Lotus Scarification, Fresh and Healed

In relation to the previous entry with the large raised keloid, certainly not all scarification pieces result in raised healed products. Take this skin removal, done by John Joyce at Scarab Body Arts in Syracuse, NY:


Here it is healed, and as you can see it is more of a depression effect than a raising effect. Cutting style makes some difference, but by and large the nature of the keloiding is determined by a combination of aftercare (in general, the more aggressive the aftercare, the more keloiding — although it can be uneven — you will get) and genetics.


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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

21 thoughts on “Lotus Scarification, Fresh and Healed

  1. I agree with the other folks, I like this better than keloided scarring. Keloids look like tumors or something to me.

  2. i find keloids really gross, so this is really lovely. i’m glad my scars tend to heal inwards, i think it feels nicer to run your fingers over.

  3. I think it all depends on the design what looks ‘best’. For something like this, I really enjoy seeing it indented – however the previously posted Y scar looks totally amazing keloided.

    Thumbs up on the Lotus. Shannon: do you know where its located? Looks like side tummy to me.

  4. i HATE my keliods. i wanted fine white scars, ya that didnt happen. i actually never scrubbed mine in the begining, just washed them daily. i think my very low iron is the reason i scared so thick

  5. I had a large skin removal scarification done in November of 2001 (pics of the procedure are on BME, quite early in the skin removal section, so not visible unless you have a membership, which I don’t anymore- but they’re the lily/rose done by Samppa if anyone wants to look for them. There are also photos of it healed posted on BME in late 2005).

    I agitated the wound as much as possible- using a toothbrush with salt and/or peroxide twice daily starting two days after the procedure (yes, it hurt like fucking hell).

    I had a raised, pink scar for about three years afterwards, but scars change a great deal over time. Now, six years later, my scar is sunken and white. It’s also quite distorted from the original- the large amount of “aggressive” aftercare caused Samppa’s beautiful and precise work to blow out quite badly around the edges. It’s recognisable if you know what it’s supposed to be, but not nearly as perfect as I’d hoped.

    I don’t see how a skin removal could heal *without* major scarring, even if it’s not agitated at all. I honestly think that in my case, the LITHA method would have done less damage to the design and left me with a more attractive scar.

  6. I left out the main point I was trying to make in my previous comment.

    What I wanted to say is that posting photos of scarifications that are six months or a year old, and calling them “healed”, really bothers me. I feel it’s misleading, because these “healed” scars don’t actually represent the *final* result. I believe, based on experience, that you need to wait at least three years before you have any idea what the final result will look like.

  7. im not a fan of keloiding so its great to
    see other forms of healing, i’d always been against
    scarification because of that…

  8. I’m glad to see this too. I’ve been thinking I want a scarification for years now, but part of why I’ve not gone ahead is that I usually *don’t* keloid and also because I am wanting more information about how people heal when they’re *not* attempting to force keloiding. AKA, what I might expect with the LITHA method. Would the scar be faint and understated, or just heal over too much to be visible at all? I wish I had more pictures of long-term results so I could make a more educated guess.

  9. id love to have a scarification piece look like that early into healing,
    i find scarification so beautiful because the individuals body has so much to do with how it looks, very personal. very nice.

  10. TrinityVA: i have a small scarification piece on my back that is part of an unfinished project that healed in a combination of flat and raised. i did very little as far as irritation and picking at scabs on the larger surfaces, so those are very flat. i don’t keloid easily, so constant picking of the scabs on the small, skinny lines was the only way i was able to get slightly raised scars to occur. the scars are about six months old now, and you can definitely see them, but because they are flat/flatish, they blend pretty well with the rest of my skin-tone, which is what i wanted.

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