AFTERCARE FOR TATTOOS
Before cleaning the tattoo, wash you hands thoroughly with warm water for 20 seconds.
DO NOT TOUCH the tattoo unless you are cleaning it.
REMOVE any bandages no more than 2-3 hours after getting the tattoo. Wash the tattoo gently with liquid soap and then pat it to dry with a disposable paper towel. DO NOT use bar soaps. Wash the tattoo 3 times daily.
AFTER washing the tattoo, it is RECOMMENDED you use a non-petroleum based product such as Ohana Organics Tattoo Butter or Aquaphor to further the healing process. Use a small amount of product on the tattoo. It should be a thin layerto where the tattoo is slightly shiny.
DO NOT USE NEOSPORIN, BACTINE OR ALCOHOL.
In about a week, you may notice the tattoo start to peel. This is part of the healing process. During this process, continue to use your ointment on the tattoo. Continue to wash the tattoo until FULLY healed (2-4 weeks depending on the area and size of the tattoo.) If you experience scabbing with the tattoo, DO NOT to pick at it. The scabs will fall off naturally.
If the tattoo get stuck at your clothes for any reason, soak the piece of clothing until unstuck and wash the tattoo properly after. If this occurs, make sure NOT to rip off the clothing.
DO NOT submerge your tattoo in water (i.e. bathtubs, jacuzzis, swimming pools, lakes or oceans) until fully healed. This WILL AFFECT healing times and the ink in the tattoo. Taking a shower is recommended.
AVOID the sun while the tattoo is healing. Wait at least 15 days, until you may apply Sunscreen (30 or 50 SPF is recommended) to the tattoo and to be able to go into water.
Be patient with the healing process. REMEMBER this is permanently on your body, so take the correct measures to care of it properly. Make sure even after healing to take care of your tattoo.
If the tattoo looks or feels infected, contact your artist or your physician immediately.