These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. Be aware, however, that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding tattoos and may not be educated on how to best assist you.
If you have any questions, or concerns we highly encourage you to contact us first at 508.533.1369.
If we can not be reached and you experience the following symptoms, please visit your physician; unexpected redness, tenderness or swelling at the site of the body art procedure; any rash; unexpected drainage at or from the site of the body art procedure; or a fever within 24 hours of the body art procedure.
Two Rules of Thumb:
- Before cleaning your tattoo, wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water. NEVER touch your tattoo with dirty hands.
- Please follow your artists preferred method of healing.
Bandage Healing Instructions
- After two hours, carefully remove the bandage.
- Using an antibacterial soap and water, gently rub the area to remove all residue and dried up blood. DO NOT scrub the tattoo! Rinse and PAT (do not rub) dry with a clean towel or cloth and apply a fresh bandage.
- Continue cleaning the tattoo 3-4 times a day for two days and apply a fresh bandage each time.
- Two days after getting your tattoo, switch to a mild, unscented hand lotion such as Curel, Vaseline Intensive Care SKIN lotion, Aveeno, or Eucerin. Apply a VERY thin layer of lotion 2 times a day. Be careful not to accidentally rub off any dry skin when applying lotion.
Tips to Guide You Through Healing Process
- During the first week you should take it easy!! This is a very important phase during the healing process. Use your energy for healing, plus any damage incurred to your tattoo at this phase could be permanent. Skip the GYM this week.
- Healing time differs but is usually between 7-14 days. The tattoo will flake and peel much like a sunburn while it heals. This is normal. DO NOT PICK THE TATTOO! Some people find that after the flakes have fallen off, an opaque film may be left that hides some of the color in your tattoo. This film is the new skin growing over the tattoo and it should clear up in a few weeks.
- Itching is to be expected while healing, DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK THE TATTOO!
- While your tattoo is healing it is highly recommended to wear loose fitting clothing as to not damage the tattoo.
- For two weeks, avoid direct sun exposure, swimming, soaking in a tub, sauna or steam bath.
- After the tattoo is completely healed; when out in the sun, always put a SPF 30 to 50 sun block over the tattoo to keep colors bright and to prolong the life of your tattoo.
- Please consult a physician at any sign of infection or allergic reaction. Please report any diagnosed infection or allergic reaction by calling the studio.
Saniderm™ Healing Instructions
- Clean the area and dry thoroughly; ensure the skin is clear of any soap or residue. (Lotions or ointments are not necessary and will interfere with adhesion)
- Cut the Saniderm™ bandage allowing at least 1 inch of Saniderm™ to be in contact with undamaged skin, or more in highly mobile areas.
- Peel off the paper backing to expose the adhesive side.
- Gently apply the bandage using light pressure. For the best results ensure the skin is in a neutral position. Do not stretch the bandage while applying.
- Remove the plastic backing at the perforation, leaving only Saniderm™ on the skin.
- The first piece of Saniderm ™ should stay on 8-24 hours, depending on how much the area weeps. It is normal for blood and fluids to collect under the bandage.
- A second bandage can be worn for several days. Apply a third piece if needed. Do not wear any piece longer than 2 days.
- To remove Saniderm™ gently pull the bandage back over itself in the direction of hair growth. Avoid pulling upward.
- See Saniderm.com/how-to-use/for more details and video instructions.