Inside: What is a Keloid Scar And what Tattoo Will Work To Cover It.
What is a Keloid Scar?
Keloids are a type of raised scar. They occur where the skin has healed after an injury. They can grow to be much larger than the original injury that caused the scar. Not at all common but are more likely for people who have dark skin. The good news is you can totally cover it with a tattoo!
Can a Tattoo Cause a Keloid Scar?
You can also get a keloid from a tattoo. To seal the ink into your skin, the artist pierces your skin again and again with a needle. This process creates many tiny injuries where keloids can form. Keloids stand out, because they’re typically reddish-brown and end up longer and wider than the original area of injury.
Can you get a tattoo if you have keloid-prone skin?
You can get a tattoo but it may result in complications.
Keloids can form anywhere, but they’re most likely to grow on your:
- upper chest
If possible, avoid getting a tattoo in these areas if you’re prone to keloids.
You should also talk to your artist about testing on a small area of skin.
Your artist may be able to use an ink that’s less likely to show on your skin — like white ink on pale skin tones — to tattoo a dot or a small line. If you don’t develop any scar tissue during the healing process, you may be able to get a tattoo here or elsewhere.
Your dermatologist may recommend one or more of the following removal methods:
- Corticosteroid shots. Steroid injections once every three to four weeks for a series of treatments can help shrink and soften the scar. These injections work 50 to 80 percent of the time.
- Cryotherapy. This method uses intense cold from liquid nitrogen to freeze off the keloid tissue to reduce its size. It works best on small scars.
- Laser therapy. Treatment with a laser lightens and minimizes the look of keloids. It tends to work best when combined with corticosteroid injections or pressure garments.
- Surgery. This method cuts out the keloid. It’s often combined with corticosteroid injections or other treatments.
- Radiation. High energy X-rays can shrink keloids. This treatment is often used right after keloid surgery, while the wound is still healing.
Learn More About Tattoos
- Tattoo Peeling Tips – Tattoo peeling is one of the least fun parts about getting a new tattoo. Don’t worry though, it is a natural part of the healing process and will not have a negative effect on your tattoo long term. While uncomfortable and at times a bit alarming, peeling is no big deal. Read our expert advice on what to do with tattoo peel.
- All About Autoclave – Using an autoclave allows items to be steamed under pressure to properly kill bacteria and germs. It’s vital that the tools and things are heated to the proper temperature to achieve sterilization. We will teach you all about autoclaves and how you can benefit from using one. While they are normally used in healthcare, they can be used to clean and sanitize tattoo equipment.
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