Tattooing Over Scars

Submitted on 01.26.21


     Some people decide to tattoo over scars because they are not satisfied with how their skin looks scarred, while others may have been involved in an accident or their skin is scarred because of surgery or a disease. In these cases, getting tattooed over scars can mean reclaiming back their body and self which is meaningful to them and it helps them feel better about themselves and their well-being. 
    Tattooing over scars is doable but it can be more challenging than tattooing over unscarred skin. Tattooing over scar will likely make procedure slightly more painful than it normally would be as the skin is more sensitive. Scarred skin is less able to absorb ink and the ink tends to more irregularly settle in scar tissue than it does in unscarred tissue. Ideally the scar should be two years old but a minimum of a year is mandatory for tattooing over. Other things to put into consideration is that if done incorrectly there is a possibility that tattooing over scar can cause more scarring, and that the color of your tattoo could bleed.   
     In closing, if you are considering getting a scar tattooed over, you will want to work with an experienced artist that is familiar with scar types/ tattooing over scars and can help you come up with the best design for your scar coverup. Getting a tattoo is a big commitment and you want to make sure that you are ready to proceed forward with it as well as being mentally prepared. 
 

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