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Question by al
Submitted on 11/30/2003
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Can raised scar tissue be tattooed over, and as a result look less/not raised?

Answer by p-nut
Submitted on 12/5/2003
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I did. I had a few on the backside of my hand and used a tat gun to literally destroy them. I went in parallel to the skin rite at the base and them around them; I used some darker peach colored ink also. I had no idea what I was doing but did it because the scars were creepy and people bothered me about them all the time. It hurt pretty badly but after they did the whole scabbing-up deal and finally healed, it took like a month I think, they are barely noticeable now and Iím quite content with the results. But to any one else reconstructive surgery can help, I believe, and I know it doesnít hurt so badly.


Answer by Vicki
Submitted on 1/6/2004
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What causes the raised scar tissue of tattoos?


Answer by Shants
Submitted on 3/13/2004
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First- I would think getting a scar tattoo-ed over with black ink would decrease the shadow casted by the raised scar.
Second- The raised scar tissue of tattoos is usually caused from swelling or itching that the person did not take proper care of.  The tattoo was most likely scratched or exposed to direct sunlight in its early stages of healing.


Answer by Nightwalker
Submitted on 4/19/2004
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It dosn't really cover the scar but go for it.GOOD LUCK


Answer by nubianbabe
Submitted on 5/9/2004
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I disagree with your assessment of how scar tissue develops after being tattooed.  I just got two tattoos within two weeks.   The one on my wrist has scared and all the inked colored inside of the tat has fallen out.   After speaking with the tattoo artist, he tried to make it appear that I had done something wrong by bumping my arm because the tattooed area is sensitive.   After refusing to recolor the tat for free once it is healed, I with to a very well-know and established tattoo shop in my city and they told me that it was nothing I did in the healing process of my tat that causes the colored skin to fall out, yet it was the tattoo artist that went too deep into the skin that caused scaring in the tat.  

At the time I did not recognize the scaring in the tat on my wrist, but not since it is healing I can see the scar tissue much more visible and not only is it raised in some areas, it is also has cut indentations. Now, I face another situation, do I allow the same artist to redo the tat, does the tat have to be increased in size ( which I did not want) and above all everything else, one of the birds on my breast he did is also scared.
Does anyone have an answer to the question of covering the scared tissue? whether the tat must be increased in size so that it will appear smooth once healed?



Answer by knowaboutscarsntats
Submitted on 8/26/2004
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Going too deep with the needle shouldn't cause scarring like you describe if you let the tat heal the way it's supposed to -- it just takes a little longer.  Tattoos just take the eye away from a scar -- they don't "cover" scars. If you don't trust the artist, go to someone you trust.  Wait until your tattoo is fully healed before you make any decisions about what to do with it.  And don't mess with it!


Answer by chops
Submitted on 10/9/2005
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i have road rash on my shoulders and im getting tattoos to cover it up and mine are healing fine and look great, but you have to take care of your tattoos properly if you want them to look great.  


Answer by Joe
Submitted on 10/16/2005
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good luck I've had a tattoo nightmare, since day one the artist messed me up bad. I wanted a cross about 4 inches high. He made the thing so bad it didn't even look like the pic I picked out. I went to another place, He told me that it could be fixed, He added cloud's and rays to it. It looked so bad I looked into laser that day.(too expensive) I went back to the first guy (don't ask) he drew on me something tribal that would cover it up. It looked bad but better than what I had so he did me again.4 times I went back to get colored in and the old tat still shows thru. the scarring is pretty bad. I'm now going to another guy in a month after he told me to use vitamin E on it. So far it's been working. The tat seems to look normal(other than the light spots)So far I've spent over $1,000.00 on this "4 inch cross" and I still have another $200 more to go for paint job #5........TATTOOED FOR LIFE.


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Submitted on 2/17/2006
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Answer by Halfbreedoctober
Submitted on 3/29/2006
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I recently got an apple blossom done on my foot.   It has been two weeks and there is a significant amount of scarring in certain spots.  So much so, that the black detail lines on the inside of the leaves are almost completely faded already and I am going to have to go back once the scar has aged to get it touched up.    

I also have a tattoo on my back and that was a completely different experience then the second (I got them done at different shops in different states).  The first artist was very concerned with how I was feeling, he talked to me about the tattoo, he even joked with me.  The second artist, was very inattentive.  When I went in for a consult, he answered a cell phone call in the middle of it.  Then he said maybe ten words the whole rest of the time I was there.  

I know from experience, and the fact that the rest of the tattoo healed normally, that he went to deep on the one side of the tattoo.  The scar, luckily, is flat, but very shinny.  Therefore, I have to let it age before I can get it retouched as the amount of scar tissue on my foot is, even 2 weeks after the fact, very tender to the touch.  

There is no way I would let the same artist retouch any tattoo that they had initially botched, even if they wanted to do it for free.  And I do realize that the foot is a tricky area to tattoo and that it's harder to keep from getting bumped, but I took immaculate care of this tattoo as it's extremely sentimental to me.  Plus, it was to painful to touch, let alone pick at, while it was healing.              

So, I plan on going to another shop, explaining the situation to another artist and paying to have it fixed.  I'd rather pay twice and get it done correctly, then go back to the same place and have it doubly botched.  


Answer by John
Submitted on 4/13/2006
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How long should I wait to get a tattoo over a scar?


Answer by nephilim
Submitted on 11/26/2006
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A while back i made the mistake of having minor work done by an 'artist' who was far from, and ended up with scarring throughout the piece. I got my hands on concentrated vitamin E cream, smashed it with the cream a few times a day and within a month the scarring was completley gone. I would suggest you have someone else re-do the piece.


Answer by MoonChild
Submitted on 1/8/2007
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From personal experience, even if you tattoo over and around the raised (or occasionally raised) tattoo it won't help. I had a cover up on my back and it still shows. Every once in a while you can feel it through my shirt as well.

It was definitely from the tattoo artist going too deep.

It may look a little better as you'll have other things around it but it will stay for sure.


Answer by BaconNtofu
Submitted on 1/28/2007
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I don't think they were talking about what causes scarring during tattooing.

The whole point was covering UP scars with a tattoo, and someone asked what caused things to scar.


Answer by Inkdout4Life@Hotmail.com
Submitted on 3/20/2007
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It depends primarily on the healing process, and the skins natural ability to heal itself and regenerate tissue in the body.


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