Effect of ageing, weight loss/gain, muscle change on tattoos
Are you looking forward to getting a new tattoo but are afraid of the long-term consequences? Well, we do not mean to scare you, but you need to absorb the harsh truth - Your tattoo will change over time.
Irrespective of what measures you make after getting the tattoo, it will not stay the same forever. The right aftercare procedures can reduce the aftereffects to a certain level and slow down the changes, but the change in your tattoo is inevitable. The two most common causes of a change in your tattoo are aging and weight loss/gain. Let's have a deeper understanding of each of them right away.
How does your tattoo change after weight loss?
When you lose weight, you may witness a change in your tattoo. For example, if you got a tattoo on your thigh and lost a considerable amount of fat there, it will no longer look the same. As the skin shrinks with fat loss, the design and color will also change.
The tattoo placement may also change. If you got a tattoo on the side of your thigh after weight loss, it might shift to the back or front of your thigh.
Furthermore, you may also encounter your tattoo losing out on the intricate detailing on the designs. The detail was more visible when the skin was pulled taut.
How does your tattoo change after weight gain?
Both weight gain and loss have similar aftereffects on tattoos. If you gain weight, your skin gets pulled, which basically causes the stretch marks to appear. This sudden skin pull can also affect the tattoos, making them look distorted. This is most evident in the bellies of mothers, especially the ones who went through pregnancies.
This also applies to gaining muscle. If you lift heavy and are looking to build muscles, your skin will change, resulting in distortion of your existing tattoo.
How to minimize the effects of tattoo change after weight change?
The best way to minimize the tattoo distortion post-weight change is to moisturize regularly. Although it is one of the most standard ways to prevent your tattoo from fading, it can effectively help to reduce the impacts of tattoo change post weight gain/loss. Hydrating the body both internally and externally can help keep the skin shape intact post the weight change and eventually minimize the tattoo distortion.
How does your tattoo change with aging?
There are several ways your tattoo will change after aging. What your tattoo looks like now may not look the same after a few years, and it is absolutely normal. As you age, your skin quality will likely deteriorate, which starts the change in your tattoo's appearance.
As you age, you will lose the elasticity in your skin, making your tattoo blurry, or lose the intricate details. Your skin may even look wrinkled in certain areas, making the tattoo look different.
With sun exposure contributing to faster aging, it also fades the tattoo quickly. With more exposure to UV rays during your lifetime, your tattoo will be gradually affected.
Lastly, your tattoos will lose their original shape and size over time. The shape change in tattoos is the least visible on smaller and minimalistic tattoos.
What to do if your tattoo changes with aging or weight loss/gain?
As we said, tattoo change due to weight gain/loss and aging is inevitable. So, what should you do now? Here are a few possible options you can consider:
- Tattoo Touch Ups: If your tattoo faded due to any reason, you could simply ask your tattoo artist to touch up the tattoo. This will help fix the same tattoo by adding some color or definition back to the tattoo to make it fresh again.
- Tattoo Coverups: A common way to fix a tattoo is getting tattoo coverups. You can either restructure the same design or camouflage some of the changes with a few details here and there. This will help you get an entirely new tattoo from the original one.
- Tattoo Removal: If you are unhappy with how your tattoo looks and are not willing to settle for the above-mentioned points, you can go for a tattoo removal process. Ensure that the clinic or studio you choose for the laser tattoo removal is certified and proficient in carrying out the process.
If you are planning to get your tattoo on a fleshy area and are likely to lose or gain weight anytime soon (not that you can always predict a weight loss or gain), you can postpone your tattoo appointment after the interval or choose a different tattoo placement. A consultation with the tattoo artist beforehand can help you accommodate the changes in your tattoo to minimize the distortion in the long run.
Needless to say, with a regular and strict aftercare routine and best practices, you can slow down the process of tattoo change in your body.
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