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Tattoo Aftercare

Congrats on your new tattoo! Your tattoo artist will most likely go over aftercare with you after your appointment. Here’s a little reminder list for those questions that come to us hours later.

Saran Wrap Aftercare

  1. Leave with the tattoo wrapped for a bit of time, a few hours is perfectly fine. 
  1. In a few hours, unwrap your tattoo, wash your tattoo at the same temp as your body. It may seem hot but it is good for your tattoo. 
  1. Don’t use anything other than your hand to wash the tattoo, no sponges, washcloths, loofahs, etc. We suggest using dial antibacterial soap, but any antibacterial soap will do.

*If you use the bar soap version. Don’t put it directly on your tattoo. Lather the soap up with your hands and then apply it to the tattoo* 

  1. Do not dry your tattoo with a towel, use a paper towel, and only use a fresh clean towel for the rest of your body. Dab the tattoo dry, do not be too rough with the area. 
  1. Then re-wrap the tattoo, and sleep with it wrapped that night and the following night.
  1. During the day, change the wrap every 4-6 hours for the following two days. 

*In case of swelling ice the area over the saran wrap for 15 minutes on/15 minutes off until swelling is reduced*

  1. Day three after you get your tattoo, apply non-scented lotion after washing and drying the area. 

Recovery Aftercare

If your artist uses any type of Derm Shield Aftercare the healing orders are a little different.

  1. Keep the bandage on until the next night after you get your tattoo, if possible. If the seal breaks of leaks, remove it immediately
  1. Avoid hot showers while wearing the bandage. The hot water will remove the seal.
  1. After you change your first bandage, continue to wear it for another 72 hours. The ideal wear time is 4 days.

*Your artist will provide extra bandages, if you need more you can order Recovery Derm Shield Tattoo Aftercare Bandages on amazon*

  1. When removing, take a hot shower and peel the bandage against your skin, using the water as an aid.
  1. When reapplying your bandage, blot your tattoo dry with paper towels. Do not use cloth towels.

*This product does not seal to wet skin. The area and the surrounding area should be dry.*

  1. When applying, overlap the bandage a full inch off your tattooed skin

Dry Healing

Dry healing is used whenever the tattoo is on an area of your body that can’t stay wrapped 24/7, like a hand or your face.

  1. Leave with the tattoo wrapped for a bit of time, a few hours is perfectly fine. 
  1. In a few hours, unwrap your tattoo, wash your tattoo at the same temp as your body. It may seem hot but it is good for your tattoo. 
  1. Don’t use anything other than your hand to wash the tattoo, no sponges, washcloths, loofahs, etc. We suggest using dial antibacterial soap, but any antibacterial soap will do.

*If you use the bar soap version. Don’t put it directly on your tattoo. Lather the soap up with your hands and then apply it to the tattoo* 

For 3-4 days do not re-wrap the area. Wash it thoroughly every 4-6 hours, completely drying it each time.

  1. Do not dry your tattoo with a towel, use a paper towel, and only use a fresh clean towel for the rest of your body. Dab the tattoo dry, do not be too rough with the area. 

*Completely dry the area, it may take multiple paper towels to fully dry*

  1. Once it only takes 1-2 paper towels to dry the area, apply a thin layer of Aquaphor or hustle butter. 

*In case of swelling ice the area for 15 minutes on/15 minutes off until swelling is reduced*

  1. Once the area starts peeling you can begin to use non-scented lotion. 

Important Info

*Only do light physical activity for the first 2 weeks of healing until the tattoo is noticeably peeling.

* Avoid going into the ocean or swimming until the area is finished peeling completely.

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