Friday, 10 July 2020

How long does a tattoo take to heal? Healing phases of a tattoo

The steps you must follow for your tattoo to heal properly

Did you know that, according to the data, one in three people has a tattoo? And that almost all of them on some occasion have considered becoming one? It is not for less, this art expression that has the skin on canvas is beautiful, modern and at the same time a reflection of the personality of each one.

That is why I am sure that more than once you have heard that those who start with tattoos can no longer stop. Our mission is that you have at your fingertips all the information you need before, during, and after getting your tattoo. 

The time it takes for a tattoo to heal

It is clear that, when you get a tattoo, it is to show it off and waste personality. But if you want it to be so and there is no problem, you have to follow a few steps before and after doing it. The question is that there are no infections and that the healing process is adequate, so you must have all the information possible. 

As a general rule, the average time it takes to heal a tattoo is one to two weeks. But wait! Be sure to read that there are still many things you have to know so that everything turns out well. As with common wounds, the time it takes to heal a tattoo will depend, first of all, on the type of skin you have. If you are a person who is lucky enough to heal quickly when a cut or wound is made, the same thing will happen with the tattoo.

How to make your tattoo heal well? 

However, whatever your skin type, the important thing is that the tattoo heals well to avoid infections and diseases. So keep in mind the following points:

The establishment where you are going to get the tattoo

You must take into account that the establishment or the place where you are going to get the tattoo has adequate hygiene measures. You're not going to be worth taking care of the tattoo after having it done if the tattoo studio was not adequate and did not comply with current regulations.

Disposable needles, antibacterial soap, the use of new gloves, and long etcetera are just some of the things that we must take into account. All of them should be in the studio because as you already know, health comes first of all! 

Make the necessary cures

To perform these cures, you must massage the tattoo area gently to remove any remaining blood and ink that remains after doing it. Dry the area and wash it as indicated by the tattoo artist. The simplest and most effective way is to wash the tattoo well with warm or cold water, use a mild neutral soap and apply the specific cream. This eliminates any excess residue or ink substance.

The bandage

After getting the tattoo, it is normal to put a little plastic wrap to protect the tattoo. However, this type of bandage should not be covering your tattoo for more than 4 hours because it may not heal well from the beginning as the skin is not oxygenated. 

A good moisturizer

For a few days after getting the tattoo, it is very important to keep it hydrated. To do this, get a protective moisturizer or a scar that is recommended in the pharmacy or the studio. Apply it as directed and make sure the ingredients of the product are appropriate. 

Does the tattoo scab over?

If you notice that your tattoo has scabbed, dries, or itches (try not to scratch yourself so as not to remove the scab prematurely) it is that things are on the right track and the skin is healing as it should. Now, how long does the process take until the scab is removed? We can say that, on average, one to two weeks.

But, of course, everything will depend on the type of skin of each one, on whether to apply moisturizer every day or on the size of the tattoo. It will also influence the specific area in which it has been performed since certain parts of the skin will heal before others. 

The healing phases of a tattoo

Let's see what was said before with the phases of the tattoo to make it a little clearer.

one first stage

In the two or three days after getting the tattoo, and due to the pressure from the needles, a scab will form on the wound. This means that you are in the first step of healing your tattoo. Of course, not in all cases, but it does show that the skin in that area is a little redder, bruised, and even itchy. 

two-second stage

If a scab has emerged, it is usual for it to bite, even more so when it begins to detach itself. So it is important not to scratch if the scab falls off before the wound is closed another new scab will come out again and it will take longer to heal. The scab usually comes off completely after one or two weeks, at which point you can already boast a beautiful tattoo and one hundred percent care.

How to know if the tattoo has been infected

Let's see how the symptoms that indicate that the tattoo has become infected and what you should do about it, it is just as important to know if the tattoo has completely healed. The tattoo could be infected if ...
  • The skin presents in redness, continuous sting, and painful irritation. It is normal that it itches a little when the scab begins to come out, but not that it does it every so often and even that it hurts especially when touching the skin.
  • If the swelling in the tattoo and the surrounding skin is still present after 24 hours and does not look like it will go down, it is a sign that you could be infected.
  • If you notice pain or itching when the scab has already fallen off. In this phase, the tattoo is cured and there should be no symptoms or discomfort. If not, it is a possible infection. 
  • The secretions with pus yellow and a bad odor coming from the tattoo are also signs that something is not right.
  • On the other hand, you have to pay attention to other indications such as fever or general discomfort.

Now, if you have the suspicion or the certainty that your tattoo has not healed as it should and has become infected, you will have to go to the doctor. He or she will recommend an antibiotic cream or the corresponding oral medication. Also, you will have to go to the studio and talk to your tattoo artist to check what happened and find out when the infection could have occurred.

Now you have all the answers in your hand to take care of your tattoo as much as possible. 

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