Someone with vitiligo can get a tattoo. Right before making the tattoo, there are many things to take into their consideration, such as the purpose of the tattoo, the expectations, and the stability of vitiligo. Most of the vitiligo sufferers want some tattoos to cover their vitiligo spots. The color of the tattoos has to be exactly the same with their skin tone. Yet, there are some of them who want to make a tattoo of a picture only for a distraction.
Does Tattoo Make Vitiligo Worse?
It’s not a good idea to make tattoo on your white spots or vitiligo affected skin to make it appears like your original skin tone. It’s hard to match the skin tone. Why? The skin color may change each season. The difference might not be too contrast to see, but when it is colored with your skin tone, you will find the difference over time. Additionally, the vitiligo affected skin may get larger with time.
Tattoo on the affected skin is actually not a good idea. That skin will have trauma or damage due to puncturing the skin with a tattoo needle. That needle can worsen the skin condition. It will even create new spots. The doctor calls it koineization, that can be found on the knee of a child because of they often fall or cyclist who experienced bad accidents many times on their knee. If the white spots can actually recover and get their repigmentation, it’s not with koineization. People will say tattoo makes your vitiligo condition worse.
The decision to make a tattoo or not is completely given to the vitiligo sufferer, but think about the risk first. When that new spots come and the vitiligo affected skin grows larger spots, your tattoo may look totally different. Other than that, tattoo ink will fade with vitiligo. You will probably not get the color tone you want.
On the other side, vitiligo tattoo is called a new treatment in covering the white spots. Only professional tattoo artist who is able to do this. Fortunately, there’s new technique to save your vitiligo with tattoo, micro-pigmentation technique.
Even micro-pigmentation is not easy to do. It’s hard to match the tattoo color to your skin tone. You may check some of the bottle inks available and get one color, but then when it has been applied to the skin, the result is very much different. When choosing the right color is that difficult, it will be far difficult with vitiligo condition.
If a vitiligo sufferer is really in dire need of tattoo, this good tips may work: choose a few colors. Apply each of them to your skin. A slightly darker color than your natural skin tone might be a good idea to execute. Micro-pigmentation will work amazingly perfect if you have darker skin tone. It will be much less noticeable than that pure white color on vitiligo skin. If you have undergone tanning process, you have to wait until all the tan results disappear, because your skin color may vary.
Be Ready with A Line of Pigment
After processing the micro-pigmentation people may notice a line of pigment around the edge of the vitiligo affected skin. Maybe not all of micro-pigmentation tattoo will have this line, but it could just be something that would happen even you have great tattoo artist. Anticipation is needed here. Do trial and error process. For the first trial, you can choose white spots in a hidden area or area of your body that will not be exposed often like your back. When the line of the pigment is barely visible, you can go with the next micro-pigmentation process on other areas of your body. To make it look perfect, you can use smart makeup on your face to cover it.
Vitiligo sufferers may find it hard to have vitiligo when the white spots are attacking their face. At this point, micro-pigmentation works best. But, most professional paramedical tattoo artists will only do your tattoo when it is in small areas of your face. When you want to cover large spots, you are suggested to use makeup tattoo.