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« on: July 18, 2004 02:33:06 PM »

okay. heres whats going down. i have scars on my hips and lower stomach -reasons i care not to explain  Sad- ...and one of them is right where i planned on getting a tattoo. they arent raised tattoos, but the skin is darker than the rest (i'm very pale) ...and i suppose i could tattoo over it. but if my mother -whom is taking me to get it done- sees the scars ill be in quite a bit of trouble.
but anyways. any ideas on how to go about lightening them? much appreciation. chao..

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2004 02:58:31 PM »

vitamin E oil is supposed to help - you can buy the gel caps and just poke a hole in them and squeeze some out.  rub it in several times a day

there's a product called mederma and also neosporin makes some kind of scar lightening thing. 

I don't think any of these work very fast though.  We're talking months for a noticeable difference, and it may never go totally away.
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2004 07:16:18 PM »

I use vitamin E oil on my scars.  I had a pretty bad one on my arm and it is almost completely gone.  I'm probably the only one who even knows it's there.  It has taken a long time to go away, though.  You can get the gel caps like melidomi suggested or it comes in bottles.  I've gotten a very thick kind and a very liquidy kind.  For staying power I would recommend the thick one.  Good luck!
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2004 07:28:00 PM »

Massage can help too.  If you can't go to a physical therapist for friction massage, you can try working on the scars yourself - press down with your fingers and rub back and forth in the direction of the muscle fibers (get your hands on an anatomy book to see).  The scars won't disappear, but the appearance can be reduced and the skin will have more flexibility (the scarring process pulls the skin tighter around the area, which can make it look kinda puckered).  Like the vitamin E, this will take a lot of persistence and a long time. 

The only guaranteed method I know of making scars disappear is plastic surgery.  You may have to suck it up and explain the scars to your mother if you want tattoos there - BUT getting tattoos there might not be an option either; a really good tattoo artist can look at the scars and tell you if the tattooing will look good or not.  Scar tissue isn't like the rest of your skin and can behave differently, which means that a tattoo could make them even more obvious. 
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2004 02:30:28 PM »

In my experience while some things can help with scar visibility, no matter what you do lightening of scars takes time.  And the best time to work on perventing/lightening scars is when the cut that caused them is healing.  Anything that is good for your skin should help the scar lighten, vitamins, drinking lots of water, etc.

Other than that I have a few suggestions for you.  None of which are how to lighten the scars, but on how to handle the situation.

1) You are going to have to check with the tattoo artist, and make sure that it will be fine to tattoo over it.  From your discription it sounds like it will be, but you still need to have it checked out, because even if its flat there could be tattoo-ing complications.

2) Remember your mother doesn't have to take you to get the tattoo, unless of course you are underaged.  If she does insist on taking you, or you need her there, she does NOT have to come into the actual room where the tattoo will be done.

And just for saftey sake, because I can't help it.  Please do be safe, and pick where you go carefuly.  Go ahead and ask the annoying questions about the shops sanitation procedures, and the artists qualifications.  If something doesn't seem right, go ahead and walk out.  There is nothing wrong with doing so.
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2004 09:14:53 PM »

thanks you guys... im gona try the vitamin e. i could kick myself for not remembering that...

and to silence painter:

im going to talk to the guy soon... before i get the tattoo done..
i'm only 14, so yes she -unfortunately- has to come...blech. i hate my age...
and the guy im going to is a family friend.. hes tattooed my dad, mom, uncle.. and a bunch of my moms friends. its a nice, clean place... very professional.

you seem to know your stuff... do you have any ink?  Grin

« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2004 09:20:56 PM »

when are you planning on having this done? no scar treatment is going to act quickly, so you may be in for months of prep to reduce your scar's appearance. Maybe think of relocating your tattoo, or wait until you are a bit older to get it, so mom doesn't have to come with?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2004 08:46:13 AM »

you seem to know your stuff... do you have any ink?  Grin

Nope no ink.  Mostly because of lack of cash flow, and lack of decisiveness.  I have a friend that just loves tattoos and piercings though, and I developed the habbit of making friends with local artists in the area and hanging around them.  They can be quite amusing.
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2004 10:01:40 PM »

I have a scar, right smack dab in the middle of my fourhead!!!! ( and its a straight line.) I used vitamin E (gel tabs too) and it seemed to lessen it some, but it didn't make it disappear! Its been a couple years and you can only see it when I scrunch up my nose.

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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2004 11:34:05 AM »

scar tissue tattoos hurt more than regular tattoos. I got a tattoo on my back and part of it was over a scar and I was warned that, that part was going to hurt more and man did it. when he got to that part...i fainted..... but on lightening scars i used mederma.
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