AFTERCARE

Day One:

Your new tattoo will be somewhat tender, and will feel like a new sunburn. The care of your tattoo is your responsibility. How you care for it in the first few days determines the way it will look forever.

 

Days 2 - 14:

Healing tattoos will peel and flake; small bits of colored skin will shed. It may not look as "crisp" as the first few days and may appear "hazy". This is completely normal, and will clear up in 2- 3 weeks. Continue to wash and dry tattoo twice a day, morning, and night, as directed for in day one. Apply lotion 4-6 times / day, being sure to use a small amount only, and work it in.

 

Important!!!

Antibiotic ointment ( Bacitracin, Neosporin + triple antibiotic ) can be used for the first three days only; or if a sign of infection occurs. Problems can occur with prolonged use; and the sun should be avoided at all costs, as some ointments are photosensitive, and a rash can develop if exposed to natural or artificial sunlight.

 

Do:

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.

  • Bandage carefully - wet in shower first if it seems to stick.

  • Wash tattoo with warm water and a mild soap, lathering with hand.

  • Rinse tattoo well with warm water, until surface of tattoo feels squeaky clean.

  • Pat tattoo dry with a clean, disposable paper towel.

  • Apply small amount of lotion or ointment to tattoo and work into skin.

  • Blot excess lotion or ointment with a clean paper towel.

  • Tattoo should not be greasy - LESS IS MORE!

 

 

DO NOT:

  • Do not rebandage tattoo!

  • Do not use washcloth, loofa, or sponge to wash tattoo!

  • Do not dry with a towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria!

  • Do not touch tattoo with dirty hands! Do not let anyone else, either!

  • Do not apply excessive lotion or ointment. Tattoo should not look "soggy".

  • Do not use products containing aloe vera , alcohol, or cortisone.

  • Do not expose tattoo to natural or artificial sunlight for a minimum of 3 weeks.

  • Do not soak in tub, pool, or lake . All contain bacteria!

  • Do not pick or scratch tattoo! Use a little lotion for itching.

 

 

                                  Piercing Care 

External Aftercare:

 

NEVER TOUCH YOUR PIERCING UNLESS YOU HAVE CLEANED YOUR HANDS FIRST! NEVER USE ALCOHOL, PEROXIDE, BACTINE OR SOAP OF ANY FORM TO CLEAN YOUR PIERCING! When in the shower let warm water rinse about 2-3 inches above your piercing and past it for at least 2-3 minutes to loosen up and rinse away and lymphatic discharge that may have accumulated around your piercing. ALWAYS RINSE PIERCING AFTER YOU USED ANY HAIR OR BODY PRODUCTS IN THE SHOWER! After shower use warm water and cotton swabs to remove the crust(lymphatic discahege) from the ends of your piercing that the shower did not rinse away. NEVER MOVE JEWELRY WHILE CLEANING OR DURING THE HEALING PROCESS EVER! Rinse piercing once daily in shower. If you sweat throughout the day clean your piercing with an aftercare product such as H2OCEAN or EMU OIL as sweating dries out a piercing. Healing times depend on the piercing so consult with your body modification artist. Helpful hint....change your bed linens once every 2 days because dirty bed linens are an easy way to get your piercing infected. Stay out of pools, lakes etc. for whole duration of healing process!

 

 

Oral Aftercare:

NEVER TOUCH YOUR PIERCING UNLESS YOU HAVE CLEANED YOUR HANDS FIRST! NEVER MOVE YOUR JEWELRY DURING HEALING PROCESS! If tonuge was pierced, brush around the top and bottom of tongue piercing. Do not remove white to yellowish discharge around piercing, it will fall off on its own. Rinse with an ALCOHOL FREE mouthwash diluted 50/50 with water after anytime you put anything in your mouth like food, fingers, drink etc. NO SMOKING WHILE HEALING ANY ORAL PIERCING! REFRAIN FROM TONGUE KISSING AND ORAL SEX! Salty and spicy foods might irritate healing piercing. Oral piercings take approximately 4-6 weeks to heal.

 

 

Genital Aftercare:

NEVER TOUCH YOUR PIERCING UNLESS YOU HAVE CLEANED YOUR HANDS FIRST! NEVER USE ALCOHOL, PEROXIDE, BACTINE OR SOAP OF ANY FORM TO CLEAN YOUR PIERCING! NEVER MOVE JEWELRY WHILE CLEANING OR DURING THE HEALING PROCESS EVER! When in the shower let warm water rinse about 2-3 inches above your piercing and past it for at least 2-3 minutes to loosen up and rinse away and lymphatic discharge that may have accumulated around your piercing. ALWAYS RINSE PIERCING AFTER YOU USED ANY HAIR OR BODY PRODUCTS IN THE SHOWER! After shower use warm water and cotton swabs to remove the crust(lymphatic discahege) from the ends of your piercing that the shower did not rinse away. Rinse piercing once daily in shower. Healing times on genital piercings is usually 4-6 weeks. REFRAIN FROM ANY SEXUAL INTERCOURSE OR ANY ORAL SEX DURING WHOLE DURATION OF HEALING PROCESS! Helpful hint....change your bed linens once every 2 days because dirty bed linens are an easy way to get your piercing infected. Stay out of pools, lakes etc. for whole duration of healing process!

 

 

 

Micro-Dermals:

NEVER TOUCH YOUR PIERCING UNLESS YOU HAVE CLEANED YOUR HANDS FIRST! NEVER USE ALCOHOL, PEROXIDE, BACTINE OR SOAP OF ANY FORM TO CLEAN YOUR PIERCING! When in the shower let warm water rinse about 2-3 inches above your piercing and past it for at least 2-3 minutes to loosen up and rinse away and lymphatic discharge that may have accumulated around your piercing. After shower use warm water and cotton swabs to remove the crust(lymphatic discahege) from the ends of your piercing that the shower did not rinse away. ALWAYS RINSE PIERCING AFTER YOU USED ANY HAIR OR BODY PRODUCTS IN THE SHOWER! Wear a band-aid over the micro-dermal for a minimum of 24 hours a day for one full week! Helpful hint....change your bed linens once every 2 days because dirty bed linens are an easy way to get your piercing infected. Stay out of pools, lakes etc. for whole duration of healing process.