You were tattooed in a modern studio with sterilized instruments and pigment. The long term appearance of your tattoo is dependent on the care it receives in the next few days. Following these instructions will insure that it heals quickly and remains attractive.
- After approximately 2 to 4 hours, remove the bandage that the artist applied. If you notice that the bandage has dried to the tattoo, simply wet the bandage with lukewarm water and remove it slowly.
- Wash the tattoo with a mild hand soap and warm water, rubbing the tattoo with your fingers until all of the dried blood has been removed. DO NOT scrub or wash your tattoo with any type of abrasive cloth.
- Once the tattoo is clean, blot it dry (being careful not to use anything abrasive). Allow the tattoo to air dry for approximately 30 minutes.
- Then once the tattoo is dry to the touch, apply a very small amount of Aquatat (available for purchase at the front desk) to the tattoo. Massage the ointment into the tattoo with your fingertip. It is VERY important that you use a very tiny amount of Aquatat, just enough to make it moist. If you see a greasy sheen, you have applied too much ointment. If this occurs, gently wipe the excess off.
- Clean the tattoo and apply the Aquatat twice a day for the first 2-3 days. After the third day, stop using the Aquatat. Begin using a mild hand lotion 2-3 times a day until the tattoo is completely healed.
- For the first two weeks, do NOT go into the swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, tanning bed, or lay out in the sun. The only exposure to water should be your regular showers. Be careful not to let the shower water beat directly on the tattoo for an extended period of time.
- Do NOT re-bandage the tattoo. Use only Aquatat. Keep clean, loose clothing over the new tattoo.
- Do NOT scratch, pick at, or peal the new tattoo.
- Do NOT expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight.
- Once the tattoo is healed we recommend using 15-30 SPF sunscreen when the tattoo is exposed to the sun.