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White lines on neck/almost like scars?

Question: A girlfriend of mine has these white lines on the back of her neck near a tattoo. They almost look like scars from where a cat would have scratched her. They are very close to a tattoo that is about 4 yrs old. They did not appear until about a year or 2 after the tattoo was done. There about 2 to 3 inches long, and peak about to an 1/8 of an inch wide. Off and on at the end of one of the lines it seems it will almost blister like a pimple, but that comes and goes. I have heard of a type of bacterial infection from tattoo's, but only a few cases, mainly in prisons. But I was there when the tattoo was done and it was a fresh needle and fresh ink! She's been to one dermotolgist, and she couldn't ID it. So I'm sending her to mine, but there's a two month wait for new patient's. Can you help???
Answer:

Issues like this are hard to address over the internet, and cannot be diagnosed at all, only opinion based answers. It could be a fungus or bacterial infection, however my best suggestion is to wait until her appointment for further consultation and treatment. Please feel free to contact me with further questions. Best skin care wishes.

Meagan, Esthetician