Tattoo Over Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are a part of life. When you give birth to a child or gain or lose a large amount of weight very quickly you will get them. There are ways to reduce the amount of stretch marks you will get by using shea butter or cocoa butter or any really good lotion to keep the skin supple and moist. Be sure to apply this lotion every day massaging it into the skin. Most pregnant women buy this kind of lotion by the gallon and do everything but bath in it but it will not prevent all stretch marks from appearing. It will only lessen the amount that you get and how deep they are. But it is worth using the cream if it helps at all.
To look at stretch marks under a microscope you will discover that they are actually torn skin and sometimes muscle underneath several layers of skin. A fresh stretch mark can be puffy and either red or slightly purple in color. Over time this will fade and flatten out until your stretch marks are silvery white in appearance. Normally you will find these marks on the lower stomach or hips or even on the breasts. They can also range from very light almost invisible lines to deep crevasses that resemble claw marks.
This brings us to the subject of putting tattoos over stretch marks. You need to assess whether there are just a few light stretch marks to cover or a huge amount. Each stretch mark is an opening that makes the nerve endings closer to the surface of the skin. So consider this before you begin as it will make it allot more painful to tattoo over deep ones. It is a way to disguise the marks however if you can bear the pain of doing it. Some people get it done in small sections letting each section heal before moving on to another area. A creative tattoo artist can weave the stretch mark pattern into the finished ink design so that it does not show.
Sometimes tattooing stretch marks can cause the edges to blur. This is especially true of any black sharp outlines that are filled in with color. Most tattoo artists in this situation use backgrounds of sky or clouds to disguise this. The reason this happens is that the torn skin of a stretch mark causes the ink to bleed in many directions. Remember that a stretch mark is a scarred area of skin and will not react like normal skin.
You can use the tattoo to draw your eyes away from the stretch mark by being creative in the pattern you choose. A winding vine will have small leaves and maybe flowers that draw the eyes up. This is preferable when compared to an animals paw with claws extended that emphasize the marks. Usually the best time to tattoo over stretch marks is when they are a year old. You will get better results at this time.
Some people have their stretch marks tattooed to totally match their skin tones thereby hiding the flaw better. This will be best if they are not deep ones. If you do have deeper stretch marks first before any tattooing have some microdermabrasion and laser treatments done. These treatments will reduce the depth of the stretch mark and make tattooing much smoother when finished.
Some of the more permanent ways to reduce or eliminate stretch marks is either a tummy tuck or the newer laser treatments. Using lasers to repair the underlying skin and muscles can be a very effective way to remove stretch marks. A tummy tuck will take away the ones on the lower stomach. But not everyone is a candidate for these procedures and not everyone can afford them.
So getting tattoos to hide stretch marks can be very appealing to allot of people. Just do not have a design tattooed that will draw a person eyes to the area. Keep it simple and small so that it will not look like a cover up. It is a way to solve a difficult problem. It is not for everyone but if you get all of the facts it will make the decision to tattoo or not easier. The final results can turn out to be very pleasing.
Did you know?Over 90% of pregnant women develop stretch marks.
Did you know?Most stretch marks can be completely eliminated using topical treatments.
Did you know?When the skin tears, collagen (connective tissue) growth is disrupted, causing scarring.