THE LIFE OF YOUR TATTOO is dependent upon the care it receives in the first few days. The healing period is ESSENTIAL to a great looking tattoo.
Your artist will put a bandage over your tattoo. Keep this bandage on OVERNIGHT as it is crucial to protect your new tattoo during the plasma cycle. This will also keep your tattoo from drying out too quickly and forming a scab layer. There is an added benefit of keeping your sheets clean as well as keeping your new tattoo from picking up anything from your sheets.
IN THE MORNING carefully remove your bandage. If it sticks, get the bandage wet and remove slowly. Once exposed, wash thoroughly under running water with Dial Antibacterial soap. Please take care when washing. DO NOT use a wash rag as it will be too rough on the fresh tattoo. Rub soapy fingers LIGHTLY over the tattoo making sure to remove all surface blood. Once clean and rinsed, run COLD water on your tattoo for a few minutes to reduce swelling and close your pores.
To dry your tattoo, gently pat with a clean towel and then allow it to air dry the rest of the day. DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo, the air is essential to the healing process!
Once your tattoo starts to dry out and peel, begin using Aquaphor healing ointment 3-4 times a day and wash your tattoo 1-2 times a day with Dial Antibacterial soap. Use only enough Aquaphor to moisturize your tattoo. LESS IS MORE.
Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo.
DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo.
Avoid soaking in water of any kind for 2 weeks.
Avoid tanning for 4 weeks. Once healed apply SPF 35-45 to keep your colors bright.
Avoid tight, restrictive clothing which may irritate your tattoo.
NEVER use Neosporin, Vasoline, or anything other than Aquaphor healing ointment or a mild, fragance-free, dye-free lotion to heal your tattoo.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, CONTACT YOUR ARTIST BY CALLING THE SHOP, STOPPING IN, OR EMAILING HE/SHE DIRECTLY. THE TATTOO IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY ONCE YOU LEAVE THE SHOP. USE COMMON SENSE.
These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention. Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding tattooing.