Aftercare

After your tattoo is completed, I will usually use Saniderm as a bandage. The film will keep your tattoo free from harm for up to 3-5 days. You will notice some plasma and blood/liquid under the film during this process, but your skin will reabsorb this and it is normal. If the corners of the saniderm start to peel off, you can cut them off until the bandage is ready to be fully removed. If the entire bandage does happen to come off before the 3-5 day mark either you are welcome to come back in and I can reapply the bandage for you, or you can start normal aftercare, either will be fine. When it's time to take the film off, you can run it under some water to help taking it off easier. Once the entire film is removed, give the tattoo and surrounding area a gentle wash with antibacterial soap and pat dry with a clean paper towel. You may need to use scent free, dye free lotion on it for a couple days after the film comes off. Only apply the lotion once per day in a thin layer, with clean hands! If I cover your tattoo with a regular bandage, this should stay on between an hour and three hours. After removing the bandage, wash your hands and wash the tattoo gently with water and mild, unscented, antibacterial soap to get any dries blood off of the tattoo. After, let it air dry, or pat it dry with clean paper towels, do not use your regular towel on it. Wash the tattoo gently once a day with antibacterial soap and water during the healing time. After a few days when the tattoo starts to scab and peel begin using a basic unscented lotion throughout the day to keep it moisturized (once or twice with a thin layer, do not use too much). I suggest aveeno, lubriderm, cetaphil, or something like eucerin. Things to absolutely never use are bacitracin, neosporin, a&d ointment or anything medicated. Your body will easily handle the healing, it does not need any outside help. In a couple of days your tattoo will start scabbing and then start to peel. Let the peeling happen naturally, don't pick on it or scratch it. It will be itchy, but try to not pick or scratch at it. Don't cover your tattoo again after the first initial bandage and keep it clean. It is extremely hard to get a tattoo infected, but not impossible. after leaving the shop it is completely up to you to protect your new tattoo while its healing. Keep it away from pets, no tanning or submerging it in water of any kind until it heals in approximately 2 weeks. In regards to touch ups, things happen, since we are all humans and cannot predict how our bodies will heal. If there is any part of your tattoo that you think needs a little touch up please let me know after the healing is done and I can get you back in for this. Unless you are very negligent during the care of your tattoo, touch ups are very minor and quick, and guaranteed by me within the first 90 days of finishing your tattoo. After that time period (or if more than one hr is needed) a set up fee will apply. If you have any questions after you get your tattoo, please feel free to contact me.