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acedit

609d

Has anyone in the EDS community gotten a tattoo, and what was the recovery process like? I've been thinking about gettjng one for years, but I know that our skin is notoriously soft and velvety and easy to tear and scar, so I've always been cautious with the idea of getting a tattoo since I didn't want to mangle my skin and create an ugly scar that would ruin the artwork. Truth be told though, I don't know if that's actually what would happen, or if I'm thinking too much into it. I have had stretch marks that tear open pretty easily and those papery, atrophic scars all over my body, so I guess thats ea classic presentation of weird skin liable to injury haha.

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    • Magpie42

      605d

      I have 3 tattoos all prior to my dx. The larger, darker one on my right shoulder is a bit raised BUT it is some pretty dark line work so idk if that's just normal. Take really good care of the tattoo afterward and let your artist know that you have delicate/sensitive skin prior and you should be good. A good friend of mine has all sorts of tats and just really focuses a lot on aftercare and they look great!

    • Magpie42

      605d

      I have 3 tattoos all prior to my dx. The larger, darker one on my right shoulder is a bit raised BUT it is some pretty dark line work so idk if that's just normal. Take really good care of the tattoo afterward and let your artist know that you have delicate/sensitive skin prior and you should be good. A good friend of mine has all sorts of tats and just really focuses a lot on aftercare and they look great!

    • Zel7

      608d

      I currently have 6 tattoos. I got all of them before my diagnosis of hEDS. Some of mine seemed to "scar" (one on stomach, one on upper chest), so they're slightly raised. I consider it just part of the art though, that I can feel them. They also swelled really bad during and after the actual tattooing process. But if you just follow the instructions with the ointment and then the lotion, you should be okay. Maybe start small, and possibly on a "tighter" body part, like foot or ankle or wrist, if that makes sense. I caution piercings though if you're anything like me. I've had multiple piercings reject and get inflamed. Those had to be removed. Good luck though! Whatever happens, your body is your own and will always be gorgeous.

    • wise

      609d

      My mom, who gifted me EDS at birth, has multiple tattoos. They've all healed normally and didn't even really need extra care or anything, tattoo aftercare already requires extreme diligence lmao

    • AudaCity

      609d

      Have about $3k of tattoos! It goes pretty smoothly, from what I've found, the way my skin is structured absorbs ink really well. Most issues I've had are the slower healing times mean I'm going through a lot of moisturizer for a single tattoo.

    • acedit

      609d

      Also please ignore my typos I am not very coordinated with my thumbs on a touchscreen haha 😅

      • Nichole78

        609d

        @acedit I have a tattoo on my back as we speak!

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