The initial healing process after getting a tattoo typically takes a couple of weeks, however, it can take as long as 45 days for the skin to fully recover. The exact time varies based on aftercare techniques.
A few days after the tattoo is completed, the skin around the tattoo starts to peel, similar to a sunburn. Picking at the skin should be avoided, because doing so can damage the artwork and increase the risk of infection. Seven to 10 days after getting a tattoo, the peeling process should be completed, leaving the skin shiny and slightly wrinkled. After two weeks, the tattoo should appear fully healed.