Aftercare

Tattoo Film

* Peel first bandage off after 24 hours and thoroughly clean the tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap, allow the tattoo to completely air dry, do not apply lotion. You will form a small blood/plasma/ink filled sack under the bandage, this is completely normal.

 

* Re-apply new bandage to the dry tattoo with clean hands, ensure there are no folds, bubbles, or foreign material under the bandage. Make sure that the bandage overlaps the tattoo by at least 1 inch on all sides so that the tattoo is thoroughly covered. If your second bandage does not go on properly and you need to re apply a fresh new bandage you can purchase a similar product at Walgreens or CVS from the brand Nexcare called Tegaderm, it will work the same as the bandage you were sent home with. Do not re-bandage the tattoo with any other product.

* Leave the second bandage on for 3 days, you can shower with it on but avoid soaking or swimming in any bodies of water and avoid direct sunlight. You may form another small plasma/ink filled sack under the second bandage, if you do it will flatten and dry leaving a temporary dark patch over the tattoo, it will look gross but is completely normal as it is just excess ink mixed with plasma.

 

* Remove the bandage and wash your tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap. Allow the tattoo to completely air dry and apply a thin layer of unscented water based lotion as needed. When you remove the bandage you may see an imprint of your tattoo come off onto the bandage, this is just loose ink from the top layer of your skin and no ink will be pulled out from your actual tattoo due to the bandage.

 

* A minimal amount of itching and some redness around the edge of the bandage is normal due to the adhesive. If the bandage is causing ANY skin irritation, discomfort, or reactions then remove it, clean and dry your tattoo thoroughly, and follow the traditional healing instructions below instead.

* Your tattoo will have a scab and will peel the following days after taking off your last bandage. Do not pick at or peel any scabbing that is happening on your tattoo as it will remove ink and damage your tattoo. If you do pick at the tattoo while it's healing your touch up will no longer be free.

* Once freshly peeled the tattooed skin will appear shiny, scaly, and feel dry for a few weeks before completely healing. Once it's healed completely it will look and feel like normal skin. It's crucial to continue moisturizing your tattoo once it peels.

* Some fallout can occur during the healing process, if you suspect this is the case please give your tattoo the entire 4-6 week healing process and then reach out to schedule a touch up.

Traditional Healing

* Take off wrapping after 1-2 hours after being tattooed and thoroughly clean the tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap, allow the tattoo to completely dry off.

 

* Do not re-wrap or re-bandage the tattoo unless you are using the Tattoo Film method of healing above.

* Avoid wearing tight fitting clothing that may irritate your tattoo as well as going anywhere your tattoo is at risk of coming into contact with any bacteria such as the gym. Avoid direct sunlight and swimming or soaking in any boy of water, showering is okay.

* Clean your tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap twice a day or throughout the day as needed and apply a thin layer of unscented water based lotion after washing or when the tattoo feels dry. Do not over lotion your tattoo as it will prolong healing and leave it prone to infection longer.

* When the scab forms and begins to peel do not pick or scratch at it as it will remove ink and damage your tattoo. If you do pick at the tattoo while it's healing your touch up will no longer be free.

* Once freshly peeled the tattooed skin will appear shiny, scaly, and feel dry for a few weeks before completely healing. Once it's healed completely it will look and feel like normal skin. It's crucial to continue moisturizing your tattoo once it peels.

* Some fallout can occur during the healing process, if you suspect this is the case please give your tattoo the entire 4-6 week healing process and then reach out to schedule a touch up!

Long Term Aftercare

* Always wear sunscreen or clothing to cover the area when going out in the sun to help with fading.

 

* Always moisturize your tattoo and exfoliate the skin regularly.

* If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me via my contact page or direct email! *