Tattoo Aftercare Recommendations
I will start by telling you that the final healing result of your new tattoo is not only on my hands. You need to read the things explained on this page and GET IT DONE to get the best results. With this been said, here are my recommended tips for you.
THE PRODUCTS you use (SOAP, OINTMENT, etc.) are not so crucial as THE WAY YOU USE THEM.
That means that your tattoo will not heal well by these products’ magic because you use the best cream or soap out there. THE WAY you use these products is what really will help your tattoo heal properly. How GOOD IS CLEANED after you use the soap and HOW MUCH OINTMENT you APPLY? It is what will make the difference in your tattoo healing process!
Tattoo Aftercare Instructions
No matter how talented the tattoo artist is, your tattoo’s final appearance has a lot to do with your tattoo aftercare. There are so many different opinions and thoughts about how to care for a new tattoo. These are just what we have noticed to work best for our clients, but if you are an “advance veteran” when it comes to tattoos, we recommend you stick to what you know helps your body heal best, DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS!!!!
- Always wash your hands before touch your tattoo. Remember, a tattoo is an open wound, and you need to treat it as such. That means always washing your hands before applying anything to the new tattoo and making sure you don’t expose it to unnecessary dirt and grime.
- Leave the bandage on for 3 or 4 hours, or you can also leave it overnight.
- Remove the bandage after 3 or 4 hours or in the morning if you leave it overnight.
- Wash your tattoo with mild soap and water.
- Rince the tattoo with plenty of water to make sure all soap is gone.
- Dry it by using a paper towel and leave to dry a few minutes in the air.
- Apply a very skinny layer of ointment to your tattoo and massage it entirely into the skin 3 to 4 times a day for the first three days.
- Remove any excess of ointment by dabbing off with the palm of your hand, cleaning your hand with a paper towel, and repeating until your skin doesn’t have any shiny or excess of ointment.
- DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo after you leave the tattoo shop(if your veteran tattoo person, you can do what you know works well for you)!
- DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo.
- DO NOT soak your tattoo in water, use hot tubs, pools, sauna, or swim in the sea for two weeks.
- DO NOT get any direct sunlight on your tattoo for at least two weeks.
FAILING TO FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS CAN AFFECT YOUR HEALING TIME AND PREVENT THE TATTOO FROM LOOKING ITS BEST.
GENERAL TATTOO CARE FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS
The first week or two after you get your tattoo can change how amazing your tattoo will look for the rest of life. Make sure you don’t take any chances. Here are some tattoo aftercare tips you shouldn’t ignore:
The care during this time is relatively simple. A standard rule is if it hurts more than when you initially got the tattoo, STOP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING!” If it hurts, DON’T DO IT! You do not need to re-bandage your new tattoo (here are techniques on caring for the new tattoo that involves wrapping it for the entire healing duration). But that’s for the more advanced clients than first-timers, mostly because if the instructions get not followed precisely, it can lead to bad results.
First, never go to bed on expensive sheets the first few nights with a new tattoo. Sometimes you will wake up to an imprint of the Tattoo on your sheets that will not come out, so get a spare set of cheap sheets for the first few nights. Additionally, let your Tattoo breathe as you sleep. Keep it exposed, if at all possible, so if it is on your back, for example, sleep on your stomach!
WEAR LOOSE CLOTHING
Make sure air can get to your Tattoo no matter what you are doing, which means keeping clothing loose and skipping shoes and socks, in case your new Tattoo is on your feet. Be sure to wear loosely fitted clothing that will not rub against the new Tattoo, especially before the first five days. If you can, keep it exposed to air and avoid clothing that can stick to or irritate the fresh Tattoo. If you can’t keep it exposed to air, wear loose, soft clothing.
DO NOT PICK SCABS AT THE NEW TATTOO!
You surely know that picking scabs can lead to scars, and your Tattoo is no exception. Let your scabs fall off on their own, so you don’t cause permanent damage to your skin, and therefore, your Tattoo. If you have itchy skin or scabs, let them fall on their own. The body is healing; it does not need our fingers to help to do so! “SMACK” Keep those picking hands off!!
SKIP EXCESSIVE WATER
NO POOL, NO OCEAN, NO JACUZZI, NO SAUNA, NO LONG WORKOUTS! While a shower is okay, do not go swimming during the first 10 days. If you go to a pool keep in mind water may contain bacterias. That can lead to infections, also swimming pools have chlorine. That will affect the tattoo and the healing. The salt of seawater will also affect your tattoo so please wait till start pealing. Excessive SWEATING should be avoided too, such as heavy workouts, steam baths, and saunas.
STAY OUT OF THE SUN
If you expose your Tattoo to the sun during the initial healing process, you risk fading, skin damage, uneven healing, and scars. If you have to go in the sun, wear loose clothing over your Tattoo. A fresh tattoo is a sensitive area when sunlight and UV rays hit the skin, burn, and irritate the new Tattoo.
If you ignore all the recommendations above, don’t be upset when your tattoo has an infection. You brought it upon yourself! These instructions are not “idiot-proof,” but we feel that if you read and follow the instructions, you should have a relatively good heal! Remember, you paid a lot of money for your Tattoo. So proper tattoo aftercare will get you a good tattoo that you will be happy with for the rest of your life.
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