Some of the common questions we get here at Lucky Bamboo Tattoo when scheduling is what the follow up appointment is and why is it a recommended appointment. A follow-up appointment is an appointment that follows the initial tattoo. It is typically scheduled 2-3 weeks after the tattoo so that the artist can go back over and finalize any details or touchups that are necessary.
Something to remember is that the human skin is the largest organ of the human body. It grows, moves, stretches, and can heal differently compared to someone else due to a large amount of factors. Once you get a tattoo you want to make sure that you let it heal correctly. One of the biggest factors in healing is your lifestyle. What you eat or drink, if you exercise or not, your sleep habits. All of those things can factor into how your tattoo will turn out.
Details can take a good tattoo to an extraordinary tattoo very quickly. Some extra definition or a few more spots of color can keep a tattoo from looking flat or washed out. A good tattoo should have full saturation of blacks, color and shading. There shouldn’t be gaps or blotches. The lines of a tattoo should be crisp, straight and consistent throughout the tattoo. Immediately finishing a tattoo the skin is going to be tender, red, and potentially swollen. It can be difficult to make sure that all of the little details were added or if more is needed. The way to see any of those deficiencies is waiting until the tattoo has healed.
This is why the follow-up appointment is important. Once the tattoo has healed the artist can then clearly see if there is anything that needs to be tweaked or added to take your tattoo from good to great! A follow up appointment may not seem like it is the most important thing after your tattoo is finished and you might feel like you have a great tattoo. But it is highly recommended so that the artist can truly make it fantastic with a little bit of extra detail and time!