AFTERCARE FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO
I will like to start by telling you that the final healing result of your NEW TATTOO is not only on my hands.
So you need to read the things explained to you in this page and GET IT DONE If you care and want to get the best results. With this said, here is my second and more recommended tip for you.
THE PRODUCTS you use (SOAP AND OINTMENT) are not so crucial as THE WAY YOU USE THEM.
That means that because you use the best cream or soap out there, your tattoo will not heal well by the magic of these products. THE WAY you use these products is what really will help your tattoo heal properly. How GOOD IS CLEANED after you use the soap and HOW MUCH OINTMENT you APPLY to? It is what will make the difference in your tattoo healing process!
- Always wash your hands before touch your tattoo.
- Leave the bandage on 3 or 4 hours, or you can also leave it overnight.
- Remove the bandage after 3 or 4 hours or in the morning if you leave it overnight.
- Wash your tattoo with mild soap and water.
- Rince the tattoo with plenty of water to make sure all soap is gone.
- Dry it by using a paper towel and leave to dry a few minutes in the air.
- Apply a very skinny layer of ointment to your tattoo and massage it entirely into the skin 3 to 4 times a day for the first three days.
- Remove any excess of ointment by dabbing off with the palm of your hand and clean your hand with a paper towel and repeat until your skin doesn’t have any shiny or excess of ointment.
- DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo ( in case your veteran tattoo person you can do what you know works well for you)!
- DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo.
- DO NOT soak your tattoo in water, use hot tubs, pools, sauna, or swim in the sea for two weeks
- DO NOT get any direct sunlight on your tattoo for at least two weeks.
FAILING TO FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS CAN AFFECT YOUR HEALING TIME AND PREVENT THE TATTOO FROM LOOKING ITS BEST.
If you want more specifics details or have any doubts, please read down below, or you can also contact us by calling 718.104.22.168 or at the form at the bottom of this page.
No matter how talented the tattoo artist is, the final appearance of your tattoo has a lot to do with your tattoo aftercare.
There are so many different opinions and thoughts about how to care for a new tattoo. These are just what we have noticed to work best for our clients, but if you are an “advance veteran” when it comes to tattoos, we recommend you stick to what you know helps your body heal best, DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS!!!!
A tattoo typically takes around two weeks to heal, depending on the client, for example, I have seen some people tattoo fully recovered by the 6th day, and another person that takes nearly a month to heal fully.
First and foremost, remember that a tattoo is an open wound, and you need to treat it as such. That means always washing your hands before applying anything to the new tattoo, and making sure you don’t expose it to any unnecessary dirt and grime. With that said, here are the specifics you should keep in mind on how to take care of a new tattoo.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A FRESH TATTOO ON THE DAY YOU GET IT!!
WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE ANY CONTACT WITH YOUR NEW TATTOO!!
1. When you leave the studio with your fresh tattoo.
You will be bandaged up typically with plastic wrap or gauze. Take it off after an hour or two and clean with a liquid Anti-Bacterial Soap, make sure soap is diluted excessive soap can also burn and irritate your skin, so make sure you rinse it with plenty of water.
Dry it using a paper towel or clean towel. Give it a few minutes to dry before applying the ointment provided (best way to know it’s dry is a sensation of the fresh tattoo feeling “tight”; that typically means that the new tattoo needs some ointment). Usually, a Tattoo Studio is a very sterile environment. So that being said, the outside world is a filthy place, so PLEASE keep your tattoo clean. It is essential to clean your tattoo, what we are trying to say is GET IT CLEAN!
Typically clean it between 2-4 times per day (depending on how active you are) for the first three days since these early days are the most critical part of the healing process. Some clients are almost “afraid” to clean it because it hurts, but keep in mind, if you don’t get in there and massage and lather the tattoo, you’re not doing anything at all. I’m are not telling you to go insanely and scrape off the layers of your skin, but just trying to ensure you CLEAN YOUR FRESH TATTOO!
2. Apply Ointment for the first 3-4 days.
Make sure you have clean the tattoo before applying the new layer of Ointment. Make sure to put a skinny layer of Ointment that means almost nothing. The best way to know if you have the right amount is as follows: if you have your skin all shiny and greasy, it means you have WAY too much Ointment on it. If so, gently dab it dry with the palm of your hand or a paper towel. Clean the palm of your hand to remove all that excess of Ointment with a paper towel. And repeat until all the residue of Ointment is gone. The leftover ointment will still be in your pores, so there’s no need to reapply after dabbing.