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QOW: Tattoo Healing Slowly, Color is Dull

January 28th, 2009
Question: I got a butterfly tattoo set about two weeks ago, and now it is flaking and
scabbing-it’s also dull. I washed it, put ointment on it, and now cream (fragrance
free), as well. There is still some redness, and of course it itches like mad! What
I would like to know is, is it normal for a tattoo to take this long to heal? I hope the
dullness clears; when I first got the tattoo it was so pretty!

Answer: Everyone heals at a different rate, so I wouldn’t be too worried yet – if it
appears that it IS healing (even if slowly) and there doesn’t appear to be
any severe redness or infection, then you’re probably okay. Just give it a little more time and yes, once it is FULLY
healed, the original color and brightness should come back. Looking dull
is just part of the healing process. If you notice any dullness of color
once it’s fully healed, most artists offer a free touch-up within a
certain amount of time from the original tattoo.

On a more personal note, I would suggest that maybe you see your doctor to
see why your body is responding so slowly to heal. It could be an
indication of a bigger problem, like Type 2 diabetes. Or it could simply
mean that you’re lacking some essential vitamins that keep your immune
system healthy. Either way, this could be your body telling you that it
needs something and this is a good opportunity to have it checked out.


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