Will Micro Tattoos Fade? Here's What We Know

Tattoos have been around for centuries, and over time, the techniques and preferences for body ink have evolved. Decade after decade, there have been various ink trends, and nostalgia tattoos are coming back in a big way. These days, micro tattoos have been making the rounds, with many celebrities sporting teeny-tiny ink. Hailey Bieber got a pretty "J" on her ring finger for her hubs, Justin Bieber, as shown by tattoo artist Mr. K. on Instagram. Los Angeles artist Dr. Woo gave Bella Hadid fine lines in Arabic on both shoulders to honor her roots.

We know that tattoos fade over time, but with art so delicate, will micro tattoos stand the test of time? Creative Ink Tattoo Studio believes that they don't hold up compared to bigger, bolder tattoos. Lines that are too fine or close together can blur over time and run the risk of patchiness. However, if you're still hankering for this trend, there are many things to consider before getting your micro tattoo.

Make sure you go to an artist that specializes in micro tattoos

Not every tattoo artist is experienced in fine-line work, so it's important to do your research and find one that's skilled in micro tattoos. Professional tattoo artist Alissa Jung told Insider, "If done correctly, your tattoo should heal and last beautifully for years." A key point for getting micro tattoos is that the design can't be too small or have too many details. Jung noted that ink naturally spreads throughout the body over time, even with larger tattoos so tiny art will bleed into each other. Since micro tattoos haven't been trending for too long, she advises checking the artist's website to see their healed work. Placement is also important, and Jung warned against choosing areas that get a lot of wear, such as the wrists, hands, and feet.

Brian Keith Thompson, owner of Body Electric Tattoo, pointed out that even professional tattoo artists make mistakes. "When they're small and micro, sometimes the line's not perfectly straight the way you want it," Thompson told Bustle. You know, it's not Photoshop, it's not a drawing, it's your body — it's skin," he continued, which is why it's important to go to an artist that specializes in micro tattoos. Aftercare is important as well, and micro tattoos have a better chance of staying put if you follow the right steps.

How to care for your micro tattoo to prevent fading

Taking care of your tattoo is important no matter the size, but it's especially essential for micro tattoos so that it doesn't fade or bleed. Since the ink doesn't go as deeply into the skin as a larger tattoo, it needs to be protected following your session. "The most important thing is moisturizing — not over-moisturizing, but moisturizing daily whenever it feels dry," tattoo artist Ghinko shared with Inked. You'll want the best moisturizer for your new tattoo, so make sure it has natural ingredients. She warned against "over-exerting the skin," especially if it's on a high-use area like the hands. You should also avoid getting the area wet and resist the urge to scratch the skin.

Haven Beauty instructs those with a new fine-line tattoo to keep it out of the sun for at least two weeks. Along with keeping the area dry from water, don't soak the skin in baths or pools. While you can shower, make it quick and blot the skin dry. In addition, keep an eye out for an infection, as the skin will be open for a few days following the session. Once your tattoo is fully healed, enjoy your new work of art and show it off to the world.