How long does it usually take for a tattoo to be fully healed?

I’m getting two black and gray tattoos. One on my upper arm just below the shoulders and another from the wrist to the elbow (on the inside of the arm). They will be pretty detailed

How long does it usually take to heal because I’m going on a training exercise to prepare for an upcoming deployment Army at the end of the month. Would the sleeves of the uniform cause a problem or mess up the tattoos?

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  1. ANFIELD, 18 February, 2010

    dont be alarmed if it gets a little sore and red.

    thats normal and happens.

    " A healthy, healing tattoo looks sore and a bit red – this is normal. If you think of getting a new tattoo in relation to having minor surgery, you will understand that your new tattoo is a wound.

    In order for a tattoo to be permanent, the tattoo artist had to get through three layers of skin. This is the same as a cut. Expect the healing process of a tattoo to be similar to the healing process of a wound "

  2. Trey J, 18 February, 2010

    mine was pretty much healed up after a couple of weeks. as long as you keep lotion on it it should be good after a week or so

  3. tallerfella, 18 February, 2010

    A week to 10 days and you should be fine.

  4. hot mama, 18 February, 2010

    None of my 6 tattoos are bigger than a sand dollar, and none of them took longer than 2 weeks to heal. The ones on my wrists are still raised, after 4 years. The sleeves of your uniform won’t mess up the tattoo, they may irritate it though because it’ll probably be scabby. Just drink a lot of water and make sure to apply the healing ointment (I used Aquaphor, worked just fine) and it should be alright.

  5. Amy, 18 February, 2010

    i may have answered this question in the military section, but here it goes… the healing process is different depending on the person and how you heal it. the sleeves of your uniform will rub on it and it will have an effect on your tattoo. a tattoo could heal in at least 2 weeks if you take care of it right and its not overmoisturized or having alot of friction on it. it could take longer if these things occur. your tattoos should flake naturally, in light flakes, it should not scab. do not use A&D to heal your tattoo. the first day or two its okay, but you should be using a non scented water based lotion such as lubriderm, curel, or keri, in very small amounts. after applying it should not be shiny or glossy, if it is you put too much. although it may feel good to have a wet tattoo, overmoisturizing leads to scabs which leads to loss of color. do not cover your tattoo to try to protect it from rubbing with cling wrap,gauze or anything of that nature, warm wet unventilated place are a breeding ground for bacteria, plus, your tattoo needs oxygen to breathe and heal right. many people get tattoos before they train or deploy, and your arm is one of the best places to get it compared to the body, where your IBA and other gear will be rubbing.
    just keep your tattoo clean, wash it often with liquid anti bacterial soap and clean hands (not bar soap or washcloths etc.. these carry bacteria) just try not to be banging your fresh tattoos on your weapon and stuff lol!

  6. fishgill, 18 February, 2010

    no the sleeves wouldnt mess it up but if ur worried put a clear bandage on it but the healing time frame depends on ur body, its basically a cut into your skin if you have ever recieved a paper cut judge it by that if you want to "speed" up the process keep it clean and use neosporen to help aid the healing process when it starts peeling ur almost healed

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