After Care

BANDAGES:

  • 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.
    The 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:

Plastic Wrap Bandage Instructions:


- Remove bandage 3 - 4 hours after application.
- Wash hands before removing bandage.
​- Upon removing the bandage, do so in a clean environment. (Best removed while in the shower, so you can wash immediately.)

- With the flat of your palms, gently massage the tattoo with lukewarm water and an unscented soap.
- Rinse and repeat until it no longer feels slick or slimy, or until its appears to be rinsing clean.*

- Allow the tattoo to air-dry or pat with fresh clean towel or paper towel.

*Depending on skin saturation, multiple washes may be necessary.
If at any point after the initial wash, you tattoo appears to be wet or secreting fluids, wash again.

This fluid is plasma and ink. Plasma creates scabs, and scabs aren't tattoos friends.

For the next following weeks, until tattoo is fully healed:
-Do not take baths, use saunas or soak your tattoo.

-Do not allow shower water run directly on the tattoo.

Clean your tattoo if it comes in contact with any unclean elements such as sweat or dirt.
Patting gently with a clean damp towel to remove contaminants is advised.

 

**Email me with pictures AND see a doctor about any health concerns.**



Second Skin Bandage Instructions:
 

-The second skin bandage should stay on between 3 - 7 days.*

-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 second skin 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.

*Remove bandage immediately in the case of any redness, swelling or irritation.


Second Skin Removal:

 

​- 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 flat of your palms, gently massage the tattoo with lukewarm water and an unscented soap.
- Rinse and repeat until it no longer feels slick or slimy, or until its appears to be rinsing clean.

- Allow the tattoo to air-dry or pat with fresh clean towel or paper towel.
- Some residue from the adhesive may remain. Do your best to remove without irritating the tattoo. Lotions may help with loosening the adhesive.

Clean your tattoo if it comes in contact with any unclean elements such as sweat or dirt.Patting gently with a clean damp towel to remove contaminants is advised.



**Email me with pictures AND see a doctor about any health concerns.**

MOISTURIZING:

Recommended products:

Aquaphor (lotion in tube)

Bactine (numbing, anti-itch, antiseptic spray)


- Always wash your hands before applying lotion. (You do not want to rub dirt or germs into your new tattoo.)

- General rule is to moisturize at least once a day, after showering is best & if its itchy.
- Always use a fragrance, alcohol and colour free lotion.

Other Notes:

Your tattoo is a wound. Best to treat it as though you are healing one.

Give your tattoo at least 2 weeks to fully heal!

Make sure your bedding and clothing are clean.

Don't wear anything so tight that it will restrict blood flow 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.

Special Care Areas:

Lower leg: Keep your leg elevated if possible and inactive for the first day or two when possible.
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 3 months of getting the tattoo.
 

Please contact me directly via email if you have any concerns!


Overall, listen to your body!