You got a new tattoo, but instead of celebrating with friends and family you are in pain. The unfamiliar ink looks messy on your skin – especially after taking off the bandage! Don’t worry, when this wound heals it will go through stages like any other fresh cut does: at first there may be some discomfort as new collagen grows down below layer upon layers until finally remaining tumors disappear or become less sensitive- which means arthritis risk increases slightly for those who’ve had both procedures done together.
When will the tattoo healing process be over?
Generally, it can take about two weeks for a tattoo to heal. However, you may endure up to eight weeks of healing time depending on your age, health, and the location of your tattoo. For example, if you have a tattoo on your foot, it will take longer to heal than a tattoo on your arm to be fully healed.
During your skin’s healing process, it’s normal for your tattoo to:
- Ooze clear fluid
- Swell and be sore
- Look red, inflamed, and scabby
Don’t worry, these are all normal healing tattoo symptoms! But if you experience any of the following, it could be a sign of an infection and you should see your doctor right away:
- Excessive swelling
- Redness that extends beyond the tattoo
- Pus or discharge from the tattoo
- A sudden fever
- Tattoo feels hot to the touch
If you have any concerns about your tattoo, be sure to talk to your doctor or tattoo artist.
During this time, you’ll need to take care of your tattoo to prevent infection and promote healing.
Once the needles penetrate the skin, the ink is injected into the dermis, which is the second layer of skin. The dermis is made up of connective tissue and contains blood vessels, collagen fibers, and elastin fibers.
The body has many different areas that are more prone to pain than others. It’s possible for severe soreness from tattoos on these sensitive parts, which have high nerve endings and bony skin–to remain long-lasting if you want them healed quickly or become even worse after the procedure is complete! So before getting any new ink done make sure it’ll be worth your while by choosing an artist who specializes in working with people suffering from chronic discomfort due their location preferences
It’s important that you let your tattoo heal completely so that it looks its best. Or else your tattoo may become infected or fade, and we don’t want that!.
In order to maximize our success, tattoo aftercare starts with understanding your post-procedure discomfort and answering some frequently asked questions.
Why does my tattoo hurt?
Your body’s natural response after receiving this type injury (from being stuck by pushing against fresh ink with sharp needles) includes inflammation around those particular sites where pressure was applied.
How long will this tattoo soreness last?
Depending on the individual, this can be a few days to a couple weeks. The degree of soreness one experiences also varies; for some it is simply an annoyance while others find it difficult to get comfortable and experience significant swelling/bruising .
What are some things I can do to minimize my discomfort?
- Keep the area clean and dry
- Use an antibacterial soap or mild soap (unscented Dove or Ivory liquid work well) and cool water during daily showers. Gently pat the area dry with a clean towel; do not rub.
- Avoid hot tubs, saunas, pools, lakes, oceans (any bodies of water really) until completely healed!
- Direct sunlight will cause fading and should be avoided for the first 4-6 weeks after your tattoo is done.
What can I put on my new tattoo to make it feel better?
A&D ointment, applied very thinly 3-4 times per day is often recommended by artists. Be sure your hands are clean before each application. After a few days, most people find that they no longer need the ointment and can switch to a lotion.
Any fragrance-free lotion will moisturize without irritating the wound. Apply lotion 3-4 times per day as needed to keep the area moist but not oily. I recommend a lotion such as Lubriderm, Curel, or Eucerin because they’re fast absorbing plus nongreasy – just what you want after getting your body art!
What should I do if my new tattoo gets infected?
Contact your physician if you notice any of the following: pus coming from the tattoo, fever, increased redness or warmth in the area around the tattoo, or if the area feels hot to the touch.
If you have any other questions about caring for your new tattoo, please feel free to ask! The staff at your local tattoo shop will be happy to help.