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First Tattoo

Lessons Learned After The First Tattoo

Getting your first tattoo is very special, especially for those who are quite passionate about styling with tattoos. Since, it is said that every first experience teaches your great lessons; your first tattoo experience also does the same. Have a look what lessons you can learn from your tattoo experience.

First Tattoo

What if you’re being asked about your first tattoo experience? Everyone would probably say things like it was painful, but fun, loved it, etc.! Isn’t it?
But, what if I ask you what did you learn from your first tattoo experience? Numb!!!!
Here’s what can be your answer….

1. It’s Painless!

It definitely hurts to every normal person! And, every person is normal – with regular nerve and skin structure. But, the reality is that the more you think it to be painful, the more you feel it. Think of the needle and you’ll feel pain in your body. So, the first thing you should learn from your experience is that divert your mind in other things to avoid feeling the intense pain.. that actually occurs while getting inked.

2. You Attract What You’re

Quite obvious, but people often don’t realize this. When it comes to deciding the design of the tattoo you want to get inked, your preference depends upon your taste. For instance, if you’re a music lover, you’ll feel like getting music tones as tattoo. Give it a though!

3. Think Before You Get It Done.

Understand that, it won’t go with constant washing. This means that it’s your decision to get the tattoo done, and with all that pain you tolerated, it won’t disappear. You might sometimes feel a strange remorse carousel, making you feel if you could reverse the action. Come On! It’s not possible. So, better make up your mind and take firm decision.

4. You Become What You Say You Are

“If you’re constantly in contact with something, you are adapting, you are adjusting, you are eventually becoming one with that something“. If you plan yourself in a certain context, sooner or later you become one with that context, either by changing yourself to fit in, or by attracting some favorable circumstances.

5. Just Do It!

The most important lesson, probably! DO it when you really want it or else take time to rethink. This isn’t technically a lesson, but instead a kind of reinforcement. If you really want to do something, get it done while you got the chance to. Do it when you want to! Also, if you postpone too much, you may lose it entirely.

6. Take Care!

Getting tattoo requires a lot of care – both before and later. Before care, as you need to prepare yourself as well as your body to undergo the procedure. And after care because you want to avoid unwanted circumstance that can affect you mentally, physically, emotionally and even financially. Often people take this care for granted and has to bear a lot in future. Its better to take prevention than to take treatments later throughout life.

Hope these lessons will inspire you during your first tattoo experience!

Tattoo Healing Stages - Dr Numb

Tattoo Healing Stages

Getting a tattoo is truly the focal point of the entire tattooing procedure, but it isn’t over once you walk out of the tattoo shop. In fact, this is the beginning of your tattoo healing process that can last for about three to four weeks. Here, it’s important that you take special care of your newbie art during this time. This will help ensure its best look once the healing is done.

Tattoo Healing Stages - Dr Numb

Continue to read and understand better the healing stages of tattoos that’ll give you a detailed idea of what to expect during and after the healing days or weeks.

Stage One

As soon as your inking process is completed, it marks the beginning of the healing process.  At this stage, your tattoo is an open wound where you need to treat it accordingly. The tattoo artist will wash the inked area gently and cover it with bandage to protect it from bacteria and other infections. Most tat artists suggest keeping the area covered for the first twenty-four hours. However, you will likely need to change the bandage because a fresh tattoo generally bleeds and leaks little. Allowing the bandage to soak up too much fluid or blood may wind up sticking to your skin, which is definitely not good for your tattoo healing process.

A fresh tattoo is often described as feeling similar to sunburn. The newly inked area tends to be a bit wounded, it can look red and become a little inflamed or swollen. But, don’t worry. This is all a natural part of the healing. Gradually, you’ll see some scabs forming over the area. Don’t attempt to peel or remove them. Hand wash the area gently once or twice a day with a very mild soap, pat it dry with a fresh paper towel and gently dab on a little amount of the moisturizing aftercare lotion recommended by your tat artist.

Although, the healing degrees of people differ greatly, the first healing stage of a tattoo usually lasts about a week as long as any infection doesn’t affect it. If you feel more pain than you expected, you can take a pain reliever.

Stage Two

Usually, the second stage of healing brings the inception of itching. This is because the scabs at this point are well formed and probably begin to flake off. This process will continue for about a week. The skin around the tattoo may become a little dry. Experiencing a skin peeling, just like it happens with sunburn is quite common. Avoid peeling or scratch your tat. Let it slough off by its own. Scratching can cause damage and ultimately spoil the look of your tattoo by the time the healing is finished. If the itching is unbearable, apply more aftercare lotion over the area to feel some relief.

This healing stage can last about one week as well.

Stage Three

Stage three is the final healing of the inked area. By this time, most or all of the scabs will fall away from your tattoo. The area may remain slightly dry and tender. Your tattoo ink may no longer look as vibrant as it did during the initial days, but this is completely natural. Typically, there is still a layer of dead skin over the tat that obscures it a bit at this time. However, once that layer sloughs away naturally, you’ll see what your new tattoo really looks like. If you’ve managed to avoid infection and scratching, it’ll look great.

Things to Avoid While Your Tattoo Heals

  • Avoid applying petroleum based skin products on your tattoo.
  • Avoid activities like swimming. The chlorine in the pool water can leach color and dry out the tender skin around your tat.
  • Don’t soak in the bathtub. This can allow bacteria to penetrate the unhealed tat wounds.
  • Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. It can lead to fading of your tat and you could easily burn the unhealed skin.
  • Avoid picking your scabs or scratching/rubbing your tat.

In general, the healing stages of tattoos can stretch over three to four weeks, and taking special care of your tattoo during this time is really essential in order to preserve the wonderful art tattoo artist has created. In case, you experience any symptoms beyond those mentioned above, contact your artist immediately. Although tattoo artists aren’t licensed physicians, they are very familiar with the signs and symptoms of normal healing versus the signs of a burgeoning infection. In case of any infection, your tat artist will give directions about how to care for the area topically, and the cautions to take. He or she may suggest you to visit your doctor if the situation warrants it.

Happy Tattooing!!!

Tattoo After-care Tips

Tattoo After-Care You Need To Follow!

Got First Tattoo!!

Finally you met your desire of getting a tattoo. Well, that’s very good. But, don’t you want it to be safe and beautiful in the long run. Definitely, you want it to be the same as it was the first day. How? For this, you need to put in little efforts. A few after care tips for the new tattooed persons are given below. Read on.

Tattoo After-care Tips

When you plan to get a tattoo, there are so many considerations to be taken care of. From selecting the perfect design to the best tattoo artist, you have to check on a number of things.

Ok! You got it all done and are just waiting for the day to put down your complete deposit and walk in the tattoo studio to have the tattoo of your dreams. But wait, are you prepared enough? If you are wondering what kind of preparation being is talked over here, it is about what you need to do after tattoo. Yes, you read it right, ‘after’ the tattoo.

Tattoo Forever:

Undoubtedly, you want to ensure that your gorgeous artwork stays new forever. Thus, it is important for you to learn some necessary tips to keep you tattoo amazingly new for long. Check out some here:

Listen To The Artist: It is quite obvious that the tattooists are experts in dealing with tattoos. Hence, they will always precisely instruct you for the dos and don’ts. They might help you in buying some products or guide you with different healing techniques. Generally, they are not obliged to touch up your tattoo once you leave the studio. Thus, be careful and make sure you discuss things in detail.

Keep It Clean: The first thing you need to learn is that your tattoo needs to be kept clean. It is similar to an open injury. Even the famous tattooists advise to touch the tattoos with clean hands. In case, you have got the fresh work done, use an unscented and anti-bacterial soap to clean it and let it air dry. You can use a clean paper towel to pat if required.

Be Careful: The new tattoos are highly sensitive, and get slightly inflamed or become red soon. Along this, a number of people experience some kind of irritation in a day or two, after getting a new tattoo. This is normal. But if the symptoms continue to exist for more than 3 or 4 days, you need to call your tattooist and set up a time to see the problem.

Wipe Off The Fluid: In the beginning, the tattoo will weep and the fluid, which comes out might be clear or slightly colored (same as your tattoo). Don’t panic, it is a normal thing and for sure it does not mean that it is the tattoo ink coming out. Wipe it with a clean paper towel and allow it to dry. Here you need to understand that the body knows how to heal itself, all you need to do is- take care.

Moisturize Your Tatts: Often, it is said to keep it dry. But over dryness can lead to a thick scab formation, which is not desirable. In fact, too much drying of the tattoo can lead to slow the recovery and can even harm the tattoo. You can get a cream prescribed or count on a treatment like Dr. Numb. It save your tattoo from being oversaturated and allow it to breathe.

Avoid Soaking: Make sure you protect your tattoo from soaking process, at least for two weeks. You need to be careful while bathing. And it is advisable to avoid swimming sessions and sauna baths. You can go for cleaning your tattoo under the shower. Remember, it will depend on your skin’s healing time for which you need to avoid water contact.

Protect it from sun: Do you know, sun exposure of your tattoo can hamper its quality? Similar to water contact, it is highly required to save it from direct sunlight for at least two weeks. The harmful UV rays can damage your skin and can also fade your tattoo’s color. Even after your tattoo heals, make sure you protect it from sun for long life of your design!

Numbing Cream For New Tattoo

How to Use Numbing Cream for New Tattoo?

Tattooing is getting popular day by day. Young and old, both seem to be crazy over this body art. Whether a small or a big, a tattoo design causes reasonable pain. But, there are some cool options to keep it painless. Numbing cream is one of them. Explore more!

Numbing Cream For New Tattoo

Getting your first tattoo? Or may be its second or third, the fact which remains common is that it is a painful process. The amount of pain caused varies from one person to another. While there are some people who have a lower pain threshold, and for them tattooing can be more challenging. A needle enters you skin and this causes pain. And there is no escape to this. But wait; there is no escape from the needling process. However, you can easily get over the pain section from this process. What about using a numbing cream!

Will Numbing Cream Work For Making Tattoo Pain Free?

Yes, they do work. But, the level of satisfaction will depend on the product you choose. For example, if you go for some topical anesthetic numbing solution, like Dr. Numb, it will definitely reduce the immediate feeling of pain. Basically, such products produce numbness and they are safe. You can buy them easily as these are easily available over the counter, i.e. no doctor prescription is needed.

How To Use Numbing Cream Works?

While these solution works by producing numbing reaction on your skin, it is of great importance to use the product correctly. Only a right method can lead to appropriate effects. Learn it here:

  1. You can start with cleaning the skin surface you are going to have a tattoo. Using soap and water is perfect. Pat it with dry towel.
  2. Now with gloves in your hands, squeeze a good portion of cream in your hands and gently rub the cream over the area that’s to be worked on. A generous layer, approximately 1mm thick all over the required surface area is enough.
  3. You can now cover it with a cheesecloth-like material for around 45 minutes before you begin with your tattoo process.
  4. Before the tattoo artist starts his work, wipe off the excess of numbing cream with a damp cloth.
  5. The cream has already worked on your skin and now you can go tattooing.

How Numbing Cream Works On Your Skin?

Usually, these numbing solution works by blocking the pain signal, which is sent by the nerve endings on the skin. Hence, when you apply numbing cream to the affected area, it creates a feeling of numbness.
Once your numbing cream starts working, i.e. it becomes active on your skin; the tattoo artist can start with tattooing. An effective solution like Dr. Numb makes your skin numb for minimum three to four hours.
Being one of the most popular and reliable topical anesthetic cream, it is highly targeted towards tattoo parlors. There is no doubt, that it is one of the most effective, medically tested, and reasonably priced solutions.

The numbing effect will strictly depend on the type of cream you choose. Hence, it is advised to choose your numbing partner wisely. You can count on Dr. Numb for sure. Not only it works for tattoo procedures, but also it is effective or various dermal applications like body piercing, laser tattoo removal, needle injections, laser hair removal, body waxing, and several others.

Reduce Tattoo Pain- Dr. Numb

How To Reduce Tattoo Pain?

The truth with tattoo making is that it is real painful and it takes a great deal to get one on your skin. But another good thing is that there are ways you can deal with the tattoo pain.
The following article deals with ways to lessen the intensity of before and after tattoo pain.

Reduce Tattoo Pain- Dr. Numb

In tattooing needles are pierced into the skin and this will cause pain anyhow. This is but natural. Although the level of pain also depends on your body’s sensitivity but pain during the tattooing process is inevitable.
Read further to find how you can deal with the tattoo pain.

Pre-Tattoo Pain Relief

If it’s your first time then it’s natural that you would be nervous about the pain but don’t worry it’s not going to be as worse as you think it to be. Moreover, the level of the pain is directly linked with the body part you are getting tattooed.

What to Avoid?

Alcohol While most people have the notion that alcohol or drugs will help them cut off the excess pain, on the other hand, alcohol consumption before the tattoo making process makes it unsafe for you. Drugs or alcohol can make the blood thin which cannot help the blood to clot while bleeding.
• Aspirin or ibuprofen Don’t take any OTC drug thinking it will lessen the pain. Such medicines can only make the tattoo bleed in excess.
What is recommended?
• Tylonel or acetaminophen These over-the-counter pain killers are comparatively safe and also reduce the pain.
• Dr Numb’s cream – You can apply this numbing cream half an hour before the procedure. This will numb the area and give you a pain free tattoo making procedure.

During The Tattoo

Initially when the needle is inserted into your skin, it is definitely going to pain, but the pain will lessen naturally after few minutes. The reason is that your body releases endorphins naturally when some external stimulus is triggered which reduces the pain.
Sometimes the vibration from the tattoo machine even lessens the pain. But if you feel excess of pain, you can take short breaks in between to make the procedure easy for you.
Bactine and lidocaine based sprays or numbing creams can also help to reduce the pain during the tattoo making. You can check with the artist if he has such products to have a painless tattoo making experience.

Post Tattoo Pain Relief

People have varying notions about pain in the tattoo making. Some feel the pain is worst during the procedure while others think the healing process is the toughest part.
Unhygienic and improper procedure can even result in infection which is again painful.

Following are some things which can help you in relieving pain post procedure.
• Ice– You can apply the ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the affected area. This can relieve you off the excessive pain.
• Numbing Cream- If you experience unbearable pain after the tattoo making, and then you can apply the numbing cream for temporary pain relief. Dr Numb is a popular numbing cream which is widely used for cutting pain in many dermatological procedures. Dr Numb’s cream is a safe and effective numbing cream which contains just 5% Lidocaine which has been declared safe by FDA. It is a safe OTC drug which is used by doctors, aestheticians and artists for giving a painless experience to their customers.

The tattoo making, permanent cosmetics have become popular over the past few years but most people still want painless ways to for these procedures.


Topical Numbing Cream for Laser Tattoo Removal

We, at some point of our lives have this permanent decision that want to change.  One of these decisions is getting a tattoo out of impulse. Getting a tattoo design that we don’t really like or even putting the name or the face of our past relationships. We don’t want to dwell on the past so much and one good thing is that we can now get rid of those permanent tattoos that we don’t like. We different procedures that we can do in order to remove the unwanted body design that we have.

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6 Reasons Why Your Tattooist Hate The Numbing Cream

9054-285x190-Rib_tattoo_painPeople who want painless tattoos often resort to using a numbing cream. Majority of the tattooists available will be fine with their clients using a numbing cream. But this sometimes post a conflict to some tattooists because they do not want their clients to use a tattoo numbing cream. Here are 6 reasons why your tattooist hate the numbing cream: Continue reading