Can Tattoos Cover a Scar?

If you’re looking to cover up an unwanted scar, tattoos might seem like the perfect solution. However, before you rush out and get inked, there are some important things to consider about how tattoos work and whether they can successfully hide your scar. Find out if you’re a good candidate for tattooing over your scar and learn what to look for in a tattoo artist by reading this article on Can Tattoos Cover a Scar?

Getting inked

If you’re looking to hide a scar, there are two methods for tattooing over it. The first is called an all over approach: The entire scar will be covered in ink. If you want more control and flexibility, you can do an area by area approach. This involves making strategic choices on which parts of your scar will be covered in ink and leaving others untouched. Because each method involves permanent body art, they should be taken seriously and thoughtfully considered before proceeding. A consultation with an experienced tattoo artist will give you all the information you need to make your decision, so schedule one today! A happy ending doesn’t have to mean full coverage of a scar.

Getting the tattoo

Most tattoo artists take careful consideration when deciding where and how to place a tattoo on your body. However, they also need to do their best to ensure that you’re happy with how it looks after they’ve finished. If you’re not completely satisfied with your ink or are unhappy about its placement, you can always ask your artist if they will fix it for free. Even though you may have signed an agreement at the start of your session, most artists don’t want to leave their clients unhappy. After all, negative reviews hurt their reputations just as much as positive ones help them.

The healing process

You’ll feel some itching and discomfort during your tattoo healing period, but that’s not anything to worry about. However, if you notice discoloration or swelling around your new tattoo—or if you get sick with a fever or an infection—then it could be an indication of an allergic reaction. If that happens, seek medical attention immediately. Other symptoms may be due to a bacterial infection in which case antibiotics will do their work and heal your tattoo fully.

Aftercare, infection and scarring

Depending on your skin type, tattoos can cause any number of reactions and infections during healing, so taking proper care of your tattoo is important. If you’re concerned about scars, avoid getting your tattoo on or near an area with significant scarring or stretch marks. As we mentioned above, make sure to talk to your artist about aftercare instructions. They’ll likely recommend keeping out of chlorinated water (swimming pools) and exposing it to plenty of fresh air for at least two days after getting a new tattoo—and that means no sticking bandages back over it!

What If Your Scars Are Too Big?

The good news is that more tattoo artists are gaining experience with scar cover-up. But larger scars may still be hard to conceal because they’re so large, and ink alone may not be enough. Ask your artist if they’ve worked on any scars of that size before. If they haven’t, it’s best to find someone who has. It’s also important to bring in a photo of your scar when you go in for your consultation—that way, both you and your artist will have an idea of what can be done.

Alternatives to Covering Scars with a Tattoo

If you’re worried about your scar being an ugly blemish on your skin, know that it’s not impossible to hide. There are plenty of tattoo artists out there who specialize in different types of art, so consider looking for someone who can draw realistic scar-covering tattoos. These tattoos require some skill to be done well, but they’re gorgeous! Another idea is to cover them with hair; if you have facial hair or long hair (and aren’t afraid of putting in some work), growing it out over your scar will help conceal it and make it less noticeable. You could also get creative with makeup and use concealer on your scar before applying other products such as foundation; think pale skin and peachy blush for maximum effect.