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The Healing Stages Of Tattoos

May 25, 2008
A tattoo may be beautiful but it is still an open wound so it needs the right amount of care in order for it to heal properly. Each particular stage of the healing process means that the tattoo will require one different sort of caring method or the other. Tattoos should be kept as clean as possible and as free from germs as can be possibly mustered. Healing stages differ from one person to the next so this issue will have to be factored into the equation as well.

Different factors play their roles in the nature and manner that your tattoo tends to heal. A number of these factors tend to be centered on the kind of skin you possess and where your tattoo is located anatomically. Also of note are the tattoo artist and the style and manner they use to create your tattoo.

As soon as you tattoo is complete the artist will send you on your way with a bandage on your new tattoo. He will likely advise you to keep the bandage on for a few hours so that it does not get any outside exposure.

A brand new tattoo is similar to having minor surgeries so don't be surprised if your tattoo bleeds a little for the first 24 hours. This is normal and your bandage will help absorb any bleeding from your tattoo initially following your procedure. One thing to note is to be extremely careful when removing your bandage and to not let a large amount of blood dry on your bandage.

A fresh tattoo usually experiences the initial healing stage almost immediately and this stage will mean that your tattoo will be red, a tad sore and a bit swollen as well. In addition to this experience you might also get a slight and stinging feeling rather similar to sunburn. This is a common comparison most people who have gotten tattoos tend to associate the process with.

The first healing stage of your new tattoo is experienced almost initially so expect that your tattoo is going to be sore, red, and possibly a bit swollen. You may also experience a slight stinging sensation that is similar to the feeling of sunburn. Tattoo artists will tell you that getting a tattoo feels like strong sunburn; the truth is that a healing tattoo will often feel like sunburn.

It is also common for a new and healing tattoo to feel dry, tight and itchy as well. In order to minimize this feeling and promote your comfort, it might be advisable to continue applying tattoo aftercare lotion in order to moisturize the tattoo and alleviate the symptoms experienced. Small particles of colored skin may drift off your tattoo as it heals as well and this is a rather normal occurrence too.

During the healing process of your new tattoo these are the common healing stages: Week one, expect soreness and redness, and slight bleeding is common during the initial 24 hours following your procedure. Week two, expect the tattoo to flake or peel and your tattoo may become itchy. Week three, which is usually the final week of the healing process you can expect that scabbing and peeling had subsided although the area may still be a bit sensitive.
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Applying Neosporin on tattoo is one way to heal your tattoos faster. For more information on tattoo care, click on the links above.
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