Tattoo Over Stretch Marks: Is It Okay?

Posted by Suzanne Grier on October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized |

After giving birth to my boys, I noticed having stretch marks on my tummy. Perhaps, many other moms like me have developed the same marks after giving birth. According to one online source, around 80 percent of women around the world have stretch marks which may be present in various parts of their body including the abdomen, arms, thighs and breasts.

Stretch marks are caused by a number of factors including childbirth, weight changes, certain medications and certain health conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome. The appearance of stretch marks may change or fade over time, but it may not completely disappear. To hide its appearance, some resort to using creams and other non-surgical procedures that normally result to only a slight improvement on their appearance. That is why some people seek for a more permanent solution such as having a tattoo over stretch marks. If ever you are considering this solution, this article will be useful to you.

Tattoo Over Stretch Marks

It is important to note that skin surfaces with stretch marks may no longer react to tattoos the same way as other normal skin surfaces do. The result may be unpredictable and may vary from one skin type to another.

Stretch marks may vary in size and color. Lighter colored marks that do not vary much from the skin texture in other parts of the body are more responsive to tattoos than stretch marks that have deeper colors and cover a larger skin surface. Also, larger stretch marks may cause inconsistency in the appearance of the tattoo. A seasoned tattoo artist should be able to help you assess your condition and present you with possible options.

Is It Okay to Cover Stretch Marks with a Tattoo?

There is no definite yes or no answer to this question because it all depends on the type of stretch marks you have. Some of the important considerations to help you answer the question are:

  1. How deep and dark are your stretch marks?

If your stretch marks are just superficial or are light lines and are almost the same color as your skin, it is more likely that they can be successfully covered by a tattoo. Deeper and darker colored stretch marks may not be able to hold ink, so tattooing may not be the best option for you.


  1. How large is the surface that your stretchmark covers?

Stretch marks that cover a larger skin surface can be challenging to deal with. Even if the stretch marks are only light, you may not be able to cover the entire area with a single tattoo.


  1. Are you willing to take the risk?

There is no guarantee that a tattoo may be able to cover your stretch marks and give them a better appearance. There is a risk that your tattoo may change in appearance because your skin is unable to hold the ink. There is also the risk that the tattoo may make your stretch marks look more obvious and less appealing. If you are willing to take these risks, then getting a tattoo could be an option for you.

Precautionary Measures Before Getting a Tattoo

If you fully decide to have your stretch marks covered with a tattoo, here are some precautionary measures to observe:

  1. Do not get a tattoo for stretch marks that are less than one year old.
  2. Find a seasoned artist to do the job.
  3. Be aware of the potential risks.
  4. Carefully choose your design.

If you are curious on how to remove stretch marks, tattooing is just one option. You could talk with your dermatologist for other treatment options available for you.

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