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AFTERCARE

TATTOO AFTER CARE

  1. Remove the dressing the day after your tattoo appointment...

    The purpose of the dressing is to protect your new tattoo from any airborne bacteria. After 24 hours you may remove your bandages.

  2. Wash the tattoo with soap and water...

    This is one of the most important steps in the care of your tattoo. As soon as you remove the dressing, you must wash the tattoo thoroughly with warm water, mild soap and a clean washcloth. The area will be tender, but it is important to remove all the dried blood and fluid. This is the only time you should expose your new tattoo to water. When the tattoo has been thoroughly cleaned, allow it to air dry. Allow your tattoo to remain clean, dry, unwashed and unmoisturized for the next three days.

  3. After 3 days have passed, apply a thin coating of your recommended aftercare product...

    Your tattoo artist will recommend a product for you, taking into consideration your skin type, allergies and any environmental factors that may affect your healing. A common misconception in tattoo care is the use of healing agents such as Polysporin, Preparation-H and similar medicated ointments. The use of these products can in fact hinder the healing process, and in some cases, can cause extreme allergic reactions. Instead, a mild, non-scented cream or lotion should be used. Lubriderm, Aveeno, Curel, and Vitamin E lotions work very well in healing your new tattoo. Take care not to use too much lotion; if you can wipe some off with a finger, you've used too much.

  4. Apply lotion 2 to 3 times daily for 2 weeks...

    During the healing phase, keep the tattoo as clean and dry as possible. Do not soak the fresh tattoo in water, and take precautions to avoid wetting it while bathing.

  5. If a scab does form, do not pick at it!!

    Generally, tattoos take 3-10 days to heal. When properly cared for, most tattoos heal with only a light flaking after 5-7days. Even under the best of care, occasionally scabs will form. DO NOT pick, scratch, scrape or help it to fall off in any way! Picking the scab will simply cause another one to form, and will result in the loss of some color from your tattoo. If scabs should form, the itching that accompanies them is normal. To ease the itch, apply a thin layer of lotion, or try slapping the area. Just DO NOT scratch!! After the initial flaking falls off, many people experience a second flake, known as milky skin. If your tattoo appears cloudy, but looks bright when wet or after applying lotion, you've probably got milky skin. This will go away after a few more days of regular application of lotion.

  6. Avoid excessive water and direct sunlight.

    Do not sit in a bath, swim or soak in a whirlpool for 2 weeks!! You may shower, but as previously mentioned, please keep the new tattoo as clean and dry as possible. Wetting the tattoo may prematurely release flaking, and result in color loss. Do not be alarmed if some of the flake should happen to fall off, this is normal after 3-5 days. Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds for at least one month. Tattooing removes your skin's natural sun-blocking abilities, and the area can burn in as little as 10 minutes. Sunburn will result in prolonged healing time, excessive scabbing, and color loss.

PIERCING AFTER CARE

    REMEMBER! If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your piercer!

    General Piercing Aftercare

    • Most piercings will take 6-8 weeks to heal, depending on consistency of cleaning, your health, and the way you take care of it..
    • Never touch your piercing during healing with hands that have not been washed.
    • Consider your new piercing as an open wound, do not let others touch or play with it during the healing period; keep your piercing away from other's bodily fluid.
    • Do not soak your piercing in lake, pool or bathwater for the first 2-3 weeks.
    • Clean your piercing in the shower LAST, after all other soaps and shampoos have been washed away.
    • NEVER apply alcohol, peroxide, or petroleum-based ointments to your piercing; not only will they slow the healing process, but they can lead to infection.
    • DO NOT remove jewelry if you suspect infection, this will only cause the outer layer of skin to close, and trap the infection. Please consult your piercer or physician with any concerns.
    • It is normal for your piercing to discharge yellow or white fluid; this is not a sign of infection, only irritation. If the discharge is greenish in colour, come see your piercer at your earliest convenience.
    • Some people find that they are prone to "keloiding" which is developing a bump of scar tissue around the entrance and exit of a piercing.
    • We recommend that you come by and allow your piercer to check how the healing process is progressing.

    Genital Piercing Aftercare

    • Generally, genital piercings take 6-8 weeks to heal, depending on placement of jewelry, and how diligently it is cared for.
    • For the first 4 weeks of healing, avoid ALL sexual contact with your piercing. DO NOT touch your piercing for any other reason than to clean it.
    • To Clean Your New Piercing:
    • With genital piercings, remember; "Less is Best"
    • clean, soak in a warm (not hot!) bath, containing 1 cup sea salts. Do not use perfumed salts, as these may cause irritation.
    • Soak for only 10 minutes. While soaking, gently work off any encrusted lymph or blood, gently turning the jewelry after all crust is removed. Rinse afterwards to remove any drying salt. Gently pat dry your piercing.
    • It is completely normal for genital piercings to bleed occasionally for the first 2-3 weeks. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact your piercer.

    Torso Piercing Aftercare

    • Daily cleaning consists of a simple 3 minute cleaning, 2-3 times daily for 6-8 weeks.
    • For all piercings, we recommend Spectro gel, Tersaseptic or any other mild, non-scented antimicrobial cleanser.
    • Bactine spray is also appropriate for all external facial and ear piercings, but not for torso piercings.
    • To Clean Your New Piercing:
    • Wet the piercing with warm water, to soften any dried crust that will collect on the jewelry. This crust is lymph and blood, which your body naturally produces during the healing process. Do not turn your jewelry before properly removing encrusted lymph. To do so will damage the piercing, and cause you pain.
    • Apply the antimicrobial cleanser. Gently turn the jewelry back and forth SLOWLY, working the cleanser into the piercing. If you have chosen Bactine as your aftercare regime, apply the solution to the piercing using a cotton swab moistened with water.
    • If you are using an antimicrobial cleanser, you must rinse the piercing in the same manner, slowly rotating the jewelry. Ensure that the cleanser is completely rinsed out of the piercing. Bactine does not require rinsing.
    • Allow to air dry.
    • For navels ONLY, do not wear clothing with tight waistbands that sit directly over the piercing. This will cause the piercing to become irritated, and can lead to early rejection. It can also cause your piercing to lean to one side.
    • 6-8 weeks is the approximate healing time for the outside layer of skin. It is completely normal for the piercing to discharge for up to a year and a half. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to consult your piercer.

    Oral / Facial Piercing Aftercare

      For tongues, scrumper, and tongue web ONLY:
    • General healing time is 3- 4 weeks.
    • There is a swelling period that peaks 48 hours after the piercing was performed, and can last anywhere from a couple of hours to 10 days.
    • To Clean Your New Piercing:
    • For the first two weeks, you must rinse your mouth after ANYTHING goes into it. This includes eating, drinking (with the exception of water) and smoking. A saline solution (salt water prepared by mixing 1/4tsp. Sea salt per cup of water) can be used throughout the healing period . After the initial two weeks, rinse 3- 4 times daily with your saline solution.
    • Avoid open mouth kissing, oral sex and alcohol and any mouthwash containing alcohol for the first 2 weeks
    • After 4 weeks, you may wish to get a shorter barbell. While not necessary, it is best for your dental work.
    • When your piercing is healed, brush your tongue when you are brushing your teeth.
    • Every three months, remove the jewelry and soak in hydrogen peroxide to remove calcium or plaque buildup.
    • For lip, labret, cheek, madonna and medusa piercings:
    • These piercings have a two-fold cleaning process.
    • To Clean Your New Piercing:
    • Use an antimicrobial cleanser such as Spectro Jel or Tersaseptic as described in the Torso and Facial aftercare section.
    • Also follow cleaning steps outlined in the Oral aftercare section.