Signs Your Tattoo Isn’t Healing Correctly & When Should You See a Doctor

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Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time tattoo recipient, there’s no denying that getting inked is an exciting experience. But if your skin isn’t healing properly after the session, it can turn into a stressful one. While occasional skin reactions are normal for fresh tattoos and should fade within a few days without issue, knowing when to see medical help is also essential to avoid any permanent damage.


When should I be concerned about tattoo healing?


Tattoos are a great way to express yourself and commemorate special moments, but it’s important to keep an eye on how your tattoo is healing. If you experience any itching, pain, or swelling weeks after you get your tattoo should visit a doctor. 


Other indicators that indicate issues with the healing process include bleeding might not stop, draining pus accompanied by a foul smell, or yellowish fluid around the area of the tattoo. Be sure to contact your piercing artist if you have any questions about proper tattoo healing, as they have plenty of experience with such matters and will be best equipped to guide you in finding quick solutions.

What happens if the tattoo doesn’t heal properly?

If a tattoo doesn’t heal properly, it can cause a variety of issues – from mild discomfort and itchiness to more serious infections. In some cases, mistakes during the healing process can result in the tattoo becoming discolored or distorted. 


It’s important to take care of your tattoo immediately after getting it and for several weeks afterward keeping it clean and following the artist’s aftercare instructions. If you notice any changes at all in the look or feel of your tattoo, contact a qualified doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible to avoid any long-term damage. When done right, a tattoo is meant to last forever, so don’t let yourself down by skimping on healing time!

Can you fix a poorly healed tattoo?

Tattoos are permanent works of art that many people turn to express themselves or commemorate a special part of their lives. Unfortunately, sometimes they don’t heal correctly, either due to using the wrong tattoo method or poor aftercare habits. 


Fixing a poorly healed tattoo can be daunting. However, it’s not impossible. Visiting an experienced tattoo artist is the best course of action; they will examine the area and customize treatment options based on the challenges you’re dealing with. 


Depending on how long it’s been since your last session, laser treatments may help blend any fading skin tear evenly and reduce scarring from aggravated ink particles beneath the surface of your skin. If necessary, corrective surgery exists for tattoos that have become severely distorted due to rawness or forming a keloid – which requires some healing time post-surgery itself before further work can be done safely! 


No matter what your situation is, it’s important to remember that there are solutions available for even the most disheartening problems – and fixing a poorly healed tattoo is just one of them.

What does a tattoo infection look like?

A tattoo infection is an unwelcome complication that you don’t want while healing your art. It usually manifests as redness, swelling, or heat, and sometimes multi-colored areas with ridges may appear around the tattoo. 


Discharge, pus, or crusting can also form and can cause a burning sensation in the area. Though rarer and more difficult to treat than minor infections, an allergic reaction to the ink can cause swelling of the affected area. Sometimes blistering occurs at the site of the tattoo and may become itchy or painful. It’s important to be aware of these symptoms so none of your precious art goes to waste!

Is my tattoo infected or just healing?

It can be difficult to tell the difference between an infected tattoo and a tattoo that is just healing since both come with similar symptoms such as redness, swelling, and even itchiness. The best thing to do is to contact your tattoo artist or a doctor if you think your tattoo may be infected. 


Infected tattoos often cause more severe skin reactions like increased pain, discharge of pus or fluid, or red streaks around the site of the tattoo. In some cases, an untreated infection can lead to serious health problems. So if it appears that your tattoo may be infected after all, it’s important to get it treated right away!

Do infected tattoos heal and look okay?

Infected tattoos can be a scary thought, especially if you’ve just spent a lot of money on one. While infections do occur and are not ideal, the good news is that if treated properly, they can heal and look okay in the end. If an infection is suspected early enough, your tattoo artist will advise you to follow various treatments such as keeping it dry, applying ointments, and taking an antibiotic or antiviral medications. 


As long as you listen to the advice of your artist and healthcare professionals, your tattoo should heal successfully over time. Of course, once healed it might not look quite what it originally would have done – but with some creativity on the part of your artist when it comes to touching up any areas that need work afterward – yours could still turn out looking pretty good in the end!


All in all, it’s important to watch for the signs that your tattoo isn’t healing correctly and to go see a doctor if you experience any of the warning signs. Overall safety always comes first and it’s better to get a quick check-up from your doctor than to risk infection or scarring. It may seem like it takes forever (and trust us, we know how hard that wait can be!), but give yourself plenty of time for your tattoo to heal itself without rushing anything.

Dawn Hankman

Dawn Hankman

Tattoos are a part of our life and our family - between us we have a couple of dozens of them.
So I decided to share some of what I found out along the way about getting inked.

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Tattoos are a part of our life and our family – between us we have a couple of dozens of them.
So I decided to share some of what I found out along the way about getting inked.

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