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AFTERCARE

 

Congratulations on your new tattoo! 

By following these simple instructions, the healing process should be quick and easy.

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    DERM SHIELD AFTERCARE

  • Derm Shield helps protect the tattoo from bacteria and other elements for the best possible healing.

  • Keep the Derm Shield on for 3-5 days. You can shower with it, try not to soak the area too much, as it will weaken the adhesive. Avoid taking baths.

  • You will see a buildup of blood and plasma mixed with ink under the Derm Shield, this is perfectly normal.

  • Once you are ready to take off the Shield, hop in the shower and let warm water run over you tattoo for a couple of minutes, that will help break away the adhesive. Start slowly peeling off the Derm Shield.

  • After you have remove the Derm Shield from your tattoo, make sure to gently wash it with unscented antibacterial soap and pat or air dry.

  • Apply a very thin layer of suggested aftercare ointment 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks, until the tattoo is fully healed (no more peeling, dry, or cracked skin).

  • DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH the tattoo at all as this can damage it during healing.

  • Keep out of saltwater, prolonged sun exposure, and chlorine for at least 4 weeks.

  • DO NOT re-bandage the tattoo after the initial bandage is removed. (unless instructed by me)

  • Suggested Aftercare: Lubriderm

 

    STANDARD AFTERCARE

  • Keep the bandage on for a minimum of 6 hours. We recommend keeping it on overnight provided the dressing feels comfortable and secure. If you decide to remove the bandage before going to sleep, follow the instructions in the next section to properly remove the bandage and clean your tattoo.

  • On your first night, there’s a chance your tattoo will still bleed. The blood can dry overnight and stick to your clothes or bedding. If this happens, gently take the fabric off. DO NOT force it off or be rough with it. If it still does not come off, wet the area with lukewarm water and gently slide it off.

  • Fresh tattoos sometimes “weep” during the first couple of days, meaning that plasma and ink form a thin moist coating on the skin. This can be DABBED with a clean paper towel. Press the paper towel to the skin and remove it. Do not wipe the tattoo or be rough with it. Do not panic when you see the colors of the tattoo on the paper towel or your hands as you clean it. This is simply excess ink being secreted from the surface or the skin.

  • To avoid stains, use towels and bedsheets with darker tones and wear dark clothing.

  • Before you start, make sure your hands are clean and you have unscented antibacterial soap ready. Avoid soap with fragrance, moisture beads, or scrubs.

  •  Carefully remove the bandage and tape. If you feel the bandage sticking to the tattoo, wet it with lukewarm water and gently slide it off.

    • Lather your hands with soap and warm water. NO washcloths, bath towels, or sponges on a fresh tattoo.

    • Gently clean the tattoo using a circular motion until all ointment and plasma are removed.

    • Rinse the tattoo gently until the skin is clean.

    • Pat dry with a clean towel or paper towel then allow to fully air dry for a minimum of 10 minutes. DO NOT SCRUB.

    • Once the tattoo is dry, apply a very small amount of Aquaphor or Bacitracin. Gently rub the ointment into your tattoo. Dab any excess off with a clean paper towel.

  • Applying too much ointment can cause your tattoo to “suffocate.” Apply only a very thin coat so your tattoo can breathe.

  • Clean your tattoo this way once a day in the shower for the first 2-3 days.

  • There is no need to re-bandage the tattoo, but please be mindful that your tattoo is a wound and when unwrapped, it is prone to dirt and bacteria which may cause infection. Avoid direct contact with any surface. 

    IMPORTANT DOs AND DON'Ts

  • Clean towels, bedding, and clothes are highly recommended during the healing process.

  • Showering is fine, however, please DO NOT soak your tattoo for at least 2 weeks. This means no swimming, baths, or submerging your tattoo in water for long periods.

  • Avoid direct sunlight on your tattoo for at least 2 weeks and your tattoo is completely healed. After that, we advise putting on sunblock (minimum SPF 50) on your tattoo whenever you find yourself in direct sunlight for the rest of your life. The sun will undoubtedly cause damage and compromise the longevity of your tattoo. 

  • Wear loose clothing (preferably cotton) and avoid constricting accessories like bra straps and tight waistbands over a fresh tattoo. Avoid dirty, sweaty, or itchy clothing as they can create healing problems.

HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT AFTERCARE?

Send me a quick message if you have any doubts or questions about your aftercare process. I would be more then happy to help! 

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