WANN IST ES ZEIT FÜR EINE TATTOO-AUFFRISCHUNG?

WHEN IS IT TIME FOR A TATTOO REFRESHMENT?

If you color your hair or know someone who does, then you're already familiar with the concept of a "refresh" when you see the dark roots or silver-gray hair starting to show through. When refreshing tattoos, keep the same concept in mind—but not exactly.
If you color your hair or know someone who does, then you're already familiar with the concept of a "refresh" when you see the dark roots or silver-gray hair starting to show through. When refreshing tattoos, keep the same concept in mind—but not exactly.

Resurfacing a tattoo is a common occurrence, even if the original tattoo was done by a highly respected tattoo artist in a very reputable studio. A touchup is essentially a new tattoo over your existing tattoo.

Although not all tattoos need a touch-up, these are some telltale signs that your tattoo could use some TLC:



Small imperfections will appear during the initial healing period
Your tattoo will look watered down or washed out
Her tattoo has faded
Your tattoo has some color variations or small gaps are visible in the design
The lines are no longer as clean and sharp as they used to be


Sage advice that never goes out of date - your tattoo artist's aftercare instructions are one of the best guarantees of a great-looking tattoo. If you've held up your end of the bargain and followed the instructions, but still need a touch-up sooner rather than later, your tattoo artist may offer you a free touch-up within a certain amount of time.

You probably won't be shocked to hear this, but there's really no specific "time" for a tattoo refresh. There are many artists who recommend a refresher within the first 6 months. It's best to check with your artist to see what their recommendation is based on your tattoo design and other factors to consider. Even if they don't do it for free, the fee for a refresh will most likely be minimal.

After the initial healing and determining whether a touch-up is needed, there is also the question of what happens over time. Over the years, all tattoos will gradually fade. Exactly how strong depends, of course, on many different factors. Think of these touch-ups like a Botox treatment or a touch-up of an older tattoo to make the colors vibrant and bright again.

Since we've talked about sun exposure and the proper use of sunscreen on tattoos here in the past, it's worth noting that another reason why some tattoos need to be touched up is because they weren't properly protected in the early days and due to excessive may have faded due to exposure to sunlight.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, please don't forget to keep a generous supply of a luxurious, super moisturizing tattoo aftercare cream and use it every day, not just for the immediate aftercare, but for the Long distance.