How to Minimize Tattoo Scarring and Signs of Problems
Tattoos and the Potential for Scarring
When you get a tattoo, you want to make sure that your artist really knows what he's doing. If he doesn't, you may end up with a scarred tattoo, and scars can last a lifetime.
Scarring happens when the tattoo artist digs in too deep with the needle (one of the reasons why an experienced artist is a must). Sometimes it isn't the artist's fault, however. Scarring can take place on sensitive skin that heals slowly and is more prone to scarring in general.
What does a tattoo scar look like? Generally, you can't tell it's there unless you touch it. It is raised skin tissue wherever the needle went too deep. Sometimes if the scar is bad enough, it can distort the tattoo and the ink. I've even seen scarring that makes the darker colors override the lighter colors.
Signs of a Developing Scar
Typically scarring becomes more noticeable over time. Your skin is healing in the early weeks after a tattoo, when itchiness and redness are normal. After a few weeks, however, these signs may indicate that a scar is developing:
- Raised skin: The main sign of scarring is raised skin. The skin will vary from slightly raised to larger bumps. Typically, the raised skin will be around the outline of the tattoo, but it can also appear to be on the overall tattoo.
- Itchiness: The tattoo site becomes itchy.
Using Aloe Vera
The scarring can be caused by anything, ranging from improper aftercare to sensitive skin. With most, scarring does not occur, but if the tattoo artists goes too deep with the needle or works the skin too hard, scarring can result.
Assuming everything went well with the tattoo and you are healthy, you should not suffer any scarring. But, if you do, aloe vera can minimize the look of a scar from a tattoo. Using aloe directly from a plant gives you the best results.
How to Use Aloe Vera
- You need to first identify the scar. Scarring under a tattoo can appear as raised skin or prolonged healing. But, for the most part, scarring under a tattoo can be tricky to identify because the ink will distort the skin.
- Purchase an aloe plant. These are typically found at gardening stores and departments. You shouldn't need a large plant, but make sure that there are several thick leaves, as you will have to alternate between the leaves, allowing the plant time to regenerate and heal itself.
- Tear off a small piece of a plant. Then, squeeze the aloe onto the tattoo and rub it into the scar. Allow the aloe to dry completely. Repeat this process a few times a day until your skin is flatter and the scarring has been minimized.
- Be patient. Healing takes several weeks. But, if you are not satisfied with the amount of scarring minimized during the process, you may consider a doctor or laser resurfacing.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.