Tattoo 719 - Aftercare
If you’ve been researching information trying to decide whether to get a tattoo or not, you may have come across something called tattoo aftercare. Just like the name sounds…it’s important to take care of your tattoo in those first days after getting a tattoo. You’re not just getting a drawing on your skin like back in the good ol’ school days. Remember there are needles and pigment involved. This art gets into your skin. So, here are some of the main things we recommend you be aware of.
No two people are the same. But you can expect at least two weeks for the outer skin to heal. Then you need to allow about two months for complete healing. Think of it as an injury to your skin like sunburn. That doesn’t go away in a few hours, but it does go away. So do the effects of your tattoo.
The proper care of your new tattoo:
These are some of the most important steps. When you get home, after about 2 to 4 hours, you’ll need to clean the tattooed area. Make sure you have a clean place to do this and a clean, new bandage ready to replace the old one. Before you remove the old bandage or touch the tattoo, don’t forget to wash your hands with antibacterial soap. After you remove the bandage, you’ll need to wash the tattoo in hot water…like the temperature you’d use in the shower. Be sure to use only a mild soap. After you’ve washed off the area, use a disposable paper towel to gently pat it dry. Once it’s dry, you can apply a mild, unscented hand lotion…no colors, dyes, or harsh chemicals. (We offer organic aftercare products…be sure to ask us about them or look for them here on the website) You can apply lotion to the area every few hours or whenever you feel like it needs it…like if it feels itchy or dry.
Important things to avoid:
Even if your tattoo itches, don’t scratch it. You could cause color loss and it might even result in a scar. That’s not what you want. So, follow the instructions above and apply lotion if itching starts to get to you. Also, don’t use any petroleum based products. Don’t wash the tattoo more than a couple times a day. It isn’t necessary, and it will cause you more uncomfortable itching. One or two washings a day is plenty. And if it’s possible, avoid plain ol’ tap water when you wash. The chlorine can wreak havoc with dryness. So, that leads to the next thing…avoid swimming pools, tanning beds, too much sun exposure, and harsh winds.
When you follow this advice closely, you shouldn’t experience any major problems with healing. Of course, just like with any similar healing process, if you notice anything abnormal or anything that disturbs you too much, don’t hesitate to contact a physician, nurse practitioner, or another health professional you trust. And certainly you can come back to our shop and let us take a look and advise you.
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