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Tattoo and Seniors: What to Keep in Mind?

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Oct 28th

Tattoo and Seniors: What to Keep in Mind?

You are never too old to get a tattoo! 11% American seniors are willing to ink their skin. Is aged skin compatible with tattooing? What precautions should you keep in mind? What are the complications related to the tattoos? This guide will help seniors looking to get the tattoos for the very first time.

Tattoos are also popular among aged adults. One study unveils that 11% seniors between 50 and 64 are willing to have tattoos. Aged men are 71% more likely to ink their body than women, according to another study. Such numbers are not so thrilling, but they are surprised as the tattooing percentage among seniors was almost zero a few decades ago.

Most of the aged people see tattooing as an opportunity which was otherwise missed due to professional appearance, social setting and workplace restrictions before retirement. As they have done with their responsibilities, the concerns regarding tattoos are not with them anymore. Then, they don’t need to worry about tattoo appearance in future.

However, tattooing is not that easy for seniors. Their delicate skin and existing health conditions (or the risk for the same) require them to be extremely careful while getting their skin inked.

Here we have rounded up the things you should consider before tattooing:

Consider Your Doctor:

Besides an aged skin, health conditions are the factors requiring you to consult your doctor.Ask him if getting a tattoo can effect or interact with medication or health. In case of infection or having a recent surgery, it is better to drop an idea of getting a tattoo. Also, avoid a tattoo if you are undergoing a chemo or you’re HIV positive.

Pick the Right Tattoo Artist:

Your topmost priority should be picking the right tattoo artist, especially the one who specializes in senior tattooing. Otherwise, inexperienced tattoo artists may not only spoil the design but also damage your aged skin. Here are the tips to select the right tattoo artist:

  • Check his experience.
  • Make sure he is certified.
  • Check his reviews online and ask about customers.
  • Ask him if he can handle senior clients.
  • Check his portfolio to get an idea what type of designs he makes.
  • Make sure that he practices good hygiene and takes proper health precautions.
  • Shop around for prices.

Pick the Right Tattoo Design:

Pick the right tattoo design for your aged and fragile skin, meaning that you have to be more mindful while choosing a design. Tiny tattoo designs are a great choice as they occupy small skin path and give minimal pain and discomfort. Besides, you are likely to go for some decent tattoo designs.

Apply Numbing Cream:

Even tattooing hurts the young people. Then, your fragile and aged skin may not be good at tolerating pain. Will it respond well to the striking of the needles? How will you go through tattooing process?

Fret not! Here comes numbing cream. A numbing cream is a topical anesthetic which desensitizes your skin so that you don’t feel anything done to your skin. In simple words, it dulls your skin. It is very easy to use just like any ordinary skin cream. However, make sure to choose the right numbing cream. This is because not all numbing creams are the same when it comes to dulling the pain. Some numbing creams are so mild that they may not work well with intense processing like tattoos. Therefore, choose a numbing cream with a strong formulation. Dr.Numb® is counted among such numbing cream. It has 5% lidocaine and keeps your skin numbed for up to 2 hours.

It is important to follow the instructions while using a numbing cream. The guidelines may vary a bit from cream to cream, but in general, they include the following steps…

  • Wash your skin with water and soap. Pat it dry.
  • Apply the first layer of a numbing cream using your fingers. Spread the cream evenly on the surface.
  • Then, apply the second layer of the cream.
  • Cover the area with a plastic cling.
  • Remove the cover after one hour and wipe off the excess.

Your skin has now “numbed” and you will feel less or no pain while having piercing or tattooing.

Aftercare Instructions are Important:

A new tattoo is a fresh wound, which requires care till it is healed completely. It is vulnerable to infections, scarring, fading of ink and other serious complications. Therefore, it is essential to be proactive towards your aftercare.

Here are some aftercare tips:

  • Avoid swimming in water bodies or pool as the bacteria or chemicals present in water can affect your fresh tattoo.
  • Apply the tattoo balm (given by your tattoo artist).
  • Don’t pick your tattoo scab. It is totally normal to experience itching.
  • Apply sunscreen to protect the tattoos from fading while in the sun.
  • Use moisturizer to avoid dryness.
  • See your doctor if swelling, heat, pus, odor, and pain persist for more than 3 days. They may be the signs of an infected tattoo.

Tattoo care is important even after the healing of your fresh tattoo. Keep your tattoo protected from the sun and moisturize the area regularly.

Shop Around for Better Prices:

Generally, the cost of tattooing is determined by design, time, size, location and reputation of a tattoo artist. Beautiful artwork is expensive. But that doesn’t mean you go for cheaper tattoos as they may be made with the inferior quality of ink using makeshift components. It is better to shop around for the better rates. So, as we have said before, research the artists.

So these are the tips for the seniors to get a tattoo.