-Recommended Aftercare Instructions for Tattoos-
1. Leave that bandage alone!!!
With clean hands, remove the bandage AFTER 2 to 3 hours.
Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason- To keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as nice as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but they will need to wait until later. Show some pictures you took!
DO NOT RE-BANDAGE your tattoo after you have removed the initial one your tattoo artist placed.
2. You will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and a mild soap like Dr. Bronner's pure castile soap to gently remove any ointment, blood/ plasma, to completely clean the area. DO NOT use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is the best tool is your hand in this case. If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible. When the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.
3. Rinse thoroughly.
4. DO NOT RUB, but PAT dry the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry.
5. Follow with a very light application of Aquaphor or a recommended aftercare product by the artist. Apply a thin layer of this ointment (enough to cover the tattoo, but not saturate it). You want your tattoo to breath, but remain moisturized with the ointment and not dry out.
Continue steps 2 through 5 for the next 3 days after you received your tattoo.
After 3 days, DISCONTINUE THE OINTMENT and start using a small amount of a non-dyed, fragrance free lotion for at least 2 weeks. Try not to let the tattoo dry out. (Ex: Lubriderm)
-DO NOT TOUCH YOUR TATTOO WITH DIRTY HANDS! Always wash your hands prior to touching your tattoo.
-DO NOT USE NEOSPORIN!
-When sleeping at night, it is good to use fresh clean clothes and sheets for the first few days your tattoo is healing. If you wake up in the morning and notice your tattoo is "stuck" to your clothes, DO NOT PULL OFF THE CLOTHING DRY! First, moisten it thoroughly with water so that the clothing will not "pull" off any of the fresh ink from your tattoo. This can usually happen in the first couple of days so be cautious.
- Monitor the progress of your tattoo closely for signs of infection. Infections are rare, however if you suspect that you are having problems with your tattoo, you should seek advice from your artist and your physician. Signs of infection are prolonged soreness, swelling, pain, excessive redness and/or a yellow or green discharge. Always seek advice BEFORE ever trying to treat the problem yourself. If you have further questions about your tattoo, you can call us anytime for advice.
After your tattoo has healed, use a sunscreen SPF35 or higher to ensure long lasting color!
Remember to NEVER re-bandage, pick, or scratch your new tattoo!
Enjoy and give us a call if you have any questions or concerns!
-Recommended Aftercare for Piercings-
What to use:
Packaged STERILE SALINE WOUND WASH with no additives. (Read the label).
You can also use Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap in the shower. Make sure to rinse well after using soap.
It is to up you to take appropriate care of your piercing during the entire healing period.
WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
Use lots of hot water in the shower! Let the shower water hit the site of the piercing to help loosen up any “crusties” that may form.
Outside of the shower, use your SALINE WOUND WASH on a Q-tip to gently remove any remaining crusties. Remove any pieces of loose cotton or fuzz from the Q-tip that may get trapped around the jewelry.
RINSE thoroughly with distilled or bottled water after using the saline wound wash. Make sure there is nothing trapped around the jewelry.
It is NOT necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing. This will damage the healing cells.
Dry by gently patting with clean, disposable paper towel products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
Initially: Some bleeding, redness, localized swelling, tenderness or bruising.
During healing: Some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish yellow fluid (not puss) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
Once healed: The jewelry may not move freely in the piercing. DO NOT FORCE IT.
WHAT TO AVOID:
Touching it. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PIERCING!
AVOID ISPOROPYL ALCOHOL, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, Neosporin, Dial, or other harsh soaps, as these can damage cells. Avoid ointments as they can damage cells and they prevent necessary air circulation.
AVOID Bactine. Pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care.
AVOID over cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.
AVOID undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing and other complications.
AVOID all oral contact, rough play, and contact with other bodily fluids on or near your piercing.
AVOID stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
AVOID submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, and even a bath at home. You can protect your piercing using a waterproof sealant bandage (such as 3M Nexcare Clean Seals). These are available at most drug stores.
FOR PARTICULAR AREAS:
A hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing or secured using ace bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.
Ear Cartilage and Facial:
Use the t-shirt trick : Dress your pillow in a large clean t-shirt and turn it nightly; one clean t-shirt provides four clean surfaces for sleeping.
Try purchasing those “airplane” pillows that are in the shape on an “U”. They allow your ear to rest comfortably without any pressure being put onto the piercing.
Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and anything that contacts the pierced area.
Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing. Be sure to rinse any product off after this.
HINTS AND TIPS:
The first step to healing is to be healthy! Happy healthy bodies make for happy healthy piercings! Good personal hygiene and a stress free life complimented by a nutritious diet with multi- vitamin supplement will enable the body to heal faster.
Once the swelling has subsided (which varies with each person), it is VITAL to replace the original, longer jewelry post with a shorter post to avoid prolonged healing. Consult your piercer for the proper downsize.
Because the necessary jewelry change often occurs during the healing, it should be done by a qualified piercer.
Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be removed (such as for medical procedures or sports). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives available.
Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old or well- healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes- even after having been there for years. If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.
With clean or gloved hands, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness. (righty- tighty, lefty- loosey).
Carry a clean spare ball or end in case of loss or breakage.
Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply have a professional piercer remove it and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small mark will remain.
In the event of an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. If the jewelry is removed, the surface cells can close up, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel and result in an abscess. DO NOT remove the jewelry unless instructed by a medical professional.