The answer to this question is yes, you can tattoo over scars. You may also tattoo over stretch marks and freckles (not the raised ones) but not on or over moles.
Should You Tattoo Over Your Scar?
Here’s a short questionnaire to see whether or not you are a good candidate for tattooing:
- Do you tend to scar easily? If so, it’s possible that the tattooing process may add to your scars.
- Has the scar completely healed? The healing process generally takes a year, and some reports state it’s a good 18 months. Your scar still has time to significantly improve. One of the things that happens with a tattoo on a scar is that any lines drawn on it thicken and look blurry. Older scars generally take the ink of a tattoo better than young scars.
- What type of scar is it? Is it a raised scar? Scars aren’t the same type of tissue as regular skin. Scar tissue is more sensitive than regular skin.
- Is your scar red? If it’s red, it should not be tattooed.
- Is your scar infected? If it is, it should not be tattooed.
- Is there nerve damage in the area of your scar? If so, the nerve damage may increase the amount of pain you feel when you get a tattoo.
- Do you want the tattoo to change the texture of a scar? Tattooing won’t change the texture and it won’t erase the scar.
Our scars are in many ways representative of our battle wounds in life. There’s a psychological component of scars that should be considered.
If you want a tattoo to cover a scar, here are some of the psychological considerations:
- Do you want the tattoo to cover the scar because you see the scar as a blemish? A trained eye will still be able to see the scar, especially if it’s extensive.
- Are you settling for less? Have you decided that nothing will make your scars disappear?
- Is your scar reminding you of a recent trauma? This is sometimes the case. If so, what types of health practitioners can you make an appointment with who can assist you with lowering the psychological impact of the event that caused the scar?
Research studies have found that there are ways to significantly decrease scars. For example, scars that are raised may retract to the level of the surrounding skin. The color of the scars may also be lessened significantly. Silicone gels or sheets are known for their beneficial effects on scars. It’s possible you may not want the tattoo once you get good results with one of these effective formulations.
What To Consider If You Still Want the Tattoo
If you do decide to get a tattoo, make sure the artist who does the tattooing is experienced and has done tattoo art for people with scars in the past. Ask to see photos of their work covering up the scars. Since it’s possible that the scar my not take the ink, find out if the price of the tattoo covers all subsequent visits.
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