Tattoos and sport: questions and answers to clarify all your doubts

However, the exact time we need is not always very clear. In addition to this, when we do sports and get tattooed, other questions may arise related to the effect that sport can have on our tattoos. Therefore, we will clarify some of the most common doubts.

Recommended time to exercise again

The big question among sports and tattoo lovers is how long do I have to wait after getting a tattoo before getting back to exercise? The answer is at least five days. And we say at least because it will depend a little on the location and size of the tattoo.

We must bear in mind that the sweat we produce when training can affect the healing of the tattoo, slowing the scar formation. But it is not the only drawback: when going to the gym with the newly made tattoo, we must take into account that this works almost like an open wound, and the risk of infection is very large.

Therefore, even if it is hard for us to wait, if we want to get a tattoo we will have to accept not to exercise for a few days, in a preventive way.

What happens if the muscle where the tattoo is increasing in volume

Another very common doubt that can generate a lot of concern is whether tattoos deform if we exercise to gain muscle mass and change the volume of muscles.

The quickest and easiest answer is no. However, there are nuances to this answer. In principle, if the volume changes occur in a progressive and not too abrupt way, it should not affect the quality of our tattoo. However, if we gain or lose volume very sharply or quickly, it is possible that our tattoo is affected, blurring it or being able to deform it.

Therefore, and also for health, the gains and losses of volume and/or weight must be progressive and over time, so that our tattoo can gradually adapt to our new muscle volume.

Special care if we do outdoor sports

One of the mistakes we can make in the care of tattoos is to treat them like the rest of the skin. However, the tattooed skin area needs more particular care and that we must take into account when we do outdoor sports, especially in summer.

To begin, we must remember that it is not recommended that a tattoo receives direct sunlight the first month since we do it, as it can affect its quality. But after that month, regardless of the time you have the tattoo, we must continue to give special care.

Of course, all our skin must be well protected with a suitable sunscreen before doing sports in the sun. In the specific case of tattoos, the precautions must be even greater. As our companions of Trendencias tell us, there are specific sunscreens for tattoos. In addition, it is very important that we hydrate well after being exposed to the sun.

The tattoo design and the definition of our muscles

Another common question is what happens to the visual effect of tattoos on our muscles. Although it may seem a bit vain doubt, the reality is that after our body is curing in the gym – for health, yes, but also because we like to look good – we do not want a tattoo to affect the image of our muscles or hide them.

It is important that we have a good tattoo artist to advise us what is best in each particular case. However, the general rule is that tattoos, instead of concealing, can help make our muscular definition more visible. In any case, it is important to make sure we get tattoos that fit our body and the shape of our muscles.

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