Scarication question, healing process... | General Discussion | Forum
February 12, 2015
Hi, i'm new here, I don't have any tattoos but I want to get one soon of a damselfly. I do have two Scarification tattoos, one on my hand of The Goddess/Protection symbol (Wicca), and one on my leg near my foot. It is a symbol of water. My problem is that it is (the symbol of water) healing faintly, you can see it and it looks nice, but some parts are lighter than other parts. I mean, when I cut it, I cut it nicely and it looks nice but two small areas at the corners on the symbol are too faint. It's a small tattoo. It's already scabbing, and I was wondering if I should wait till it is healed ( no scab) before I fix the lighter areas that have healed with no scab? Will I damage it IF I do that? I know, go to a professional, but it's not possible for me, and I was careful, am careful with keeping everything sanitized and safe, and will be safe about it. That's why i'm asking here. Thanks for reading!
Hi becka, welcome to the forum :).
I assume that you are talking about scarification, rather than a tattoo or ink rubbing? Your terminology is a little confusing. A tattoo is ink inserted under the skin with needles.
My advice is to go to a professional, but not just because of sterility or safety. Obviously those things are vitally important, but they can be acheived for DIY if you are educated. Most people that try get it wrong, even if they think they are doing it right, but you can.
The reason i say so is that which areas of the skin and how to cut in response to that for desired effect takes a lot of practice and knowledge. You can gain that by practicing alone i'm sure, but you'll need to be prepared for making a number of mistakes and getting poorer results. A professional will have been through that process, had training and/or been guided on how to do that.
I also wonder about your expectations for scarification. The body heals to a degree as it will, and that can be unpredictable. Aftercare, anatomy and chance all play a role. Totally even healing is unusual, and dependent on area and artist. Hands tend to heal 'too well', and don't scar very well. Near the foot suggests ankle area, again a poor choice due to thickness of the skin and movement in the area.
After all that, to your main question. I would not recommend reworking any area until it has fully healed. In fact to rework a scarred area would be quite an advanced thing to attempt, and something only someone with a high level of experience should attempt, or risk making a mess.
My only other advice is let it heal and see how it turns out. How has it ended up and why? What have you learned about your body? What have you learned about yourself?
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