- Please leave the dressing we applied after your tattoo until you have a shower – We have cleaned and sterilised the area and the dressing will prevent any dirt or germs entering the tattoo site.
- You may shower to clean the tattoo either tonight or tomorrow morning. DO NOT soak it in a bath. (If a lot of fluid forms under the dressing it is better to clean it sooner rather than later.)
CLEANING YOUR TATTOO DAYS 1-3:
- Clean your tattoo with unperfumed soap (carex or dove are good) and just your hand, make sure you get rid of the layer of gunk (plasma and excess ink) that has formed on the top. It will sting but it is really important to remove it all or it will cause a heave scab.
- When the tattoo is clean you may pat it dry with kitchen roll (not a towel or anything that will leave bits of tissue stuck to it). OR allow to air dry with no clothing over it.
- Once the area is dry, re apply fresh cling film tightly to keep the tattoo clean. You do not need to put any cream on the tattoo whilst it is wrapped.
- REPEAT this process two times a day for 72 hours (3 days).
- ON DAY FOUR YOU CAN CLEAN THE TATTOO ONCE MORE BUT DO NOT NEED TO APPLY CLING FILM.
CLEANING AND CREAMING YOUR TATTOO DAYS 4-14:
- After you clean your tattoo on day 4 the fluids being released should have stopped and you can dry the tattoo and simply apply a barrier cream.
- We recommend BEPANTHEN, PALMERS SOLID COCOA BUTTER (comes in a tub not a bottle) or pure coconut oil.
- We also recommend HUSTLE BUTTER, PENNY BLACK AFTERCARE AND SORRY MOM’s AFTERCARE, all available to buy online.
- You should continue to clean the tattoo twice a day and apply cream 2 times a day. If it is dry or itchy apply a thin layer of cream up to 4 times a day in total.
- You do also need to wear loose fitting clothing over your tattoo for two weeks or until it is healed. This means no tights or leggings, bras that rub on the area, heavy work boots or wellies that may rub and cause irritation etc. If this is unavoidable you should continue to clean and wrap your tattoo for up to 10 days without any cream. This is known as wet healing, it is just a different way to heal a tattoo allowing the open wound to heal under the dressing. It is important to change your dressing every day.
Other Important things to remember:
- When you leave the shop your tattoo is cleaned, sterile and has not been exposed to any kind of germs or dirt, this means anything you do to the tattoo after you leave is your responsibility. Infections caused by poor aftercare or badly healed tattoos are not our responsibility and we cannot offer touch up’s for free in this circumstance. SO PLEASE LOOK AFTER YOUR NEW TATTOO!!!
- You must not swim or expose your tattoo to sunlight until it is fully healed.
- We recommend factor 50+ on healed tattoos as sun exposure can bleach tattoos.
- We do not recommend any other type of aftercare, we cannot guarantee good healing if you do not follow our advice.
- DO NOT allow your animals to come into direct contact with a fresh tattoo.
- We often pierce with a longer or larger piece of jewellery than is necessary in the long run, this is to allow for swelling and ensure the piercing isn’t under unnecessary pressure.
- You can come back to have your jewellery changed once the swelling has settled (healing times vary massively and we will advise you of yours during the appointment).
- We use high grade medically steralised titanium jewellery for every piercing.
- All our equipment is medically steralised in an autoclave and sealed in a sterile autoclave pouch until use.
- All needles are single use disposables.
- After you leave the studio, the piercing is your responsibility and you must take care of it in order to prevent infection and allow it to heal properly.
CLEANING AND CARING FOR YOUR NEW PIERCING:
- We recommend cleaning your piercing 2-3 times a day using an isotonic (0.9%) sterile saline wound wash (wound specific not contact lens saline) and a cotton pad. You can purchase this from most pharmacies.
**WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE CLEANING THE PIERCING!**
- Try to only clean the area with cotton pads or cotton buds, tissue may stick to the area. Dry your piercing after cleaning with a fresh dry cotton pad.
- New piercings are often swollen and painful or uncomfortable, you can use a little ice or a cold sterile compress to help relieve this.
- Staying well in general to keep your immune system functioning properly is key in healing a piercing. Eat well and stay hydrated!
- Showers are safer than baths when healing a new piercing as bathtubs hold bacteria. If you take a bath be sure to clean your piercing properly afterwards.
THINGS TO AVOID:
**DO NOT TOUCH IT OR FIDDLE WITH IT!**
- Never touch a fresh piercing with hands unless cleaning it, your hands are covered in bacteria and touching the piercing will introduce these to the wound.
- Avoid twisting or turning the jewellery. It is not necessary and will cause trauma to the area and prevent healing.
- Try not to sleep on it.
Sleeping on a fresh piercing can cause more swelling and prolong healing as well as potentially cause piercings to migrate or heal on an angle.
- Avoid Chemicals:
Do not use chemical cleaners like Savlon, TCP or surgical spirit. Avoid using perfumed soaps in the shower or bath and applying moisturizer to the skin around the piercing.
- Avoid swimming pools, the sea hot tubs, spas etc. until the piercing is healed.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
- Initially some bleeding, swelling, bruising and pain.
- During healing some discolouration, itching, pus or a yellowish fluid or crust on the jewellery.
- The piercing may seem to be healed before it actually is, this is because tissue heals from the outise in, disturbing the piercing or changing the jewellery too soon can cause infection and slow the healing process.
- Removing jewellery from an unhealed piercing can cause it to close over within seconds. Do not attempt to remove the jewellery to change it until the piercing is fully healed. If you are unsure, pop in and see us.
IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF A SUSPECTED INFECTION:
- Do not remove jewellery from an infected piercing. Doing this will cause the surface cells to close over and trap the infection under the skin meaning it can spread into the blood stream or cause an abscess. Leaving the jewellery in place allows for the infection to drain out of the piercing site with proper cleaning and in extreme cases antibiotics.
- Piercing healing times can vary from a couple of weeks to a few months.
We’re here to help you heal properly so please come back for a check up in 3-4 weeks.
- Some piercings benefit from shorter jewellery after a few weeks so come in and we will check if the piercing is ready and replace the jewellery for you.
- We also have a range of jewellery for healed piercings and we can fit these for you at just the cost of the jewellery. Come in and see what we have in stock.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WORRIES YOU CAN CONTACT US ON 07422 665796
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN!