Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks and Tattoos

When approaching the topic of tattoos and stretch marks, there are two different areas to discuss.  I've been asked about using tattoos to cover up stretch marks, and I've been asked what stretchmarks do to an existing tattoo.

Using tattoos to cover existing stretch marks is a tricky fix.  Done correctly, you can have a beautiful piece of body art that completely covers up your stretch marks.  Done incorrectly, you may just be more unhappy than you are with just stretch marks.  Stretch marks are scars in your skin, therefore they must be tattooed differently than normal, healthy skin.  Finding a tattoo artist skilled at tattooing over scars is an absolute must. 

The scarred skin accepts ink differently than surrounding skin.  Your artist needs to know how to incorporate this feature into your design.  Scars also heal at a different rate than unaffected skin.  Keep this in mind when thinking about a tattoo.  If sections of your skin heal at different rates, this can alter the final look of your tattoo.

Other factors that need to be considered when tattooing stretch marks include skin type and the age of your stretch marks.  Newer stretch marks tend to be reddish purple in color and haven't finished healing completely.  Older stretch marks are a silvery white color.

How do stretch marks affect existing tattoos?

Stretch marks can adversely alter body ink that has been around a while, causing the artwork to be distorted.  You may be able to have your design repaired with very little effort or you may need to have a cover up tattoo to hide the original.  Obviously tattoos are probably best on body locations that aren't as susceptible to stretch marks.  Places on women that tend to be prone to stretch marks are stomach, breasts, thighs and upper arms.  Men are usually affected on their upper arms and stomach, especially when a large weight gain is involved.

Getting a tattoo is always a big decision, but when you add stretch marks to the mix, you have a great deal more to think about.  Remember to find a competent, skilled artist that will sit with you and talk about your specific needs and wants.  Talking with more than one artist helps also.  Once you have enough information, you should be able to make a decision that you'll be comfortable with for a very long time.


Disclaimer:  The information provided within this site is not meant to be a substitute for a medical doctor's opinion.  This site is for informational purposes ONLY.  Please check with your medical practitioner before any type of treatment or prevention method is started.

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