Healing Process of a Tattoo ♡

What I will be discussing with you in this post is my own personal experiences of how my tattoo healed in about two months. Let me tell you now that the healing process of my tattoo and the amount of time it healed does not mean the healing process your tattoo or anyone else’s will be the exact same. The healing process can differ for everyone, especially considering the size, amount of detail, and location of the tattoo. But, I wanted to share how my tattoo healed for those of you who are curious. 🙂

March 18, 2015: When I first got my tattoo, there was slight redness at the location where I got it. It also hurt a bit, but not anything extremely painful where I couldn’t stand it. My wrist was then wrapped up with plastic wrap and a bandage when it was done, and I took it off less than 4 hours later. Afterwards, I cleaned my tattoo gently with my CLEAN fingers with clear hand soap (I used Dial) and put Aquaphor Ointment on it (which was recommended by my tattoo artist).

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March 19, 2015: The very next day, my tattoo turned slightly more red, and was definitely more wound-like and swollen. I remember that it stung a bit more than the day before; but again, nothing too bad. It is slightly shiny in this picture because there is Aquaphor Ointment on it.

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March 21, 2015: My tattoo started to look more normal after a few days. However, when I would gently run my fingers over it, I could still feel a slight bump.

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March 22, 2015: The next day is when it started to peel. Since I did research before getting my tattoo, I knew that there would be peeling involved in the healing process, so I wasn’t surprised.

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March 26, 2015: A few days later, my tattoo really started to peel and it became more noticeable. I was so tempted to pull off the loose flakes, but again, when I researched, I read that peeling it yourself is NOT RECOMMENDED. Just knowing that it could ruin the tattoo made me control myself. So, I just let it peel and fall off on its own. I also started putting on unscented lotion (I used Curél) when I stopped using Aquaphor (my tattoo artist said Aquaphor for 5 days, then switch to unscented lotion until it heals fully).

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March 28, 2015: The peeling part of the healing process looked like it was almost over. There was only one section on the bunny’s ear area that needed to peel off, but everything else was pretty much gone. I remember being excited as to how it would finally look! 🐰🌙

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April 1, 2015: The peeling was all done a few days later, and my tattoo looked wonderful! The ink was nice and sharp.

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August 1, 2015: My tattoo fully healed around the end of May, but I don’t have a picture of it during that time. However, it pretty much looked like how it does now. I still take good care of my tattoo. I put lotion and sunblock whenever I can, and it looks great. 💕

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If you were ever curious or even worried about how a tattoo heals, I hope I eased your mind just a bit. It seems like a long process, but it really does go by quick! And if you’re ever thinking of getting a tattoo, just remember to take good care of it so that after it heals, it looks even more wonderful. 😊

Thanks for reading. 

4 comments

  1. had me going says:

    Hey there! Thiis is my first coimment here so I just wanted to give a quick
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  2. Shelby Camille says:

    I just got a tattoo of the outline of Cinderella’s castle. It just started peeling and it scared me so much, but reading this and watching the process, I feel so much better!

  3. Allie P says:

    thanks so much for this! i just got a small tattoo on my ankle and i have been searching for a detailed timeline of how a small simple black tattoo would heel so this is super helpful 🙂

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