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I have a nape piercing and there is a keloid on it . should i tattoo over it?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
No!: Keloids are caused by injuries to the skin (such as piercing). Tattooing will only cause more injury, and probably a bigger keloid. A dermatologist can inject medications to shrink the keloid, or remove it by excision or laser ablation. And don't do any more piercings; your skin is sending you a clear warning message.
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
I wouldn't : Keloids are thought to be an exaggerated healing response to skin injury. If his is correct and you have a keloid where you got pierced you should expect a keloid where you get tattooed.

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