How Long Does It Take a Tattoo to Fully Heal?

Complete healing of a tattoo generally takes between one to three weeks on average. This time frame varies based on the size, location and complexity of the tattoo, as well as how closely correct aftercare procedures are followed.

Many tattoo artists either supply or offer for sale an appropriate aftercare lotion or other product. This should be used regularly as directed, and all other instructions given by the artist should be followed in order to minimize healing time and complications. Assuming the area is kept clean, dry and cared for as directed, the tattoo should be fully healed within a few weeks.