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Are tattoos placed on the muscle or between layers of skin?

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The ink used in a tattoo is placed through a needle into the dermis, or second layer of skin, according to Dartmouth Medical School. The epidermis, or top layer of skin traps the ink to create a permanent design.

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Are tattoos placed on the muscle or between layers of skin?
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A tattoo needle will only penetrate an average of one millimeter into the skin. Still, the epidermis will need time to repair itself after a tattoo is applied, usually two to three weeks on average. According to the Harvard Health Blog, a new tattoo should be treated as an open wound. Aftercare includes avoidance of the sun to protect against blistering. The affected area should also be kept covered and dry with a clean bandage till the skin is fully healed.

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    How do tattoos last so long?

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    How are tattoos done?

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    How do you do a tattoo at home?

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    What layer of skin does tattoo ink enter?

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