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Raised Tattoo

Posted by Sebastianonme on 08/27/05
Raleigh NC

I got a tribal tattoo on my lower back one month ago. It feels raised when I touch it. Is this normal?



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Posted by Freezepop on 08/27/05
Philly Burbs

Yes it is. I got one over a year ago and its still a bit raised.


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Posted by Josh Hibbard on 08/28/05
Bakersfield, ca

It is common but not a desired effect. A raised tattoo usealy means, from my experience, over working of a tattoo, or to much damage done to the skin. A well done tattoo should be smooth to the touch. You should not be able to feel the scaring after the healing process is over.


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Posted by TattooTroy on 08/28/05
USA

Josh is correct to an extent. It is caused by overworking, wich causes scar tissue build up on your tattoo. As far as it being common. I guess that just depends on if you have quality tattooist in your area. If the tattooist knows what he/she is doing he/she will not over work the skin and thus no scaring. My advice... Find yourself a better tattooist.


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Posted by mitzy516@aol.com on 10/19/05
US

mine is the same way..i think this guy really fucked up my wrist..will it go away?


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Posted by Slashdot on 10/19/05
Toronto

Agree , if after healing , (usualy 10-14 days) your tattoo is raised it would indicate to me that it has been overworked , it is normal to have some welting after the initial work is done and shortly after while it is healing but any longer than that is not "normal"


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Posted by sadljk@yahoo.com from IP: 69.211.2.227 on 03/15/07

is there anyway to reduce the raise skin?? happened to my wrist too.


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Posted by Aida from IP: 74.97.123.174 on 03/24/07
Mississauga

A tattoo should never be raised once it heals. The human skin has 7 layers. A tattooist should go throught the first three. Less then 3 and the tattoo will grow out. Any deeper and you have know scared the skin. I am sorry to say that the scaring never goes away. Understanding skin depth when tattooing comes form having a good teacher and with experience. It is to bad that there is no real way to know if someone is good at what they do until it is to late. The only thing I can suggest is never rush into a tattoo. Do a lot of resurch, ask a lot of questions and if you dont like the way they are treating you, LEAVE THE SHOP. Dont feel presured. Its your tattoo, your money & your decision.


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Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.203.95 on 03/24/07

Wrong wrong wrong!!!

Ever heard of "photo toxicity"?

Happens with even the best executed tattoos, its a reaction between the human body,the pigment and uv rays (sunlight) or heat ( hot shower) if tis raising of the tattoo is more prominent during exposure to any of the above it probably has nothing to do with the skill of the artist but rather the bodys' reaction to those influences!


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Posted by Aida from IP: 74.97.123.174 on 03/25/07
Mississauga

Well, I don't know what is in your pigment, but we use all organic. You can eat this stuff it is that natural. In 5 years we have never had one tattoo raised once it healed. (We have tatooed thousands of people) We have tattoooed people of all ages and back grounds and skin colours, so I have no idea what you are talking about. Sounds to me like you are using fancy words to make excuses for a raised tattoo.


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Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.203.95 on 03/25/07

Fancy words?...Oh sorry that you have done thousands of tattoos and don't know what phototoxicity is

You are funny!


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Posted by myersanastasia@hotmail.com from IP: 71.74.220.12 on 03/26/07

personally, i don't think it has anything to do with "overworking" the area or the artist. my first tattoo that i got on my lower back over 4 years ago is still a little raised, and to this day it is still the greatest tattoo that i have on my body. i believe that the guy above is right, because mine is more raised during the summer when i'm out in the sun and the temp. is higher.


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Posted by Little Miss PMT from IP: 80.1.224.5 on 03/28/07
Scotland UK

IMHO. I think it is due to the individual and how their body heals.
Now my husband and I had a tattoo done by the same artist, his is smooth, mine is raised slightly (can't see, but can feel)
I had another tatt done by another studio and that one is also raised slightly.
Does that mean that both the tattoo artists were crap!!! I don't think so, one of them is a very famous one in Cardiff, Wales.


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Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 66.143.44.59 on 03/28/07

Nope, not the pigment and its USUALLY not the artist ( although that does happen) its usually phototoxicity.


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Posted by JPAUS from IP: 60.228.49.23 on 04/13/07
Syd, Aus

I have a tattoo on my back. It was done over a year and a half ago and is still well raised. It was performed by an artist that i have used before and trust. I quite like the effect and it has no redness or other scarring.I think it has to do with an allergic reaction on that part of the body. still quite happy for it to stay like that.


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Posted by Abel_j@bellsouth.net from IP: 139.76.128.72 on 04/13/07
Miami

Well, when you mispell words like this:

"Do a lot of resurch, ask a lot of questions and if you dont like the way they are treating you, LEAVE THE SHOP. Dont feel presured. Its your tattoo, your money & your decision."

, what can you expect? Although it is good advice You should always RESEARCH your tattoos and artists beforehand, especialy if you know nothing about tats. Also, never get PRESSURED to do anything you're not sure about.


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Posted by mer from IP: 74.103.39.141 on 04/19/07
toronto on

When i scar, it often raises slightly. Not every scar, and not huge keloiding or anything quite that dramatic, but it does raise up slightly

I thought my tattoos would have the same thing happen, and guess what? they did raise a bit too. But for me at least, it's just how my body typically heals.


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Posted by pebbles from IP: 86.147.185.221 on 04/20/07

Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.203.95 on 03/24/07


Wrong wrong wrong!!!

Ever heard of "photo toxicity"?

Happens with even the best executed tattoos, its a reaction between the human body,the pigment and uv rays (sunlight) or heat ( hot shower) if tis raising of the tattoo is more prominent during exposure to any of the above it probably has nothing to do with the skill of the artist but rather the bodys' reaction to those influences!
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i thought this was common knowledge..
Totally agreed! i didnt know thats what it was called, but tattoos raise and go bumpy when the body is hot or sweating. those who disagree are either some sort of non sweating mutant.. or you just havnt realised thats what your tattoos do yet!.


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Posted by blackmath3 from IP: 160.94.222.29 on 04/25/07
Minneapolis, MN, United States

Even if it is "normal" for a tattoo to be raised, if there are some problems with it (color pulling up, etc), is it possible to get retouched?

I went in to get my wrist tattoo retouched three months after getting it done and the artist (and yes, I had researched before getting this tattoo--looked through portfolios, spoken to past customers, etc) wouldn't try to retouch it because it "hadn't healed yet." I don't know if this is normal--I spoke to another tattoo artist who said NO--but I'd really like to have my tattoo retouched and I'm very frustrated. Is it possible that my tattoo isn't healed yet or has it just healed raised because of scarring? And can I get it retouched now if I find an artist willing to try?


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Posted by blackmath3 from IP: 160.94.222.29 on 04/25/07
Minneapolis, MN, United States

Even if it is "normal" for a tattoo to be raised, if there are some problems with it (color pulling up, etc), is it possible to get retouched?

I went in to get my wrist tattoo retouched three months after getting it done and the artist (and yes, I had researched before getting this tattoo--looked through portfolios, spoken to past customers, etc) wouldn't try to retouch it because it "hadn't healed yet." I don't know if this is normal--I spoke to another tattoo artist who said NO--but I'd really like to have my tattoo retouched and I'm very frustrated. Is it possible that my tattoo isn't healed yet or has it just healed raised because of scarring? And can I get it retouched now if I find an artist willing to try?


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Posted by npzfl from IP: 75.203.230.204 on 09/20/07
FL

I have a purple tribal on my upper left arm that is raised.It was done in 1998 in Queens, NY.
Personally,I LOVE it!! and it looks great.
So...for me the artists' heavy-handedness wasn't a problem


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Posted by AliceJaggers from IP: 67.142.130.16 on 09/21/07
New Mexico

nobody is talking about a healed tattoo raising randomly for about 20-30 minutes, and then going smooth again. the one on my ankle does this very often since just recently. is this phototoxicity too, or is my tattoo just weird? my other ones dont raise.


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Posted by tasha from IP: 72.24.114.248 on 10/06/07
Caldwell Idaho

I got a fairly large piece done that starts on my lower calf, wraps around my ankle, and ends on my foot, that has a lot of color to it. Part of the tatto is great, all flat, very vibrant color, and then two of the flowers have keloided and are raised and pretty ugly to look at. one of the flowers are red, and i was informed that a lot of red tattoos end up raised and discolored, and the other flower is pink, and i was told that pink isn't as bad. Now is that true or am I being fed a bunch of crap. I was also told that they couldn't be touch up and that even with the laser removal that I would still have a huge scar because they had already scarred so bad.


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Posted by girlstar from IP: 74.166.233.159 on 10/06/07
fl

the propper term is called KELOID an it can occur even with propper application, each persons skin is diffrent an reacts diffrent. commonly you see this problem in african american skin. it raises up most commonly .


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Posted by tygerzeye7 from IP: 170.35.208.21 on 10/19/07
riverside, california

i got a tattoo about 5 or 6 months ago on my rib. it raised quite a bit and severely itched. this was my 3rd tattoo and i knew if i itched it that would ruin it. i have a marroon and red color as well as green. it seems that the red and maroon have been raised and stayed that way while the green didnt. i was out in the sun a little, but it had been completely healed so i im not quite sure if that was the cause. i think that it may have been a combination of the reaction to the ink and the sun.i can t be quite sure because he has tattooed me before and used the same brand and color of ink. what would make the difference? it still itches occasionally and stays raised. im debating going back to him....


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Posted by Russ from IP: 74.142.160.15 on 11/13/07
Louisville, KY

I had my second tattoo done on my shoulder and back about a month ago. After it initially healed, it was fine for about two weeks until it raised. It's fairly large, and where it has raised, the skin has turned red. It's uncomfortable and itches constantly. I pray every day that it will go down and back to the way it was for the first 3 1/2 weeks I had it.
If I had known this could happen, I never would have gotten work done on one of the most sensitive parts of my body. Shiiiiiit,


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Posted by adikkted from IP: 69.107.80.164 on 11/13/07
passing cerebus

Girlstar is right about keloid being a possibility; however, more people scar with hypertrophic scars than keloids. These types of scarring generally will cause scar tissue to raise above the skin. Photo toxicity is also a good possibility, and there is a chance that the artist overworked the area. Regardless of the term there's little you can do about the raised tattoo. Sorry!


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Posted by scared_by_scream from IP: 209.121.40.53 on 11/24/07
bc, canada

what kind of ink was used...i have the same issue and the ink used has been recalled since i had my work done. the problem is the level of heavy metals in the ink......1 1/2 years later and i still have the same issue and just as irritating.....i have 3 tattoos from the same artist that are beautiful but the last was done just after he icked up a new kind of ink that was suposed to be awsome colours...and my tattoo healed up great to start with then a month or 2 after it raised and became intencely itchy and has been that way ever since. PLEASE CHECK ON THE INK!!! there is some bad stuff out there.


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Posted by fluxgrrl from IP: 162.84.145.14 on 12/25/07
new york, ny

i have 3 tattoos. 2 were done about 7 years ago by a very talented, very experienced, well known artist. they only raise when i'm hot or stressed and the raising goes away fairly quickly. the third one i got i had done by a different artist who has 16 years experience. we used color (the other two are black and gray) and though he went very deep and the healing was longer then usual for me and the scabbing was bad, it's not raised. i then went to get some re-touching to it (different artist again, long story) and it was fine for about a month and it is now raised only on the places that he created (he created new lines so it's not work that was done over the previous lines). it itches a little when i am hot and a bit sweaty but mostly it doesn't itch. so, what is to be said about this? my body is obviously not reactive to tattoos, so i can only think that either the tattoo artist was not experienced enough or the ink was cheap or bad. i still have a bit more work to be done on this piece, and now i have to find another artist to complete it because i don't want to go back to the person who touched it up.

anyone have any ideas?


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Posted by christopherv10@hotmail.com from IP: 68.193.175.76 on 01/07/08

My tattoo is raised also and its a terrible sight.

Can you take legal actions on the tattoo artist if he messed up like this?


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Posted by CC from IP: 76.65.35.107 on 01/08/08
Toronto, Canada

I have two on my shoulders that were done at the same time that are both raised (almost always) and itchy (sometimes). Summer/winter, cold/hot, dry/humid, I haven't noticed any correlation between temp, stress or other factors contributing to when it "acts up". BUT I also have one on my ribs that didn't react like this at all. All contain basically the same colours but were done by two different people, which to me backs up the argument that it might be due to overworking the skin. Also, one of the shoulder pieces was an addition and touch-up and I had never had a problem with the original tattoo before (therefore it shouldn't be related to a sensitive/sun-exposed area of the skin being the cause as it was fine before).


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Posted by Vanessa Kay from IP: 217.39.174.229 on 03/26/08
Bicester, UK

I got a fairly large piece done that starts on my lower calf, wraps around my ankle, and ends on my foot, that has a lot of color to it. Part of the tatto is great, all flat, very vibrant color, and then two of the flowers have keloided and are raised and pretty ugly to look at. one of the flowers are red, and i was informed that a lot of red tattoos end up raised and discolored, and the other flower is pink, and i was told that pink isn't as bad. Now is that true or am I being fed a bunch of crap. I was also told that they couldn't be touch up and that even with the laser removal that I would still have a huge scar because they had already scarred so bad.

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I have the same thing, i have a tattoo on my foot with blue and pink stars, the blue stars are fine, however the pink ones have raised are itchy and look shit. i have been tattooed by the same guy before on my shoulders with pink and the pink has not raised or scared. i asked the tattooiest about this problem and he stated that it was just dead skin waiting to fall off, obviously this is not the case. I believe it could be due to the tattoo being worked too hard, does anyone have advise on what to do with it or how to treat it, have used different types of cream on it, skin thinning cream also. please let me no as the sun will be coming out soon and i want it to look nice


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Posted by Kai from IP: 90.240.195.248 on 04/16/08

I got a tattoo 6 months ago now that seemed to heal fine and normally.. however certain sections of it have raised and ink has spread as if like scarring. It is not an affect of time of year, or temperature, as these sections alone are always raised and never others. i have heard that bio oil can reduce the look of these scars, yet i have also heard that oils can make tattoos fade, what do i do? The scars have made certain lines look thick and ruined the look of my tattoo. i was very careful in deciding on my tattoo and thoroughly investigated where to get it done. Two of my friends both got complex tattoos from the same artist (though on the forearm, mine is on my hip) and they have had no problems with scarring or spreading of ink.

cheers!


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Posted by sungirl from IP: 68.202.119.122 on 04/30/08
melbourne,FL

I got a tatoo about 2mos ago. About 2 weeks after it became raised but only in some areas. It itches sometimes not to bad. The color has seemed to fade also. The artist said it could have had to do with me putting sunscreen on it to soon. I admit I have been in the sun. He said he can't touch it up yet or it would be like "hamburger". Anyone know what I could do? My next stop may be a dermatologist to see what to do. Can it ever be touched up?


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Posted by sungirl from IP: 68.202.119.122 on 04/30/08
melbourne,FL

I got a tatoo about 2mos ago. About 2 weeks after it became raised but only in some areas. It itches sometimes not to bad. The color has seemed to fade also. The artist said it could have had to do with me putting sunscreen on it to soon. I admit I have been in the sun. He said he can't touch it up yet or it would be like "hamburger". Anyone know what I could do? My next stop may be a dermatologist to see what to do. Can it ever be touched up?


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Posted by kris10 from IP: 70.114.3.225 on 04/30/08
san antonio tx

i actually have 5 tattoos and 3 were done at the same time by the same artist. 2 are on one arm and 1 on the other. the single one raised a little and the other 4 i have are not. i did feel that he went deeper on the one that is raised because it hurt a little more than the other that were done that day and it was the first of the 3 done. so wouldn't that proove that tattoos raise because the artist went too deep? eh.. some look better raised like the tribals or just outlines but i guess that should be left up to the person getting the tattoo


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Posted by kr from IP: 72.129.242.112 on 06/03/08
Mo

I have two tattoos, that were done almost 8 yrs ago. One is normal/ flat tattoo. The other one I think is a keloid b/c it is raised and still itches sometimes. They were done by two different artists. I am debating getting another one. Does anyone think you get raised tattoos in certain places on your body or repeated raised tattoos?


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Posted by barney_is_da_man@hotmail.com from IP: 61.69.1.142 on 12/15/08

i got a fairly small all black tattoo on my ankle 2 days ago. The tattoo itself is raised and slightly hard but the skin around the tattoo isnt red or inflammed at all. is this normal?


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Posted by weeone from IP: 204.50.126.8 on 12/15/08
Pickering, Ontario, Canada

i think it's fairly normal if you only got it done 2 days ago, i'm not an expert though. I got a tattoo 2 weeks ago mine was itchy and red up until about a week ago. I could be wrong though, i hope i'm not, lol.


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Posted by briman from IP: 86.25.207.230 on 12/22/08
essex, UK

hi

any ideas on this, i have a full back piece, blacks and greys, some of the tat is over 2 years old. 4 weeks ago all of by tattoo raised, nearly the whole of my back was up, i was vomitting for a day ans felt really weak for a week, now much of the raised area has gone down all the tattoo'ed area has streatched.

any ideas what the hell happened there, it raised so much you could see it through my shirt.

Brian


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Posted by Tat-gal from IP: 77.96.194.91 on 12/29/08
UK

I had a tattoo on my wrist 10 days ago. I used bepanthen (as i have done with my othere tatts with no probs). After about 4-5 days the initial scab started flaking, now its mostly all gone. The tattoo has green and red in it, and looks milky and is a little raised and tender to the touch. It also feels hot?
Anyone else had this? I have had tattoos with red in by the same artist.


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Posted by muzikblue@aol.com from IP: 68.244.183.62 on 01/04/09

I have 12 tattoos and occasionally some of them raise up for an hour or so usually right after a really hot shower or a long run... then they go back to being smooth...and they were all done by the same artist... This same reaction has happened to a couple friends of mine as well, i suppose its just some ppls natural reaction to a foreign substance organic or not being present in the body.


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Posted by nitsirk from IP: 72.92.8.152 on 02/14/09

I have a tattoo that is raised on my lower back. I got it 4 years ago and absolutely hate it. I've been debating between having it reworked into something better or paying the ton of money to have it removed. Do you think the skin would still be raised if I had it removed with lasers? If it's scar tissue I almost feel like it would still be there...


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Posted by dazcoggin@hotmail.co.uk from IP: 86.31.146.86 on 03/04/09

can some explain more of this 'photo toxicity'

i always thaught raising was due to scared tissue, my girlfriend and i both got tattoo's done at the same place and both raise, hers does in the sun but mine only when she smacks my arm lol

but her other tattoo which was at an excelent tattoo'ist is always smooth

if its a reaction between the human body,the pigment and uv rays (sunlight) or heat ( hot shower) why does mine only raise when slapped ?


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Posted by zauppa@aol.com from IP: 67.232.201.146 on 03/08/09
FL

i got a tatto on my foot lik 8 months ago on my foot and it was the state of jersey with the numbers 732 below it but the color in the bottom half of thwe state came completly out but the outside and the top is all raised and it really itches like crazy but my 732 is fine would i be able to get it touched up or not or how would i gat it to go down its driving me crazy?
also i want to get more done to it would that be ok or will it hurt my body?


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Posted by Krystalynn from IP: 98.110.121.246 on 03/09/09

okay i am a beginner tattoo artist. so pretty much i suck :P
my boyfriend wanted my first tat to be on him.
i did a frog on his stomach and he isnt completely skinny.
so stretching the skin while doing it was hard for me.
long story short. i screwed it up and the entire thing is raised :/
i feel really bad and i want to pay or do what ever i can to fix what i started

does anyone know about the wrecking balm or laser removal? maybe those would make the skin go down?
anything please.


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Posted by K from IP: 163.150.227.90 on 03/17/09
Ontario, CA

I had a tattoo done on my wrist 2 months ago (my 3rd tattoo); some of it is still a little raised. I think the wrist is one of the locations that takes a really long time to heal, since the skin is so tender.


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Posted by theDr. from IP: 68.78.180.132 on 04/21/09
Wyandotte,mi. USA

While not completely understood, it seems to be clear that the main cause for phototoxicity is the formation of oxygen radicals due to non-radiative energy transfer.

Typically in fluorescence, photons of a certain wavelength excite electrons of the illuminated fluorophore to higher energy states. When these excited electrons return to a lower energy state, they emit a photon with a lower energy level thus causing the emission of light of a longer wavelength. This principle of fluorescence is also known as Stokes shift.

Unfortunately for microscopists, in many cases some of the energy is not used for this radiative energy transfer but is transferred to oxygen causing the formation of oxygen radicals. These radicals are highly toxic to living cells, sometimes killing cells in seconds.

Phototoxicity in live cells depends strongly on the kind of fluorescent molecule used. The isolation and characterization of fluorescent proteins such as green fluorescent protein (GFP) has provided biologists with fluorochromes which show a much weaker phototoxic effect compared to most smaller chemically synthesized fluorescent molecules such as FITC or rhodamine. Still, the energy level of excitation light as well as the duration of illumination must be minimized to ensure long-term survival of living cells during fluorescent imaging.

In humans Phototoxic substances

A phototoxic substance is a chemical compound which becomes toxic only when exposed to light.

* Some medicines: Tetracycline antibiotics, sulfonamides, amiodarone, quinolones
* Many cold pressed citrus essential oils such as Bergamot oil
* Some plant juices: from parsley, Hogweed
* Others: psoralen


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Posted by ciara from IP: 86.43.178.169 on 04/23/09
ireland

i have something similar. i got my first tattoo 5 months ago, it is two dragons on my neck (black only)
it healed fine, but recently i have noticed it is very raised and when i touch it i feel a bit odd..u know that funny feeling u get the first time u wash a new tattoo...a bit woozy but not uncomfortable?

now it could be because im stressed lately. i have exams coming up and its just started to get sunny so that could cause it to raise. but i do think the tattoist may have gone too deep,i felt like he went over it too many times once it was done, like going back over the wings and stuff.. not that i can blame him,the skin on my neck is very thin.

anyway...i dont kno why im complaining bcus i kind of like them better raised, they look more defined or something :)


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Posted by MissRissa from IP: 67.53.14.161 on 04/29/09
Milwaukee, WI

I don't know if anyone will respond to this...the last entry was a while ago. It seems that all these people have tattoos that are permanently raised, to different extents. Mine isn't raised usually, but every once in a while, I'll itch my back or be putting lotion on or something, and I notice that it's raised. I just realized it again a few minutes ago, which is why I decided to look it up this time. It's never been as raised as it is this time. It's kind of freaking me out. Why does it do that sometimes, but normally it's perfectly smooth. Does it have something to do with heat or my skin? Or is there anything wrong with my tattoo? It looks great, and I have had it for 5 years now, but it's really bothering me.
Thanks so much


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Posted by jewelz from IP: 222.155.199.166 on 05/08/09
new zealand

http://www.dermadoctor.com/article_The-Science-Of-Tattoos_113.html

This link answers pretty much all your questions and is from a dermatologist, better answers then what are on here anyway;)


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Posted by fashionrush@aim.com from IP: 66.229.14.122 on 05/25/09

I got my first tattoo in december 2008 and noticed that it needed to be fixed so i went back to the shop in May 2009 to get it completely re-done. A few days after i got it done i noticed the swelling had gone down but the tattoo was still raised, this happened the first time too but the skin went back to normal within 2 weeks of getting it done. this time however its been a few weeks and it still hasnt gone down and i noticed that there is also 2 dark spots on my tattoo. it is a butterfly on my wrist and the dark spots are in 2 wings near but not touching the outline. What are the dark spots and is it raised because i got the same spot tattoo-ed again within 5 months of the first?


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Posted by claire from IP: 86.137.104.15 on 06/15/09
uk

thanks guys.ive had my third tattoo on back fairly large and it hurt like hell.its raised and itches a lot of the time when im hot.its a year now since i had it done. im starting to think it was over worked so the skin damaged so reacts to the sun more then other tattoos.
im glad im not the only one.


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Posted by graceylou2006@yahoo.com from IP: 24.62.159.232 on 06/18/09

Im worried about my tattoo too....its almost 4 years old and it all of a sudden (like with in minutes) is raised and bumpy and its never been like this even when i was healing i had no major welts or swelling... whats wrong?? i havent been in the sun or anything... i was sitting in a psych class....


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Posted by Nesha from IP: 74.176.212.153 on 06/22/09
Ga

Hey. I Need help.. Im so worried...i got a tattoo on saturday today is monday so thats about 2 days ago. and i have a peace sign a little under my wrist on my arm..thats fine. but im really worried about the heart i got on my other arm under my wrist...its a little stiff and the red coloring in the inside of the heart is slightly raised and it doesnt look right and its still sore...more so than the peace symbol. my tattoo artist told me not to put anything on until after the third day..can sumone help.. and tell me whats goin on with it... these are my first tattoos..is this normal...? plz help


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Posted by Milly from IP: 98.121.135.207 on 07/01/09
NC

I had the same problem, I got a tattoo on my foot. At first I thought I had an allergic reaction to the red ink but when I went to another tattoo artist he said that the guy that did my tattoo overworked it. I used Mederma which is an ointment for scars and it has worked wonderfully. I am no expert but for scars the best thing to use is Mederma. It is expensive but with it...


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Posted by Milly from IP: 98.121.135.207 on 07/01/09
NC

I meant to say Mederma is expensive but worth it...


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Posted by MontanaMom from IP: 174.39.254.223 on 08/07/09
Montana

I got my first tattoo on my lower back and cheek.It's done with green,yellow,white,pink,orange and magenta. I did the outline first.Went back 2 weeks later for the first half to be colored.No problems at all.6 hours total.Then 10 days after I got the first part colored,it was visibly healed,I sat at the car dealership for 4 hours then sat on leather seats for another 2. That night it started itching and swelling, but only on the stem. Green,Yellow and white. The next day I went to have it finished, day 11, and the tattoo guy said HOLY COW! Go take some benadryl and come back, I begged him to finish it. So we finished it and went home. It scabbed a lot compared to the first part but healed fine. I had severe hives!!! I used lots of benadry cream.hydrocortisone cream and oral benadryl 150 mg every 2 hours, per the DR. 3 weeks later the last part is still really raised and itchy and sometimes has hives.The color is beautiful! The itching is making me insane!!! If this was a reaction to the ink or overworking wouldn't it have happened before 10 days? I really want another tattoo but I'm not sure if the same thing would happen again and not sure what to do about the current hives, itching and raised skin. Any ideas? Maybe it's a fluke? I live in a small town and this guy is VERY well respected and I really want to go back to him.


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Posted by ArmorPlate from IP: 68.190.179.58 on 09/07/09
Nevada

I've tattooed many including myself. Off all the tattoos only mine are raised. It's the way my skin reacts and heals. I take a good 3 weeks to completely heal. Point is that everyones skin is different and deals with a tattoo differently. I for one have A mix of Negroid & mongoloid skin which I know reacts differently than caucasiod skin does to a tattoo. I have a tattoo with fine line work (3 round) which I did myself and it is raised. That should silence the "over-worked" theory which is constantly being thrown around by those who may be ignorant. By the way, in response to the whole all natural tattoo pigments... A human is quite capable of digesting many things. My intense pigments are not going to kill me if I eat them so I guess mine are cool too


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Posted by arseneltic from IP: 213.202.159.90 on 09/23/09
ireland

Just to put some of you guy's mind at ease,I had a wrist tattoo done about 4 years ago.Itwas raised for about 6 to 9 months but is perfectly smooth now and gives no problems at all. Sometimes bumbs are just ingrown hairs that regrow after the artist shaves the area. Hope this helps


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Posted by chezpizza@yahoo.com from IP: 76.100.211.153 on 11/02/09

what about a tattoo that was smooth for about 7 years then suddenly raises again?


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Posted by chezpizza@yahoo.com from IP: 76.100.211.153 on 11/02/09

what about a tattoo that was smooth for about 7 years then suddenly raises again?


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Posted by newadd from IP: 71.142.217.153 on 11/25/09
La

i believe it happens ar random and there are many causes for it.. mostly from scratchin the area. i"ve noticed the sun can make it rase aswell, stress, etc. i dont believe that one tattoo artist can create a tattoo that wont raise. also i dont see why people complain about it, i think it feels kinda cool


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Posted by stbepgh@aol.com from IP: 71.61.58.223 on 02/26/10

as i read thru all these posts i find it amazing, that noone even the artists themselves dont seem to mention that older inks had iron in them. the iron especially in black inks, which is why its usually the outline that seems raised. reacts with your body chemisty and can go with your moods happy, sad, scared, excited, any such thing can cause the tat to raise. nowadays they have rules about the ink an artist uses so it doesnt hapn as much, like whoever said about the organic inks organic hence no iron in it which would mean no raised feeling


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Posted by izahasnana from IP: 75.185.34.214 on 03/16/10
lancaster,ohio

i have alot of tattoos and about 8 months ago all of the red ink in all of them raised. even tatts from 15 years ago are raised and they itch realy bad . is there a fix for this i have been to three doc about this and still no sulutions for the problem can someone help me


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Posted by janice from IP: 98.249.197.4 on 03/17/10
west palm beach fl

I got a tattoo on my forearm they apparantly used a bad batch of black on me and after about 2 months of bumps it healed very well. Now it has been about 2 more months and the purple is raising all over the tattoo and it is itchy and uncomfortable. It is such a mystery to me why this would happen unless the weather or something has an effect on it. Any ideas how to fix this???


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Posted by Middle Child from IP: 75.185.104.63 on 03/17/10
Columbus, Ohio USA

Phototoxicity makes perfect sense. I went through the whole winter with no welting. As soon as the weather got warm out, I went out to enjoy it. That's when I noticed my tattoos had raised a bit. I'll keep paying attention, but I'm sure it's a reaction. It never lasts long when this happens and I find it pretty cool. Thanks for the information. I grabbed this definition off dictionary.com.

pho·to·tox·ic (fo'to-tok'sik)
adj. Rendering the skin susceptible to damage by light. Used of certain medications and cosmetics.
pho'to·tox·ic'i·ty (-tok-sis'i-te) n.


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Posted by K from IP: 207.192.226.146 on 03/18/10
Here

Just to make something clear, anyone with the painted angel email assuming they are from St. Joe which im sure they are, Are glorified Scratchers. I dont know how they are still in buisness. Take anything they tell you and forget they said it. Nothing I have ever seen come out of that place is worth the high dollar amount they put on it.


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Posted by sunmoon728 from IP: 99.61.49.152 on 04/15/10
los angeles, ca

i got a tattoo on my wrist 5 months ago. it's a bit raised and every now and then it itches like a muthaf***ker. is there ANYTHING i can do to make the itch go away? i do put lotion on but it still itches!


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Posted by roadrunner7300@hotmail.com from IP: 68.151.32.199 on 05/04/10

So I got my back piece on Saturday it is now Tuesday and it still feels raised is this normal... should it go away soon?


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Posted by 00GaugeBill from IP: 205.188.117.65 on 05/05/10

Reading some of these posts, makes me wonder if any one ever thought of several factors: 1.Allergic reaction to ink(natural or not peanuts are natural and yet people are DEATHLY allergic). 2.Photosensitivity...mentioned to a point here but not explored. I suffer from solar urticaria(UV allergy) if I don't put the SPF 50 on my exposed skin every couple hours I get hives and itch..and yes my tattoos raise but do settle after some OTC anti-histamine. 3.Most tattoo damage or over working looks disgusting and not just raised. If your ENTIRE tattoo is evenly raised it is the way your body is reacting to a foreign element in your body. 4.Keloids sometimes happen. If you have had a scar and it healed with a raised spot most likely it is your body over producing scar tissue or the trauma was so severe it needed to do this as a "safety" measure. 5.Over all health. Not saying being over/under weaight for your height, because a "healthy" fat guy can still run a mile and keep pace with his "skinny" counter part. Health factors like smoking can have an adverse affect on healing due to the nicotine and that is a medical FACT as with any major surgery they advise the patient to quit smoking 2-4 weeks before the procedure. I suffer from diabetes and most tattoo artist would advise against diabetics getting tattoos unless they know how they heal. I lucked out, found a great artist and I heal well for being diabetic with a sun allergy.


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Posted by grlrambo24@yahoo.com from IP: 76.1.151.87 on 06/15/10
Richmond,VA

I have a total of 17 tattoos, some are raised and some aren't.. I actually found this site because I was looking up about my wrist tattoo, It is normally not raised, I have had it about 2 years and occasionally (Doesn't matter the weather (I.E. Hot, Cold, Rain, Snow)) it will itch in a certain spot and be raised in that area, also, the area that itches the ink has spread, but has only spread in that one area of the tattoo. I was wondering if this happens to anyone else, the tattoo is grey scale. Also, I was wondering about red ink, I was told that red ink used to have metals in it, does it still have metal in the ink, I tend to have a weird reaction to the red based inks, which goes away once the tattoo has healed.


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Posted by nordicwizard@live.com from IP: 68.169.139.61 on 06/19/10

Okay, so I got a tattoo done almost three weeks ago. The peeling and scabbing is over and stuff. But the skin feels raised. Not bumpy, it's smooth, but I feel a difference from the regular skin and the inked skin. The artist said that he doesn't want to touch my skin with a needle until four weeks at least because he had to go over some lines. Is it normal to have the smooth yet raised skin?


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Posted by Covered from IP: 99.248.19.216 on 06/20/10
Canada

I have my sleeve done, and I have had it for a little over a year. It has been smooth from day one. No raising or nothing. Then one night, just a couple days ago, I was out drinking with some friends, and I feel my arm and the tattoo was raised in certain areas. I don't think this is overworking of the area. I have had the tattoo for way too long and it's been smooth this entire time. It definitely has to do with certain influences like heat, uv rays, etc.


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Posted by Covered from IP: 99.248.19.216 on 06/20/10
Canada

I have my sleeve done, and I have had it for a little over a year. It has been smooth from day one. No raising or nothing. Then one night, just a couple days ago, I was out drinking with some friends, and I feel my arm and the tattoo was raised in certain areas. I don't think this is overworking of the area. I have had the tattoo for way too long and it's been smooth this entire time. It definitely has to do with certain influences like heat, uv rays, etc.


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Posted by ErisNoelle from IP: 64.57.168.55 on 06/20/10
Vine Grove, KY, US

I got my tattoo done about 9 months ago, and the other day I noticed the outline of one of my x's (straight edge tattoo) is raised up. Can it be the scar tissue talked about earlier, or something else?


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Posted by itschlo from IP: 173.88.53.122 on 07/03/10
columbus, oh

i got a tattoo on my foot about a month ago. they said healing should take 2 weeks, told me how to take care of it. because of my job i'm required to wear socks and boots so about 2-4 days after i got it i had to do that. i washed it 3 times a day and applied lotion about 3-4 times a day. it didn't seem to scar up much, but it's just a script that goes across my foot. it was always raised, and while it doesn't look raised, if you rub your hand over it it definitely feels raised. it doesn't bother me a lot, just wanted to know if it was normal.


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Posted by stevenyaxleyt@aol.com from IP: 68.3.217.156 on 07/21/10
Mesa, az

ok i have 7 tattoos and have trouble with only 3 of them. what i've figured out is that the ones on my calves are always in sun and heat(arizona always hot) but also that its been caused by my dickies shorts. its possible that its just from rubbing and raising but also from just having that area irritated and im scratching it which raises all of my tattos. so maybe you should check to see if something is irritating it first


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Posted by smoochy4me from IP: 71.80.54.253 on 08/21/10
kill devill hills, nc

I love my tat the dragonfly is beautiful. but i hate the fact that its raised. what can i do?


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Posted by Twitch from IP: 98.195.142.33 on 09/15/10

So, my newest tattoo has just started feeling raised to the touch.. I got it a while back. I have another done by the same artist that's fine. What's up with that??


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Posted by karissa40hands from IP: 68.171.231.18 on 09/18/10
jersey

Okay honestly it doesn't have anything to do with the summer or winter. People can be allergic and the tattoo artist could have gone too deep aswell or a bad combo of both. Because the tattoo I have now for 3 years and sometimes it raises up and get itchy and other times it smooth and flat. I think it just depends on how it was done and if your skin gets dry and healing process.


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Posted by frankie from IP: 71.199.8.173 on 12/09/10
OREM, Utah

yo check the definition of photo toxicity it has nothing to do with scaring. It is caused by UV ex-poser but only causes discoloring not scaring. I would say maybe the needle was slightly barbed(maybe)


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Posted by peachnthepits from IP: 70.184.232.24 on 01/09/11
Missouri

I have 10 tattoos and only one is raised to touch. It is at least 3 yrs old and it is always raised. I don't have to sweat or anything it is just raised. It is on my upper back/base of my neck....as I said, I have 9 other tats and not one of them is raised in the same manner. I have other tats by the same artist and they didn't raise, just this ONE. I don't think it is scarring, heat, sweat...I think it is just the way I healed on this one. Maybe it is the scar tissue because of depth but it is the only one of 10 tats that I have that is raised.


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Posted by dontuclimbxtrees@gmail.com from IP: 75.4.227.236 on 01/29/11
los angeles, CA

Can a raised tattoo be covered with a thick tribal tattoo


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Posted by OfficeGoddess from IP: 24.63.101.106 on 04/27/11
VT

Wow....I'm REALLY disappointed with the amount of mis-leading, and unverified information people (including professional tattoo artists) are posting to this question. More opinions than facts, and bickering over who's opinion is right is not actually helping the poster find an answer to their question.

Here's the truth: There is no definite answer and blaming a tattoo artist right off the bat is just lame. Don't post your opinion as fact without research. And don't accept someone's "Fact" without research. Best research for this kind of thing? Ask a your physician or dermatologist.

Here's some information for you though, I find that it never hurts to have too much accurate information. Tattoo scarring can be caused by, but not restricted to:

1.) Weather - And YES this is a likely culprit for occasional yet constant irritation, and results and reactions vary by person. Some complain of it in summer months and in humidity, others in winter months with the cold. Not much to do about this one.

2.) Allergic Reaction - It's usually ones first thought, but also usually not super likely. Most reported reactions have been to red and yellow (see #3 for more info). Both are a result of a reaction to the compounds that color it, mostly Mercury Sulfide in reds and Cadmium Sulfide in Yellows and sometimes small traces in Reds. Even organic tattoo inks (mostly reds) can cause a kind of eczema, but because the organic inks are insoluble it can have a negative patch test (how they test for an allergy) so don't assume that it's not a possibility. Less common reactions can occur with green (often by a sensitivity to Potassium Dichromate or Chromium) and blue ink (with a sensitivity to Cobalt), and VERY rarely (literally less than 5 reported cases as of September of 2009) reactions to black, usually in someone with a sensitivity to coal.

3.) Phototoxicity - This is a reaction from the tattoo dye caused by the sun. Really. A blend of the sun exposure with the dye in question, usually due to the presence of Cadmium Sulfide in some yellow and red inks. Not only does it create a tattoo primed for a sunburn, but can cause swelling itching, scaling, etc. Most often the reactions & symptoms usually fade over months or years of regular sun exposure.

4.) Body Chemistry - Changes in blood pressure, adrenaline levels, body temperature... These types of things can often cause irritation in tattoos. If you experience irritation, think of current health issues, exercise or even diet, and how them may be affecting your body chemistry.

5.) Overworking - An artist can be heavy handed by nature, or dealing with faulty equipment. They can be an old pro or just starting out. But if they have a limited or improper knowledge of their craft based on their work ethic or training, then it's definitely a viable cause. It's just not the only one, so don't automatically blame them.

6.) Keloids - A type of Hypertrophic scar, but it just keeps growing and tend to be itchy, painful or tender to the touch. They are more prevalent in dark skinned (Most commonly African-Americans but also in Asian and Latino men & women) adults, and not so much with children or the elderly. There's several possible treatments, but make sure you know the pro's & con's of these when speaking to a Dr., cause there can be some routes you may prefer not to go.

7.) Hypertrophic Scaring - Now this one I know about because it's what I have. I have 4 tattoos all by the same person and she's my boss, she's been a pro for almost a decade, and because I work in her shop as the Office Manager/Secretary/Appointment Maker/Supply Orderer/All-Around Office Goddess, I pretty much hear if and when anyone has problems, issues or complaints. I haven't had someone with this similar issue yet, so I'm inclined to think it's not my boss's technique. While a Keloid is a type of Hypertrophic scar (a "crimp" in your skin's healing process, which creates more scarred tissue), there are many key differences when a scar progresses into a Keloid. While a Keloid will begin to extend past the lines of a tattoo or other scar, a Hypertrophic scar stays limited to the shape of the original injury to the skin, whether a tattoo or regular old cut or burn, and even acne and chickenpox scars. Both tend to occur most often on the CHEST, BACK, SHOULDERS and EARLOBES. There is no real way to know if you're susceptible to them, unless you've had them in the past. In some instances they can be genetic, but not always. Usually it will thin out, but can take a year or more, and they never completely go away, but they can get a lot better. There are treatments that can speed along the healing , including Corticosteroid Injections, Pressure Dressings, and OTC Silicone Gel Sheets. But check with a dermatologist first, as you may have allergic reactions to OTC stuff.

There are more serious causes which I'm not going to get into here, cause they're unlikely. BUT, if you have honest concerns speak to a dermatologist or your primary care physician. Period.

Just be informed about this stuff and don't go spouting "Facts" based on opinion or your own personal experience, because that is not always the case.

I may have used a lot of "fancy" words, but it's accurate information, and knowledge is the best asset we can acquire in any situation. It's the cocky, "I know what I'm talking about and I'm never wrong" attitude that causes so much harm when people are seeking help.

And telling someone that a raised tattoo is solely the fault of a tattoo artist can detract them from taking future precautions or even seeking proper medical attention in certain situations.

It also takes away from the trust of that artist and causes rumors, bad "ratings" and rants online and in their community which can seriously and unnecessarily damage the reputation and income of that artist or their shop.

And while I'm handing out information, I've run into a few people who think, while painful and expensive, that getting a tattoo removed is an "easy" option if you change your mind later on, but tattoo removal is no guarantee. Some inks are nearly impossible to remove, and some can even immediately and permanently turn black with the application of the laser treatments. Laser-induced scarring, tattoo DARKENING, changes in skin pigmentation, and even EXTREMELY rare occurrences of flu-like illness can result from the inks reacting to the lights in the lasers.

I don't mean to deter anyone from making the decision to get inked, like I said I have 4, one of which is a work in progress. I'm just saying be smart, be aware, be informed, and never be pushed or persuaded into doing or believing anything that you're not comfortable with. And stay in school! Sorry, I just had to get off my soap box and add that for fun :P

I hope this helps. Take Care. :)


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RE:Raised Tattoo

Posted by Tyr from IP: 94.215.132.36 on 06/08/11
Netherlands

although almost every artist will warn against it explicitly,getting a sunburn on an unhealed tattoo will also severely increase the chances of ' raising' ,I suppose because both the damaged tissue and the skinburn stack.
As far as know this is not an irritable type of raising,however its quite permanent.


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Posted by linzynw@ymail.com from IP: 69.254.4.109 on 07/03/11
augusta

i just got 5 done in one sitting and only one of mine is raised and itchy.... same healing methods and everything... i think it's to do with your skin everyone's body is diff. and diff parts of your skin are dif. it can be because they went to deep but i was told by a friend that if you go over it it would go down because you go through the healing process again... not sure if it's right or not but it's probably worth a try since most tattooist do free touch ups.


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Posted by dan41270@hotmail.co.uk from IP: 86.3.66.188 on 08/13/11

I've got quite a few tattoos and I have got just 2 that are raised. Both done by different artists bug both have done others tattoos on me that are fine. The bits that are raised are only red bits. So it must be my body that reacts to the pigments in the red ink.


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Posted by crazycakes from IP: 68.33.20.232 on 08/19/11
BRLA

I have been tattooing for about a little over a year now. As it is summer and hot, I have seen some of my clients with new tattoos exposed to direct sunlight, and dry from a lack of lubrication during the healing process. After it has healed and some of the color has faded (Derrrrrrrr), they want me to retouch the tattoo, should I?


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Posted by mrtattoo from IP: 86.164.102.174 on 01/16/12
uk

Question: What is a Keloid and What Can be Done if You Have One?
Answer: Sometimes people get a blood or puss filled growth on a new piercing and mistake this for a keloid. It is not. Keloids are actual scar tissue that forms because the body over-defends itself as a result of trauma or surgical incisions. Keloids have to be removed with the help of medical treatment or surgery - you can't just wash them away. People with African-American descent tend to be more prone to keloids, although people of all ethnicities can be susceptible. Keloids also tend to be genetic.
If you are prone to keloiding, piercings are strongly urged against. Tattoos can also lead to keloiding, although piercings and surgical modifications seem to be the most likely culprits. There's no real limit as to where keloids can form, as they can also grow on the tongue and other mucus membranes. The only way to truly prevent keloiding is to not get the tattoo or piercing in the first place. If you decide to chance it, just be aware that you may end up with excessive scarring and/or keloids.

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Posted by ariell.green@yahoo.com from IP: 128.82.52.183 on 03/25/12
Richmond,VA, USA

Well I have 3 tattos (wrist, ankle, foot) the ankle has always been slightly raised and occasionally raises more when i take a hotter than usual shower and when the weather is changing. The one on my wrist is usually flat but parts of it raise occasionally like a straight line will be runing through the middle of it. So I think its mainly your body and how it reacts. not always the tattos artist's fault.


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Posted by gabrielle_west123@yahoo.com from IP: 108.26.73.89 on 04/25/12

I got a tattoo done over a year anf a half ago and it was done by my brother. He is a Professional he has done many tattoos for professional actors and WWE stars and what not but when he did mine it was fine for about 2-3 weeks before it raised and it is visibly raised. he keeps saying it is just irritated but i know that can't just be it. Should i get it removed? I don't know what i should do. I havent been in the sun with out it being covered, I don't take blistering hot showers or anything like that. I just need to know what to do about it. Can anyone HELP???


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Posted by Jacklily from IP: 24.144.243.175 on 07/05/12
Youngstown Ohio

Yes tattoos do raise some times the artist may of went to hard or over worked also some peoples skin my scare that being the way they heal and yes heat body temp. Will make your tattoos raise so well so there are different resins tattoos raise . Yes if your tattoo is raised you still can get the color gone over I would recommend it be done lightly .


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Posted by Jacklily from IP: 24.144.243.175 on 07/05/12
Youngstown Ohio

Yes tattoos do raise some times the artist may of went to hard or over worked also some peoples skin my scare that being the way they heal and yes heat body temp. Will make your tattoos raise so well so there are different resins tattoos raise . Yes if your tattoo is raised you still can get the color gone over I would recommend it be done lightly .


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Posted by sheargoddess13 from IP: 108.75.142.67 on 07/09/14
lake villa.Illinois, US

Ok, I've only read a few comments here & there, I stopped when I got to the ones ripping apart the artists! Medically no one knows how long a tattoo, (or piercing), takes to heal inside! I have 25+ tats done by several different artists, occasionally mine will feel raised, (no itching, pain or anything like that), it does have to do with hydration, weather, healing, etc. There is no one right scientific answer. I can however tell you that it does NOT mean the tattoo is botch or the artist sucks! I find it funny that a fellow artist would be so quick to rip another's work, having a degree in psychology as well as being a hair stylist I've noticed over the years those quick tip rip on others work is to cover the insecurities they have about there abilities!


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