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so i have cuts on the lower part of my arm near the inside of the elbow . .. i stopped a few months ago, with only a couple relapses, and now i have this patch of scars that i dont know what to do with during the summer and stuff... i cannot wear long sleeves forever .  i would like to tattoo over them but dont know if this works and think i would have to wait till they are older first.. and they are also quite raised up. how do you hide yours?

-amanda

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Well, for me it's easy--all my scars are on my chest, so I merely keep my shirt on.

Aside from long sleeves, I really don't know--the best way might be to figure out some excuse, like "oh yeah, I accidentally got it stuck in a meat grinder once".  Or not...  Maybe say a dog bit you back when.

As for the raised scars, or all of them really, there's a thread around here discussing ways of healing scars.  Let's see...

http://www.crazyboards.org/index.php?showtopic=7829

and

http://www.crazyboards.org/index.php?showtopic=407

Also, a thread about not hiding your scars; couldn't hurt to peruse:

http://www.crazyboards.org/index.php?showtopic=5839

I hope those help.  And I'm sure more folks will show up with some good ideas.

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Maybe some of that concelier makeup like people use to cover tattoos?

http://www.dermablend.com/FullCatalog.aspx

http://www.colortration.com/

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...334543?v=glance

http://www.smartcover.com/scstart2.php

http://www.makeupartistschoice.com/tattoo.htm

I've never used any of these so I don't know how well they work. For the scars on the top of my wrist I have used skin toned or clear baindaids to cover them.

Here is an article about how to cover up dark scars

http://beauty.ivillage.com/makeup/makeupar...0,,n4ss,00.html

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:embarassed:

I never had to coverup the same kind of scarring but if A med like Paxil blows

you up  40 pounds in one month , talk about major stretch marks. I tried a few of the products and dermablend worked the best of all.

Also a client  of mine was burned over 80  percent on her body and lost most of her tips of her fingers. On her badly burned face , she used dermablend and managed to feel normal and fit in despite her horrible difigurement. her skin was even toned and she looked nice.

frosty

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i have super old ones.  like... 25 years old?  but i've been told massaging them with vitamin E helps a lot.  i just haven't been able to stick with it long enough to see a difference.

summer sucks.  why are people so rude?  "what happened to your arm?"  one day i'll just tell the truth to see the look on their faces. 

i also have heard that if they are raised a tattoo doesn't take the same on them ...

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so i have cuts on the lower part of my arm near the inside of the elbow . .. i stopped a few months ago, with only a couple relapses, and now i have this patch of scars that i dont know what to do with during the summer and stuff... i cannot wear long sleeves forever .  i would like to tattoo over them but dont know if this works and think i would have to wait till they are older first.. and they are also quite raised up. how do you hide yours?

-amanda

well, CNS did a great job linking you to prior threads about this issue. 

i don't think scars tatoo well, certainly not fresh ones.

if they are raised, they may be of the type that i discussed in that first thread that CNS linked to.  that is, they may be keloid scars. the description on that page makes them sound like they are going to eat you, but really they're just scars that are raised, stay pink longer than normal, and are kinda dense in texture.  they can grow to be quite thick, but that's usually only with very deep wounds.  (ie.  a relative fell and skinned his shoulder and her got a really thick scar (like 1/2 an inch) or a friend had surgery, that kinda thing.)  or, some people really kelate to the extreme and get a lot of extra growth of scar tissue.  but a dermo told me my scars were keloids and they're not bulbous or anything.  just raised and ropey.  if you think your scars kelate, then you may want to try to get to a dermatologist.  if not, there are lots of scar treatments at the drug store like mederma, etc.

good luck

penny

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If you use tattoos to cover scars (I did, heh) try to get ones with more intricate work in them.

They cover scars far better than tribals, plus they help draw attention away from them.

If you have keloid scarring problems, tattoos aren't for you anyway.

Keloid scarring either fades or completely nullifies the ink a lot of the time...so you'll have a skintone patch in the tattoo. (Tattooing OVER keloid scars doesn't seem to have as much an affect as keloid scarring that occurs because of the tat.)

Love your username, btw.

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