Tattoo aftercare is an incredibly important part of the healing process on your new body art. Here are our standardized tattoo aftercare instructions for our clients.
CARING FOR YOUR TATTOO WHEN YOU GET HOME:
Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo. Make sanitation a habit until your tattoo is completely healed. This is extremely important in preventing infection.
Remove your covering or bandage within 2-3 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage the area, it needs to breather to heal.
Wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial liquid soap. Be gentle! Do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your recently washed hands.
Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface.
On the first night, you may want to wrap your tattoo in saran wrap to prevent sticking to your bedding. Do not use any cloth bandages or pads, as the fibers of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process
Make sure you wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating.
CARING FOR YOUR TATTOO DURING THE FIRST 3-4 DAYS:
Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo (A&D ointment is a good choice). Use clean (washed) hands and do not place your fingers back into the ointment after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub the ointment in so that it is not shiny, or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible. Pat off any excess ointment with a clean cloth or paper towel.
DO NOT USE THE FOLLOWING:
- Bag Balm
Wash, dry and apply ointment to your new tattoo 3-5 times daily, as needed.
CARING FOR YOUR TATTOO AFTER DAY 4:
On the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal and expected. DO NOT pick or scratch at the area of the tattoo. Begin using a mild, white, unscented lotion, free of dyes or perfumes (Lubriderm or something similar works well).
Use lotion for minimum 2 weeks, 2-3 times daily. If the skin and tattoo area are both very dry, then apply more lotion but do not “drown” it in lotion so that the tattoo can still breathe and heal.
Things to avoid:
- Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.
- You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks.
- No swimming, soaking or hot tub use.
- You may not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sun block.
- SPF 30 should be the minimum strength to use.
- Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.
- Do not let anyone touch your tattoo.
- Gym use is not recommended for the first 2 weeks of receiving a tattoo.
If you do choose to use the gym, then you must immediately wash the affected area after gym equipment and area use as to ensure the utmost cleanliness of the affected area.
Beware of gym equipment. Wash it well before using it. Gyms are notorious for having germs and bacteria everywhere, so if you are going to the gym then be sure to wrap your tattoo with saran wrap to avoid exposure and any chance for infection. Remember your tattoo is an open wound and should be given the appropriate amount of time to heal properly.
For pain and swelling after getting a new tattoo:
- Take Ibuprofen for the swelling.
- Ice your tattoo to reduce swelling and pain.
- Elevate your tattoo, to reduce swelling.
- Take short showers.
If you do not take care of your tattoo, it may become infected or damaged. Infections are very red around the outside of the tattoo and may have thin red lines extending from it. It may ooze, pus, or bleed abnormally. If you think your tattoo is infected, seek medical attention immediately.
If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please call or e-mail us immediately!