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Can people with keloid skin get tattoos

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Np: If you have keloids only in your earlobes, it should not be a problem. However if you have keloids on your trunk or arms, it is best not to tattoo the... Read More
Dr. Ralph Rosato
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Tattoo and scars: Tattoos can be done over scar, however it is more difficult to tattoo scar.
Dr. John Walker
Plastic Surgery 26 years experience
Not safe: Tattooing can cause keloids. Avoid!keloids & hypertrophic scars are basically treated the same initially: silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreen... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: But it can trigger a keloid too. Any skin injury can cause a keloid.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Better not: you need to see a dermatologist for your concerns regarding your skin, tattooing may not be good for you, good luck
A male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: You risk getting keloids at the site of tattoos. Tattoos are a form of self mutilation and even a person without risk of keloids should not get those.... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Skin: I am a keloid former too. I understand you have had a tattoo and did not form keloid. Have you had a cut? Tattoos do not break the skin layer and kel... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. MICHAEL VINCENT
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Be careful: Any form of trauma to the skin (include getting a tattoo) can cause a keloid if you are keloid prone. It is a hard question to answer. A tattoo rare... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Tattoo on keloid: It probably is not a good idea to tatto your keloid. It may encourage further growth of the keloid.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
NO DON"T DO IT: If this is a true keloid, it will only make it worse. Stay far far away.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Yes: If you are prone to forming a keloid this could happen.
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Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 25 years experience
Recommend against it: Even if you were not a kidney transplant recipient, if you have keloids, getting a tattoo can trigger keloids to form at the site of the tattoo. In a... Read More

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