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TATTOO AFTERCARE & INFO

Standard Bandage

Remove your bandage after approximately one hour.

 

Gently wash your tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap.

 

Continue to wash your tattoo 2-3 times per day until it is healed.

 

After a few days, your tattoo will begin to flake and peel like a sunburn - DO NOT pick at it.

Moisturize the tattoo with the product recommended by your artist or with a plain, unscented lotion.

 

Moisturizer should be applied in a thin layer, using just enough to fully coat your tattoo. Completely rub in.

Saniderm Bandage

Your tattoo will begin to secrete blood, plasma, and excess ink. These fluids will build up under the bandage. It may look gross, but it is completely normal.

 

After 3-4 days, remove the bandage in a warm shower. Pull along your body, never away. If the fluid buildup begins to leak, remove the bandage early.

 

Gently wash your tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap.

 

Continue to wash your tattoo 2-3 times per day until it is healed.

After a few days, your tattoo will begin to flake and peel like a sunburn - DO NOT pick at it.

 

Moisturize the tattoo with the product recommended by your artist or with a plain, unscented lotion.

 

Moisturizer should be applied in a thin layer, using just enough to fully coat your tattoo. Completely rub in.

Dos & Don'ts During Healing

Do not submerge the tattoo in any body of water, such as pools, hot tubs, lakes, oceans, etc. until fully healed.

 

Avoid excessive sweating and movement. If you work out regularly, reduce to mild exercise until fully healed. Sweating can cause the lines to spread.

 

Do not shave over the area until it has completely stopped flaking.

We want to ensure you have the best healing experience possible. If you have any concerns about how your tattoo is healing, feel free to reach out.

 

When It's Healed

When it's fully healed, there will be no more skin shedding or tenderness and the tattoo will look more matte than shiny. It may still be raised for several months after it has healed, which is completely normal.

After healing is complete, you may return to your normal skincare routine. Be sure to use sunscreen. Natural products are recommended.

 If touch-ups are necessary, those can be scheduled around six weeks after the tattoo.

 

Infections & Allergic Reactions

Tattoo infections are rare but can happen. Color tattoos run a higher risk of allergic reactions.

What to look for: Excessive swelling and redness that extends an inch or more around the tattoo and hasn't reduced in 3-4 days after application, hot to the touch or radiating heat, pitted areas with green/yellow scabbing/pustules in or around the tattoo.

 

Generally, infections are caused by pet hair/dander, dirty work environment, picking or accidentally scratching the tattoo, reaction to lotion or body products excessive rubbing from clothing/watch, etc.

 

If you suspect you may have an infection or allergic reaction, we recommend contacting your tattoo artist or doctor to assess the situation. In most cases, using antibacterial soap, keeping the area dry, and applying triple antibiotic CREAM (not ointment) will generally help clear it up. 

 

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