During body inking, the tattoo ink usually penetrates deep into the skin. The condition of the skin during that particular time will determine the quality and the general outlook of your tattoo.
Distortion of the tattoo appearance can be brought about by many factors like rapid change in weight loss or gain. This can make your tattoo to look saggy or off point.
The skin is the most dynamic organ on the body, and this implies that it can stretch or shrink at any time. Unfortunately, the tattoos are not flexible, and this is the reason behind its distortion during stretching or shrinking.
Weight loss or gain can make the tattoo to shift the location depending on the area on the body. The location of the tattoo on the body plays a vital role during stretching or shrinking.
At Obama Tattoo Studio, we have analyzed some detail information about what causes the alignment of tattoo lines to shift during weight loss.
How to Minimize Tattoo Distortion after Weight Loss
The region around the belly, thighs and upper arms tend to have a sizeable adipose tissue. This is the reason why are susceptible to shift in tattoo appearance and location.
Small tattoo designs are usually affected much with weight loss, and they can be difficult to correct unless you want to undergo tattoo removal process.
However, in case you had a large tattoo design, you can fill in some links to the blurred lines so that it can regain back its previous appearance before the weight loss.
Our experts recommend that you lose weight slowly to keep the tattoo design intact. Rapid loss of mass does not hold the tattoo art intact since the skin does not shrink naturally.
You will notice the formation of stretch marks around the belly and the upper arm in case the body does not lose weight slowly. This will make your tattoo design to appear saggy and unappealing.
You can drink plenty of water during your journey to weight loss to keep the tattoo design intact throughout. When the skin is hydrated, the quality of skin is maintained and there will be few changes on the tattoo design.
How Can Weight Gain Affect Tattoos?
Have you ever thought of gaining weight? This is something that is never fun at all, and there is nothing you can do. Weight gain automatically affects the design and the shape of the tattoo. The tattoo design will stretch and change its original form.
The location of the tattoo on the body will determine how much the tattoo design will change. Large tattoos tend to vary little due to the area it covers on the body.
Tattoos with complicated designs or patterns will easily portray some of the changes brought about by weight gain. The alignment of the tattoo lines will become stretched and less visible.
The most popular type of tattoos affected on the body is Sleeve tattoos that are located on the upper arm and the shoulder. The muscle change due to weight gain will affect the appearance and the shape of the tattoo.
Weight gain is linked to stretch marks. This is an indication that the skin has reached the maximum stretching limits after gaining weight. The marks can run either horizontally or vertically, and they tend to be white or red marks.
Stretch marks around the tattoos will ruin the design and the shape of your tattoos. You will only have an option of removing or going for a retouch which seems to be expensive in the long run.
Tattoos after childbirth usually look pathetic and unappealing due to the several stretch mark lines that break up the ink particles. It will be more painful when you visit your artists for retouch for correction.
How to Minimize Tattoo Distortion after Weight Gain
Unlike weight loss, weight gain usually affects the design of the tattoo more since the skin struggles to keep up with the changes.
Handling weight gain is something you cannot avoid, but if you are gaining it deliberately, then you need to control it with ease.
Rapid gaining of weight will not give your skin a little time to stretch naturally, and you may end up having several unwanted stretch marks that ruin your tattoo design.
As mentioned earlier, the condition of your skin will determine the quality of your tattoo. Therefore, it is recommended to increase intake of water to make the skin healthier.
You can also apply a good moisturizer on your skin and tattoo area so that the design can keep up with the drastic changes brought about by weight gain.
I prefer the use of cocoa butter and aloe vera gel. These two moisturizers help to improve the elasticity of the skin. An elastic skin will give the tattoo an opportunity to stretch and shrink naturally without affecting its design.
According to research, improving the elasticity of your skin will reduce the chances of getting stretch marks. I recommend you apply moisturizers on your body after showering and before going to bed.
My Tattoo Has Changed, What Should I Do?
If you are experiencing distorted tattoos after weight loss and gain, I recommend you visit your tattooist and discuss how to fix. This is the only solution to your problem.
The tattooist will assess the current tattoo and try to fix up through retouch. In case of any complications, they will advise you on what to do.
I recommend you take all the necessary precautions concerning how to minimize weight gain or loss so that to avoid affect the general appearance and shape of the tattoos.
You can reach the experts at Obama Tattoo Studio through the contact page for more information and guidance concerning tattoos after weight gain or loss.