How Long Does It Take A Tattoo To Heal

So, you have just got a new tattoo done on your body. I’m sure it looks quite nice, but do you know, in order to keep the beauty of this body art intact it is very important that you take care of it properly till it heals completely.   

How long does it take a tattoo to heal? The healing process of a tattoo starts right from the time a tattoo artist is done making the tattoo. It takes approximately 3 weeks for a tattoo to heal properly. The initial few days of the healing period is considered to be the most crucial time, as it is during this time you promote healthy healing, to ensure that the design and the color of your tattoo remains in perfect order for a very long period of time. 

In the following paragraphs, I have made an attempt to give you an idea of what you can expect during these 3 weeks when the healing process is on.  

The 1st  week: 

The first week is likely to be the most difficult stage. It is during the first week that you will experience a little pain, a sunburn like sensation, minor swelling and a few other discomforts. In case the pain seems to increase, you may consider using over-the counter pain killers to help you deal with the discomfort better. 

The 2nd  week: 

During the second week you will feel much better than the 1st. You will see your tattoo has begun to dry up gradually. It may also start to flake and peel. You might also feel itchy and dry, in and around your tattooed area. In case you find a scab appearing, do not pick on it. A scab forming on a tattoo is very natural, but if picked it may damage the color and design of your newly made tattoo. 

The 3rd  week: 

By the time the 3rd week starts most of the scab on your newly made tattoo should be gone. But, yes the area of the skin where the tattoo is made may still be sensitive and needs to be taken care of properly in order to avoid infections. Just because it is the third week, it doesn’t mean that the healing process is over. It is usually not till the end of the third week that your tattoo heals fully.  

Also remember, the healing time for different individuals is different, but in usual cases it takes about 3 weeks for a tattoo to get heal properly. I always recommend readers who have either recently got a tattoo done or planning to get a tattoo, to carry on with the after-care treatment for a month to be on the safer side and also to ensure that the color and the design of the tattoo remains unspoiled for a very long period of time. 

Few things to remember: 

ü         Keep your tattoo away from water for the initial few days.   

ü         Make sure that you clean the tattooed area with an antiseptic soap.  

ü         Apply antiseptic ointment on your tattoo for the first few days.  

ü         Try to avoid exposing your tattooed area to the sun.  

ü         Get your tattoo done from a professional. 


So, to conclude if you have recently got a tattoo done, make sure that you keep the abovementioned points in mind to help healing your tattoo faster than usual.