Can You Workout After Tattoo Removal?

Can You Workout After Tattoo Removal?

Tattoo removal is possible on any part of the body. Regardless of its location, you need to take special care of the area immediately after treatment.

What to Expect After Laser Tattoo Removal


Immediately after the treatment, you may experience slight blistering, swelling, redness, skin discoloration, and slight itching. Your body continues to break down and carry away the ink during the first week. Once the area begins to heal, the difference is not immediately evident. In the next six to eight weeks, your body will continue removing the ink until it is invisible.

When to Resume Working Out


Medical specialists recommend that you wait between 24 and 48 hours before working out. Performing exercises immediately after the procedure increases blood flow which can cause several issues such as more swelling and blistering around the treatment area. If you do not experience swelling after the first 24 hours, resume regular workout sessions.

Exercising involves lots of movement and possible friction to the treatment area. This may irritate you in the same way as getting a fresh tattoo. It is advisable to take the day off with minimal activity. Relax and focus on taking care of the tattoo removal area.

Workouts to Avoid


The tattoo removal area on your skin is similar to a wound. Some exercises will do more harm than good, so take precautions. Here are some activities you may need to avoid for a while.



Your dermatologist or doctor may recommend stopping swimming for around two weeks. Soaking the area in water may cause infection due to the chemicals in pools that can easily irritate sensitive skin. Even swimming in other bodies of water like oceans or lakes may increase the risk of contact with harmful bacteria.

Working Out Outdoors


Laser tattoo removal affects the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin, making it sensitive to the environment. Direct sunlight is detrimental to the treatment area. If you need to go outside, cover the area with a bandage. Additionally, wear sunblock whenever you go outside.

Sensitive Areas


Tattoo removal around the face may result in more swelling than in other areas. The same goes for peripheral sites and your lower legs. The size and complexity of the tattoo go hand-in-hand with the reaction after removal. You must wait for your doctor’s advice to resume exercise. Usually, this will only happen after they remove the bandage on the wound.

Can Exercise Help?


The tattoo removal process is slow because your body’s response to this task depends on the state of your health. Low-impact exercise may help as it stimulates your immune system which is responsible for circulation. The lymph system helps break down and secrete waste products from the body. Tattoo ink is the waste that your body deals with during removal. Your fitness level will dictate the speed at which your body deals with this treatment.

Keeping a healthy routine will help the body heal. Practice a good sleeping routine and drink plenty of water. Avoid detrimental habits like smoking that slow the healing process.

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