Stretch marks can appear on your stomach due to several causes, according to CNN Health. Weight gain, diseases (such as Cushing's) and pregnancy can all contribute to stretch marks on your torso. If you have stretch marks on your stomach and are not happy with your appearance, getting a tattoo may be the answer to cover up the stretch marks and boost your confidence in your self image.
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A tattoo applied by a professional tattoo artist on top of and surrounding your stretch marks can completely cover or camouflage the look of the indented marks in your skin. A tattoo artist will ask you to visit the tattoo shop for a consultation before booking an appointment for you. The tattoo artist must first see your stretch marks to conclude if you are a candidate for a cover-up and discuss your design options.
The type of tattoo design that can be used to cover-up stretch marks on your stomach depends on the length, depth, color and number of stretch marks that are present on your stomach. Another factor in the design is where on your stomach the stretch marks reside. For example, if your stretch marks are on the left side of your stomach and travel up your side, your tattoo artist will draw a design that flows vertically across your stomach and perhaps wrapping around your hip and ribs to conceal the stretch marks. Give your tattoo artist a general design idea, such as floral, tribal or abstract, so they can base the cover-up design on this reference.
Choosing a tattoo artist that specializes in covering up stretch marks will ensure that you are satisfied with the end result. A professional tattoo artist that is experienced in performing scar and stretch mark cover-up tattoos will offer you a portfolio of work to look through. Shopping around at tattoo shops, with your main concern as the price of the work rather than the quality, could result in a poorly executed tattoo that draws more attention to the stretch marks. If you plan to have a child, or additional children, waiting until after you have conceived the number of children you desire before receiving the tattoo is the best option. The cover-up tattoo could be damaged by the addition of more stretch marks on your stomach.
Tattoo artists that are not skilled or experienced in covering up stretch marks with tattoos may tell you that you cannot conceal the marks on your stomach with tattoo work. Professional tattoo artist Guy Aitchison of Hyperspace Studios states that cover-up tattooing for scars and stretch marks is possible for every client, as long as the tattoo artist is skilled at the process. Not every tattoo design can cover stretch marks, but a skilled tattoo artist will create a custom design with texture to conceal your stretch marks. The look of your stretch marks have a chance of being enhanced if the tattoo artist attempts to apply a cover-up with a method that works on smooth skin, causing the ink to bleed and the color in the tattoo to heal with uneven patches.
Your tattoo will not be a process that can be completed during your lunch hour and may not be completed in the first session, requiring you to schedule several appointments with your tattoo artist. If your cover-up tattoo will take several sessions, you will also have a two-week healing period in between each session. After your consultation, the artist will need time to draw your custom cover-up design. Some artists can draw the piece in less than a day, while some may take a week or month. If your tattoo artist has a waiting list for appointments, you may have to wait to receive your tattoo for several weeks or months.