just a question about my tat

Chelsea - posted on 01/03/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




I got my first tattoo in august on my upper back near my neck and shoulder blades and its healed but when ever i have an itch or my husband gives me a back rub the lines of my tattoo become raised like they were when it was new, it doesnt get red, it doesnt hurt, its just feels weird. i think i find it more weird that its only raised sometimes, im worried that i might be having an allergy to the ink or something, it has been happening since it healed but now im pregnant and just want to make sure its ok


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It sounds like fine soft scar tissue to me. I have a cover-up of a cover-up of a cover-up on my thigh. The first tattoo on the bottom of that mess was done with guitar strings. (sorry...tattoo artists start somewhere, yanno?)

The lines that were drawn with the guitar string are actually scars, with some ink in them. When I get hot and sweaty I can feel those guitar string outlines too.

I would still mention it to the doctor next time you see him, but I do feel that too, in my scar tissue.


I just called a local artist who has 30 years exp. He says it's PROBABLY scar tissue...or it could be the plastic polymers that are in ink. If the plastic polymers get warmed, (like friction or sun) they can swell slightly.

Then he reminded me to STOP SCRATCHING the tattoo! Even after it has healed, raking skin off with your fingernails can damage the healed tattoo. He says slap it instead. If it itches, slap it, don't scratch it.


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Jamie - posted on 08/31/2011




Mine does the same thing and I have had it for almost 10 years. Only the one on my lower back though. It only becomes raised when I get hot though. Nothing enough to bother or concern me.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/15/2011




oh wow never heard that before but um ive gotten two tats and never had a problem with it but i would let ur doc know and maybe the doc will tell you if its alright

Chelsea - posted on 01/04/2011




i havent talked to my artist because she lives 45 minutes away, i know i could call but i havent, Im not sure what kind of ink was used

Amanda - posted on 01/03/2011




That is an interesting dilemma. Being that my "newest" tat is 11 years old, with one touch up 3 years ago, it is hard for me to recall anything like that. Have you gone back to the artist and talked to him/her about it? You might just want to find out what type of ink was used, so you can share that information with your doctor. My best to you! I'd love to know what you find out.

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