Some people get tattoos to cover up scars but ironically sometimes getting a tattoo can leave you scared.
Most people when planning to get a tattoo are thinking about the design, size, and colours of the tattoo they want. Very few are even aware of the fact that tattoo scars can be a byproduct of getting a tattoo that they might not be a fan of. Most tattoo artists don’t even mention the probability of scarring after until it is too late. Here we will discuss and explore everything there is to know about tattoo scars so you make an informed decision.
What are tattoo scars?
Any scar that is formed during the process of tattooing, healing of a fresh tattoo or as a result of tattoo removal procedure is referred to as tattoo scars.
How are tattoo scars formed?
There are several causes behind the formation of tattoo scars.
- When you get a tattoo there is always a chance of getting burned or scared.If the fresh tattoo gets infected or receives any physical insult before it heals completely it can also cause scarring.
- You can also inflict tattoo scars upon yourself by rubbing, scratching, picking the scabs or pinching or popping any blisters formed.
- Rarely laser tattoo removal procedure can also cause scarring if the technician is not an expert or if proper after care protocols are not followed. If the tattoo is not removed completely you can end up with both the scar and leftover pigmentation, creating an unpleasant sight.
What can you do to prevent Scarring?
- It is important to shop around before you decide on which tattoo artist is most skilled and experienced so you are safe in his/her hands.
- Regularly clean your tattoo and apply fresh bandage, always use a mild soap and skip antibacterial soups. Keeping the skin moisturised can significantly reduce the chances of scarring. Avoid exposure to the sun and take your vitamins for better healing.
- If you fear your tattoo is infected or you are seeing blisters, immediately consult with your doctor and they might be able to treat you with antibiotics. Do not go for any home remedies or self medications.
- It is important that you pick a clinic with an expert doctor who is certified to perform laser tattoo removal procedures. Also carefully follow all the aftercare instructions were given to you by the doctor.
How to identify a tattoo scar?
A scar is usually identified by its inability to heal even after the optimal healing period. You can spot a scar if any of the following signs present even after the tattoo has healed completely.
- Redness in the skin
- Distorted colouring or abnormal pigmentation within tattoo.
- Irregular texture of skin for example, skin is puffy, distorted, raised lines, or formation of pits.
Will removing the tattoo remove the tattoo scar?
Since most tattoo’s scars are keloids and keloids can not be removed using laser tattoo removal procedure, this will not be helpful. However since laser tattoo removal is a procedure that takes several sessions spread over months, it means the place your tattoo is will be sensitive for a very long time period and will require proper care.If you fail to care for the sensitive and infection prone skin you will be increasing your chances of having a scar even after the tattoo removal.
How can tattoo scars be removed?
Your doctors can give you some scar ointments or you can try some over the counter medicated creams, vitamins and alevorea to help with the scar healing. Your other options include microdermabrasion, chemical peel and surgery.