There are times when a picture is worth a thousand words – or more! And this subject surely asks for pictures even more strongly than my previous post on scar reduction surgery.
In a Comment on this previous post, Wendy stated (in my words) that she would not want any more tampering with her pyloric stenosis scar because of the complex feelings she has had about it all her life. From my own journey after the same surgery I’m pretty sure I know just what she feels. I want to explore this after time for more reflection.
And like Wendy I belong to today’s older generation, many of whom regard body art including tattooing in a very different way from much of our younger set.
However, I have been blown away by the creative and effective way in which some people have combined their surgical body scar with art, some to hide their scar and some to embellish it, even with humour, but always with the clear aim of reclaiming their abdomen as their own. Why should the scar on my abdomen represent for the rest of my years the workplace (and all-too-often a rather unsightly one) of perhaps a long-ago surgeon who had little care for how I their patient would think and feel one day, or of my own body after it has gone somewhat berserk in dealing with the damage from a surgical assault, resulting in a collection of hideous keloid scars, troughs and pits?
For what it’s worth (and we are all so different), I have found that my own very limited efforts to modify my scar would be regarded by many as self-injuring, but they were also my attempt to claim some authority and ownership over what had happened to my body very early and without any of my involvement. This may seem weird to some, perhaps – but it’s true.
As with scar-revision and reduction or “plastic” surgery, it is not hard to find websites advertising “scar tattoos” or “tattooing over scars”. Here are five of the best results I found from a limited search; click on the image to enlarge it.