A Mark for Life
Tattoos are becoming more and more modern each year. They have evolved significantly, regarding their purpose. Initially, they were considered tribal markings. Later, they stayed connected with gangs and criminals as signs of their groups and clans. Today, however, even though these permanent skin marks are used for these same purposes too, they are almost completely socially accepted and have even become a mark of aesthetic appeal. Moreover, tattoos are considered works of art. However, upon getting a tattoo done, if you wish for it to come out the best possible way, you need to take good care of it during the healing process. Many different tattoo artists have their own preferences regarding the cosmetic products and medications for these purposes. Nevertheless, one is for sure, you have to be careful if you want your tattoo to be perfect on your skin.
Tips and Tricks for Fresh Tattoos
First and foremost, you need to bear in mind that your tattoo is nothing more than ink inserted under your skin by several hundred tiny stabs of a needle. Thus, it is clear that wounds are created during this action. These tiny wounds, like any other, tend to create scabs, due to bleeding and ejecting tiny portions of dead skin tissue. These scabs prolong the healing process and cause scarring. Because of this, you are highly advised to stop them from ever appearing on the surface of your new tattoo. You can achieve this by keeping the tattoo spot clean with some of many antiseptic products. Also, you need to keep the tattoo moist. For these purposes, you may use Vaseline or similar products.
As for disinfecting and keeping your tattoo moist, you should be careful not to overdo it. Rather, make sure you apply the necessary treatments not more than two times a day. Excessive moisturizing will cause your skin to peel, possibly altering the look of the tattoo. Also, do not clean it aggressively, but pat it with a material like paper towel while applying the selected products.
In most cases, the tattoo artists, upon finishing one's tattoo, bandage it with a plastic material. This is useful for protection. However, you should not keep it on at all times. Wear these types of bandages while washing, sleeping or wearing clothes which might irritate the spot. In all other cases remove it and keep the tattoo moist and disinfected.
Finally, the whole healing process lasts for about three weeks. The first four days are crucial for scab removal, the first seven days for applying some special ointments, while the rest of the healing process, you should simply be careful and keep your new tattoo clean and safe.