Caring for your tattoo as it heals is very important. Not caring for your tattoo may lead to infections, scarring and/or improper healing.
Once I’ve finished your tattoo I wipe it down with an anti bacterial foam.
After that I use a plastic adhesive, this plastic is originally used in healthcare for people with burns, it is now also common for tattooers to use.
If you have experienced an allergic reaction to regular plasters/bandaids, let me know and I’ll give you a different plastic to cover your tattoo.
The plastic adhesive sticks to your body and you can keep it on for a total of three days.
It protects your tattoo and as long as it’s correctly attached to the skin there is no chance of bacteria or dirt entering.
If it starts to detach so that your tattoo is exposed, please remove it.
Once the plastic is removed you start with after care.
1. Wash your hands and then take off the plastic, rolling it carefully off the skin. If you find it harm to remove you can try and do so under running water.
2. Then wash your tattoo in lukewarm water with a perfume free soap.
3. Pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel and then moisturise.
4. Repeat this process two-three times a day until your tattoo has healed.
When it’s no longer a wound I recommend continuing with moisturising another few weeks.
After that you start using sunscreen with a high SPF to keep the tattoo from fading.
It takes up to six months for a tattoo to fully heal so be extra cautious during this time.
Things to avoid while your tattoo is healing:
- Do not go swimming or have a bath. It can mess up the healing or lead to an infection. Showers are fine.
- Do not expose your tattoo to the sun. Cover it up with a piece of clothing when your in direct sunlight to avoid fading. This is extra important the first month or two.
- Do not scratch or pick the scabs.