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Want to get tattoo on Becker's nevus. Suggestions?

I have a small (5*8cm) Becker nevus on my stomage. What I hear from other people, laser treatments are mostly unsuccessfully. On the other hand I ve read that a lot of people got Tattoos over their becker nevus. I ve also read that tattoos should not be made over any kind of mole/nevus because after you can t see anymore the changes of the mole/nevus. But I think that there is just a small probability that a Becker nevus would change to something risky as cancer . Since there is a small risk and I really don t want to live with my visible becker nevus, I d like to make a Tattoo over it like a lot of other people did. Are there any problems?
Mon, 21 Jan 2013
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I have a much larger Becker's Nevus that covers my entire left shoulder. I also have the same desire to tattoo over it as it is unsightly. I recently met with a dermatologist, who was the first person to tell me that it was a Becker's mole - I'm 27 - and I asked her about tattooing over it. She said that there really shouldn't be any problem. Yes, generally you do not want to get tattoos over moles as you can't determine any changes in pigmentation (obviously gotta watch for them to darken), but our Becker's is pretty rare and from what I've researched, I haven't heard anything about them becoming cancerous or even troublesome.

My recommendation - since yours is small, go for it. The trick will be convincing your tattoo artist that that's ok. Ask the tattoo artist if they've ever done anything like that. I'd also say visit with a dermatologist about it, too. See if he/she says the same thing that mine said.

I'm planning on trying laser hair removal first. My dermatologist says it's pretty unsuccessful but to me it's worth a try. I'm tired of shaving my shoulder :/ Once I give that a go, I'll be looking to tattoo over it, but since mine covers my whole shoulder, I think what I'm going to do is have my bicep area tattooed with it covering just the edges of my Becker's. I'll see how that goes, then if it responds well, I'll go for the whole coverage. I'll check back with you. All the best!
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Want to get tattoo on Becker's nevus. Suggestions?

I have a much larger Becker s Nevus that covers my entire left shoulder. I also have the same desire to tattoo over it as it is unsightly. I recently met with a dermatologist, who was the first person to tell me that it was a Becker s mole - I m 27 - and I asked her about tattooing over it. She said that there really shouldn t be any problem. Yes, generally you do not want to get tattoos over moles as you can t determine any changes in pigmentation (obviously gotta watch for them to darken), but our Becker s is pretty rare and from what I ve researched, I haven t heard anything about them becoming cancerous or even troublesome. My recommendation - since yours is small, go for it. The trick will be convincing your tattoo artist that that s ok. Ask the tattoo artist if they ve ever done anything like that. I d also say visit with a dermatologist about it, too. See if he/she says the same thing that mine said. I m planning on trying laser hair removal first. My dermatologist says it s pretty unsuccessful but to me it s worth a try. I m tired of shaving my shoulder :/ Once I give that a go, I ll be looking to tattoo over it, but since mine covers my whole shoulder, I think what I m going to do is have my bicep area tattooed with it covering just the edges of my Becker s. I ll see how that goes, then if it responds well, I ll go for the whole coverage. I ll check back with you. All the best!