Follow these instructions to a T in order to properly care for your new and healing tattoo.
1. Leave the sterile bandage on the tattoo for 72 hours. You can expect buildup of fluid (blood and plasma) under the bandage during this time. It is okay if the sterile bandage falls off on its own; if it does, move immediately to step 2.
2. When removing the sterile bandage, take a shower and run warm to hot water on the bandage to loosen the adhesive before pulling it off the tattoo. After you remove the bandage, wash with antibacterial soap and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
3. For the next three weeks, washing the tattoo twice daily with antibacterial soap. It is fine to wash it in the shower or tub, but do not allow it to soak. After drying, use Tattoo Care Butter or unscented lotion as needed to prevent dryness.
4. DO NOT pick or scratch any scabbing! Scabbing is normal and flakes off on its own in 7 to 10 days. Wear clean, loose clothing to protect the tattoo while its healing.
5. DO NOT expose healing tattoo to sun, swimming, hot tubs, unclean conditions, irritating clothing, or anything that may hinder healing. Once healed, use high SPF sunblock when exposed to sun.
1. Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap.
2. SALINE rinse three to six times per day as needed during the healing process.
3. There can be bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising in the first 72 hours. It is imperative that you DO NOT touch your piercing and allow it to heal.
4. During healing: some discoloration, itching, and secretion of fluid can form. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
5. A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. Keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period, which is 12 weeks.
6. DO NOT replace your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed!
7. Once healed, the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it.
After healing, include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine!