Keep bandage applied for a minimum of 6 hours to a maximum of overnight; larger tattoos should be covered longer. Do not remove bandage in a public area to avoid foreign bacteria.
Immediately after removing the bandage, give the tattoo a thorough washing. Clean the tattoo by first rinsing with hot water to open your pores, washing with warm water and a mild soap, and rinsing again with cold water to close your pores. Continue to clean the tattoo 2-4 times a day for the first 3-4 days, using your hand to apply the soap and pat-dry it with a towel.
Clean your tattoo with a mild, unscented soap (e.g. dove, cetaphil, etc.). Avoid soaps that contain anti-bacterial properties, aloe, perfumes, or dyes as they may interfere with healing or could irritate the skin.
After 2-4 days, or as soon as your tattoo feels tight, begin to apply a thin coat of a mild, unscented moisturizer (e.g. lubriderm, aveeno, etc.) 1-2 times daily until the tattoo is healed. If your skin is normally dry, we recommend using Flora, Eucerin, or Aquaphor instead of a lotion. Avoid healing agents such as aloe vera, vitamin E, or polysporin.
Do not soak the tattoo in water. Showering is ok, but avoid prolonged exposure to the water. Do not go swimming until the tattoo is fully healed.
Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight and avoid tanning booths while it is healing. Once healed, avoid prolonged sun exposure, or apply a sunblock to the tattoo to help avoid fading.
DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH YOUR NEW TATTOO WHILE HEALING!!
The tattoo will form a scab or thin flaky surface which will gradually fall off on its own as it is healing. Scratching may result in “bald spots” where the ink has been picked out.
Total healing time for a tattoo takes between 2 1/2 weeks to 1 month. After the initial scabbing falls off, the tattoo will look shiny and slightly faded. The tattoo is fully healed once it darkens again and the sheen fades away.
Please direct any questions to us or other tattoo professionals, as we understand the healing process and can address any concerns you may have.