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  • Writer's pictureRomain Berg

What to Expect After You Get a Tattoo


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The world of inked wonders, where your body becomes a canvas for creativity, is exciting. However, as you prepare to start your tattoo journey, being well-informed about how to protect a tattoo and avoid infections is of the utmost importance.


We'll explain the secrets to protecting your new tattoo and generating a work of art that will last a lifetime, from sensitive washing techniques to popular moisturizing methods.


But before we get into how to protect your tattoo, have you decided where to get one? Don't put off getting a tattoo that reflects your personality and style any longer; schedule one now at Wingnut Tattoo and Piercing!


How to Protect a Tattoo in the First Days

Protecting your new tattoo from external factors is crucial, especially in the first few days. It'll contribute to a successful healing process and long-term results. Here are some important factors to consider:


Cover Your Tattoo

It's critical to cover your tattoo in the first few days after getting it inked. Never expose your tattoo to dirt, dust, and other substances that might raise the risk of infection. Be sure to keep your fresh tattoo out of the sun.


Clean It Properly

Carefully wash your hands before touching your freshly-made tattoo. It'll reduce the possibility of introducing bacteria.


Gently wash your tattoo with lukewarm water and a gentle, fragrance-free soap to avoid inflammation. And pat dry your tattoo with a clean towel or allow it to air dry.


Keep Your Tattoo Moisturized

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Apply a small amount of the tattoo-specific aftercare moisturizer advised by your tattoo artist. You should do it on a daily basis. However, avoid applying too much to avoid blocking the pores and delaying the healing process.


Choose Appropriate Clothes

Choose clothes that are loose-fitting and made of soft, breathable fibers that won't stick to or rub against your tattoo. Stay away from clothes that are too tight or abrasive, as they can create discomfort and slow down the healing process.


Understanding Estimated Healing Times

Tattoo healing involves traveling through many stages and understanding the estimated healing times. While each tattoo's healing process is unique, there are some general principles to follow for a faster recovery.


You need to be aware that healing times might vary depending on a number of circumstances. It includes the size, placement, and complexity of the tattoo. However, on average, tattoos typically take 2 to 4 weeks to completely heal.


And as your body reacts to the trauma, your tattoo will show swelling, redness, and soreness. It's all part of the process. Also, expect scabbing and peeling as the healing process progresses. It'll reveal the tattoo's final textures and hues.


Lastly, keep in mind that each tattoo is a work of art with its own healing phases. Your skin type, immunological system, and aftercare routine may all have an impact on it.


Signs That Your Tattoo Isn't Healing Properly

Recognizing signs of poor tattoo healing is vital for taking appropriate action. Let's look at some important factors to consider when it comes to improper tattoo healing:


Identify Red Flags

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Excessive and persistent redness, swelling, or discomfort around the tattooed area could indicate an infection or an allergic reaction. And constant pain or discomfort that worsens rather than improves over time may also suggest a problem with healing.


Analyze the Scabs

It's typical for a tattoo to scab during the healing period. However, scabs that are abnormally thick, black, or filled with pus or an unpleasant odor may suggest an infection. Also, expect to see scarrings, such as keloids or hypertrophic scars, if the healing process goes wrong.


Know When to Seek Professional Help After You Get a Tattoo

If you detect any of the previously mentioned symptoms, contact your tattoo artist or a healthcare expert. They'll help you prevent complications and guarantee correct treatment.


Some Additional Tips for Proper Tattoo Aftercare

Proper aftercare is essential to ensure that your tattoo heals properly. Here're some helpful tips to consider:


  • Maintain a regular routine and use the proper aftercare products.

  • Search for fragrance-free, skin-friendly cosmetics that are specifically intended for tattoo aftercare.

  • Avoid using petroleum-based products since they can trap microorganisms and delay healing.

  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure.

  • Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, and excessive sweating during the initial recovery phase.

  • Carefully wash your tattoo with lukewarm water and a bar of mild, fragrance-free soap.

  • Avoid scrubbing or using abrasive materials. They can damage or irritate your skin and tattoo.

  • After washing your tattoo, wipe it with a soft, clean towel or let it air dry.


By following these tattoo aftercare instructions, you can promote optimal healing while preserving your tattoo's beauty and vibrancy. Remember to see your tattoo artist for detailed aftercare instructions customized to your tattoo.


Wrapping Up

Knowing how to protect a tattoo during the healing process is critical for getting the greatest results.


Remember that careful washing, avoiding abrasive substances, and using approved aftercare products, can all contribute to your tattoo's longevity and visual appeal.


And recognizing signs of poor healing and getting professional assistance when needed promotes timely intervention.


If you have more questions or want to start your tattoo journey immediately, contact us now!


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