Tattoos are becoming less of a taboo in our society; It is estimated that 20% of Americans have at least one. Tattoos can be beautiful and meaningful on their own, but when used to cover up an area of skin that makes you self-conscious, they serve a higher purpose. Read on to find out how to cover up burns and scars, if yours are eligible, and also how tattoos can enhance plastic surgery.
Covering up scars
A tattoo won't change the texture of a scar, but it will make the scar blend in to the rest of the design. You can cover up a scar from a c-section, stretch marks, cardiac surgery, self-harm, a mastectomy, a car accident, or pins from a bone break.
Covering up burns
There are two different methods for covering up burned tissue and areas where the skin has been grafted:
This technique uses tattoo ink that matches the tone of the skin surrounding the burn. Skin colored tattoo ink can help cover up red areas disappear. This helps the damaged area blend into the rest of the skin. This kind of work is sometimes referred to as paramedical tatooing or permanent make-up.
Burned and scarred skin doesn't take ink the way that undamaged skin does. There are more peaks, valleys, and pits that can affect line work and shading. An image that works with your burn should be designed based on the shape of your scarring, your personal taste, and may also have special significance to you.
Enhancing plastic surgery
Tattoo artists often work with breast cancer survivors after a mastectomy. Survivors who choose to have their breast rebuilt, often have nipples and areolas tattooed onto their new their new breasts so that they look similar to their old pair.
Some survivors forgo having their breasts rebuilt but choose to have a tattoo placed over their surgery scars. Still others decide to get implants after a radical mastectomy but choose to have a lovely design tattooed over the area, rather than nipples.
Scars and burns that will not take a tattoo are keloids, or nerve damage that has made the area extra sensitive. Third degree burns may leave the skin less sensitive in some cases due to the nerves being destroyed.
Your skin must also be completely healed from the damage, with no open wounds. Scars and burns with a lot of texture may take more sessions to complete.
To learn more, contact a company like Jimi's Tattoo & Body Piercing.