Getting inked is an awesome project and in order to make your dream comes true, it’s also important to take into account the healing process.
Indeed, it is important to understand that there are many factors that contribute to the healing of tattoos.
These factors could be:
  • the natural ability of your body to heal and repair,
  • the quality of the care that you are going to apply,
  • the size of your tattoo,
  • the skills of the artist who is going to work on your skin,
  • the type and quality of the ink used,
That’s why in this article we are going to explain these different factors and how long does it take for a tattoo to heal.

Your new tattoo and the healing process that follow

After getting your tattoo, the outer layer of your skin will need time to heal.
Indeed, your body’s immune system will treat the tattoo like a skin wound and will focus his effort on repairing it.
Bigger tattoos generally take longer to recover due to covering more surface.
In order to ensure a safe healing, we recommend you to keep in touch with your tattoo artist and to keep him updated during your recovery.
Moreover, it is important to pay attention to your tattoo during the healing process and it is vital that you know what to look for when something seems not to be healing properly.

How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?

The healing time vary because everyone’s body is different but here comes so some general numbers.
After tattooing, the outer skin layer usually heals after 4 weeks. But it does not mean that your skin fully recovered.
Indeed, it can take up to 6 or even 12 months for deeper layers of the tattooed skin to heal completely.
That’s why it’s essential to keep applying proper care in order to keep your skin clean and moisture.
In addition, here comes some factors that could delay your healing process or even damage your skin:
  • pulling loose skin,
  • not moisturising enough,
  • forgetting to apply sunscreen or the wrong type of lotion,
  • to scratch your tattoo,
  • etc


We hope that all of these advice helped you better understand the healing process.
If you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact your tattoo artist.