MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Long Does It Take A Tattoo To Heal?

Every tattoo buff will insist that getting some awesome new ink will always be worth it. But before you can wow your friends or family with some amazing body art, you’d have to first actually GET the tattoo. And then, given the nature of tattoos, themselves, you have to then let it heal up. So, just how long will it take for your skin & body to recuperate after getting a tattoo?

Here’s basically how tattoos work: your tattoo artist will use a mechanical needle to inject certain pigments into your skin, namely the dermis. The dermis is the layer of skin beneath the epidermis, which is the skin you can see from the outside. The ink applied to the dermis will then be visible through the epidermis. While the process gives you some cool body art to show off, it also leaves you with a plethora of tiny puncture wounds. And the full length of time it takes for your skin to recover will depend on both the size & the location of your tattoo. In the first week after getting inked, you’ll probably experience some redness & oozing, which is totally normal. Then, for 2 to 3 weeks after that you might have some itchy flaking skin. But usually, your skin should be back to normal within 2 to 3 weeks. Full healing for all the layers of your skin damaged by the process, though, can take up to half a year.

But, whether you’re getting an entire movie poster on your back or a lone symbol on your arm, injecting ink under your skin is technically a medical procedure. So, if your tattoo artist doesn’t give you a breakdown for aftercare (and not every state requires them to do so), at least now you know how long it should likely take for your body art to heal.

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