Like body painting, which is considered an ancient art form, tattoos are also not new. They have been used around the world, by many tribes and civilizations. In India, tattoos have been very common. Usually names are tattooed on the forearm. A few designs or symbols may be used. For cosmetic purposes, it has been seen that tattoos have been sued to make eyebrows look thicker, or as a decoration on certain areas of the face, like the chin.
Tattoos caught on as a fashion trend more than a decade ago and really intricate patterns are being used. In fact, there are tattoos artists who have earned name and fame and have even copyrighted their designs. People display their tattoos proudly. In tattooing, ink is inserted into the layers of the skin to change the color. This is done through fine needles, and nowadays, tattooing machines are also available.
Care After Tattooing:
Taking care of the tattooed area afterwards is of great importance, to prevent infection. Since the skin is pierced with needles, there are chances of infection. The area is usually bandaged for a few hours. This is done to protect the skin from bacteria, which can enter easily though broken skin. A gauze bandage is best. Avoid using any synthetic material or covers for the tattooed area.
How to Care for a New Tattoo:
• Soak the bandage with warm water to remove it, so that it comes off easily. Wash the area during your bath with luck warm water, after adding an antiseptic solution. Avoid rubbing the area with a scrub, sponge or even a towel. Just pat it dry with a dry towel or tissue after bathing.
• After washing or bathing, leave the area open for about ten minutes. This helps to air the area. Then apply an ointment. You may need to follow this procedure and apply the ointment for 3 to 4 days.
• Total healing of the area may take 4 to 6 weeks. Before that there may be some peeling of the skin. The small flakes should not be pulled out, but be allowed to fall off on their own.
• If the tattoo is not on an exposed area, wear loose clothing, so that the skin heals properly without any friction form tight clothes.
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• Avoid soaking in a tub before the tattoo heals totally. It should not be covered with water for a long time. Avoid swimming.
• Avoid sun-exposure while the tattoo is healing and also avoid applying sunscreen or sun-block lotions and creams. If you cannot avoid sun-block, apply one with high SPF of 30 and above and reapply it if you are out in the sun for a long time.
• Avoid putting any other cover on the tattoo after taking out the initial bandage, especially with synthetic or plastic material.
• Put light gauze on the area at night, to avoid hurting the skin inadvertently in your sleep.
• Avoid picking at the skin on the tattoo and avoid scratching it even if it itches. Apply ointment to reduce the itching.
• Needless to say, if there is any increase in pain or in case of inflammation of swelling, be sure to consult a doctor.
The problem with tattoos is that the effect is permanent and changing or removing them entails much pain and expense.