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A new tattoo is considered to be an open wound so naturally they require proper aftercare in order for them to heal correctly. Through each stage of the healing process the tattoo will need attention. Tattoos must be kept clean and exposed to least amount of germs as possible. The healing stages of a tattoo will be as unique as the individual who is experiencing it.
There are many key factors that will play a role in how your tattoo will heal. These factors include skin type, the location of the tattoo on the body, and believe it or not, the tattoo artist and the techniques that they used when performing the 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 do not 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.
When it is time to remove the bandage from your tattoo, do so carefully. It is possible that blood has dried to the bandage and if you just rip it off, you could possibly jeopardize the appearance of your new tattoo.
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.
The tattoo healing process is similar to recovering from bad sunburn. It is quite common for a new tattoo to peel after a couple of days. Never peel the skin away yourself during any part of the healing process because it will likely pull the ink out of your tattoo leaving it discolored or uneven in appearance. You will also notice that your new tattoo feels tight, dry, and itchy. Keep applying your tattoo aftercare lotion to hydrate the tattoo and alleviate these symptoms. It is normal to see small flakes of colored skin flake away from your tattoo as your tattoo is healing.
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.