Tattoo Aftercare

Please do:

  • Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo!
  • When you get home: Remove wrapping within 2-3 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage.
  • Wash your tattoo with anti-bacterial liquid soap. Be gentle, do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use hands.
  • Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub or use fabric with a rough surface.
  • The first 3-4 days: Rub. small amount of ointment on your tattoo. You may use Bapanthen or E45 cream-whatever your not allergic to. Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the ointment after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub the ointment in so 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 Vasoline or petroleum.
  • Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.
  • Do not use any cloth bandages or pads, as the fibres of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process.
  • Wear clean soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks - nothing abrasive or irritating. For a foot tattoo: Go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in Saran Wrap, then cover with clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.
  • After day 4: On the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin. Begin using recommended aftercare or mild white uncented lotion, free from dyes or perfumes.
  • Use cream/lotion for minimum of 2 weeks, 1-2 times daily.

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 or hot tubs.
  • You may not expose your tattoo to the sun or sun beds for at least 3 weeks. After that you must use sun block.
  • Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry or shoes that rub against your tattoo.
  • Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, unless they wash their hands. Beware of gym equipment, wash it well before using it.

You can also:

  • Take ibuprofen for the swelling.
  • Ice your tattoo to reduce swelling.
  • Take short cool 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 puss 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.

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