Can you tattoo over scars

Can you tattoo over scars?

There are many people who deal silently with scars. While certain scars may conjure up pleasant memories, most often they serve as a reminder of unpleasant events. And a lot of people wish to do away with these reminders. A scar, however, is very challenging to remove.

When trying to come up with a solution to get rid of scars you want to hide, the notion of tattoos over scars comes to mind. But can scars be covered by tattoos?

This article examines whether someone can tattoo over scars to conceal them.

But first, let’s talk about what a tattoo is

What are tattoos? (Body ink)

An artist injects ink, pigment, or dye into a person’s skin to create tattoos, which are a common kind of body art (tattoo artist). The ink is then used to sketch or create designs on your body or various body parts.

What is the average healing time for a tattoo?

The visible portion of the skin’s outer layer, which has a tattoo, usually heals in 2 to 3 weeks. The skin behind a tattoo might take up to 6 months to properly heal, even though it may appear and feel healed, and you may feel tempted to neglect or postpone post-tattoo care.

It should be noted that the skin around larger tattoos takes longer to heal, and certain behaviors such as picking at the scabs, failing to moisturize, failing to use SPF (sunscreen), or applying a lotion containing alcohol may hinder the process.

What are the stages of a tattoo’s healing?

There are four distinct stages in which a tattoo heals, and each stage requires a different approach to aftercare.

Week 1

Your body starts the healing process as soon as the tattoo artist is finished with the image or design. Your tattoo is actually an open wound on your skin, despite the way it may appear. The injury is immediately repaired by your body. The first day to the sixth day of this stage.

For the first few hours, your new tattoo will be bandaged; after that, it will be regarded as an open wound. You may experience redness, seeping, mild inflammation or swelling, a burning feeling, or other signs of your body reacting to the injury.

Week 2

You might suffer itching, flaking, and peeling at this time. There is no cause for concern if you have flaky skin. It is your body’s natural reaction. Even though it appears that some of the ink is going off, it will not.

During this period or week, the swelling around your tattoo will lessen a little. Over the tattoo, a fresh top layer of skin will also develop. Accordingly, the old skin will develop scabs and fall off. The itching feeling on and around the wound is brought on by the dryness.

It is recommended to attempt to avoid the impulse to scratch or peel off the flakes at this point. Your tattoo artist will suggest a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, which can lessen itching.

Weeks 3 and 4

Your tattoo may start to dry out at this point, and any irritation may start to lessen or go away totally. If it doesn’t go away, though, and the redness continues, it can be the first indication of an infected tattoo. The tattoo might not look as good as you had hoped. This is due to the development of a layer of dry skin on top of it.

The vibrant tattoo will gradually become visible because of natural shedding. During this time, be careful not to pick or scrape because doing so could leave scars.

Weeks 5, 6, and subsequent months

At this point, your tattoo should no longer itch or be red, and it may even appear entirely healed. This is due to the fact that all of the scabs and dry skin have peeled off to reveal fresh, silky skin with an eye-catching tattoo. However, it is advised to keep up with post-tattoo maintenance.

Can you tattoo over scars?

After an injury or wound has healed, a scar is a mark that remains on the skin. The body uses it as a natural means of repairing and replacing lost or damaged skin.

Although most scars can be tattooed over, it is more difficult to do so than to tattoo over skin without scars. Therefore, it’s crucial to work with a skilled tattoo artist who is at ease either covering your scar or incorporating it into the tattoo design.

Because scar tissue is dense, tattoo ink adheres to the skin differently than it would on normal skin. As a result, lines could be fuzzier, and you might need to redraw colors and shading to get the desired results.

Rarely, the tattooed area’s inflamed scar tissue may grow into a keloid (A scar that extends past the line of the initial injury and transforms into a growth)

Additionally, if the scar is so bad that it has damaged the nerves, it may be particularly sensitive to the discomfort that a tattoo causes.

Also, knowing how a scar will absorb ink will help you create a tattoo that complements rather than contrasts your scars.

If done incorrectly, a tattoo over scars might have the opposite effect and make the scars even more obvious. You must take your time and carefully prepare for the tattoo.

Finding a tattoo artist with extensive experience tattooing over scars is crucial.

Is the pain worse?

Because every person’s physiology is unique, so too is their capacity for suffering. Because of this, some people find having a tattoo to be quite uncomfortable while others don’t.

But usually speaking, tattooing scar tissue hurts more than tattooing healthy skin. And occasionally, it could be excruciatingly painful.

According to experts, scar pain is widespread, particularly in persons whose scars have compressed or damaged their nerves, such as amputation scars.

When is a scar safe to get inked over?

When is it too soon to have scars tattooed over? Before getting a tattoo over a scar, you should wait until it has fully healed, and the scars should be white rather than red. Although it might take up to 18 months for a scar to entirely heal, it is advised that you see a dermatologist to ensure that it is healed completely before getting a tattoo.

Why do people cover scars with tattoos?

For a variety of reasons, a person could decide to cover a scar or stretch mark with a tattoo.

Scars are typically covered by people because they are unhappy with how they appear. Most people have scars, but some are less at ease with their appearance than others. Some people simply feel more at ease covering their scars with tattoos.

Others have scars after surviving an accident or a serious medical condition needing surgery, such as breast cancer. In these situations, covering scars with a tattoo might feel like taking back control of one’s body and identity.


Many people decide to get tattoos to hide their wounds. By doing this, you may be able to commemorate your recovery from a sickness or injury or cover up a scar that bothers you.

There are a few things to think about before getting a tattoo to cover a scar. You should consider the kind of scar you have, the tattoo style that would best conceal it, and the tattoo artist you should use. You’re more likely to achieve the best outcomes if you’ve given those items some attention.


Michael Sarfo
Content Creator at Wapomu

Michael Sarfo is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a content creator for and a writer for Wapomu

Dr. Ehoneah Obed is a registered pharmacist and a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana. He has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and has experience working in a Tertiary hospital as well as various community pharmacies. He is also a software engineer interested in healthcare technologies.

His love for helping others motivates him to create content on an array of topics mostly relating to the health of people and also software engineering content.

He is knowledgeable in digital marketing, content marketing, and a host of other skills that make him versatile enough to uplift any team he joins.

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