Looking after your new tattoo correctly while they are healing is essential and will keep the piece looking great after the healing process.
Everyone reacts differently to the healing process and this is the methods I have found to work best. I will inform you as to which method we will be using to heal your tattoo.
Should you feel that you are not experiencing the best possible healing experience, please contact me as soon as possible.
Protective Film Method
A protective film has been applied to your tattoo and should ideally be left on for 4 days to kick start a fast and clean healing process.
The film is designed to lock in those fluids produced by the body so that the healing enzymes keep the tattoo moist and prevent scabbing. These fluids will sometimes even include some colour of the ink, which is completely normal and doesn’t mean that your tattoo is fading.
If your patch leaks discharge, try to squeeze out some but not all of it. Then pat that area dry with rubbing alcohol on a paper towel which will keep it clean and allow the dressing to stick. In some cases the body generates larger quantities of fluids. If you see fluids starting to drip from underneath the film or a large build up you should remove the film if it cannot be drained. If the tattooed area becomes very swollen, red or painful you should remove the film immediately.
If at anytime your tattoo becomes exposed from the dressing becoming loose you will need to remove the patch and follow the “Cocoa Butter Method”
You can shower normally as the film is waterproof and will stay put on the skin even when immersed in water. To avoid the adhesive bond from weakening, excessive exposure to water should be avoided.
The easiest way is to remove the film in the shower and wash the area with antibacterial soap and water then pat dry. Moving forward you will need to continue to wash your tattoo with antibacterial soap to keep it clean.
You may use some cream to moisturise the area after the dressing comes off. I recommend something more natural like “Fragrance Free-Palmers Cocoa Butter”.
Cocoa Butter Method
After your tattoo session your tattoo will be wrapped in Glad Wrap. After approximately 1-3 hours, remove the wrap and wash the tattoo with Antibacterial Soap. It is important that you wash your hands with the Antibacterial Soap before you wash or touch your tattoo.
Squirt the soap on your fingers, and wash the tattoo gently with warm water and your fingers only. Pat the tattoo dry and allow to air dry for 30 minutes. After you air dried the tattoo, wash your hands, then apply a super thin layer of Palmer’s Coco Butter to the entire tattoo area. Do not suffocate your tattoo with ointment. Your tattoo should only appear to be mildly shiny after ointment application. Blot off any excess with a paper towel if you need to.
Repeat this process 2-3 times a day until the tattoo is healed. On average, tattoos are done with the majority of healing around 2 weeks. Once the tattoo is done peeling, switch to fragrance free Vitamin E moisturiser to keep the tattoo moisturized.
Please sleep with your tattoo covered in Glad Wrap for the first 2 nights. Do not wrap it too tight, but tight enough that it will not slip off too much during sleep. You may need to secure the Glad Wrap with tape to prevent it from slipping off during sleep. Wash your tattoo and apply ointment as mentioned above as soon as you wake up in the morning.
If bubbles start forming on your tattoo, that means that moisture has been trapped in the tattoo (generally from too much ointment). If this happens, please refrain from using anymore ointment. Wash your tattoo, then let it dry out completely until it stops seeping before applying anymore ointment.
During the first few days, it is normal for the tattoo to sweat out ink (especially while your washing it) but don’t worry, your tattoo is not falling off. Lightly exfoliate ink discharge while you’re washing it with your fingers. Make sure and get all the slimy stuff off your tattoo while washing it.
If any scabs form on your tattoo, do not peel them off, or pick at them.
If you remove scabs before they are ready to fall off, it is possible that they will remove ink from the tattoo.
Absolutely no sun while your tattoo is healing.
No swimming or fully submerging or soaking your tattoo while it is healing.
Refrain from excess amounts of alcohol, tobacco, stress, or bad food while you are healing
Refrain from excessively sweating in the tattoo area while working or working out while your tattoo is healing
Do not scratch your tattoo if it itches. Just to try to itch around it. Just remember to wash your hands first.