The first stage of the tattoo healing process begins when you come out of the studio with your new tattoo. After the tattoo is made, the artist will wash the area gently and apply a bandage to it. This bandage should be allowed to stay on the tattoo for at least 24 hours. However, you may need to change it occasionally as newly made tattoos tend to bleed and it the bandage soaks up a lot of blood, it may become difficult to take it off from the skin. Moreover, the new tattoo needs fresh air to heal well and hence, do not keep the bandage more than the time suggested by the tattoo artist. The experience that one will have after getting a tattoo is similar to that of a sunburn. It is normal to observe some swelling during the first week of the healing process. This will be accompanied with pain and a stinging sensation in the area where the tattoo is made. If you find the pain unbearable, you can take some over the counter pain killers to find relief.
The first stage of healing process usually lasts for a week or so. When the pain begins to subside, one is likely to experience an itchy sensation. This can be quite frustrating, however, one has to keep in mind that one should never scratch the tattoo as this can cause scabs to occur in that area. Other than this, during the second stage of healing process, the tattoo area will become dry as well as tender. If you have had scabs during the first stage, by the time you reach this stage, all your scabs must have gone off. It is also common to experience peeling during this stage. However, one should avoid peeling the tattoo and let it take its own time to come off. This is because if you try to do something like this, you may damage the look of the tattoo completely. To alleviate the feeling of itchiness, you should apply the aftercare lotion recommended by your tattoo artist regularly.
During the last stage of the tattoo healing process, usually all the scabs must have fallen off. However, the skin where the tattoo is made will not be still back to normal. Rather, your skin will still be tender as well as dry. A thin layer of dead skin still remains on the tattoo during this stage. However, it will come off gradually, by the end of this stage. You may observe that the initial brightness of the tattoo will wear down when you reach this stage. However, there is nothing to worry about it as it is actually the natural look of the tattoo.