Posted by: Kean | 2019/06/03


Keloids and tattoos

In November 2012 I got my ear pierced. Throughout the next year, I would remove my earring for school and put it back in when I got home. The hole would usually slightly close so putting my earring back in would be painful and sometimes result in bleeding. In 2014 I developed a small keloid where my piercing hole was. I did nothing about it and it grew to about the size of slightly bigger than a pea. In early 2017 I had it removed with a laser and it has never returned. This was my first and last keloid. I have recently considered getting a tattoo and I am looking for advice on whether I am prone to keloids or if this was just a one-time occurrence. I would therefore like advice on whether getting a small tattoo on my arm would be a good idea.

Expert's Reply


Allergy expert
- 2019/06/13

It sounds like you may be prone to Keloids, so there is always the possibility of a Keloid developing from the tattoo. There is no diagnostic test as keloids are unpredictable. Try having an initial small tattoo in an inconspicuous area of skin and see what happens over the next 6 months.

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