Freaked me out the first time I realized that half of my tattoo was missing, though it does give you an idea of exactly how much tissue was removed from my back.
Now there are a couple of things that I must point out. First, don't get overly concerned about the brown spot on the left side of my back. That is a mole. The mole itself was never inked over for medical reasons and is actually in the original picture, though very difficult to see.
As for the scar, well it has only been 7 weeks since the surgery and the scar is still a vibrant red. I expect the colour to subside to a pale pink or possibly white within the next year.
As for the tattoo it self, I actually planning to have a tattoo artist design a new tattoo and have them reink it over the old one. I really don't know what it will look like yet, but I want the feeling of "flowing" or "organic movement" to be part of the design. I will post a picture when it is done. But that won't happen for at least a year or two.