TATTOO AFTERCARE

Congratulations on your new tattoo! Most tattoos take 2-4 weeks to heal. Here are a few important tips to help ensure you have the best healing experience possible:

Day of Tattoo:

-Remove Bandage after 2-4 Hours (unless you have Saniderm (see below) or otherwise instructed by your artist)

-Wash tattoo with warm water & mild soap.

-Pat dry with a clean paper towel

Day 2-4

-Wash tattoo with warm water & mild soap.

-Pat dry with a thin layer of Aquaphor once in the moring & once at night.

Remainder of Healing:

-Continue to wash daily.

-Apply a fragrance-free lotion twice daily.

IF THE FOLLOWING OCCUR PLEASE CONTACT US OR COME IN:

Signs & Symptoms of Infection (including, but not limited to): Redness, swelling, tenderness of procedure site, red streaks from tattoo towards heart, elevated body temperature, or excessive drainage from procedure sight. These signs & symptoms indicate the need to seek medical care.

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  • Aquahor

    With clean hands, apply a very small amount of Aquaphor to your tattoo and rub it in thoroughly over the whole area. A little bit goes a long way, so don’t overdo it! This should be done twice daily, and only for the first 2-4 days. After switch to an unscented lotion.

  • SaniDerm Bandage

    Saniderm is an effective barrier against water, dirt, germs, and friction. 

    After you apply the first Saniderm bandage, we recommend leaving it on your new tattoo for between 24 to 48 hours. Everyone heals differently, and the length of time will vary depending on how much fluid your tattoo is weeping. When the adhesion of the Saniderm bandage begins to weaken, that’s your cue to remove the bandage. 

    The best way to remove Saniderm is to find an edge of the bandage, and then to pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth. If it is too difficult to pull back try removing the Saniderm in a warm shower.

The DO NOTs of a new tattoo (for the next 3-4 weeks):

DO NOT submerge your tattoo in water (hot tubs, baths, pools etc.) Showers are ok.

DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo (this may cause loss of color and/or infection)

DO NOT expose to direct sunlight (over time sun exposure will cause your tattoo to fade, so always wear sunscreen on your healed tattoo)

DO NOT wear tight restrictive clothing while your tattoo is healing. (This can cause chafing and result in a tattoo which looks dull or faded.)

DO NOT garden Got your foot tattooed?

DO NOT wear shoes or socks until your tattoo is healed. We all love our pets, but DO NOT allow animals in close contact with your tattoo.         

DO NOT sleep in dirty sheets, or let dirty clothes come in contact with your tattoo.

 

Signs & Symptoms of Infection (including, but not limited to): Redness, swelling, tenderness of procedure site, red streaks from tattoo towards heart, elevated body temperature, or excessive drainage from procedure sight. These signs & symptoms indicate the need to seek medical care. Please call us or stop by if you have any questions!

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