Once you have chosen a tattooist for your tattoo, it is always best to follow their after-care instructions. You may find variations from one tattooist to another but if you trust a tattooist enough to tattoo you, trust in their experience as well.
Friends who have tattoos may offer advice, but the only way a tattooist can guarantee their work is if it is taken care of in the manner they recommend.
There are many ways to take care of your new tattoo. Here are our suggestions for a speedy healing process.
- Keep bandage on for the time recommended by your tattoo artist.
- After removing the bandage, wash the tattoo with warm water and mild soap. (Antibacterial, non-scented soap is best)
- Dry that tattoo by patting it gently, DON'T RUB IT!
- Apply a thin layer of approved tattoo cream 3-4 times per day for 7-14 days. Don't touch your tattoo without washing your hands! And do not let anyone else touch it.
- Avoid letting animals brush up against or lick your fresh tattoo.
- Your tattoo may stain your clothing and sheets so wear dark colors and sleep with loose-fitting clothes covering your tattoo for the first few days.
- Avoid soaking your tattoo in any type of water. No baths, swimming, jacuzzis ect...
- Avoid UV lights (sun and tanning beds) directly on your tattoo for 7-14 days. UV light is always bad for a tattoo and will fade the colors prematurely, always put sunblock on your tattoo when exposing it to UV light after its healed.
- Do not pick or scratch your tattoo! It will form a thing scab and it will be itchy, this is normal. Also don't apply any medicated ointments such as Polysporin.
Aftercare instructions for you new body piercing.
- Most piercings will bleed at first but this should stop within a few minutes. Gentle pressure on or around the pierced site will slow bleeding, but if it is excessive or persists then immediate medical advice should be sought.
- Remember, all pierced regions will tend to swell immediately after treatment, and the item of jewelry you have inserted will be designed to accommodate this. Tongue piercings may swell to the limit of the inserted bar, and this can be reduced by rinsing the mouth with iced water.
- If the jewelery becomes too tight because of swelling, see your body piercer immediately. If, however, you have a tongue piercing and begin to experience neck pain or problems with swallowing, contact a medical practitioner immediately or go direct to your local accident and emergency department.
- Always wash and dry your hands before and after any essential handling of a newly pierced site, e.g. cleaning of the area, Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking of the newly pierced site to reduce the risk of introducing infection. In particular, avoid using fingernails to handle jewelry, as the underside of nails are more likely to introduce infection to the pierced site.
- Gently soak off and wipe away any crusty formations at the wound site – do not pick them off.
- Pat dry the pierced area after cleaning – do not rub as this could snag jewelery and tear delicate healing tissue.
- Do not use skin products on the treated area that have not been recommended by your operator or are not intended for open wound healing. There is generally no need to use any other skin antiseptic products and you should not share skin products with others.
- Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new piercing is fully healed, as direct sunlight/chlorine can interact with treated site causing skin irritation and inflammation.
- Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimize rubbing and irritation to a newly pierced site, and in general try and keep a new piercing as dry and exposed as possible