After the tattoo is finished and all cleaned up, I will apply an adhesive bandage called Saniderm. If you have any allergies to adhesives however, we can opt out for the old fashioned non sticky bandage. The Saniderm can be left on for 24-48 hours. The alternative bandage is only recommended to stay on for a few hours. Once you’re ready to take the bandage off, I recommend using some warm water to remove and immediately clean with unscented soap and water. Do not soak the tattoo and when you’re finished cleaning it, let it air dry and apply a light amount of Aquaphor. The Aquaphor can be used 2-3 times a day for the first week. Make sure the tattoo fully absorbs the ointment and get rid of any excess. After a week of using the Aquaphor, your tattoo should be at that flaky, peely stage which means you can switch to a non-scented lotion. Use that 2-3 times a day for the rest of the month until it’s no longer peeling and itchy.
Stay out of the sun!
During the first month of healing, you’re going to want to stay out of any direct sunlight. No swimming, hot tubs or saunas for at least a month. That also means no tanning! After your tattoo has healed, make sure to always protect it with sunscreen to ensure a long and vibrant life.
Your tattoo may bleed for up to 24-48 hours so I recommend the following:
1. Please refrain from working out for at least 48 hours after the tattoo to keep it from bleeding through the bandage.
2. If the bandage happens to get too full of ink and plasma, you can take it off, clean it and replace it if necessary. If the bandage leaks at all, take it off immediately and clean and replace it.
3. No drinking alcohol for up to a week or at the very minimum, 24 hours to keep the tattoo from bleending more and slowing the healing process.
No picking or scratching while the tattoo is healing!!!
Im always a phone call or text away for any other questions you may have. :)