Congratulations! You are the owner of a wonderful new tattoo! It is yours to enjoy for the rest of your life, and to protect your investment you must follow a few simple guidelines. We want your tattoo to heal quickly and easily. We have done our part and now you must do yours to insure that your tattoo becomes a treasured part of your permanent body art collection.
Simple Guidelines for the Healing:
*The bandage protects your tattoo from dirt and germs, but also protects the outside world from your body fluids. Please leave it on for at least 2 hours, but no more than 24 hours. When you do take the bandage off, gently wash the area with mild soap and warm water, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
*Apply a very thin coat of unscented lotion, such as Aveeno Oatmeal lotion, or Lubriderm. This will help soothe the tattoo while your body does its work and heals your skin.
*Avoid exposure to sunlight. A sunburned tattoo is extremely painful and will not heal properly. You need to keep your new tattoo out of the sun for at least three (3) weeks. After that please use a strong sun block on your tattoo to keep the colors nice and bright over the years.
*DO NOT soak your tattoo in water. It must be kept clean, however do not go swimming or hottubbing while your tattoo is actively healing. You skin is very fragile now and excessive moisture can cause the colors to be pulled to the surface, where they will be healed out of your body.
* Your tattoo will form a light scab, similar to dry skin or sunburn peel. This is normal and you may apply lotion to the area several times a day to keep the skin supple. The flaking of the dry skin happens as the tattoo heals; some of the flakes may have bits of color, most should look just like dry skin. Do not pick at these flakes, as you could accidently pull color out of your tattoo, if the skin is not healed thoroughly!
*Touch your tattoo ONLY WITH CLEAN FINGERS! ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS first before handling your new tattoo, and when showing the new tattoo to anyone, warn them to “look but don’t touch”. You don’t know where people’s fingers have been and tattoos are a touch magnet. Fingers normally carry very high levels of bacteria and this can easily be transferred to your skin. Don’t let this happen! WASH YOUR HANDS!!
*Your tattoo is healed when all the flakes are gone and there is no tenderness to the tattoo area. The skin will look somewhat wrinkled and shiny for a few more weeks; this is normal and any shininess or itchiness associated with the healing process can be alleviated by applications of lotion.