For larger tattoos: I will simply use plastic wrap. Plastic wrap only needs to stay on for 3 - 4 hours. Follow the Removal and Washing instructions below.
For small to medium size tattoos: I will use a second skin bandage. First designed to help heals cuts and burns by the medical field. It is a very thin, transparent, flexible film used to protect new tattoos against fluids, friction, bacteria, and viruses. Unlike plastic films, the second skin is breathable which allows moisture vapor and oxygen exchange while providing a barrier from contaminants.
Second skin can also reduce scabbing, reduce pain, and maintain ink integrity.
Leave the bandage on for 3 to 7 days, but no less than 24 hours.
Your body will tell you what it likes and what it doesn't. If the bandage creates any irritation, remove as soon as you can, following the instructions below.
You cannot workout with this bandage on, as sweat will get trapped inside.
REMOVAL & WASHING:
You may shower while the second skin is on.
Do not take baths, use saunas or soak your tattoo.
Do not let the shower water run directly on the tattoo.
- If the bandage has been compromised, remove immediately the bandage and follow instructions below.
- If the bandage begins to fall off and expose the tattoo, remove immediately and follow instructions below.
Upon removing the bandage, do so in a clean environment. Best removed while in the shower, so you can wash immediately.
- Gently peel in the direction of hair growth.
- With the palms of your CLEAN hands, massage and was the tattoo with lukewarm water and an unscented soap. You will know it is clean once the tattoo is no longer slick or slimy.
- Allow the tattoo to air-dry or pat with clean towel or paper towel.
If you see any presence of sliminess even after the initial wash, wash the tattoo again until the slick feeling is gone. Washing the plasma off is not an enjoyable process and will feel like rubbing a raw wound - because that's what is it.
For heavy saturated tattoos, more than one washing may be necessary.
The slimy plasma is your body trying to create a scab and scabs are not a tattoos best friend, so doing our best to rid the plasma is recommended.
I also recommend:
Bactine Antiseptic Spray. This can be bought from a drug store.
Its great for reducing any pain, redness or itching.
Though keep in mind, your tattoo shouldn't hurt more that the tattooing process itself during the healing process.
Email me with pictures AND see a doctor about any health concerns.
Listen to your body and judge how dry the tattoo is, but the general rule is at least once a day after showering,
Use a fragrance, alcohol and color free lotion. A plain Jergens lotion is just fine, though you can also buy Aquaphor and Tattoo Goo from drug stores,
Always wash your hands before applying lotion; you do not want to rub dirt or germs into your new tattoo.
**Do not pick or scratch the tattoo.**
Moisturizing also helps with any itching.
Your tattoo is a wound. Best to treat it and your body as though you are healing one.
Give your tattoo at least 2 weeks to fully heal!
Gently wash your tattoo if is exposed to any unclean elements (dirt, sweat)
Make sure your bedding and clothing are clean.
Don't wear anything so tight that it will restrict blood flow to the tattoo or rub against the tattoo.
Keep your pets away from your tattoo! Animals carry a lot of germs that can infect your tattoo. Even wool can irritate.
For lower leg tattoos: Keep your leg elevated if possible and inactive for the first day.
Joints: Keep movement to a minimum, Be mindful. Your skin stretching can effect any scabbing, reopen the "wound" and prolong healing.
Torso: Just be mindful of your movements and stretching of the skin.
Touch ups are free if you have followed these instructions
and it is within one year of getting the tattoo.
Please contact me directly via email if you have any concerns!
Overall, listen to your body!