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August 16, 2021

How do tattoos heal?

Tatuaje Ave Fenix - Japones Fenix Brazo Entero
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The day of the tattoo and the three following days are the most important for the healing of your tattoo. 

If you dedicate some time these days to your new tattoo, you will have almost all the work done. And if you neglect it, the treatments will probably take longer and perhaps the tattoo's aesthetics will be affected by lack of care. 

How to care for a healing tattoo?

There are many ways to care for a tattoo during the healing process, and this is why The best thing is that you look for a good professional when it comes to tattooing and pay attention to what he tells you. 

This is also a very common doubt among all those who get tattoos and I wanted to point out here some of them. general topics. Mainly for those who have never had a tattoo and want to have an idea of what to do in the days after tattooing

Let's go in order: 

What do you need to have for tattoo healing?

There is another FAQ where I list everything you need to buy or have to make your tattoo cures. Here I will list everything quickly and if you want more information, you have here a link to learn more about each of the items.   

  • Time to dedicate to cures
  • Neutral soap
  • Kitchen paper 
  • Plastic film 
  • Sticking plaster
  • Tattoo healing cream
  • Natural vegetable oil or moisturizing cream suitable for healing skin 
  • Baggy clothes 

The day of the tattoo

  1. 1. Wait 2-3 hours before removing the bandage made by the tattoo artist 
  2. 2. Wash the tattoo correctly with lukewarm water and neutral soap.

Remember 

Washing it properly is essential.. For this, you need to apply a massage with your hands to the tattoo, even if it hurts a little. The idea is to help loosen this layer of blood, ink and body fluids to prevent the formation of a thick scab over the wound. 

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Lavarlo correctamente es fundamental. Para ello, necesitas aplicar un masaje con tus manos al tatuaje, aunque te duela un poco. The idea is to help loosen this layer of blood, ink and body fluids to prevent the formation of a thick scab over the wound. 

Dry it without rubbing. It is best to use kitchen towel or a clean towel exclusively for the tattoo.

If you have doubts on how to wash and dry your new tattoo, here is a link that takes you to another FAQ where I explain everything better. 

How to properly wash and dry a tattoo during the first days of healing?

3. Leave the tattoo uncovered until bedtime and clean it once in a while if it oozes too much.

Tattoos heal better in the air than when they are bandaged. Do them if you are in an environment where you can keep it clean. 

If, for whatever reason, you think you will not be able to keep the wound aerated and clean, below is a link to another frequently asked question to help you decide.  

What should I not do if I have a new tattoo?

Depending on the tattoo you have done, will exude more or less. If you notice a widening of the fluid layer above the tattoo, wash the tattoo as you did after removing the bandage. 

4. At bedtime, wash, dry and bandage your tattoo again

Just before getting into bedIf you do not wash and dry the tattoo one last time on this day, you must wash and dry the tattoo one last time on this day, in the same way as indicated above. 

Then, you will make a bandage with plastic film, as well as adhesive tape if necessary. Be careful to place the inner side of the plastic in contact with the wound.. The outer face of the plastic is the one you are touching with your hands.

It is best that the sheets are clean and that you avoid sleeping with pets, at least for the first three nights.

The sleeping bandage is usually done only the first nightThis is when the tattoo still oozes a lot and can stick to the sheets or pajamas. If any piece of fabric still sticks to the tattoo, soak it with water to gently peel it off, try not to rip off the scab. 

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Plastic bandages are made with clean and dry skin, without applying any type of cream or medicine beforehand. 

Days 1, 2 and 3 after tattooing

After the first night with the tattoo bandaged, it is time to give the healing cream for the first time

When you remove the bandage from the first night, do not be frightened by the amount and color of discharge you encounter. It is normal for quite a bit of fluid to accumulate on the first night. 

After removing the bandage, wash the tattoo by massaging it with your hand to loosen all that has been excreted. Wash and dry it in the same way as explained above. 

If you have doubts about how to wash and dry it, access the link below.

How to properly wash and dry a tattoo during the first days of healing?
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Once the tattoo is clean and dry, it is time to apply the healing cream.

Apply a very thin layer of cream and spread it well.Never smear the tattoo or leave any sticky cream on it. Apply the healing cream as if you were applying a moisturizing cream, the skin will be just a little shiny, nothing more.

It is normal for the tattoo to be a little swollen and red in the first few days.. Even so, it is necessary to observe if the redness and swelling gradually decrease, as this is what should happen. 

If the redness and swelling increase as the days go by, do not hesitate to contact your tattoo artist, or a doctor if he/she is not able to help you. 

2. Apply the cream three times a day, always after washing and drying the tattoo.

Mainly in these first three days it is important to wash the new tattoo before applying the cream.to ensure that the wound skin is properly cleaned. and so that a thick scab does not form

In the first three days of tattoo healing, apply the cream three times a day: morning, afternoon and evening. If, for whatever reason, you notice that the skin of the wound is too dry, you can repeat the process more times, always avoiding overhydration, that is to say, remember that the layers of cream must be very thin.

3. Keep your tattoo clean, dry and in the air. 

Undoubtedly, tattoos heal better if they are clean, dry and uncovered. There are some moments during the healing process when bandages are recommended, and some people need them due to the activities they perform or the location of the tattoos. For this reason, always you must pay attention to the specific recommendations made by the professional who has performed your tattoo. 

If, for whatever reason, you think you won't be able to keep the wound clean, dry and aired, below is a link to another FAQ to help you decide.  

What should I not do if tgot a new tattoo?

Days 4 to day 7 after getting a tattoo

Make sure you are doing everything right by showing the tattoo to your tattoo artist.

Send a photo of your tattoo to your tattoo artist three days after the tattoo has been done.or stop by the tattoo parlor where you got your tattoo to show it off. 

Do not stop doing it if it is your first experience and especially if you doubt that it is healing well.

If the tattoo is still swollen or red, it is probably infected and the way it is cared for needs to be changed..

 The care that I recommend to follow is for tattoos that are healing normally. and do not apply to tattoos with any healing problems. If so, it is necessary to analyze the existing symptoms and apply a specific treatment. 

2. When there are no scabs left to fall off, stop using the healing cream and start applying natural vegetable oil or moisturizing cream for healing skin.

The tattoo will finish peeling depending on size, location and style..

There are linear tattoos that have no more scabs after three days and other larger or filled tattoos that may take more than a week. 

If there are only a few scabs left to fall off, you could give the healing cream only once or twice a day. and start introducing oil when you notice the skin is very tight or itchy.

When there are no longer any scabs to fall off, stop using the healing cream and moisturize the tattoo with oil only.

You can apply it several times a day if you want, in very small quantities, always avoiding smearing the wound. 

As for the type of oil, I recommend extra virgin, coconut or olive oil, as they are effective, easy to obtain and economical. 

If you prefer, you can use moisturizing repair cream (suitable for healing skin) instead of natural vegetable oil. 

3. Toca el tatuaje solamente para hacer las curas 

If everything has gone well in the first few days, most of the tattoo scabs will have fallen off naturally, sometimes there are still some scabs and it is not advisable to pull them out.let them fall off by themselves.

In these days the tattoo usually causes more itching and you have to be strong to don't scratch it. Proper hydration will alleviate this sensation and also works to lower the temperature of the tattoo.

To lower the temperature of the tattoo, you can apply cold to the tattoo area with an ice pack, use a fan, air conditioning, or simply go to a cooler room. If you use ice packs, make sure they are properly cleaned and do not overdo the application time.The idea is to cool the tattoo site without damaging the skin. 

Day 8 to Day 40 after getting a tattoo

If you have not already done so, stop using the healing cream. 

Between the eighth and tenth day after getting a tattoo, most commercially available healing creams should be discontinued. You will find more information about this in the cream's package insert. 

There are a few healing creams that are more natural and could extend the use, but when in doubt, stop using it, even if there are still scabs to fall off.  

2. Continue to take care of your tattoo hydration

Although the tattoos may look quite healed after a week, full healing will be complete in most cases within 30 to 40 days after the tattoo is done and this is why it is important to be disciplined with hydration.

I recommend continuing to moisturize with natural vegetable oil, but from day 14 you could moisturize it with a normal cream..

3. Show your healed tattoo to your tattooist

After 30 to 40 days after tattooing, the tattoo takes on the appearance it will have for years to come.

This is the time to find out if the tattoo needs revision and make an appointment to do it, if necessary.. To do so, send a good photo of your tattoo to your tattoo artist, or stop by the store to show it in person. 

Normally you will have a free revision if you need it, if you contact the tattooist 30 to 40 days after getting a tattoo. There is no justification for a small revision of the tattoo if you present yourself 6 months later, because if you do so, there will be a difference in pigmentation that will last for many months.  



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