Aftercare


SOAP

For all new tattoos we suggest you wash them with a mild unscented, deodorant-free, moisturizing cream-free soap. Liquid or Bar

 

WASH YOUR HANDS

Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo. Do not touch your tattoo unless you are cleaning it.
NOTE: If soap dries, or irritates your skin, switch to a mild soap.

 

OINMENTS OR LOTION

DO NOT! Put any ointment or lotion on the tattoo for the first 24 hours.

During the first 4 to 5 days we suggest you keep your tattoo lubricated with one of the following ointments or lotion.

Aveeno® daily moisturizing lotion Aquaphor® healing ointment Lubriderm®

 

WASHING

Your new tattoo is an open wound and requires some maintenance for optimal healing results. There are many ways to care for a new tattoo and it varies from person to person. We suggest the following aftercare.

 

DAY 1

Remove the bandage after 1 to 2 hours.

Wash hands with warm soapy water before washing your tattoo.

Use warm soapy water, and clean hands to GENTLY wash your tattoo with your finger tips washing away all the protective ointment and surface blood/plasma, this can prevent scabbing

Let tattoo AIR DRY.

DO NOT! Put any ointment or lotion on the tattoo for the first 24 hours.

 

DAY 2 AND ON

Wash tattoo in the morning and let air dry for 15 min.

Apply a VERY THIN sheen of ointment or lotion Take care not to apply ointment or lotion to thick,

this will cause your tattoo to weep and lose color.

Mid-afternoon wash and lubricate tattoo.

Bed Time wash and lubricate tattoo.

Continue to wash and lubricate tattoo 2 to 3 times a day until healed.

Average healing time is 2 to 3 weeks.

 

HELPFUL TIPS

During the healing process, eat a nutritious diet, avoid stress and get plenty of rest. Taking a vitamin/mineral supplement with meals may promote healing.

Wearing constrictive clothing can irritate the tattoo.

Do not take your friends advice; only rely on a registered tattoo artist.

Ointments such as Bag Balm, A&D ®, Neosporin®, Vaseline ®, are petroleum based and block the air. Air helps promote healing, so use of these products can damage your new tattoo.

 

THING TO WATCH

Excess swelling, draining, rash, elevated body temperature, tenderness and redness persist.

Please contact us or a physician, we’ll be happy to help any way we can.

However, please understand that we’re not physicians and can only offer suggestions based upon our years of experience. Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions regarding your newly applied tattoo.

You’ve been tattooed in a modern studio by highly trained professionals who adhere to the strict standards of proper clean procedures and application, BUT once the tattoo is completed, it’s up to YOU to care for it properly! If any touch-up work to the tattoo is needed due to your own negligence, the touch-up work will be done at your own expense.

If you conscientiously attend to aftercare, problems with healing will be minimized.

Follow the guidelines carefully and your new tattoo will heal somewhat like a sunburn, with the top layer of skin peeling off after 3 to 4 days.

 

HARMFUL TO THE TATTOO

Scratching and picking – This will greatly damage your new tattoo. Allow all scabs to fall off on their own.

Soaking, submerging, your new tattoo in water will cause it to heal light and splotchy. Avoid long soak in the tub, hot tub, lakes, delta, swimming pool, steam sauna, until your tattoo is healed. Poor water quality and high bacteria presence can infect your new tattoo.

Avoid direct sunlight and/or ultraviolet (UV) rays until your tattoo is healed. (NO Tanning!)

Recreational drugs will slow down your healing process

Applying – Improper amount of ointment or lotion.

Applying - Ointment or lotion that was not recommended.

Minimize contact with animals and wash your hands after handling pets.

Keep a clean environment by wearing clean clothes and sleeping with clean bedding
You have been tattooed with our very best efforts, wear it with pride. Thank you for your patronage.

 
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