Tattoo After Care
You were tattooed in a modern studio with sterilized instruments and pigments and, after the process, the artist may have dressed the tattoo with a small amount of ointment. The long life of your tattoo depends upon the care you give it during the critical first few weeks.
Quality parlor operators worldwide have helped compile these simple directions for quick healing. However, we urge you to consult us for any special instructions related to the aftercare of your specific tattoo.
- Do NOT re-bandage the tattoo
- Do NOT apply Vaseline, Lanolin, or Petroleum based products (A&D does not apply)
- Do NOT apply alcohol
- Do NOT rub, scratch or pick at the tattoo
- Do NOT expose the tattoo to direct sunlight, swim or soak in a sauna, steam bath or bathtub for two weeks.
- Be sure clothing touching your tattoo is clean and soft
A tattoo is considered minor surgery and may bleed a bit at first, but will stop within a couple of hours. We recommend the tattoo be kept bandaged for about an hour. If the bandage sticks to the skin, soak the area with cold water until the bandage loosens, then remove it carefully.
After removing the bandage, wash it carefully in cold water, gently applying antibacterial soap (Dial) with fingers (never use a cloth or towel) to remove all surface blood. RInse with cold water, pat dry with a clean towel, and air dry for 15 minutes. Then, gently and sparingly apply a thin layer of Aquaphor or A&D Ointment. Repeat 3-4 times a day for the next 7-10 days.
After 5-14 days you can switch to a non-scented lotion. The tattoo may start to peel (This is normal-like a sunburn) and scab. DO NOT pick or peel the skin away. Let it fall off naturally during washing or applications of lotion. Fresh skin will soon replace the dead skin. Colors may fade during the healing process, but will return when healing is completed.
Ointments/Lotions keep your tattoo from drying and the skin areas soft and moist, always apply sparingly. Too much prevents the skin/tattoo from breathing, and can cause leaching of the colors. If this happens, discontinue use, wash the tattoo, pat dry, and consult your tattoo artist at your earliest convenience.
After a few weeks, all scabbing will be gone, but the area may still be sensitive. Continue regular cleaning and application of ointments/lotion.
Exposure to the sun is the major cause of tattoo fading, but after a few months you may sunbathe in moderation. ALWAYS use a sun block (at least SPF-30 sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection).
If you experience any reaction to the ointments/lotions recommended, discontinue use and consult us immediately.