Tattoos are a permanent change to your body. When introducing a foreign substance into your body such as inks or dyes, there is potential for adverse events such as infection or allergic reaction.
It is extremely important that you take the time to properly care for your tattoo and follow aftercare instructions. 90% of how your tattoo heals is directly related to how you care for it. It can take 3 weeks or longer for a tattoo to completely heal.
Leave first bandage on for 24 hours. After 24 hours remove bandage and wash tattoo with fragrance free soap such a Dial Gold or Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap and warm water. (seeping of the color is normal, you may see blood, ink and/or clear excretion). Air dry for 10-15 minutes or until completely dry. Do NOT apply ointment or lotion.
Apply a fresh piece of Tegaderm (do not stretch skin). You can find Nexcare Tegaderm at a Walgreens pharmacy. You may need help from another person for hard to reach spots.
1. Cut bandage to allow at least 1 inch of Tegaderm to be in contact with undamaged skin. When cutting bandage, round corners for best adhesion.
2. Peel off paper backing to reveal adhesive side.
3. Gently apply bandage using light pressure.
4. Remove plastic backing leaving only Tegaderm on skin.
5. This bandage can stay on for 5-7 days max. Remove after 7 days. If your bandage falls off, reapply a new bandage or use instructions below until healed.
Once Tegaderm is removed, wash once daily with fragrance free soap and apply a thin layer of non scented lotion 1-3 times daily until completely healed (usually 2-3 weeks). As your tattoo heals, peeling and flaking of color is normal. When peeling occurs, do not pick at or scratch your tattoo.
AFTERCARE NO TEGADERM:
Remove saran wrap/bandage 2 hours after it has been applied (seeping of the color is normal, you may see blood, ink and/or clear excretion). Wash with fragrance free soap such as Gold Dial or Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap and warm water. Pat dry, then apply a thin layer of non scented lotion and massage into skin, not too thick, as you want your tattoo to breathe and heal. Always wash your hands before applying lotion or washing tattoo to reduce the amount of bacteria coming into contact with your skin.
Wash your tattoo with fragrance free soap once a day (twice a day is fine for the first week). Apply a thin layer of non scented lotion 1-3 times daily when the tattoo is dry (skin feels tight). Repeat until tattoo is completely healed (usually 3 weeks). As your tattoo heals, peeling and flaking of color is normal. When peeling occurs, do not pick at or scratch your tattoo.
It is very important that you do not submerge your tattoo in water or expose it to sunlight until completely healed. Do not apply sunscreen until your tattoo is healed. Be sure to try and keep as little clothing friction (such as socks, bra straps, belts, etc.) away from your tattoo.
If you have any medical concerns please contact your physician.
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