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Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by turwaithiel@yahoo.com on 06/20/05
Boston, MA

I was wondering if it is possible to tattoo over scar tissue or if that would distort the finished product. I have several, SLIGHT scars that are not raised or badly discolored and are only visible if you're looking for them and are in the right light. Would these affect a tattoo in that area?



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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by markus_see@yahoo.com on 06/21/05

On the other hand, I have a bad scar on my arm. I am just wondering if i could camouflage the scar by tattoo? Pls advise.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by luce on 10/02/05
Sydney, Australia

I also have very slightly raised scars on my forearm, which I would like to tattoo over. Not as a disguise though. Someone told me that no deicent place would let me get it done over a scar because the ink would not hold properly, and that you had to wait a certain number of years after the scar faded before you got a tattoo. I don't know if this is true though.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by naptowntattoo@yahoo.com on 10/02/05

Depends on the severity of the scar..thick scars take longer before they're ready.Certain areas of a design can hide a scar well.. for example it's easy to hide one in a wizard's cloak, but would probably destroy his face.Small scars are easy to hide in a good sized design.The older the scar tissue the better ,a rule of thumb is wait at least a year for even moderate scarring again the longer the better..A person with a good eye can help you out on this,be cautious who you work with.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by dianna on 10/02/05
PA

i have numorus scars from surgery they are very visiable and i wont tattoo over them. I call them my scars of life. Each scare is a reminder had I not had the surgery i would not be alive today and i would not have the many tattoos i have today. Consult a good artist and ask a doctor compare the differnece and then make up your mind which one hold more truth.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by BPD998@AOL.COM from IP: 152.163.101.5 on 09/02/06
NE

RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?
Posted by dianna on 10/02/05
PA


i have numorus scars from surgery they are very visiable and i wont tattoo over them. I call them my scars of life. Each scare is a reminder had I not had the surgery i would not be alive today and i would not have the many tattoos i have today. Consult a good artist and ask a doctor compare the differnece and then make up your mind which one hold more truth.

THATS GREAT..... BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT PEOPLE ARE ASKING...WOW! IF THEY WANTED TO BE REMINDED OF THEIR SCARS THEY WOULD NOT BE LOOKING TO COBER THEM UP WITH A TATTOO...!!!!!!!!!!!


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by BPD998@AOL.COM from IP: 152.163.101.5 on 09/02/06
NE

RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?
Posted by dianna on 10/02/05
PA


i have numorus scars from surgery they are very visiable and i wont tattoo over them. I call them my scars of life. Each scare is a reminder had I not had the surgery i would not be alive today and i would not have the many tattoos i have today. Consult a good artist and ask a doctor compare the differnece and then make up your mind which one hold more truth.

THATS GREAT..... BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT PEOPLE ARE ASKING...WOW! IF THEY WANTED TO BE REMINDED OF THEIR SCARS THEY WOULD NOT BE LOOKING TO COVER THEM UP WITH A TATTOO...!!!!!!!!!!!


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by keaz@kreationz.net from IP: 67.142.130.45 on 09/03/06
Texas, USA

This is my own personal experience and I don't know if it's the norm. When I got my 2nd tattoo it partial cover an old (several years) scar. Some of the ink on the non-scar tissue had to be touched up, but the scar held the ink better than the rest. This was over a slight non-raised barely visible small scar. It was so slight it wasn't noticed until after the tattoo began. The scar is now even less noticeable. The skin there is smoother than normal and I can only find it in the right light or by feel. I can't feel the tattoo's edges hovever. My advice is the find an excellent artist. I believe the right design can minimalize the scar.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by makea666 from IP: 66.65.6.213 on 09/03/06
nowhere interesting

maybe it was just my scar but i got a scar from my cancer like 25 years ago and when i tryed to cover it, it opened and started bleeding like crazy! well, i guess u cuold try but dont say i didnt warn you.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by GD from IP: 71.235.85.138 on 09/03/06
Ct.

Only an experienced tattoo artist can tell you if scar tissue can be tattooed. I recently had scars covered and my artist did a beautiful job!


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by cravink@hotmail.com from IP: 72.153.114.106 on 09/03/06
Miami

Most scars aside from Queliods can be tattooed. It is true that ink will hold better on undamaged skin than scarred tissue.

Quelidos scars can get really bad if they are tattooed since that tissue tends to scar that way.

For big scars like the ones coming from surgeries or bad wounds should be tattooed after a 12 month period.

But bottom line: Each case should be analyzed based on the severity of the scar and person healing history.

Cravink


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by spoonforkgirl from IP: 64.52.188.174 on 09/03/06
Downtown Los Angeles

Now what about stretch marks?..I've head a lot of back and forth on this one. I suppose it comes down to the severity of stretch mark maybe. If the stetch marks are minor and have faded down to a similar shade of the heathy skin will there be a differenace in appearance from the heathy tattooed skin to the stetch marked tattooed skin? I am curious because stretch marks are tears in the deeper layers of the dermis and you are tattooing between the second and third layers(I think)..wondering how that would look.. Stretch marks are fairly typical so this must be a common accurance that tattoo artist have to deal with or work around.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by >ModernMyth< from IP: 211.26.154.107 on 05/17/07
Central Coast, NSW, Australia

Sorry to bring up a 12-month-old thread but I just wanted to ask a few questions. First off, I have about 45-50 scars from ciggarette burns up my left forearm and I want nothing more than to cover them up. It's been a good 9 months since I've done anything stupid like that, and only maybe 10 are clearly visbale all the time (the rest are faint, but still visbale). I wanted something the represented re-birth - as if to say 'yeah I went through some shit and I didn't cope all that well. But I'm still here and I'm beating it slowly'. Something like a phoenix rising from the ashes (although I don't know how sucessful that would be on my forearm) or even a jap-style cherry blossom tree. I was told the japanese version of the tree represent transient life - to me, that was saying be thankful for everything good in your life because it wont be here forever - and on the flipside, everything thats crap in your life will pass, eventually. You just need to fight the darkness sometimes.

If anyone has any ideas regarding a design, I'd love to hear them. I want to to represent triumph over depression (I have bipolar disorder), treasuring those friends and family members who sick by me through thick and thin - they are the most important people in the world to me - and that sometimes, life puts shit on you and you feel like you can't cope, and I want something I can see, other than scars, to remind me I have beaten it before, I can do it again. I have people who care about me, all I need to do is fight the darkness and reach out for help from time to time, rather than be a stubborn bitch. I want it to cover the scars (wrist to cubital fossa region/inner elbow) not only because they're ugly, but because I've let this illness consume me for so long, I got to the point about 12 months ago that everything I did, or said, the back on mind kept reminding me of my defect, and it became my wall of defence. Getting this tattoo, for me, is signifiying that yes, it will always be there I'm suck with it for life, but it doesn't define me, it's a fucked up part of me, but it's isn't who I am. I'm finally getting control back of everything - the disease doesn't control me, because I know I can fight it now. Because I haven't had a serious episode in 6 months, and I haven't burnt or cut myself in 9 - that I have offical recognised tertiarty training under my belt, and my drug use has significantly subsided, I really feel I am beating this, and feeling just content with everything around me is something I haven't experienced prolonged episodes of in years.

Ideas and advice are more than welcome.

Thanks for your time
>ModernMyth<


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by tim@paintedangle.com from IP: 67.65.35.253 on 05/18/07

MM, Yes they can be successfully covered and the Phoenix can be a good cover for them. Your scars should be a minimum of one year old and completely healed.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by >ModernMyth< from IP: 211.27.244.54 on 05/18/07
Central Coast, NSW, Australia

Thanks Tim! 12 months is good, gives me time to find exactly what I want, so I can't have nights of indiscretion and get a dodgy one now ;)

Thanks!

MM


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by missavion from IP: 130.13.200.9 on 05/26/07
Phoenix, Arizona

I have anchor cut scars on my breast from a breast reduction (around the areola, down the middle and across the bottom). The ends at the bottom have keloided and are really raised but the rest of the scars are moderate. Is there a way to tattoo around those scars to make them less noticable? I am going into adult entertainment and those scars are presenting a problem for me as far as finding work. Any suggestions?


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by Jman from IP: 200.118.138.38 on 07/22/07

I am planning on joining the military, but I have some scars on my arms. The scars are not very large, but my problem is they were not exactly accidents, and that could possible disqualify me from joining. The scars are three years old now. I just wanted to know if anyone else has experienced something like this.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by Jblunt from IP: 199.46.245.234 on 08/11/07
Denver

Hey jman, I'm here to tell you that that kind of activity isn't tolerated in the military. It's the very reason that I am no longer in the army today, but in the same recpect, I doubt they will allow tattoos that are visible in uniform (may be allowed to have limited on the foreamrs, but deff not a sleeve). Im considering tattooing to cover up the queloids left on both of my shoulders, but the information I'm reading is leaving me to believe that the ink won't hold :( I hope you have sought help for this condition as it can be very hard to break, and for me it takes a continual concious effort.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by snowbordkitten77@yahoo.com from IP: 24.17.154.203 on 08/20/07
Bellingham WA

I have hundreds of cuts on my arms that I want to forget about and cover up so that fucking dick ass that said "ahh i wouldnt wanna cover my scars..meh im a pussy bitch" can fuck the hell off.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by j-linn from IP: 24.119.12.50 on 09/01/07
Pocatello, Idaho, United States

there's a shop in town that won't tattoo over scars cuz they say it's impossible and the ink won't stay, but the second tattoo I did(with help from my boss) was a firebird on this woman's arm... she had numerous scars(from having been a cutter many years ago) and after we were done you couldn't see the scars unless you really tried to look for 'em....


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by history@aol.com from IP: 199.233.80.251 on 09/14/07
new york

I had a 6 inch by 4 inch scar tattooed over last night. I came out absolutely great! I was self conscious of this scar for 19 years. Now you can barely see the scar below. Again, my scar was 19 years old. According to my tattooist, the longer you wait to tattoo over a scar the better. I wish I had done it ten years sooner!


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by bionik from IP: 198.250.180.194 on 09/14/07
Hawaii

JMAN
I also have those type of scars and I've been in the army for almost 7 years. True they have zero tollerance for that type of behavior but if it is long since past it will be ok. Most people pretend they can't see my arm all scarred up like its just not there. I plan on getting a sleeve to cover my scars since its been about 10 or 12 years since I was a cutter and hey, a tattoo is a self inflicted wound too. Its just alot nicer to look at.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by flyingtuna420@hotmail.com from IP: 76.29.191.209 on 09/27/07

I have alot of scars on ly ankles that I would likt to get covered up, but my question is, how old should he scar be and waht would happen if the scar faded? would it change the tatoo. the one I want to get is just line work and is very simple.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by BenHill from IP: 74.215.79.254 on 10/20/07
Ohio

hey, well i have a scar from where about 1 year and a half ago, i got jumped @ a mall, and this guy burnt me with the metal pipe, leaving a circular ring, on my forearm, It's not raised or anything. I'm guessing it is healed pretty good due to the fact the color is the same as my older ones, I am trying to design my own custom tat, maybe tribal for my forearm, So you think the scar will affect it that much?


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by BenHill from IP: 74.215.79.254 on 10/20/07
Ohio

hey, well i have a scar from where about 1 year and a half ago, i got jumped @ a mall, and this guy burnt me with the metal pipe, leaving a circular ring, on my forearm, It's not raised or anything. I'm guessing it is healed pretty good due to the fact the color is the same as my older ones, I am trying to design my own custom tat, maybe tribal for my forearm, So you think the scar will affect it that much?


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by ClaY_Ur from IP: 90.201.115.214 on 01/02/08
Livingston, Scotland

Hey, sorry for rocking this board like..a good few months from last post.

I was just wondering..I hate scars on my arms from self-mutilation. I have loads, Most of them have faded to normal, healthy skin pigment and are not raised. I have one which is larger..it's highly visible and i wouldn't dare cover it up. However, i have recently (2 weeks) carved the word "HATE" into my left forearm,(Stupid drunken games) it wasn't serious not deep, slighty scabbed over, like a slightly worse scratch. I was merely wondering, is there any possibility i would NOT be accepted to tattoo over this even though it isn't as bad as some scarring?


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by Charlie from IP: 172.215.96.37 on 01/04/08
london, england

hi i was wonderin if any 1 could help me, i have a few small self- inflicted scars on 1 of my wrists an wanted a tattoo 2 cover them up as im not in that place any more an want something to remind me i'v been there an got through it. but i jus cnt find anything meaningful enougth, i was thinkin of a quote or saying writen in latin or maybe arabic, so if any1 has any ideas of what i could get it would b very much apreciated, thanks x


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by yourmomma from IP: 75.70.130.19 on 01/23/08

I have scars on the top of my wrist and I'm gonna get a dead tree that goes up to past my elbow and the trunk is gonna be the where my scars are because I figure that will be a cool texture and there's gonna be scizzors in the trunk like hidden and then I'm going to get a little graveyard in front of it with tombstones that say stuff like laid to rest so it kinda symbolizes the death of a habbit : )


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by Tru from IP: 70.48.148.39 on 04/02/08
Canada

I also so have an issue with a scar which is located on my whole hand do you think i can tattoo over it... i HAD it for the whole of my 21 years of life and its holding me back because of my low self of-esteem any Godd advices on a design or whether it can hold the ink


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by tweetuums from IP: 68.59.231.203 on 04/04/08
athens, tn, usa

I have a series of scars on my thigh that were pretty deep. I waited 2 years before I had a cover up, and it is beautiful. I also have a cover up on my upper left forearm. People say scar tissue is supposed to hurt worse, but it didn't. The ink took beautifully. But, a tattoo artist will not tattoo over scars that are still red. Mine bitched a little about the fact mine were obviously self-inflicted, but he didn't go too far with it. I can swim now without thinking everybody is looking at my scars. Also, I'm not going to cut over a tattoo I paid $140 for. For years, I thought my scars were part of me, and I shouldn't cover them up. I am so glad I did. The only bad part is now I have tattoos all over the left side of my body. It's a little unbalanced, but I am no longer trying to tell people how I got all these straight cuts in a car accident. One more thing, if the scar was deep enough to require stitches (cut all the way through the skin layers), it may not be possible to tattoo it.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by Lady_Eris0830 from IP: 24.191.211.223 on 07/04/08
New York NY

I really glad o hear that scars can be covered. I have a few from three different sureries. THe one's I'm most concerned with are the one's from my breast reduction ( all though there's only one person other than myself who see's them), an one about eight inches long on my hip that is from a surgey when I was a kid. Everyone notices that one, and it can sometimes be embarrasing. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to a design to cover these?

Also, I'm happy to see that so many people are making it through or have made it through those rough times. I have been there. Was there for quite a few years. And we've all done things we're not proud of. I always sought out for people who could understand. ut anyone who has been through bi-polar disorder, depresion,addictions or anything like that knows that finding those people can prove difficult. I wish everyone peace, serenity and happiness. And for anyone who would like to talk ( though I realize it's been some time since the original message was posted) my email is Lady.Eris0830@gmail.com.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by marzkipps@gmail.com from IP: 74.220.68.29 on 07/13/08

Sorry to re-open this post again... But I'm getting a tattoo on my wrist that is a ambigram of agape... that doesn't cover barely at all the extent of my cutting scars (I SI'ed for 3 years)... but I've got these attempt scars that are reallllly reallllly deep and they aren't pretty and pretty much they aren't going to fade and they are raised... not kilioded, persay... but raised from the stiches...

sooo... there is no hope for me getting those covered by any piece? I have kilods on my shoulder and I wish I could cover those too, but I've heard kilods are absolute no-nos.

any ideas?


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by DashesThrewDeath from IP: 66.56.210.204 on 07/28/08
http://www.myspace.com/bstyron

You can get them covered up via tattooing but use dark consistant colors black grey ect.......


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by scott1111 from IP: 91.110.241.124 on 09/05/08
UK

i've got like 6 small scars (bout 1cm) on one side of my stomach, there about 18months old and very slightly raised. None of them would bother me that much individually but the fact their all close to each other is getting me seriously down...is it possible to cover with a tattoo?? any ideas for a design??


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by MAximus from IP: 24.215.5.101 on 09/11/08
Canada

I was wondering if it is possible to do a back piece with acne scars. They are mainly in the upper part mostly and on shoulders.

So i was wondering if doing work on acne scars which are mild to deep scars.

And if they would still show once the tattoo is done > ???

thanks a bunch


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by TornStar from IP: 71.212.243.97 on 02/11/09
CO

First off I would like to say that you don't nessasarily need to get scars covered up for people not to notice them... i got a tatt on my forearm, and I have at least 10 pretty deep scars from cutting. But instead of trying to cover them up I got something on my forearm to remind myself who I am and the dark hole I came from... The girl who did my tatt to be honest did kind of a bad job... because she would take to long dragging the needle across my skin and just like a sharpie left what should have been straight lines quite jagged... and everyone I would talk to told me to get it touched up. But I never did and now it kinda shows exactly where I came from. The tatt is of a broken object with vines and flowers growing around it. the broken object representing myself and the vines representing new life. Like have you ever seen some broken down car in a field and notice the earth kinda taking it over creating something completely different and beautiful. Well thats the kinda thing I got and one of the vines crosses over a scar that I've had for over four years and the green from the vine totally haloed into my scar but all the flaws of my tatt represents all the mistakes I've made and it's a constant reminder of what I am now. And also too it's just an outline of everything I've never had the heart to fill it in... But I never get asked what happend to my arm or if I am okay.... if anything I am asked to see my tatt.. sure they notice the scars but they see the tatt first and perhaps understand... I guess what i'm saying is get a tatt that represents you (like any tatt) and how you over came this particular matter.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by TornStar from IP: 71.212.243.97 on 02/11/09
CO

First off I would like to say that you don't nessasarily need to get scars covered up for people not to notice them... i got a tatt on my forearm, and I have at least 10 pretty deep scars from cutting. But instead of trying to cover them up I got something on my forearm to remind myself who I am and the dark hole I came from... The girl who did my tatt to be honest did kind of a bad job... because she would take to long dragging the needle across my skin and just like a sharpie left what should have been straight lines quite jagged... and everyone I would talk to told me to get it touched up. But I never did and now it kinda shows exactly where I came from. The tatt is of a broken object with vines and flowers growing around it. the broken object representing myself and the vines representing new life. Like have you ever seen some broken down car in a field and notice the earth kinda taking it over creating something completely different and beautiful. Well thats the kinda thing I got and one of the vines crosses over a scar that I've had for over four years and the green from the vine totally haloed into my scar but all the flaws of my tatt represents all the mistakes I've made and it's a constant reminder of what I am now. And also too it's just an outline of everything I've never had the heart to fill it in... But I never get asked what happend to my arm or if I am okay.... if anything I am asked to see my tatt.. sure they notice the scars but they see the tatt first and perhaps understand... I guess what i'm saying is get a tatt that represents you (like any tatt) and how you over came this particular matter.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by keshaboo from IP: 70.233.98.24 on 02/24/09
pine bluff Arkansas Jefferson

i have a tattoo on my arm of my grandma's name and i wont it retatted but the thang is i had and car wreck a year an a half ago and it left a scar across my tattoo on the surfes the tatoo shop that did it said thay could't redo it the scar was to bad its been about 2 years now and the scar has lightin alot since i first got it but the tatoo shop still wont redo it i just wont to know if i can really get my tattoo redone it really means alot to


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by urbanlunchmeat2@yahoo.com from IP: 208.58.22.22 on 03/05/09
PA

I recently have been covering up past scars from self mutilation many years ago on my upper arm. There are quite a lot and they are raised. I found that i was embarrassed to wear certain clothing because my scars were visible and i would get many questions and it just wasn't me anymore.I found that whilst being tattooed it wasn't to much different versus non scarred skin but that is just me, everyone's experience is different. I found that the tattoo process seemed to hurt a bit more afterward because my scars got inflamed and swelled up. The healing process overall hurt more to me then other tattoos i have gotten. My tattoo artist expressed that it is definitely harder and a few lines came out a tad shaky around where there are more raised spots, probably only noticeable by myself, but the end result i am happy with.I think with the right design some people who want to cover and disguise their past scars to resemble something different is possible with a willing artist.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by La Lou from IP: 68.230.5.38 on 03/07/09
Goodyear, Az, USA

My question is a little different. I want to know if I could get flesh colored tattoing into the scar, in other words, no designs, just pigment the color of my own skin to hid the purple color of scars. they are quite old and I want to hid them. Some are chicken pox, some are just wounds like cat scratches. Someone told me this could be done and they also said that just taking the needle and puncturing the area would lessen the scar's appearance, any fed back on this issue would be helpful.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by Amber from IP: 71.161.9.86 on 03/20/09
South Coast Oregon

Does anyone have input on tattooing over scars from 3rd degree burns, the scar is pretty soft and smooth, and over 20 years old. I'd like to use it as my canvas for an upper arm sleeve, but I'd like some input on the possibility of laying ink on that type of scarring, and the possibilities. I'd like to turn an unappealing area of damage skin into artwork ...any feedback would be cool, pros and cons I welcome.


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by AyKay from IP: 24.18.30.13 on 03/29/09

i have a scar on the under side of my forearm. it says "FAT",and i burned it in december 2007,so it's a little over a year old...it's practically the same color as the rest of my skin,and it's not really raised,just a bit on the top outer part of the T. it was done around a time when i had an eating disorder,drank alot,and-obviously-self harmed alot. i have since overcame all of that. the scar has faded alot,but it is still visible and people ask me about it (especially because i'm not what you would normally call fat...). i want to get a tattoo over it. i designed what i want to go over it,and it symbolizes recovery,there'll be six different colors,all representing different things to me...
i am not sure if it would be able to be tattoo'd over,but probably because it's not too too bad,about 1.5in widthwise,1in lengthwise and the scar takes up...about half of that area.
i can't get it done until i am 18,which isn't for another 7months. i guess i'll just ask some local tattooist if they would be able too and an estimated price.
i'm hoping i will be able to get it though :)


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by fuckface from IP: 198.54.202.246 on 04/03/09
durban

try having slit your wrist scars reminded every day of what a fuck up i am, i dont think so


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by Jase_D101 from IP: 81.144.134.213 on 09/09/09
liverpool

i had some very bad scars on my fore arm and got my sons name over the scars. now people dont even realize that the scars exist! tattooing scars is a good idea if u find the right artist the problem is that if your having the tattoo solely to cover a scar then you will have to live with the scar you're whole life so be deadly certain of the design you choose! Jase


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by ibleedcold@hotmail.com from IP: 72.241.28.108 on 09/17/09
Toledo, OH

So i've got the same problem as most of you, a lot of self mutilation scars that i want covered... I'm starting with my upper left arm, its been a little over a year since any of the scars were made, but a lot of them are still pretty dark coloured. Also every one of them are raised, but I'm willing to wait longer for them to heal. I've also got a disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome where the connective tissue isn't constructed right, leaving the skin very stretchy, therefore making my scars very akward and stretched out. Also where the scars are, my freckles came back on them, but they're also misshapen and strange now. I was wondering if I should even attempt to cover these scars or not? please email me with any advice on these concerns.

ibleedcold@hotmail.com

or I've got AIM too xibleedcoldx

thanks guys

~Cari


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RE:Tattooing over scar tissue?

Posted by Coruscation from IP: 65.93.198.45 on 09/30/09
Canada

I have a large-ish, raised, somewhat bumpy-textured, pale pink scar from a 3rd degree burn, about 1.5" wide by 3" long on the top of my forearm. The skin around it is scarred too, but nowhere near as badly and looks almost normal, except for a slightly redder tinge and a bit of a texture difference. The scar has no sensation at all.. no pain, touch, or hot/cold.. nerves have not regenerated in it.

The scar draws way too much attention when I am wearing short sleeves. I'd like to tattoo over it, but am concerned in that the skin of the scar is much more fragile than normal and sometimes re-opens into sores spontaneously, without me doing anything to damage it. The scar is a year old. The wound was bad and took over 3 months to heal. The scar tissue is a very different texture and colour than my normal skin.

Do you think I'd be able to tattoo over this very visible, annoying scar as is, or would I be better off seeking some plastic surgery to minimize the scar and then do the tattoo over the surgically improved scar site after it heals?

This would be my first tattoo.


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Posted by GAgirl from IP: 143.215.150.133 on 10/15/09

Does anyone know if you can tattoo over a kidney transplant scar? Its a totally flat scar, i didnt even have stitches, they put skin glue on the outside of it. It's been 3 years since the transplant, just wondering how deep a tattoo goes also?


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Posted by SCmiss from IP: 67.180.184.173 on 11/13/09
CA

Iv been thinking of my next tattoo and the placement for it would come around my hip and up the side of my ribs. My concern is the tiny scars I have all over my hip from insulin injections and pump insertions. I'm not so worried about covering what is already there, but am worried if I get the tattoo, could it possibly be damaged if I continued my injections and insertions where the tattoo takes place? ( I would of course wait till the tattoo is completely healed before continuing.) I am well aware that Type 1 Diabetics take longer to heal for certain tattoos but I have done it before and know how to treat them properly. If anyone can advise me on whether or not the tattoo could be damaged by this please let me know. Thanks!


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Posted by chilipalma from IP: 76.109.140.210 on 12/06/09

I have a rediculous scar starting at the very bottom of my wrist and going up to my elbow. It is from cancer. They cut off all the skin and tissue and removed my main artery and replaced part of my tongue with it. The skin on my wrist is from my leg and has a thick reminder all the way around it. I am an artist and would lik to have a tattoo of a ashtray with a bunch of dirty cigerette butts in it and one still burning with the smoke going up to cover the line where my artery was cut out. Not to forget but to remind me of what this terrible death machine did to me.
My scars are ugly as hell and I would love to cover with some sick but beautiful artwork. Anyone who has ever tattood over severe scars on such an area like wrist (no fat tissue). I would love to hear the outcome. Some of the original posts freek me out. One said that the scar tissue popped open and started bleeding profusely. Others say it is fine. Any input is appreciated as I am stubborn and want to do it. I need a very good reason not to(ie.. infections, or more damage from tattoo)..


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Posted by Amerciful from IP: 141.157.26.46 on 12/17/09
Baltimore, Md

I have a 3rd degree burn on my (l) forearm outter part of my arm, I have a complex about it & don't wear short sleeves at all. I see some many wonderful outfits, but short sleeves. I've had this scar for over 40yrs. & would really like to hide it in any way possible, does anyone know a really good Tatooist in the Maryland area?? please let me know.


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Posted by Doodlez from IP: 24.16.254.185 on 01/06/10
Tacoma, Wa

My first tattoo is over an old surgery scar that sounds fairly similar to yours.

There is some minor distortion where the edge of the tattoo meets the edge of the scar (the scar is longer than the tat). The tattoo is dark, so it covers it fairly well. But I will advise that depending on where the scar is, it can be more painful. Since mine is in a boney area (right above my ankle), the scar decreases the amount of tissue between the needle and the bones.

I hope that helped.


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Posted by KINGWILLIE from IP: 88.109.98.35 on 02/12/10

I have Quite Deep and severe scars on my arms and I have been using "Bio-oil" which u can get at most chemists, this will take the Redness and height or depth out of the scars. It's costly but a good exercise if u want the scars hidden as much as poss. I'm told lavender oil will take out the redness too? I defo's think the bio-oil is working though!


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Posted by rrredtear@aol.com from IP: 69.181.145.51 on 02/25/10
norther california, US

Hi, If your scars are still purple you have a good chance of being able to get them removed by laser treatment. I have self inflicted scars on my arms that are 6 years old. I am humiliated so i always cover them up I am sick of hiding. My scar treatment didnt work for me because i waited too long. If they are still purple it might work for you. You have to get more than one treatment. I had 5 treatments with no results just very painful. After reading this I think I will get tattoos to cover them. I think it will work for me because they are white and flat.I am just embarrassed to have someone see my self inflicted scars and it bothers me. But I cant live the rest of my life like this.


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Posted by Lady_Eris0830 from IP: 24.186.86.0 on 04/07/10
New York, NY

In July of '08 I had written on this post about covering some surgical scars. I also left an email for anyone who is going through a rough time, and is looking for someone who has been through similar times to listen. Since that time, so many people have responded. Some who want help, some with stories, and some with advice to share. Because of this, I want to repost my email. I can be reached at Lady.Eris0830@gmail.com. Take care everyone!


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Posted by paigea from IP: 70.65.17.184 on 04/10/10
red deer, alberta, canada

its good to know i am not the only one trying to cover up a scar that i made myself! on april 23, 2010 i am getting a tattoo of a pinup girl holding a handgun on my bicep... outer bicep. it will be covering a big scar unintentionally in the shape of a cross about two inches big. i hope it takes... ill let you all know.


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Posted by big grea from IP: 92.232.253.15 on 05/01/10
west yorkshire

have got a major scar on my left arm the skin is thin been there for over 20 years most tatooist's ive spoken to say too much trouble


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Posted by B from IP: 90.198.115.144 on 06/17/10

I thought I would tell my story and post it on lots of forums as these are the places where I learnt all my tricks and how to deal with the scars left from self-harm. I cut 7 years ago and was left with a mixture of small white straight scars, big raised scars and deep flat ones. For the whole 7 years I have covered them up with clothing….none of my friends and family have seen them. I now have a tattoo over them. Here is all my advise on covering them, reducing there appearance and getting a tattoo:

COVERING UP
Like I said I spent the last 7 years covering them up….fine in winter but a pain in summer! My tip is to where vests with very thin summer cardigans or shirts over the top. This is the best way to stay cool. People will constantly ask you ‘aren’t you hot wearing long sleeved’ (that drove me crazy!!), I would just say that I was sensitive to the sun and preferred just to cover up. Because everyone is used to it now I haven’t been asked that for years! If anyone would comment that they only ever see me in long sleeve I would just say I find it more comfortable and bush their questions aside. Work was a tricky one because I work in a nursery and spend summer inside. I would wear a long sleeve top under my polo shirt and of course some people asked me why. I said that I suffered allergies (dust mites, cats, dogs, etc) and if I touched one of the kids who had an animal at home I would come up in a horrible rash. Everyone brought it a kept saying how irritating it must be for me!!!

Swimming was another difficult issue. However I would simply find a way into the pool first (would wrap a towel around my arms after getting changed). Once in the pool no one would notice. Also I found a way of crossing my arms so you couldn’t see the scars (they are only on my left arm) which meant I could get out the pool and go on slides etc.

REDUCTION
I used bio-oil and vitamin E (coco butter) cream regularly. They work well on new scars but only fade them slightly. On old scars I don’t think they make a difference at all. The bio-oil is expensive but worth an investment as it’s the best cream out there. I also used silicon sheets (I brought cheap ones from boots). They are a real hassle to wear but I stuck with them. Did they make a difference? I don’t think so!

I also used a Dermaroller….its a little device with tiny needles on which you roll over the scar making tiny pinpricks. It sometimes stings a little but not bad at all. They claim that when your body starts healing the pinpricks it will gradually start healing the scarring as well. This is a new product and I didn’t really use it long enough to see any effects. They are expensive but I got mine cheap on ebay for about £6.

In a lot of forums people were suggesting creams that can flatten scars and creams that can darken scars (so the white ones aren’t so noticeable). I did a lot of research and couldn’t actually find any of these creams available.

NHS and LASER TREATMENT
About a year ago I decided I was so fed up with my scars that I would do anything in my power to get rid of them. So I plucked up the courage and went to my gp. They then referred me to a scar specialist who offered me laser treatment on the NHS. The treatment is lengthy as you have to leave a lot of time between having the scars lasered (they recommend about three sittings). Basically a machine lasers the top of your scar away. After the treatment the scars will go red and more noticeable, but after a few months they go down….then you have the next treatment. The reviews on this treatment is mixed. Some claim massive differences others say it made no difference at all. There is also a minor risk that the scars will stay permanently redder.

I decided not to go for the treatment as I came across another solution; getting a tattoo. I am going travelling soon and didn’t have time to get this treatment done (I wish I had gone to the docs sooner!).

TATTOO
Ok so I read a lot of forums and many mentioned getting a tattoo. I did and I am very happy with the results. I had branches growing up my arm with flowers and lots of buds growing off them. Firstly it is important to note you can still see the scars, however only in certain lights (only when they are caught in a shadow so you notice they are raised). The small white ones are invisible though!! Most people see only see the tattoo. The ones who do see the scars only see the few large ones (and not the lots of little ones surrounding them), this means its much easier to make up an explination and its not obvious that they are self-harm scars. There are a few things to note when tattooing over scars:

- Find the right tattooinst…make sure they have done it before. I went to 6 before I finally found one I was happy with. I knew it was right when I got there (Tat2-u in Reading….fantastic!). Don’t be embarrassed…I guarantee you will not be the only person they have had going to them with lots of cut scars!
- Black does cover the scars a bit better as you don’t notice the shadow. However I some of mine have colour over and I think the difference is minimal (unless you want an all black tat, its hard to get all the scars into the black part of a design)
- Choose a busy design with lots going on….this detracts the eye away from the scars and makes them fit in much better. Tribal tattoos or other block colour designs do not cover them well at all. Go for shading and if possible a natural design (such as flowers and vines). They are much better and look more natural as they can ‘grow’ around your arm and cover the tattoos. It looks even better if the scar is part of the design (one of my scars is the branch to a flower bud…you can’t see it at all!)
- Some scars are too deep to tattoo over…only one of mine was too deep and I think it helps as on its own it looks like a injury I got in a bad accident and after seeing the tattoo most notice that 1 large scar and don’t see the scars hidden under the design.
- It is a little bit more painful over the larger tattoos….but really the difference is minute! Plus getting a tattoo is painful anyway so I don’t think this should be an issue (its not unbearably painful so don’t let you put you off….and just think it’s a means to an end!)
- Some scars do need touch ups and some take the ink better than normal skin…just pre-arrange a price with the tattooist if any touch up needs doing.
- The scars have to be at least a year old.
- The ink in the scar can run (mine didn’t) so don’t do any detailed work such as lettering over it.

I can’t get a picture of mine to load buts here some pictures of other peoples result:
http://www.anatoliatattoo.com/gallery.scarcover.htm
http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/self-harm-cover-up-disguising-scars-for-a-fresh-start
http://news.bmezine.com/2007/07/15/cobertura-de-cicatriz/
http://www.imagitinations.com/imagitinations/tattoos/butterfly.jpg
http://www.ranchoeldoradohoa.com/shop/_cache/14%2032%20spark%20plug/img/cover_scar_tattoo_up_0.jpg

My advise is use the creams and the silicons first. Go to your doctors and have the laser treatment if its possible. These scars are something you have to live with your whole life so taking a year or two out to get them looking the best you can is worth it in the long run. Finally once they are as reduced as you can get them then go for a tattoo. Don’t rush into it. Make sure you LOVE the design and it is something you 100% want for the rest of your life. Also make it have a meaning….for me it is a new start. The sad fact is that the big scars will never go away. Having a tattoo hid the little ones and covers the big ones well. For me it was the best decision I have ever made.

My final bit of advice is read forums and listen to other peoples stories…this really helped me get through the lonely depressing times of living with my scars. You are not alone and there are others going through exactly the same thing. I hope my story has helped you and if you want to ask any particular question just post it on here and I’ll keep checking back. Good luck! xxx


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Posted by Anonymous from IP: 67.197.171.8 on 06/26/10
Colorado Springs, CO. USA

I love getting tattooed and I want to get full sleeves some day but the issue is that my arms are covered in scars. They aren't severe or extremely raised, but I'm just wondering if there is an actual tattoo artist on this site that can let me know...Is it possible to tattoo over scars without the tattoo gettin munked up or the scar breaking open?


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Posted by legion666 from IP: 99.18.44.134 on 12/09/10
Toledo ohio USA

I tattooed over some stretch mark, I didn't cover allof them but the scars I did tattoo over the scar held the ink ,no excessive bleeding and healed well...


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Posted by eloven from IP: 76.249.231.159 on 12/17/10
Wylie, TX

There is a process known as scar needling (http://www.scar-reduction.com/needling.html) that has shown tattooing helps reduce the look of scars and stretch marks*. Perforating the scared area of skin (such as tattooing) promotes new skin cell growth.

In my own experience this coupled with the addition of a design over (or near) a scar(or scars) will definitely make the scar much less noticeable to most everyone, yourself included. I have tattooed over many scars with great result.

I suggest talking with your artist, if you BOTH are comfortable I say give it a try.
Some of the things listed above by others are correct such as potential ink fallout during healing, however, if you take it slow and do several sessions you will find the pigment will saturate just fine.
Also be aware that as stated there are many different types of scars and it has been my practice to give the scar at least 1 full year to heal from the trauma before attempting to work on it.
Bare in mind that the tattoo will always have the texture of the scar (and probably a reduced texture at that if done correctly!)

*Be aware stretch marks will instantly "puff" or "whelp" up while tattooing on or near them....this goes away and they will look pretty much like before.

That's my two cents,
-eloven


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Posted by ferevryoung from IP: 72.186.2.79 on 06/25/12
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Posted by Ya from IP: 68.104.14.229 on 07/14/12

I have one over scar tissue that worked just fine. Going over scar tissue hurts far more than any regular tattoo placement though.


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