The after care of your tattoo is a VITAL step in the healing process. Your artist spent a lot of time and effort to provide you with an unique piece of art. Neglecting the proper after care of it is not only reckless but is also disrespectful.
Paul guarantees all of his tattoo work and offers a free touch-up if requested within the appropriate time period. An in person inspection of NEW tattoos needs to be done within one month of your appointment. If you are careless or fail to properly take care of your new tattoo, then all guarantees become void. If you feel you need a touch up, please come in to speak with Paul about scheduling.
It will now be your responsibility to care for your new tattoo over the next two weeks. There are three items you will need to buy in order to take care of your new tattoo: Self-foaming Dial antibacterial soap, Aquaphor ointment, and unscented, un-medicated, high quality lotion. Paul recommends Lubriderm with the blue top.
Paul will bandage your tattoo before you leave the shop. This is the ONLY time your tattoo will be bandaged–NEVER re-bandage your tattoo.
1. After 3 hours, remove the bandage carefully and clean the tattooed area using warm water and the previously acquired Dial soap. Continue to do this twice a day–washing your hands thoroughly prior to touching your tattoo to avoid getting bacteria into the skin.
2. Pat the tattooed area dry with a CLEAN towel and let it air dry for no longer than three minutes.
3. Apply a VERY THIN layer of Aquaphor ointment three times a day for three days.
4. After day three, stop using the Aquaphor ointment and switch to the Lubriderm lotion. Apply this lotion five times a day for the next two weeks.
REMEMBER: You will be actively taking care of your tattoo for two weeks; however, it will take up to a month for it to be completely healed. During this time do NOT itch or scratch your tattoo or scabs. Do NOT soak your tattoo in water such as: baths, swimming pools, the ocean, hot tubs, etc… (Showers are fine and encouraged!) Do NOT expose your tattoo to prolonged sun or UV rays. It is still possible to sustain sun burn/damage in overcast weather. After one month you should use SPF 50 on your tattoo to protect it from harmful UV rays, as this will help to prolong the life and vibrancy of your tattoo.
You must wear loose clothing over your tattoo while it is healing. Depending on the placement of your tattoo, you may not be able to wear clothing such as bras or tight fitted undergarments due to the possibility of the elastic bands rubbing the tattoo. Additionally, wearing tight fitted clothing may trap sweat underneath the clothes, exposing your tattoo to excessive amounts of moisture which could potentially cause premature fading.
If you have any other questions about the aftercare of your tattoo please do not hesitate to call.
- Keep the bandage on for 3-6 days. If the skin appears irritated or the bandage is coming off, it’s okay to remove the bandage sooner rather than later.
- Do not reapply any more bandages after removal of Saniderm and begin after care instructions listed on 407tattoo.com
To remove Saniderm, find an edge of the bandage and pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth. The shower is the ideal place to remove Saniderm. Running water will help loosen the adhesive and relax the skin, making the removal much more comfortable. Dry removal of Saniderm may cause discomfort and added trauma to the skin.
- Discard the used bandage and wash the tattoo with a mild soap, preferably fragrance-free.
- Allow the tattoo to air dry or pat dry with a clean towel.
- Apply a thin layer of aftercare product to your tattoo
- If there is adhesive residue leftover on the skin, or the adhesive is not loosening enough with water, coconut oil and baby oil are helpful for removal.
Wearing Saniderm While Showering, Swimming, and Exercising
Showering while wearing Saniderm is fine, but it’s best to keep the time spent in the shower to a minimum. Water may weaken the adhesive of the bandage, which allows for unwanted contaminants to enter the bandage, putting you at higher risk for infection. It’s also important to keep an eye on the temperature of the water. Too much heat can separate the bandage from the skin, inflame the skin, and irritate the tattoo.
For these reasons, bathing, swimming, or fully submerging a tattoo dressed in Saniderm is strongly discouraged. Light exercise while wearing Saniderm is fine, but avoid activity that causes excessive sweating. Just as water will weaken the adhesion of the bandage, so will sweat and any other significant amount of fluid. Try to keep the bandage as clean and dry as possible until it’s time to remove it.