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Tattoos and WLS?

on 12/20/07 10:46 pm
Hi, I've been lurking here for a couple of months, researching the VSG.  This board is wonderful and everyone is so kind & informative that I have found answers to nearly all of my questions.   However, I still have one question that may sound a little silly but I am genuinely curious: what is the effect of dramatic weight loss on tattoos? I guess I am wondering how they looked after the weight loss.  Did they become distorted, did you need to have them covered up or removed?  Or did they look the same? This in no way affects my decision on the VSG, I am just curious about what to expect afterwards. Thanks for all your help, MJ
on 12/20/07 10:50 pm - rio dell, CA
VSG on 07/31/07 with
I am currious too lol i wonder if its just like they get smaller like a shrinky dink!!! I will be watching this post too lolol!!!

All that spirits desire, spirits attain. 


on 12/21/07 12:01 am - NJ
VSG on 04/17/08 with
LMAO Noel!  ...shrinky dink!! Haven't thought of those in forever! Unfortunately they rarely bounce back EXACTLY as they were inked, but some get lucky and it's not too noticable. It all depends on what part of the body, how big,etc. Portraits are the worst, because they HAVE to remain perfect to continue looking like the person. Other, more obscure or freeform ones are more forgiving. Things that have natural variations, like in nature (flowers, etc) can get by too. Lettering is hard, unless it stretches uniformly, then it's ok. Do YOU have any??? You rebel you... Kahlua
on 12/21/07 12:06 am - rio dell, CA
VSG on 07/31/07 with
I have a boy elf on my back with dragonfly wings hunting with his bow ....thats my son. I have a celtic knot 4 leaf clover on my left ankle....its still colorful but my back one will get touched up when i hit goal. and if i have a horrible wrap around scar from plastics i am going to have a wrap around tattoo of some husband doenst care for them but this is my body he can do what he wants with his....he has that nice brown skin i got all this white skin thank god for freckles or i would be see thru LOL!!

All that spirits desire, spirits attain. 


on 12/21/07 12:07 am - Townsville, Australia
Ok, I'll bite, whats a shrinky dink? sounds like something that happens to the male anatomy when its cold!!!!
on 12/21/07 12:08 am - rio dell, CA
VSG on 07/31/07 with
LOLOLOLOLOL  I sure dont have one of those lmao!!!!

All that spirits desire, spirits attain. 


on 12/21/07 12:15 am - Townsville, Australia
Sorry, Got a mind in the gutter today he he he. Shrinky dinks sound cool, my kids would love some of those, I'm going to have a look on e-bay for some(shrinky dinks not the other!!!).
on 12/20/07 11:21 pm, edited 12/20/07 11:22 pm - Australia
        I don't have any tattoos, but I imagine they would sag where skin sags. Like for instance sometimes women tattoo themselves on their upper breast when they are young, and by the time they are in their 50's or beyond...... well, lets just say that ***** rose isn't quite so fresh looking.
on 12/21/07 5:46 pm - AR
VSG on 11/17/07 with
Yeah...mine looks like a Dali painting...the clock

Bridget    A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad.  An optimist is a man who hopes they are.  ~Chauncey Mitchell Depew
SW: 275   
CW: 225   GW: 150

Total lost: 50 lbs.


on 12/20/07 11:23 pm - Townsville, Australia
Hey guys, its mel, weeelllll, I guess I can answer this question for you!!! I have 4 tattoo's (army moll from way back!! he he he) and all but one have stayed pretty much pristine thank goodness. Unfortunately the one on my boobie has streettchheedd along with the boobie itself (on its downwards fast track to china!!!). Lucky for me all four of my tatts are in places that cannot be seen as long as I have my clothes on which I have to say limits their combined audience to all of 1 (my hubby). My major concern for my tit tat (as my daddy calls it!!, not that he's ever seen it by the way) is what will happen to it when I get the twins nipped and lifted next year HHHMMMM I wonder??? Hugs Mel
on 12/20/07 11:50 pm - HI
LOL here at the "what will happen to it when I get the twins nipped and lifted next year"........I'm wondering what will happen to the one on my lower back when I do my LBL next year too.


on 12/20/07 11:49 pm, edited 12/20/07 11:54 pm - NJ
VSG on 04/17/08 with
A lot depends on where it is, and how elastic your skin is, and how much you lose. I was careful with mine, and didn't get any in places that would stretch during pregnancy. Too many friends had some warped tattoos after giving birth. It really is a wait and see kind of thing. You could PM "Proximity02" who is at goal and had lots of ink before surgery.  You could easily get a cover up, depending on what you have now. If the tats are in places where you expect to lose weight, it's up to the genetic gods (and your age) as too how much your skin--and therefore tats-- will sag. Then address it. You may find you want coverups tats to disguise any warping, but it could also mark the "new you." (Just give me another excuse to get one, right!). If you want more details, my boyfriend does tats and he could discuss with you, but I'm sure he'll say it's probably going to need some sort of touchup/coverup, but you might get lucky. Just PM me with details about current wt and how it's distributed, size and location of tats, your age, and maybe he can make a guess. He may even be able to design a coverup for you to have just in case, if you send pics. Glad you've come out of the shadows, and into the moonlight. Don;t have to be a lurker any more.... Kahlua
on 12/21/07 3:25 am, edited 12/21/07 3:25 am - midlothian, TX

I have 2 and both are ok.  1 on my outer ankle and 1 on the small of my back (DH calls it my tramp stamp)... anyway.... both are ok, wanting to touch up the back one, add to it and want another.

Now if I had one on my tummy area, it would be looking pretty bad right now.

"At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing a a life unlived."-R.Macaulay
on 12/21/07 4:45 am - BELLEVUE, OH

Hi MJ!!

I've got one around my right ankle. so I'm hoping that when I have my surgery, it won't do anything.  I've always wanted to get a little rose on my left boob, but don't think I'll try that now.  THANKS GIRLS!!


on 12/21/07 4:51 am - LA

I've seen a couple of lower back tats that were almost completely gone once the plastics were completed... I'm not sure what you do with half a tattoo *l* tattoo over it? remove it?
on 12/21/07 7:27 am - Monroe, OH
DS on 07/08/09 with
The one on my ankle just looks bigger but is still in good shape.  The one on my upper chest is going south with the girls.

highest weight 43 / day of surgery 411 sleeve 5/15/07 lost 143.2 with my sleeve
        7/08/09 TOTALLY Switched baby....weight 286.8 morning of surgery
on 12/21/07 7:58 am - Annandale, VA
I have one on my back and it is the same, but is a small one.  If I would've had one on my tummy it would be a different story (completely deformed!) so it varies on the size and location and how your skin shrinks... Good luck on your research and WLS!

on 12/21/07 9:20 am
Thank you so much for responding.  It looks like the experience varies per person so I guess I will just have to "wait and see" how my own body turns out. -MJ
Karin @)-;-'--
on 12/21/07 12:07 pm - Melbourne, Australia
I have a small butterfly on my upper right breast and after losing my 66 lbs (30kg) it still looks exactly the same.  I've had it for so long when I was a rebellious kid about 13.  I'm 43 now and I have toyed with the idea to go and get it recoloured as it's faded an awful lot.  I also had a bluebird on my left hip and when I had my tummy tuck surgery the surgeon said it will cut straight through the middle of the bluebird so we decided then it should get chopped out and tucked in.  So I guess I have the "bluebird of happiness" on the inside. Cheers Karin in Oz