Now, you have your fresh new tattoo, and you want to take good care of it! From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don't take proper care of it. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken.
Leave That Bandage Alone!
Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of three hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.
After 3-5 hours, remove the bandage gently and wash with warm water and mild soap. DO NOT REBANDANGE!
Always wash and dry your hands before and after handling a new tattoo site!!!
Apply a thin film of BEPANTHEN Ointment 3 times a day for the next 10 days until skin returns to its pre-tattoo condition.
Do not use skin products on the treated area that have not been recommended by your tattoo artist.
Try to wear loose, cotton clothin g to minimize rubbing and irritation to a new tattoo site.
Stay out of sunlight and tanning booths until tattoo is healed, at least 10-14 days.
Do not soak tattoo in tub, sauna, Jacuzzi or go swimming while your new tattoo is healing.
If possible, shower rather than bathe whilst the tattoo is healing so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented
Do not rub or pick the treated area while it is healing. Loss or color and/or infection could occur.
Always keep a new tattoo covered and protected if working in a dirty/dusty/oily environment.
Extreme sun and exposure over the years can and will fade your tattoo.
This can be minimized by using a strong sunscreen, at least SP25.
Your tattoo should heal in 2 weeks.If you have any problems or questions please call on 01506 324155
Consult a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: green/yellow discharge
(foul smelling) and/or fever.