Can a scar be covered with a tattoo?
Tattoos are a wonderfully artistic way to express yourself, but they aren’t always about aesthetics, creativity and expression. Sometimes a tattoo can serve an even deeper purpose. Using tattoos to cover up scars is becoming an increasingly popular way to reduce the appearance of scarring and the associated self-conscious shame and embarrassment that often comes with the trauma of scars.
No longer do breast cancer survivors or those who have undergone surgery need to feel self-conscious. War veterans can turn their marks of honor into a symbolic monument. Tattoos can cover and incorporate scars with many different designs.
Are these tattoos effective? What is the best way to cover up a scar? Which cover-up designs are the most popular? This guide will help you answer these questions.
Is Scar Cover-Up Effective?
Covering up a scar with a tattoo can be effective, but it is not simple. Scars take anywhere from a year to 18 months to heal properly. During this time, using vitamin E oil and drinking lots of water every day will help the scar heal.
After the recovery process, it is important to do your research and find a tattoo artist that is experienced with covering up scarring. Scar tissue reacts differently to tattoo needles and ink than non-scarred skin. This tissue is also more sensitive, making the process a more painful one to go through.
Overall, however, scar cover-up can be a fun and empowering process, allowing you to take back control of your appearance and put the scars behind you.
If you’re in the Toronto or Mississauga, Ontario area, reach out to Chronic Ink to learn more about how our talented team can help you effectively cover up scaring.
How to Cover a Scar
There are a number of different designs and creative options that can be used to cover up scars, but it is best to stay away from ones with large openings or spaces such as tribal designs.
Cover-up tattoos can:
- Commemorate the event of the scar, such as symbolism of a cancer survivor or a war hero.
- Use religious quotes or symbolism to inspire a person’s faith.
- Use a landscape to cover a scar, such as a tree in a field over a C-section scar for a family tree.
- Go with the natural shape of one’s body, such as using feather tattoos to cover up breast cancer scars.
Artists who are experienced in scar cover-up will be able to suggest different and creative ways to cover up or incorporate your scar into your tattoo. Make sure that you find an artist you are comfortable with before you go ahead with your tattoo.
Our Favourite Tattoo Aftercare
After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer delivers effective skin moisturization and helps to preserve the colours of your tattoos. There’s no petroleum so it won’t stick to or stain your clothes. This moisturizing skin lotion, enriched with Grape Seed Oil, can also be used on any permanent makeup procedure on lips, brows, eye liner, and areola, as well as an after-laser tattoo removal moisturizing lotion. After Inked is Dermatologist tested, non-allergenic and non-irritating.
PurSan Aftercare is a specially formulated Vegan skin cleanser used to clean and moisturize as part of an aftercare regimen for fresh tattoos and piercings. It revitalizes, refreshes and purifies skin without drying it out. Gentle yet effective, PurSan contains no parabens, fragrances, colourants or alcohol. Chloroxylenol (PCMX) is a proven antimicrobial ingredient shown to be effective against bacteria and viruses without burning or irritating the skin. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Hypromellose) is an ultra-high grade lubricant ideal for sensitive skin.
What are Some Popular Tattoo Options to Cover up Scars?
There are many different types of scars and just as many ways to cover them. Whether you want to beautify your scarred area or tell a story, multiple ideas have been used.
The most important thing is to work closely with your tattoo artist to come up with something that will both cover the tattoo as well as represent something you can be proud of.
Above All, Be Yourself
No matter how you got the scar, it is a part of yourself and your “story”. Abuse, war, self-harm, surgery, even a simple accident can all result in scarring. Embrace your own skin and find a way to show that you are a survivor and stronger than whatever injured you in the first place.
Like any other tattoo, scar cover-up tattoos can hold great meaning for their owners. Every person is different, with their own unique tastes. Take your time and select the tattoo that is right for you. Then, proudly show it off as your own symbol of conquering life!
Ready To Get a Scar Cover up Tattoo?
Chronic Ink in Toronto and Vancouver works with some of the best tattoo aritst in the world. We’ll walk you through the various methods of aftercare and work with you to ensure your tattoo heals properly.