Aftercare

Recommended TATTOO Aftercare:

  • Remove your bandage after approximately 2 hours (once you are home and comfortable). Wash your tattoo thoroughly after removing your bandage. Using ONLY your hand, gently lather the tattoo with a mild SCENT-FREE, DYE- FREE soap and rinse thoroughly. Then pat dry with a clean lint-free towel and allow your tattoo to air dry. DO NOT use anything abrasive!
  • You will want to wash your tattoo daily and avoid exposure to any unsanitary surfaces.
  • After day 2, you can begin applying a SCENT & DYE FREE body lotion to your tattoo 2-3 times a day for the next 3-4 weeks.
  • Always wash your hands before touching, washing, or applying lotion to your tattoo!! When you are not actively caring for your tattoo… avoid touching it or allowing anyone else to touch it!

      THE BIG… DO NOT’S!!

  • DO NOT pick, scratch, or peel any loose skin or scabs! They will come off when ready. If you pick at them you can pull ink out!
  • DO NOT soak your tattoo in pools, ocean, baths, hot tub, saunas etc. until completely healed (3-4 weeks)
  • DO NOT expose your tattoo to direct sunlight until completely healed.
  • DO NOT shave over your tattoo until it has healed.
  • DO NOT listen to your friends, your relatives, or your significant other about tattoo aftercare….. Unless they are the artist who gave you the tattoo.

      OTHER IMPORTANT & HELPFUL TIPS

  • It is normal for your tattoo to ooze blood and ink in the first 24 hours. If you find your clothing or linens have dried or stuck to your tattoo – DO NOT PULL IT OFF – wet the fabric first before attempting to pull it away from the skin. It is good practice to make sure your sheets and bedding are clean the first week of aftercare.
  • Protect your tattoo from sun. Sunlight is your tattoo pigment’s worst enemy. During the healing process keep your tattoo completely out of the sun. Once the tattoo is healed, you can protect it by using sun block whenever it is exposed to sunlight.
  • Beware of your Pets. Clean and disinfect all potential areas in which your tattoo may come in contact with pet hair and waste for the first 1-2 weeks of the healing process.
  • Wear soft, comfortable clothing.  This will help prevent unnecessary irritation, which can prolong your healing time.
  • A healthy diet and plenty of water.  Proper nutrition and hydration are keys to recovering quickly and with less chance of issues.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your artist or the studio for assistance!

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Recommended PIERCING Aftercare

  • ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE TOUCHING YOUR PIERCING
  • It is suggested that you clean your new piercing once a day for the first three weeks.
  • The best time to clean your piercing is in the shower. Use any/all bath products first & rinse yourself thoroughly before cleaning your piercing.
  • Apply a small amount of soap to your piercing with your finger tips (avoid using cotton swabs, or wash clothes as they may dislodge the jewelry).
  • Rinse the piercing site thoroughly with clean water from the shower.
  • Recommended Soap Products:  Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Soap, a Clear Glycerin Soap, any soap that is fragrance & dye free.
  • DO NOT USE:  ALCOHOL , HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, BACTINE, OR EAR CARE SOLUTIONS

Preparing Saline Soaks for New Piercings

  • Mix 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt with 8 ounces of boiling water for saline solution. Be sure to measure the salt! (Too much salt can cause any alkaline burns)
  • When your saline solution has cooled off enough to touch submerge your piercing in the solution.
  • Continue doing the saline soaks for at least 10 minutes, twice a day, for the first 21 days.
  • If your piercing is in an area which is not able to be soaked in a cup use a compress. examples: gauze, cotton make-up remover rounds, or chamomile tea bags.

What Is Normal During Healing

  • During the first 3 days after a piercing you may see some bleeding, localized swelling, experience tenderness, or view some discoloration (bruising) around the area.
  • During the healing process you may experience some itching, see secretion around the piercing in the form of yellowish fluid (not pus) that may form a crust on the jewelry.
  • A body piercing heals from the outside edges inward due to oxygen flow. Be patient, and be gentle with your piercing for the entire healing process (usually 6 – 12 months).
  • IF YOU LIKE YOUR PIERCING LEAVE THE JEWELRY IN !!!  A piercing can close in 20 minutes during the 1st year.