TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
-Leave Saniderm bandage on for a minimum of 3 hours (preferably overnight)
TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS: AQUAPHOR
-Using your finger tips and liquid anti-bacterial hand soap, gently wash your tattoo under warm running water.
-Pat dry using a clean paper towel.
-Put a very small amount of AQUAPHOR on a clean finger and rub in thoroughly until there is no greasy residue. Repeat this process until the entire tattoo has been moisturized.
-Wash and apply AQUAPHOR 3- 5 times a day for a maximum of 5 days.
-After 5 days if you still feel the need to moisturize switch to LUBRIDERM or another light unscented lotion.
-DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PUT A LARGE AMOUNT OF AQUAPHOR IN ONE AREA AND RUB OVER THE ENTIRE TATTOO. This will over moisturize the tattoo leading to a rash. If you start to develop a rash call the shop immediately.
TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS: SANIDERM
TIPS FOR WORKING WITH SANIDERM
-For maximum comfort, ensure skin is in a neutral position when applying Saniderm.
-When very little bleeding will occur, for instance with line work, tattooing on a hand and so on, you may apply a small amount of lotion or ointment directly on the tattoo before applying Saniderm to prevent adhesion to the tattoo.
-When cutting the bandage for application, keep in mind that rounded corners provide the best adhesion.
-Saniderm bandages may be overlapped by 1/2 inch (1 cm).
-When applying to elbows and knees, the joint should be in a neutral position — neither straight nor completely bent.
-Do not use Saniderm on people who have allergies to adhesives.
-If using a glycerin soap, such as green soap, be sure to rinse thoroughly, as any residue will react with the adhesives and can cause binding and irritation.
DO NOT PICK AT IT
-As the tattoo heals you might have a spot or two that scab. DO NOT PICK AT SCAB!
YOUR TATTOO IS FULLY HEALED ONCE THE LAST SCAB FALLS OFF.
-If your tattoo does not scab after 24 hours without moisturizing then its healed.
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.
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.
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.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE HEALING PROCESS OF YOUR NEW TATTOO, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US.