Most tattoos take 4-6 weeks to heal.
The upper skin layers need time to slough off on their own, while new layers develop underneath. Some of the pigment will slough off with the damaged skin, and some will be whisked away by your lymphatic system. After the dry, damaged skin falls off… your tattoo may appear pale or faded. Don’t freak out, this is totally normal. New skin is forming over the pigment nestled in that dermis layer and at the completion of formation (usually 6 weeks) the pigment in your tattoo should brighten up and become more clear. After 6-8 weeks, you may schedule your touch-up… IF you feel like you even want one, that is. The permanent cosmetic process is all about “layering”. We can always go darker… its going lighter that’s problematic!