Tattoo Aftercare

To achieve the best results for your new tattoo, it is necessary to follow these simple guidelines.
Wash your hands thoroughly with an antibacterial hand soap (i.e. dial, lever 2000, Techni-Care) before touching or caring for your tattoo.
DO NOT Remove the non-adherent dressing for 4-12 hours. This is Very Important, the tattoo may drain for up to 12 hours.
Carefully remove the non-adherent dressing after 4-12 hours and discard of properly. Gently wash the tattoo with cool water and a mild antibacterial soap using your fingertips to lightly rub. Rinse with cool water to remove soap. With a clean Towel, gently blot the tattoo dry. DO NOT rub the tattoo!  After drying your tattoo, apply a thin layer of Vitamin A & D Ointment or Allowed aftercare product, lightly rub it in so that it is dry to the touch.  Apply Aftercare product 4-6 times per day for the next 14 days. DO NOT apply excess amounts of ointment, excessive amounts of ointment will do more harm than good. We DO NOT recommend Bacitracin or Neosporin antibiotic ointments to be used on your new tattoo.  Some people experience allergic reactions to these ointments and they tend to draw color out during the healing process. If possible, DO NOT re-bandage your new tattoo, your tattoo now needs air for faster healing. ONLY re-bandage to avoid dust and dirt or to prevent rubbing from tight clothing. It is recommended to wear clean, loose fitting clothing until healed. You will need to keep the tattoo as dry from water as possible! NO SWIMMING, SOAKING, STEAM BATHS, JACUZZIS or SAUNAS until the tattoo is completely healed.
When showering, try to avoid direct exposure to streams of water from your shower head. Just allow the water to run over the tattoo, and wash with your hand only.  Soaking the tattoo in water may cause scabs to fall off prematurely, which causes color loss. AVOID CHLORINATED WATER IF POSSIBLE!
AVOID direct sunlight and tanning until the tattoo is completely healed. This includes tanning beds. Try to avoid direct sunlight on your new tattoo for at least 30 days. Sunlight and artificial tanning lights may bleach colors out prematurely. ALWAYS use sun screen during any activities when exposed to direct sunlight to persevere your colors as long as possible. Most tattoos do not scab up. If your tattoo does, DO NOT pick the scabs! Let them fall off naturally, which they will do when they are ready to. An inching sensation is a normal sign of healing, DO NOT scratch the tattoo while it’s healing.  NO GREASE like Vaseline! Vaseline does nothing to help healing and it can pull color from skin. NO Alcohol or Peroxide at All! NO advice from friends or bar room experts! Follow these instruction for at least 14 days. After tattoo has healed you can use hand or skin lotion (i.e. Lubriderm, Curel), to relieve dryness and brighten the tattoo. AOID the use of products such as cold creams or lotions that contain perfumed fragrances in them.

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION FROM A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE ANY SIGNS OF INFECTION.

DURING HEALING, SOME FLECKS OF DEAD SKIN MAY FALL OFF; THIS IS NORMAL.

At times of healing, tattoos are dull looking. After Moisture has been restored to the skin, the tattoo will brighten considerably.

YOU MUST DO YOUR PART!!!!