TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
AFTER GETTING TATTOOED
With clean hands carefully remove the bandage after 2-3 hours.
Soak a piece of clean paper towel and wipe gently to remove any tattoo residue.
A small amount of colour, plasma and/or blood is normal.
You may bathe the night of being tattooed, or the next morning. You do not want to soak the skin,
so showers are suggested and to refrain from baths. Your tattoo should be the last thing that you wash.
Use soap that is unscented and free of any perfume and/or dyes as these may irritate the skin and tattoo.
Blot dry with a clean paper towel NOT your normal bathing towel. *Do not reapply bandage*
Leave your tattoo alone. Be cautious as there may still be tattoo residue. Use clean clothing and sheets.
THE NEXT MORNING
You may bathe following the instructions above.
With clean hands apply unscented moisturizer that is free of any perfume and/or dyes.
Use just a small amount and apply very gently. This should be done twice daily for two weeks.
The tattooed area may be sore and swollen for the first couple days.
It is an open wound and extra caution should be exercised during daily activities.
Always use clean hands when cleaning and moisturizing your tattoo.
Be very cautious of pets and do not let anyone touch your tattoo.
A few days after being tattooed you will notice the tattoo become dry and flaky like a sunburn.
This is completely normal and what a healthy healing tattoo should look like.
The tattoo may begin to itch, ranging from a slight tingle to unbearable,
but DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK TATTOO.
Applying moisturizer may relieve itch. The tattoo should not have hard scabs,
pus or look angry as these may be signs of infection.
Leave your tattoo alone and your body will do the rest.
Avoid soaking and/or having baths, swimming, hot tubs, sauna. Avoid sun, uv rays,
tanning for a month. Your tattoo should be fully healed in 2 weeks.
If infection does occur, please contact your family doctor immeadietely.
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