The first few days and weeks is probably the most important time for the life of your new tattoo. Make sure you care for it properly. Below is the healing procedure and do’s and don’ts we, at Lifetime Tattoo, recommend. Because each individual is different, these are just guidelines. We recommend you only follow the advice of YOUR tattoo artist or seek the advice of professional medical practitioner first if you are unsure of these procedures.
1. Leave the bandage that you received on the tattoo for 10 minutes or 2 hours maximum. Fresh tattoos will ooze, plasma, ink and blood, this is a normal part of the healing process. The bandage is there to keep airborne bacteria and any other contaminants in the environment from invading your new wound.
2. Make sure your hands have been washed thoroughly before you remove the bandage.
3. After removing the bandage, cleanse the tattooed area with antibacterial soap and warm water with your clean hands only. Do not scrub the tattoo with a brush or towel. The idea behind the washing thoroughly is to flush away contaminants and plasma. When plasma dries it creates a scab; making healing more difficult and can ruin your new tattoo.
4. Dry the tattooed area by gently patting the area with a clean paper towel.
5. Let the tattoo air dry a bit to the touch before applying ointment or lotion. Oversaturation of lotion or ointment can lead to your ink “sloughing” out.
6. Lightly apply a THIN layer of ointment or lotion after every time you wash your tattoo. Only as much lotion you may apply to any other body part.
7. You do not need to re-bandage. Do not cover your tattoo with tight clothing, if it’s uncomfortable or painful, it may not be the best clothing to put over your healing wound. Adjust for your bodies needs.
8. Repeat steps above for a week or two, approximately 3 to 4 times a day. Diligent care in these first few crucial days; is for the life of your tattoo and the health of your body. Washing your new tattoo is your best defense against infection. An infection is a hot, painful, lengthy, healing process you don’t want to invite into your tattoo.
9.If at all possible, or necessary, resting the area you’ve had tattooed can help with uncomfortable swelling (for example, a calf tattoo feels swollen for a couple days to some). Again, these are guidelines to a successful tattoo healing. These rules are outlined to protect you. Any deviations from these rules may lead to a tattoo healing improperly. Please use caution when taking care of your new tattoo. It is an opening in your skin.
After a few days you may notice some peeling (like a sunburn) and possibly a little scabbing, some scabbing is normal. It is at this point in the healing process your tattoo may itch. RESIST THE URGE TO SCRATCH, RUB, OR PICK at the tattoo. Don’t let anyone else touch your tattoo including but not limited to pets and children. Don’t let your advice be from anywhere but your tattoo artist or medical practitioner. Call your artist for ANY questions or concerns. Consult a physician if you experience symptoms such as excessive swelling, redness, yellow or green discharge from the tattoo site, or fever.
Some final DO’s and DON'Ts in the two weeks you’re healing.
1. Do not go swimming. Do not use a hot tub or take a bath. Do not SOAK your tattoo, ever, in the healing process. It needs oxygen to heal properly.
2. Do not use any washing or lotion products that contain vaseline, alcohol, or fragrance.
2a.Do not use bar soap. Only pump soap is safe from contamination.
3. Do not itch, pick, or scratch the tattoo.
4. Do not apply neosporin.
1. Limit participating in activities that will make you sweat. Wash tattoos immediately after sweaty activities. Sweating is one way staph and yeast spreads.
2. Stay out of the sun until your tattoo has healed completely, this goes for tanning as well.
3. Apply sunblock to your tattoo after it has healed whenever it is exposed to the sun to protect it
from damaging ultraviolet rays. Every tattoo, every time.
4. Do make sure to only use water based soaps and lotions without fragrance or alcohol on your new tattoo. If you’re unsure of the ingredients call your artist for advice.
5. Do enjoy your new piece of art and remember to call us first for anything!
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