AFTERCARE AND FAQ'S
Supplies you will need:
A&D (included) or Bacitracin
Band aides or medical tape
Antibacterial soap (nothing with fragrance)
IF IT IS NOT LISTED ABOVE DO NOT USE IT!!!!!!!!
TO ENSURE PROPER HEALING AND QUALITY OF COLOR, YOU ARE URGED TO FOLLOW THIS AFTER CARE PROCESS. YOUR TATTOO IS AN OPEN WOUND AND MUST BE CARED FOR PROPERLY!!!
1.Wash tattoo thoroughly, using any antibacterial soap. DO NOT use rags or other materials on your tattoo. Wash the tattoo with your fingertips. 2.Rinse tattoo thoroughly with cool water. 3.Apply a thin coat of either A&D ointment or Bacitracian. Rub ointment into skin, do not gob on! 4.Cut a piece of Saran Wrap to completely cover your tattoo, and then place the Saran Wrap over your tattoo. Make sure your tattoo is covered with the Saran Wrap when sleeping or wearing clothes. Clothing can irritate your tattoo; irritation will hinder the healing process. 5.When not sleeping or wearing clothes remove the Saran Wrap, repeat steps 1 & 2 and let your tattoo get some air. DO NOT leave your tattoo uncovered or covered for more than a few hours at a time. When your tattoo is uncovered and starts to feel really dry, you can apply a thin layer of the ointment listed above. Your tattoo must get air to heal properly. DO NOT “smother” it by keeping it covered with Saran Wrap or the ointment all the time. Also, you should not let it air out all the time as it may dry up and alter the appearance and hinder healing. 6.Repeat these steps AT LEAST 3-4 times per day, until your tattoo peels. The more this process is repeated the faster your tattoo will heal. 7.Once your tattoo completely peels you may use regular hand lotion to keep it from drying out.
THINGS TO AVOID UNTIL YOUR TATTOO IS COMPLETELY HEALED:
sunbathing/tanning/exposure to sun/sunburns
salt water or chlorinated water
Do not neglect your new tattoo, it is an open wound and needs your constant care. Sweat will irritate your new tattoo, if you are in a situation where sweat penetrates your new tattoo, you will need to follow the steps above more often. Avoid scabs but in the event that mild scabbing occurs, DO NOT pick at or attempt to “wash off” the scab. Allow it to fall off by itself. In addition, you should seek medical attention if the tattoo site becomes infected or painful, or if you develop a fever shortly after being tattooed. IF YOU FAIL TO CARE FOR YOUR TATTOO AS LISTED ABOVE, IT MAY HINDER HEALING AND ALTER THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO. ANY FUTURE WORK NEEDED ON YOUR TATTOO DUE TO YOUR NEGELCT WILL BE AT YOUR COST.If you have questions or concerns, contact us at (810) 364-3500 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or at facebook.com/Iwantink
Q. Why is the ink coming out of my new tattoo?
A. The colored drainage that is coming out of your new tattoo is the plasma that is released when there is an injury to the skin. When left to dry plasma creates a scab. YOU NEVER WANT A SCAB ON YOUR TATTOO!!! The swollen skin will reject any ink that it can’t hold; therefore staining the clear plasma with the colors in your tattoo. It is normal for you to see colored plasma on the Saran Wrap while the tattoo is still fresh. This only happens for a couple of days and the amount varies on how large your tattoo is, how many colors are in your tattoo and how detailed your tattoo is. REMEMBER TO FOLLOW THESE AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY SO THAT YOUR TATTOO WILL HEAL QUICKLY AND LOOK IT’S BEST!
Q. Why do I need to cover my new tattoo with Saran Wrap?
A. Saran Wrap creates a barrier between your new tattoo and your clothes, bedding and other irritants. Remember that your new tattoo is a wound and can become irritated quickly. Saran Wrap also helps to keep your tattoo from drying out. Do not leave on for extended amounts of time. It is better for your tattoo to get air but when you have to wear clothes that will cover your tattoo or when you are sleeping cover your tattoo with saran wrap.
Q. How long should it take for my new tattoo to heal?
A. Healing time varies for several reasons. The most important thing to remember is to take care of your new tattoo as outlined in the aftercare instructions. Healing times depend on how large your tattoo is, how many colors are in your tattoo and how detailed your tattoo is. Larger, more detailed tattoos can take longer to heal.
Q. Why does my tattoo itch? What can I do, it’s driving me crazy!
A. An itchy tattoo means that the outer layer of skin is healing and that the many layers underneath the top layer have also started to heal. We recommend a clean, cold rag (DO NOT RUB!) be placed on the tattoo for some relief. DO NOT SCRATCH YOUR TATTOO!!! **NOTE** If your tattoo has already peeled and it becomes itchy, use lotion on the tattoo for relief. Lotion used regularly on a healed tattoo keeps it looking bright.
Q. Why do fresh leg tattoos throb?
A. Your blood circulates slower in your legs than in your upper body. It is common for leg tattoos to throb for a few days after they are done. Leg tattoos can also become irritated quickly.
Q. What’s going on, my tattoo peeled twice?
A. It’s not uncommon for a larger or more detailed piece to peel more than once.
Q. Can I use Neosporin on my new tattoo?
A. NO!!! Neosporin is too medicated; it is designed to draw anything out of the skin that doesn’t belong there, including tattoo ink. NEOSPORIN WILL FADE YOUR NEW TATTOO!!! Only use what is listed on the aftercare instructions. Don’t fall victim to “helpful” advice from friends, family, etc. Most of the people that offer incorrect tattoo advice have bad tattoos.
Q. I can’t reach my tattoo, how will I take care of it?
A. Enlist the help of someone if you can. If you are unable to get help, be creative. Spatulas work great for applying ointment to those hard to reach areas.
Q. My Saran Wrap keeps coming off my tattoo, what can I use to hold it in place?
A. Band aides work great for holding the Saran Wrap in place.
Q. Can I donate blood after receiving a tattoo?
A. Yes you can donate blood. As long as you receive your tattoo at a licensed facility, the Michigan American Red Cross does NOT have a waiting period to give blood.