TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
-Leave Saniderm bandage on overnight. Remove bandage while in shower the following morning. The bandage is VERY sticky. The method below has proven to be the easiest way to remove the bandage.
- With a safety pin or needle poke as many holes as you can in the bandage (being careful not to touch your skin) before getting in the shower. This will allow soap to get under the bandage and help break down the adhesive
- Once in the shower lather the unscented over the bandage as though it just a dirty part of your skin. Still using soap start rolling the bandage from the top down. Eventually the bandage will begin to slide off.
-Using your finger tips and liquid unscented soap, gently wash your tattoo under warm running water.
-Pat dry using a clean paper towel.
-Saniderm sheets are available for purchase in the shop for $5 each or a 3 pack for $12.
-Aquaphor can be purchased for around $7 at any drug store.
DO NOT PICK AT IT
-As the tattoo heals you might have a spot or two that scab. DO NOT PICK AT SCAB!
DON’T GO SWIMMING
-Do not submerge your tattoo in water until it’s fully healed.
KEEP TATTOO OUT OF SUNLIGHT
-Be aware that even if your tattoo is healed enough to go in water it is still VERY thin skin for the first month. If your tattoo is healed enough to go swimming then use a waterproof sunblock of at least SPF 45 for the first month. For the duration of your life your tattoo is going to be sensitive to sunlight and other concentrated UV light like tanning beds. Sunlight can and will DESTROY your tattoo!
LIMIT YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
-You don’t want to go to a public gym/Hospital/Jail or Public school while your tattoo is healing. These places are seething with MRSA (a flesh eating strain of Staph infection). If you must visit a place like this please make sure your healing tattoo is bandaged.
-If you have pets then be aware of your fresh tattoo while handling them. Don’t let them touch your healing tattoo.
-If you garden then make sure your healing tattoo is appropriately covered to ensure it does not get dirt or chemicals on it.
-Do not let anything touch your tattoo while it’s healing other than clean hands, clean clothing/bandage and moisturizer .
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR TATTOO
-Areas that tend to bend a lot have a more troublesome time healing and you should focus on or “baby” these areas as your tattoo heals.
-Your clothing matters. Wear loose comfortable clothing over your tattoo. If your clothes are making your tattoo hurt, then they are hurting your tattoo. The Saniderm bandages do an excellent job of protecting your clothing from rubbing on your new tattoo.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOUR FRESH TATTOO IS A WOUND
-Although an infection is rare, they can and do happen.The signs of an infected tattoo include
-Swelling, inflammation or excessive heat around your tattoo lasting longer than 48 hours.
-A yellowish/green discharge. While it is normal for tattoos to bleed and discharge a clear fluid called “Lymph” for up to the first 24 hours. However,a yellowish/green discharge is not a normal part of the healing process and should be taken seriously.
-Swollen lymph nodes
-A foul smell emanating from your tattoo
-Red streaks stemming from your tattoo and traveling toward your heart.
YOUR TATTOO IS FULLY HEALED ONCE THE LAST SCAB FALLS OFF.
-If your tattoo does not scab after 24 hours without moisturizing then it’s healed.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE HEALING PROCESS OF YOUR NEW TATTOO, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL OR EMAIL US.