Following your tattoo artist’s advice
If you want the greatest results at the end of the day, a respectable tattooist will present you with instructions that you should follow. Various tattoo artists have different ideas about how to care for their work, and a tattooist with years of experience knows how to care for your tattoo using tried and true methods. As a result, you must not disregard their suggestions. This means that you should not take anything for granted when hiring a tattoo artist because they have a lot more to produce than just drawing a tattoo on your shoulder, arm, hand, wrist, or any other body area.
Maintain a clean tattoo
It’s critical to maintain the tattoo clean once the tattooist has removed the dressing. Many tattooists, including myself, recommend that you hand wash your tattoo regularly. To put it another way, you should wash your tattoo three times a day. Tattoos on the wrist, hand, or foot require more regular washing than tattoos on any other body region.
Use an antibacterial soap while washing and let it air dry before applying an antibacterial lotion. You can use a kitchen roll to help speed up the drying process. It’s fine to use the same lotions you were using before the tattoo after three to five days of utilizing the anti-bacterial cream.
Long-term tattoo sensitivity
Swollen, red, and sensitive fresh tattoos are frequent. However, rather than assuming everything, if the issue lasts more than two days, it is best to seek assistance from your tattooist.
It’s common for a tattoo to cause you to cry for a few days after you get it. Do not panic if the fluid coming out of the tattoo resembles the tattoo itself; everything is fine.
Maintain a wet tattoo.
The majority of people believe that tattoo drying means it is healing. Drying out might cause a thick scab to form, which will hinder the healing process. A professional tattooist will advise you on the best creams to avoid further issues. Depending on the location and size of the tattoo, you should moisturize it for three to six weeks. For a minimum of two weeks, don’t soak the tattoo.
It would help if you did not swim or bathe for two weeks after getting a tattoo to speed up the healing process. Other activities, as well as a sauna, may be forbidden by your tattoo artist. Please follow their instructions if they instruct you to refrain from doing specific actions.
The tattoo region should not be shaved.
After the tattoo has healed completely, shave the area where the tattoo is located. If you must shave, make sure the tattoo does not come into contact with the shaving foam or hair, as this will irritate it.
Having an itchy tattoo is a pain.
Soak it for 3-5 minutes in clean water if your tattoo itches. If it’s late at night or you’re tired, you’ll notice a level of comfort that will allow you to sleep. Another method for reducing itching produced by your skin is to apply ice. Within six hours, discard the bandage wrap. Leaving the bandage wrap on might cause bacteria to grow within the tattoo, causing further skin damage. To avoid infection of the tattoo, you should carefully remove the wrap within six hours.
UV radiation should be avoided when getting a tattoo.
Sunbathing and other activities that expose your tattoo to the sun are likely to impact how well it heals. When opposed to a grey-shaded tattoo, full-color tattoos typically take longer to heal. If you develop a rash or other strange symptoms around your tattoo, contact your tattooist immediately before things get out of hand. A tattoo’s first healing time can take up to two weeks, although it can take longer in other cases.
Finally, tattoo maintenance is critical if you want to speed up the healing process and keep your tattoo looking nice for as long as possible. It would also help keep in mind that tattoo maintenance should not be limited to two or three weeks but should be continued for as long as the tattoo is on your body.