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Yesterday I had a tattoo done on my foot. It's now swollen and bruised. Is this normal? If so how long can I expect it to last?
It is normal to be concerned after having a tattoo - it's a major change for your body. It's normal for the tattoo to produce swelling and bruising directly afterwards, and you may find that blood and plasma seeps through to the surface.
It will usually take slightly over a week for a tattoo to heal, but even after this point your skin is still in recovery and may take over a month to return to its original state.
In terms of caring for your tattoo, the bandage that initially covered it should be removed shortly afterwards, then gently washed every 15 minutes in soapy warm water with a cloth. After the first day new skin forms on the surface of your tattoo, making it sensitive to abrasive surfaces like cloths and towels. Cleanse as before, but just once or twice a day with your hands, applying an antibiotic ointment to aid the healing process.
On Go Ask Alice you can find information on tattoo after-care, including advice on how long a tattoo should take to heal, guidance on how to look after your tattoo and what to expect while it's healing.
It is important to follow the guidelines set out by your tattoo artist, so it may be worth going back to them if you have any concerns about the way that your tattoo is healing. Alternatively, speak to your doctor (GP), who should also be able to advise you on the best caring methods for your new tattoo.
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