Tattooing: how does it work?

Getting tattooed is trendy! But because it is a definitive act and it is not without risks, it is better to think twice before starting, and take some precautions to avoid any risk with its health.

What is a tattoo?

It is to mark one's skin indelibly. Specifically, it is to introduce ink into the skin to make the chosen pattern final. The realization of a tattoo is often done in several stages: first the choice of the drawing, then the tattoo itself. But in all cases, the tattooist must inform in detail about the consequences and the possible risks incurred.

Which tattoo artist to choose?

A professional and serious tattoo artist, that goes without saying! To find your way around the jungle of tattoo parlors and to guarantee better health and safety conditions, new standards have emerged.

Tattoo artists must now declare their activity to the prefecture and provide proof that they have followed specific training.

On the equipment side, they must use sterile, disposable equipment. The choice of inks is also subject to stricter rules. Finally, they have the obligation "to operate" in a room independent of the rest of the premises.

The realization of the tattoo

Once the drawing is determined, the tattooist applies it on a transfer paper. He will then clean (possibly also shave) and disinfect the defined area, and transfer the drawing to the skin.

Then he will perform the tattoo: using a special needle, it will penetrate the ink into the skin. This operation is more or less long and, depending on the sensitivity of each, more or less painful.

The healing of the tattoo

Achieving a tattoo causes slight bleeding. Small crusts will therefore be formed in the drawing, it's normal. To promote good healing, it is important to comply with the care indicated by the tattooist.

If he has applied a bandage, it is better to remove it after a few hours to allow the skin to "breathe". It is possible that small seeps occur. Then gently tap the area with a gauze pad, and then regularly apply a healing cream for about ten days recommended by the tattoo artist.

The complete healing of a tattoo requires on average two weeks (but it can be longer if the drawing is important).

Warning: exposure to sunlight should be avoided during the 6 months following the completion of the tattoo.

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