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May 4, 2022 12:48 · 3min read

How to fix tattoo blowout

Tattoo clearing

Before we get into how to fix tattoo blowout, let’s take a look at what tattoo blowout is and how it happens.

What is tattoo blowout?

This is when your tattoo ink ‘bleeds’ or ‘smudges’ into the skin surrounding your tattoo. You may also have heard it called tattoo bruising or ink bleeds. It’s often the result of your tattoo artist applying the ink either too shallow on your skin, too deep into your dermis, or even applying the ink at the wrong angle.

However, tattoo blowout can happen for other reasons, too. If your skin is very thin, for example, the tattoo may not ‘take’ properly. Areas like the wrists, fingers, and elbows are more prone to tattoo blowout for this reason.

You’ll probably start to notice a tattoo blowout a couple of days after you get your ink, but it may take up to a couple of months to become noticeable.

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More frequent treatments means quicker tattoo removal results and you can expect full removal in months not years.

How do you get rid of a tattoo blowout?

While tattoo blowouts cannot be reversed, there are a couple of ways you can get rid of a tattoo blowout.

One option is a tattoo cover-up - once your tattoo has healed, it’s possible to cover it up with another tattoo to hide the blowout. However, you’d likely be going for a completely different design to your original tattoo.

The most complete fix for tattoo blowout is laser tattoo removal. This allows you to have a clean slate for a second chance at the art you truly want, rather than covering it up and trying for something else.

At NAAMA, we offer rapid removal. Our unique laser technology uses low energy, which significantly reduces any chance of blistering, scarring or lasting damage. If you’ve had a blowout, you’ll probably want to fix it as soon as possible. With our technology, you can have treatments every two to three weeks and can expect full removal in just a few months.

Another option for tattoo blowout removal is to fade for a cover-up, rather than removing the tattoo completely. This means you won’t have to worry about show-through underneath your new tattoo.

How common are tattoo blowouts?

It’s hard to put a number on how common tattoo blowouts are. What you can do to reduce the chances of getting a tattoo blowout is to ensure that you visit a reputable, experienced tattoo artist.

It’s also important to look after your tattoo properly as it heals because stretching the skin can also cause blowout.

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