Tattoo Aftercare


Aftercare is an essential part of the tattoo process. Healing your tattoo properly makes a permanent difference in how your tattoo will look for years to come. Please follow the instructions carefully. If you have any questions or problems please contact my assistant immediately at (904) 5955963
 
ITEMS NEEDED:
MILD SOAP (DIAL/SOFTSOAP) IN A PUMP DISPENSER
MILDFRAGRANCE FREE LOTION (CUREL/LUBRIDERM/EUCERIN)
DAY ONE: 
Your new tattoo will be somewhat tender,​ and may feel similar to a sunburn. You can use an over the counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatory to help ease any discomfort.
Keep your tattoo bandaged for one hour.
If your artist uses Saniderm or Tagaderm bandages it can stay on up to 12 hours.  Do not re-bandage your tattoo after removing the initial bandage.
Prior to removing your bandage, wash your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and water.
Remove bandage carefully, if bandage is stuck to the tattoo, gently remove it while under running water, reducing the risk of damaging the tattoo.
Wash tattoo with mild soap and warm water using ONLY your hands. Ifyourtattoofeelsslimey, use your hands to remove any lymph and plasma your new tattoo is excreting.
Rinse tattoo with warm water until the surface of the tattoo feels squeaky clean.
Pat (do not rub) the tattoo with a CLEAN disposable paper towel until completely dry.
Follow with a very light application of your choice of the above lotions and massage into skin.
Blot excess lotion off with a clean, disposable paper towel.Tattoo should not be greasy – LESS IS MORE!
2-3 times daily continue the above procedures: wash, dry, lotion. Until the tattoo is fully healed. (about 2 wks)
 
DAYS 2 - 14:
Healing tattoos will peel and flake; small bits of colored skin will shed. It may not look as "crisp" as the first few days and may appear "hazy". This is completely normal, and will clear up in 2- 3 weeks. Continue to wash and dry tattoo 2-3 times a day, morning, afternoon and night, as directed for in day one. Apply lotion 4-6 times / day, being sure to use a small amount only, and work it in.
 
HINTS, TRICKS, AND TIPS:
Don't-bandage tattoo!
Withinthenextweek your tattoo will usually begin to peel. This is NORMAL! Do NOT pick at or “rush” any dead skin off. The longer the dead skin stays on the better your tattoo will look after it naturally sloughs off and heals.
Do not use a washcloth, loofa, sponge, or anything abrasive to wash tattoo!
Do not dry with a towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria!
Do not touch tattoo with dirty hands! Do not let anyone else, either!
Do not apply excessive lotion or ointment.Tattoo should not look "soggy".
Do not use products containing aloe vera, alcohol, or cortisone. Do not use any antibacterial ointments, balms or creams (unless it is listed above).
Be sure to wear clean, loose-fitting clothing around your tattooed area and to sleep on clean sheets.
Do not shave the tattooed area for the first 30 days following tattoo procedure.
Do not expose tattoo to natural or artificial sunlight for a minimum of 3 weeks.  And for long term care - Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds as UVA/UVB rays are a tattoo’s worse enemies and will cause your tattoo to fade.
Do not soak in tub, pool, or lake. All contain bacteria! DO NOT SUBMERGE your tattoo in water until it is completely healed.