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More Embarrassing Questions Answered - Weight fluctuation and stretch marks

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Will weight gain or loss affect my tattoo?
Any tattoo can be affected by changes in size of the body, but the good news is that it's usually not that noticeable. Tattoos can be very forgiving, and if the weight gain or loss occurs slowly enough, this gives your tattoo time to "adjust". Imagine a balloon with a logo on it - I'm sure you've seen them. The logo appears essentially the same when the balloon is full as it is when it's deflated, with maybe a slight difference in depth of color. Your skin will usually not undergo as much size change as a balloon, so the changes in your tattoo should be even less visible. Your skin is very elastic and stretches and contracts without much incidence, in most cases. Stomach tattoos and pregnancy are possibly one of the exceptions, which will be discussed next.

How Will Pregnancy Affect a Stomach Tattoo?
This is one area that can be a little less forgiving than the rest of your body. Pregnancy is quick weight gain and a lot of stretching over a short period of time. Your tattoo may not be able to adjust as well to these changes, and there could be some damage. Also keep in mind that in the event a C-section should become necessary when giving birth, your tattoo could undergo even more abuse. If you think you may have children in the future, it might be wise to wait on that tummy tattoo. The other thing that can cause problems in this area is stretch marks, which is the next topic.

Can Stretch Marks Damage My Tattoo?
Unfortunately, yes they can. Which is why it's important to think about where you are placing your tattoos if you might get pregnant or have weight fluctuation difficulty. Areas that are most prone to stretch marks are the lower back, under arms and breasts, stomach, and abdomen.

Can a Tattoo Damaged by Stretch Marks be Fixed?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. If you have a damaged tattoo, you'll have to let your artist take a look at it and determine whether or not it can be salvaged, fixed or covered up.

Can Stretch Marks be Tattooed Over?
How deep and what color are the stretch marks? Light stretch marks that are almost the same shade as your skin will be easy to cover with a tattoo. Pinkish stretch marks that are not deep aren't too bad to deal with. Deep or darkly colored red or purple stretch marks, however, present more of a challenge. The best thing for you to do is to go see your tattoo artist and let him/her look at your stretch marks and make an evaluation. Even if your stretch marks are dark or deep, the artist may have some ideas as to how to work around them or even incorporate them into a cool design.

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