One of the inevitable truths of life that we all have to accept is that we are on a continual path of aging. Getting a tattoo, no matter how young you are when you get it, is a lot like painting a picture on a deteriorating surface. Your skin changes as it ages, meaning your tattoo may change shape or color over time. In this post we will discuss various aspects of tattoos and aging skin.
Caring for your tattoo
Preventing the sun from damaging your tattoo is one of the best ways to keep your tattoo looking vibrant. If you are unable to completely cover your tattoo with clothing or a bandage, wear sunscreen year round. Sunscreen should be a broad spectrum SPF of at least 50 and should be reapplied every two hours. Tattoos that receive a lot of sun exposure may fade or bleed out into the skin. Tattoos can sometimes become unrecognizable when the design blends into the skin.
When choosing a tattoo, pay close attention to the location. Aging skin loses elasticity over time and this can affect the tattoo. Try not to choose an area that is prone to stretching or stretch marks, like the stomach.
You are never too old
You are never too old to get a new tattoo. Some people do not start getting tattoos until later in life and fall in love with body art. Others wonder why they waited so long. With over 45 million Americans reporting at least one tattoo, society’s acceptance of tattoos continues to grow.
Removal is always an option
Just as you are never too old to get a tattoo, you are never too old to get a tattoo removed. Removal works the same on aging skin as it does for younger skin. If you don’t like the way your tattoo has aged and are thinking about laser tattoo removal, Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic may be the answer for you. During your free consultation, Dr. Brotzman will discuss any concerns you may have.