After getting a tattoo, next comes taking care of it, which is essential. Even though the tattooing process is not that complex, it affects more than just the upper layer of your skin. It goes deeper, and that is why aftercare is important. So, whether you are going for tribal, realism, or traditional tattoos, how you take care of them will affect your overall health. Things like your age, hygiene, general health, and the tattoo’s location also play a role in how fast the tattoo heals. Here is what you can expect and how you can take care of your tattoo.
The First Three Days
You can expect soreness and inflammation in the first three days. Remember that your tattoo is now an open wound, and so this is expected. Also, during this time, some blood and ink may ooze out, but only for a short while. Your body will release platelets to help with clotting and stop the bleeding. If you have got a bigger tattoo that was done within several hours, expect the healing to take more time. You might also feel under the weather or like you are dealing with mild flu symptoms. It is your body trying to adjust to what just happened. If these symptoms are yet to improve within a week, get medical help.
Day 4 to 14
During this period, the soreness subsided as healing continued. However, your skin’s top later will peel, itch, scab, or flake. Do not be alarmed, as this is a natural healing process. Try not to rub, scratch or pick at the scabs or remove the peeling skin yourself. You may injure yourself and lengthen the healing process.
2 to 4 weeks
By the third week, almost all the signs mentioned above had subsided. Still, you can expect the tattoo to have a dull appearance. After a month from the procedure, your tattoo is all good with a vibrant look. However, healing will still continue underneath the skin for up to six months.
Keep it Clean
After drawing your tattoo, the artist will apply a bandage. Allow it to stay for at least four hours before removing it. You can also splash some warm water on the bandage if it sticks. To avoid any infections, try and keep your tattoo clean. The tattoo artist will advise you on how you can do that. An antibacterial soap works best but be gentle when washing. Also, avoid soaking or allowing the shower to hit the area directly. After, you can then dry the area with a clean towel.
Apply a Moisturizer
Ensure you moisturize the area using the right lotion. It will help nourish and hydrate the skin. It can also relieve the itchiness you are feeling. Be careful with the products you use. Some artificial colorings and fragrances can irritate the skin when it is wounded.
Avoid Exposing the Tattoo to Direct Sunlight
It is best to wear light clothing to protect your tattoo from direct sunlight as it heals. Your tattoo is still an open wound, and exposure to the sun will not do it any good.
Why is Aftercare Important?
Here are the primary reasons why you need to take care of your tattoos.
- Tattooing is a procedure that involves inserting needles under your skin. Basically, it can be classed as a medical procedure. Naturally, after every medical procedure, there needs to be aftercare to facilitate healing, and tattooing is no different.
- Aftercare reduces the risk of skin complications and other issues.
- It also helps prevent infections that are likely to occur if the wound is not properly taken care of.
There is no denying that a tattoo is a beautiful work of art. But for you to properly heal and end up with a good look, follow the aftercare tips.