I already have a few tattoos under my belt. Symbols or drawings made several years ago and which, in those moments of my life, were of great importance and meant a lot to me. My life has however evolved and changed and I would like these tattoos to evolve with me.
First of all, when you decide to get a permanent tattoo, the ideal is to make your decision several weeks in advance: this is not the kind of gesture you want to do on a whim ! You have to choose a suitable location and tattoo artist, as well as a design that is truly meaningful. I made the decision to find a tattoo artist who represented what I wanted to have. I did my research, I flipped through his albums, we sat down, we talked. She showed me sketches and along the way, I felt involved. I did not want to hide or camouflage my old tattoos, but only to modify and beautify them according to my current reality.
We cannot talk about tattooing without talking about contraindications, so I am mentioning a few here: blood disease, allergies and skin reactions, pregnancy, and more.
A little reminder for THE BEFORE :
- In the days or even the weeks preceding the procedure, do not expose the area to be tattooed to the sun. Use an SPF 30 screen protector as needed and avoid sunburn.
- You have to arrive at your meeting well rested! The pain may be more intense when you are tired. In addition, physical activity should be avoided before the tattoo session, as dilation of blood vessels is not recommended.
- Ideally, you should shave or epilate the tattoo area before going under the artist’s needle. Some salons will shave the area themselves before the procedure.
- Better to arrive well hydrated, so think about it a few days in advance. Don’t skimp on hydration, as dry skin will obviously be more sensitive. The use of a rich moisturizing lotion for the body is recommended before the D-day. The day before the appointment, take the time to exfoliate your body using a horsehair glove or an exfoliant. soft, in order to rid it of dead cells.
- Avoid alcohol! The latter may have a relaxing effect, but it also has the effect of dilating the blood vessels.
- Avoid drugs that can cause rashes or seizures in particular …
- If you are worried about pain, nothing prevents you from taking an analgesic tablet an hour before the session. Turn to ibuprofen or acetaminophen, but avoid salicylic acid (aspirin) at all costs, as it dilates the blood vessels and will cause you to bleed more.
- Once there, make sure that the sterilization is adequate: that a new, wrapped needle is used and that your skin is disinfected before proceeding with the tattoo.
You can put the odds on your side before, during and after the procedure, but there is no guarantee that there will be no unwanted consequences. Tattooing carries certain risks because it is an intrusive procedure. In case you notice an infection or any other abnormal reaction after getting tattooed, do not hesitate to consult a doctor promptly.