosion Head, 3 times a week. (The device is basically a vibrator with a sandpaper end attachment)
  2. The second step is to spray the area with the Demo-Brasion spray.  After 90 seconds the area is rinsed.
  3. The third step is to apply the HydraVescent Cream.
  4. …and lastly the fourth and final step is to apply the Branding Butter Concealer to hide your tattoo.

Essentially the process involves mechanically buffing off layers of skin and using Salicylic Acid to help further exfoliate the deeper tissue.

From Wikipedia:
Salicylic Acid Also known as 2-hydroxybenzoic acid, one of several beta hydroxy acids (compare to AHA), salicylic acid is a key ingredient in many skin-care products for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris, and warts. It works by causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, preventing pores from clogging up, and allowing room for new cell growth.

The 2 main advantages that laser removal has over these topical products are:

  1. Laser energy can penetrate deeper into the dermis to breakup the ink that dermabrasion/acidic peals my not be able to reach.
  2. The process of laser removal involves fracturing the ink without damaging the surface the skin.

If you have any experience, positive or negative, with this or any of the other tattoo removal creams, I would love to hear the feedback.

Humatrix® Microclysmic Gel for Treatment of Tissue Trauma

Over the last few months Fade Fast has been testing a new product that is specifically designed for healing of tissue that has undergone laser treatments. We have now entered phase two of our trials and are looking for clients that are interested in using free samples of this product. If you would like to participate, you only need to meet two criteria:

  1. You must have undergone at least one laser tattoo removal session prior. This will help establish a baseline to compare the differences in healing while using Humatirx.
  2. You must be willing to answer a short survey. Either in person or by email.

So far, in phase one of the trials, we have received about an 85 percent positive response, 15% neutral and zero negative responses.

General Positive Response – Reduction of post treatment discomfort and shorten healing time.
General Neutral Response – Saw little to no difference between using Humatrix and other healing methods.

If you would like to participate in our product testing, please drop us a line or ask about it when you come in for a treatment. For more information on Humatrix, please visit Care Tech Labs website:


Humatrix® Microclysmic Gel exhibits endothermic and biometric properties which cool traumatized tissue and aid in the homeostasis of healing. Humatrix® Microclysmic Gel provides the ultimate moisturization for burns, autograft procedures, radiation irritation, glycolic acid peel irritation, mechanical injuries, laser treatment, and chronic wound therapy. Advanced biochemical technology provides several unique benefits. First, the time release of water molecules provides the traumatized tissue a consistent level of humectancy to promote tissue regeneration. Secondly, Humatrix® provides a protein template to assist the biological regeneration of fibroblast cells necessary for wound healing. Thirdly, the cooling process of Humatrix® lowers the surface temperature 8 to 12 degrees within three minutes preventing further tissue damage caused by dehydration of cells. Humatrix® Microclysmic Gel is a bacteriostatic, protein enriched formulation designed to maintain a moist, sterile environment which promotes and accelerates cellular regeneration by replicating the natural fibro-connective template and promoting fibroblast activity, the precursor of collagen formulation. The fibron network maintains homeostasis via the product’s bio-chemical process by the addition of an analog of extracellular matrix. Humatrix® assists in the reduction of hyper-granulation, scarring, and hyper-contracture as well as increases both the extensibility and flexibility of human skin with the addition of the glycosaminoglycan matrix. Humatrix® is an excellent adjunct to wound treatment. Humatrix® maintains a sterile, moist environment for the healing of chronic and acute wounds by modulating the osmotic pressure of tissue by the timed release of moisture for cellular regeneration.