What to expect after your first tattoo
Every body is different and depending on the size, style and location of your tattoo, the healing process will vary.
If you recently received your first tattoo, don’t be too concerned if it heals differently than you expected or differently than your friends’ tattoos. While your tattoo will start to heal within 1-3 weeks, it may take several weeks or even months for all the layers of your skin to return to normal. If you give it time and continue with consistent aftercare, your body will eventually heal itself and you will be able to show off your vibrant, healthy-looking new ink.
Here are four common effects of the tattoo healing process:
New tattoos tend to bleed and weep and may do so 24 hours or longer after you receive your tattoo. A little bit of bleeding is normal. Make sure you keep the area covered for the amount of time recommended by your tattoo artist and change the bandage if it becomes soaked with fluid.
Stinging and redness
After receiving your first tattoo, you may feel as if you have a bad sunburn. Depending on the size and location of your tattoo, the area may be sore for days or even weeks.
It is common for the skin underneath and around a new tattoo to become raised or swollen. The swelling will eventually subside but it may take longer than you expected.
Scabbing and peeling
The healing process typically includes the shedding of outer skin layers. Do not scrape or try to remove any scabs or peeling skin. Continue to wash the area and apply the amount of aftercare lotion that your tattoo artist recommends.