Many of us are used to think that scars are proofs of some heroic events of our life and each of them comes with the interesting backstory. Unfortunately, nine of ten people with scars will tell you that it wasn’t a shocking battle with an alligator or an awesome fight in the ring. In the majority of cases, people get scars because of the serious surgery or just their clumsiness. So, if you don’t think that your story worth to be told for the company of your friends at the party, most likely you have already considered dozens of methods how to hide it.
One of the possible ways to hide the scar and avoid permanent answering the same questions is to get a tattoo over it. However, if you decide to make this responsible decision, you need to take into account some important moments. Of course, all the cases are different and there is no “golden rule” for everyone but in this article, we have collected the most important things that should be noted if you want to cover up a scar with a tattoo. Let’s start.
Rule #1. Wait until your scar has healed.
Time heals everything and how philosophically it may sound, in this case, it is an absolute truth. The more you wait until getting a tattoo the better will be the result achieved. It is highly recommended to avoid tattooing over the fresh scar regardless of how professional your tattoo master is. Specialists state that with the process of time, blood supply to the wound is reduced because of the collagen breaking down. It means that with each month with proper care your scar becomes paler, softer, and smoother. As a rule, in eighteen months to two years, the scar will look absolutely different.
It is very important to be stick to the optimal skin care regime and maximally avoid exposure to the sun. In case of compliance with all care rules, after an adequate time period, you can think about getting a tattoo over it. Be sure that the skin has formed a new firm layer at the place of the wound prior to visiting the tattoo parlor. We understand that you want to forget about the scar cause as soon as it’s possible but actually, you should remember one important thing – your scar doesn’t have such aesthetic impact as you think. Be patient and wait until it has maximally healed. In this case, you will get the best result after making a tattoo over it.
Rule #2. Protruding scars.
If you want to cover up the protruding scar it may become a real challenge both for you and your tattoo artist. Most often such scars cause a dramatic visual impact and people decide to hide them with a tattoo. It is challenging but yet possible procedure although it requires the high proficiency of the tattoo artist. The situation may be more complicated if you have a keloid. Keloid is a type of the scar which raises from the skin and in most cases grow wider and larger than the initial injury. You should be extremely careful in such case, as your body may be sent in the defense mode when making a tattoo and this can greatly worsen the situation.
Rule #3. Features of scar tissue.
Regardless of how experienced and professional your tattoo artist is or how popular is the parlor where you have decided to make a tattoo, you should note that the scar tissue differs from the normal skin and has its peculiarities. This should be taken into account as, for example, you may not get the desired sharp ink placement or the skin may reject ink particles in some areas causing the ink-less gaps in your tattoo. This may result in the more tattoo sessions that you planned thereby increasing the total cost of the tattoo. You should be ready for such challenges and have a certain buffet in the budget. In addition to his, the scar tissue may be attached to the blood vessels and nerves surrounding it, that may impact the overall success of the procedure.
Rule #4. Risk of secondary injury.
After getting a serious injury that has resulted in a scar, people are divided into two categories:
- those who give up doing the extreme sports (or anything else that caused an injury);
- those who continue their lifestyle and don’t intend to change their actions.
If you belong to the second type, you should be ready to the risk of the secondary injury. Note, that this part of your body is weaker than it was before and the chance of getting re-injury to the same place is higher. Take this into account when deciding to cover up a scar with the tattoo and note that in case of the secondary trauma, you may get more serious consequences for the covered with tattoo scar.
Rule #5. Include the scar into the tattoo design.
Instead of covering a scar with a tattoo to hide it, you may think about how to creatively include it in the design of your picture. Such decision will be especially good for people who have the pigmented, large, deep (or vice versa raised) scars. You may create the design of the tattoo on your own or ask for the professional help. Such a creative version of turning the injury into the work of art which you can be proud of is maximally unique and interesting. The tattoo design directly depends on your tastes and preferences, and with the help of an experienced tattoo artist, you may create your own well thought own design. You can add an inspirational quote around your scar or make it a part of the character from your favorite horror movie, it’s all up to you. The thing is that in such case, your scar will turn into an interesting and unique work of art instead of being the object of complexes and bad memories.
To sum up all the rules we have collected for you, we want to say that regardless of how negative experience of your life has resulted into the scar, you can always turn it in the unique work of art by making a tattoo over it. Yes, it will be more complicated than just make a usual drawing on the body, but it is still possible. With the professional experienced artist, you can hide the scar with a stylish and creative tattoo or vice versa, include it in the design and make a part of the picture.
Getting a tattoo over scar is the serious decision. It requires carefully weigh all the pros and cons of the procedure as well as take into account all the risks and possible consequences. With the professional tattoo masters in our salon, you will get answers to all the questions and useful recommendations prior to make a final decision and start a procedure.