REMOVE SANIDERM/TEGADERM BANDAGE:
Leave bandage on for up to 3 days.
Keep bandage and the surrounding area clean!
You may shower even with Saniderm or Tegaderm on because it’s water tight.
TIP: Remove bandage if evidence of blood and ink has leaked outside of the bandage or when the three days are up (which ever comes first.)
To remove Saniderm or Tegaderm:
In the shower, warm up the skin under running water.
Start at a corner and slowly start to peel the bandage back little by little under the running water. Work from the edges to the middle.
Take care not to do this fast.
Take care not to pull the bandage upwards or outwards too far and always pull close to the skin (little baby pulls.)
This may be a little uncomfortable but it doesn’t hurt and it wont effect your tattoo.
There may be a light impression of your tattoo on the bandage and that’s ok.
REMOVE DRI-LOC BANDAGE:
Leave this bandage on overnight. Remove bandage when you are ready to get in the shower and not a minute sooner.
WASH YOUR HANDS!
Lather and rinse the tattoo with your hand and mild soap (i.e., Dove, Ivory, Dial, Cetaphil) until it’s completely clean.
Do not use anything abrasive on your tattoo. No pumice, loofa, bath puffs or wash cloths, etc….. NO!
Avoid getting shampoo, conditioner or other bath products on your tattoo. If this happens, rinse it thoroughly.
After your shower, press the tattoo dry with a few clean paper towels. DO NOT USE A BATH TOWEL!
Apply a pea sized amount of Aquaphore and a pump of good, dry skin lotion to clean hands.
Combine the two and thoroughly rub it in to your tattoo.
Never leave moisturizer or ointment on the surface of the skin, you must rub it in!
If you use too much, blot off excess with a clean paper towel.
For best results, Wash and moisturize your tattoo at least twice a day for the first few days.
Your tattoo should take a full two weeks to heal so be sure to wash and moisturize once a day CONSISTENTLY until it’s fully healed.
As your tattoo starts to heal and “tighten up” it may get a little itchy and flaky. The best way to remedy that is to apply a little more moisturizer. DO NOT SCRATCH IT. DO NOT PICK AT IT.
Loose, soft, breathable clothing is the best covering for your tattoo as it’s healing. Avoid itchy, linty, tight, heavy or rough textured fabrics. These can irritate your tattoo!
STUFF TO AVOID, TIPS & TRICKS:
Avoid contact on that area! This means avoid, handsy friends and family, concerned pets, sticky children and gym equipment and floors.
Avoid intense/high impact workouts or contact sports for the first few days. Low intensity workouts are fine as long as you shower and moisturize shortly after your workout.
Avoid the Sun and extreme heat. Not only is it uncomfortable but a fresh sunburn on a fresh tattoo can really screw up the healing and overall appearance.
Avoid Standing Water. Shower is a must in order to keep your tattoo clean. However, lakes, creeks, pools, hot tubs, baths and deep puddles should be avoided until your tattoo is fully healed.
Avoid “Tattoo Advice” from friends. We all mean well BUT I will only guarantee my work if you follow my aftercare instructions. If you have any questions, AT ALL, I will answer them for you, no matter how weird, wild, simple or complex you think the question may be.
You can and should “touch up” your moisturizer through out the day as your skin starts to dry out.
It’s a great idea to carry a travel sized version of your aftercare with you while your tattoo heals.
Bonus tip: DO NOT TRY TO CLEAN YOUR TATTOO IN A SINK OR PUBLIC BATHROOM. NO! In other words, please don’t get tattooed the day before you go camping.
Once your tattoo is fully healed, it never hurts to moisturize daily (or apply sunblock when you’ll be outside) to keep that skin well hydrated and looking fresh.