The key to a beautiful tattoo?
Optimal skin healing
If you want your tattoo to have a vivid color, defined shape and optimum staying power, how you care for it during the first 30 days are crucial. Good skin healing is fundamental to achieve a beautiful end result!
Choose the right products to optimize scarring process
To purify the area and avoid infection, opt for a cleansing gel that is gentle and safe enough to use on damaged skin. Some formulas integrate emollient and soothing agents.
To help the skin to heal as quickly and well as possible, use a tattoo cream that:
- 1Soothes – to relieve redness and itching
- 2Repairs – to repair skin barrier
- 3Protects – to avoid color degradation
The critical 30-day window of tattoo care
What to look out for
In the days following an operation or procedure, your wound should look pink and it may well ooze clear fluid or small amounts of blood. Contact your doctor if you notice any of the following:
- Don’t compromise on cleanliness: environments such as saunas, jacuzzis, swimming pools and dusty or otherwise contaminated spaces can all increase your risk of infection, which may lead to scarring.
- Don’t scratch or wear tight or rough clothing that can rub and damage the area, as this can cause excessive scabbing and loss of definition.
- Don’t skimp on moisturization as dryness can cause excessive peeling and pigment loss.
- Don’t forget sun protection, as UV rays can fade the tattoo’s color.
While your tattoo is healing, it is at risk of developing dark pigmentation (on or around the tattoo) if exposed to the sun. For the first month, avoid exposure altogether by using a sun cream with SPF50+ (this works better than covering up the area as clothes can cause friction). Even in the long term, UV radiation can degrade your tattoo’s definition and intensity, so opt for sufficient sun protection if you want to keep your tattoo looking its best.
My tattoo feels like it’s on fire!
For the first few days it is normal to experience mild pain, itching and redness. Use a soothing cream to relieve these feelings. Try keeping it in the fridge for a cooling effect. Do consult a doctor if:
- the pain is very severe
- you feel feverish or generally unwell
- the redness is spreading from the immediate area
- the tattoo is oozing white or yellow pus
How does tattoo removal work?
The gold standard treatment for tattoo removal is with a Q-switched laser. The energy of the laser beam is absorbed by the pigments which form the tattoo, causing them to heat up and fragment before being cleared away by the body. Removal generally takes several sessions and may never completely erase the tattoo. Skin texture can be permanently changed after laser tattoo removal and may resemble scar tissue. All in all, tattoo removal is far from straightforward. It can be a costly, painful and lengthy process, which is why careful planning and artist selection are absolutely essential.