Healing your new tattoo can be accomplished in many ways. The main rule is cleanliness. The following instructions are a good general guideline. If you have any specific questions, contact your artist as they will be the one guaranteeing the work.
Your tattoo will go through two main stages until the healing process is complete.
First, within three to four days the tattoo will beginning to peel like a sunburn. It will do this until the new layers of skin generate and the old layers slough off.
Second, the newly generated skin will leave the tattoo looking dull until it fully regenerates.
1. Remove bandage and wash the tattoo in hot water with mild soap (Dove, Ivory, etc.), using finger tips (no loofah sponges or washcloths.) Do not re-bandage.
2. Pat or air dry the area. Do not rub dry.
3. After the area is completely dry, apply a small amount of the suggested healing ointment (Aquaphor, Bacitracin, etc.)
making sure to rub the ointment all the way into the tattoo. When applied correctly the tattoo should be moisturized, not greasy or shiny. Applying too much ointment can be as detrimental as not applying enough.
4. Repeat steps 1 thru 3 three to five times a day until the tattoo stops peeling.
Don't Do! the following:
1. Do not pick or scratch the tattooed area. If it itches, a gentle slap can be used to help ease the irritation. Picking/scratching pulls ink out of your tattoo leading to light or broken lines and tones.
2. Do not soak the tattoo in the bath tub, swimming pool, hot tub, lake, river, etc. for two weeks. Your tattoo is an open wound until healed. Soaking it puts you at risk for infection and chlorine as well as a host of other chemicals can pull ink from an unhealed tattoo.
3. Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions. Your artist will be more than happy to address any of your tattoo related concerns. If your artist isn't available any of our staff will gladly assist you.
The healing process for most piercings will include swelling, discharge and soreness. Proper piercing aftercare is essential to successful body piercing, following these steps will ensure that you avoid infection, and scarring.
1. Clean your piercing twice a day with white bar soap (Dove, Ivory, etc.) and water. Immediately rinse your piercing with sterile saline solution to remove any soap residue. Saline can be used to remove lymph (Crustys) from your piercing throughout the day. However, it is important to avoid over cleaning your piercing, this will cause the area to become dry and sore and inhibit the piercing from healing correctly.
2. DO NOT soak the piercing in the bath tub, swimming pool, hot tub, lake, river, etc. for at least a month. Your piercing is an open wound until healed. Soaking it puts you at risk for infection and chlorine as well as a host of other chemicals can irritate your piercing.
3. DO NOT use the following products on your piercing:
Alcohol, Peroxide, Anti-Bacterial soap, Bactine, Neosporin, creams or sprays.
4. Use common sense and keep your piercing as clean as possible. If you do experience any problems or have any questions do not hesitate to call. Your artist will be more than happy to address any of your body piercing related concerns. If your artist isn't available, any of our staff will gladly assist you.
5. For oral piercing(s), use non-alcoholic mouthwash (Bio-tene), rinse for 30 seconds after eating or drinking. It is important to avoid certain foods including dairy, beer and yogurt, as well as spicy or salty foods. These types of food can increase the risk of infection! Keep foods at moderate temperatures and in small portions.