It might be that you have tried everything possible and still have not succeeded in reducing stretch marks to bearable level. You can choose the option of covering up stretch marks. And I don’t mean covering up using makeup because that is temporary and can be time consuming. I mean a permanent cover up like placing tattoos over stretch marks.
Using tattoos to cover stretch marks might sound like a little far-fetched idea, however it is absolutely feasible. If you don’t mind getting inked, this option will not harm you in any way. If you are doubtful of tattooing assuming it would have rebellious undertone, don’t be. There are plenty of subtle, creative and artistic designs that can take care of stretch marks on any body part – be it abdomen, arms, buttocks or legs.
Factors to Consider
Color of stretch marks – Success of placing a tattoo over stretch marks depends on the depth and darkness of stretch marks. If they are just light streaks, they are superficial and thus using tattoo to cover them up would work. However if they are deep in color, concealing them would be a challenge.
Tattoo placement – most important factor is the placement of tattoo. You want to tattoo over stretch marks but you also want that the design looks intact and goes effortlessly with your body.
Avoid tattoo placement where you might get more stretch marks in future. If later, stretch marks occur over tattooed skin; your tattoo design would be compromised.
Existing tattoos – If you already have a tattoo and stretch marks occur over it, tattoo design is likely to alter. There can be misalignment or distortion of tattoo. In such a case, you would have to consult your tattoo artist again for a touch up or some addition to make the tattoo seem right.
Challenges to Look Out For
As the skin rapidly stretches to keep up with changes in our body, it tears a little, giving rise to streaks better known as stretch marks. To put it in other words, stretch marks are nothing but torn skin. Thus, placing tattoos over stretch marks or this torn skin is different from placing tattoos over regular skin. Challenges that you might encounter with this are:
Blurring – Tattoo ink is likely to bleed in the stretch mark stripe area leading to slight blurring of tattoo
Distortion – Image inked over stretch marks might get a little distorted
Pain – Nerve endings in stretch marks are more sensitive and thus a tattoo over them is going to pain more than a tattoo over normal skin
You should choose only a professional artist for inking tattoos over stretch marks. If you can, find the one who has some experience in dealing with stretch marks. A skilled and experienced tattoo artist can also insure that above factors and complications are taken care of.