TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

Dermal Bandage
After your tattoo, your artist will apply a clear adhesive bandage to protect your tattoo. This bandage is to be worn for 5-7 days. It is there to protect your tattoo from harmful bacteria as well as promote the healing process. If there is an excessive amount of fluid within the first two days, remove the bandage by following the steps provided below. If there is a small amount of fluid, leave the bandage intact as your body will use it and absorb the plasma in the process.

It is not recommended to work out or do strenuous activities that could complicate the healing process. NO SWIMMING/BATHS. Shower regularly and avoid getting the bandage too wet as it will loosen the adhesive around the edges.

When ready to remove the bandage, it is helpful if you take a hot shower. The heat will loosen the adhesive and allow the bandage to separate from your skin much easier. Always start with the top corner and peel back against the bandage towards the tattoo. Pull gently and slowly to avoid suddenly pulling out any pigment. If the bandage is stuck somewhere, wet it with warm water and pull lightly. Do not pull from the bottom.

After the bandage has been removed, wash your tattoo with antibacterial/unscented soap 2-3 times a day and apply a fragrance-free LOTION/MOISTURIZER such as Aveeno or Lubriderm. When washing, use lukewarm water and use your hands to create a foam and rub the tattoo gently while removing all traces of blood, leaked ink and plasma. Avoid using any items that can possibly damage the tattoo, such as sponges, loofahs or a washcloth. Clean hands only.

REPEAT THIS PROCESS until your new tattoo is completely healed.

Things to avoid:
During the healing process and weeks following it is best to avoid direct sunlight on your tattoo. Sunlight will cause pain until the skin returns back to normal. Once your tattoo is healed it is suggested to use a sunscreen to avoid fading by the sun. Inkezze Sunscreen is recommended.

Avoid submerging in water such as pools, hot tubs, lakes, bathtubs, etc. Submerging your tattoo during the healing process may cause premature loss of flakes and damage your new tattoo. Dirty water also increases the risk of an infection.

Avoid touching the tattoo without cleaning your hands thoroughly in the healing process to prevent any infection to your fresh tattoo.

For questions contact me at inkbysmink@gmail.com.
In case of serious concern or possible infection contact a doctor and follow up with Will.