Below you can find a full breakdown of the aftercare process. Please take the time to read thoroughly to best take care of your new tattoo! If you have any additional questions check out the FAQ page or reach out to me directly!
If you feel like for any reason your tattoo might be infected, seek medical attention immediately.
- Once your appointment is complete I will put some vaseline on the tattoo and then wrap it completely in plastic wrap
- After approximately an hour remove the wrap completely (never wrap the tattoo again after this)
- Clean the tattoo with hot water (as hot as you can stand) and plain antibacterial soap. Make small circles with your hand and gentle massage/clean the fresh tattoo. DO NOT use a loofah, washcloth or anything else that could be abrasive
- For the remainder of the day/night, let the tattoo air dry
- The next day you will begin using either Aquaphor or A&D ointment (Both can be found at your local drug store)
- Prior to applying any after care, always make sure your hands are clean! Apply a very thin layer to the entire tattoo once a day. You never want it to look shiny. Less is more when it comes to aftercare!
- Ointment can be applied more than once a day, but always make sure you wash it prior to reapplying the ointment. This is NOT a lotion and it will not be absorbed by the skin, so if you put it on in morning, it will still be there in the evening! You need to be careful to not continuously layer ointment on top of itself!
- After a week or so the tattoo may become dry and peely. Never pick or scratch at the tattoo! During this time, when you are washing the tattoo you can gently wash in small circles to remove any excess flakes. The flakey/peely parts of the tattoo will naturally fall off when this is done
At the end of the day, keep it simple! We have all had cuts or scrapes in our lives & a tattoo is no different!
It is an open wound for a few days and then our bodies take over from there with the healing process. The best example I can give people is apply any of your questions to as if you were to scrape your knee and you were trying to heal it.
- Picking at it will only make it take longer to heal & cause potential scaring
- Soaking it in any type of water will damage it
- Wearing tight clothes or anything abrasive will damage it
- Using too much ointment & not allowing it to breathe will extend healing
- etc etc etc
The healing process is unique to each individual and can be different for even a single individual from tattoo to tattoo. The speed of the healing process can depend on many factors such as the style of the tattoo, location and even your current nutrition & health!