TATTOO AFTER CARE


Tattooing, a technique of marking the skin with colours, has been practiced since antiquity. Now this ancient art is enjoying a renaissance. Movie, television and sports stars have begun sporting Tattoos, and others are following their lead.


We want your new Tattoo to turn out perfect for you to enjoy for years to come. So please follow our recommendations for the proper care of your new Tattoo.


The Tattoo machine, in a simplified explanation, operates like a mini-sewing machine: the Tattoo needle that is attached to the Tattoo needle bar moves up and down very rapidly as it penetrates the superficial (epidermis) and the middle layer (dermis) of the skin. This process creates a superficial abrasion to the skin that is only about as deep as the thickness of your fingernail. Properly and professionally done, Tattoos cause minimal trauma to the skin and heal very quickly. Depending on the individuals care and reaction to the process, it may take from one to two weeks average time to heal over nicely.


The most critical time to control and direct the healing process for a new Tattoo is from the completion of the Tattoo until there is no more oozing of fluid from the Tattoo.


This requires you to wipe off oozing fluids ( which appear as droplets on the surface ) until fluids no longer reappear.


This may take several wiping every 15 minutes immediately after getting a Tattoo.


Timing is critical to prevent dead cells from accumulating, sticking and drying on the surface of the Tattooed area.


Allowing Tattoos to dry prolongs the healing time, producing a dry scab and loss of ink.


Clinical studies have demonstrated that wounds moistened with ointment heal faster, produce less dry scabbing and consequently keeps more Tattoo ink in the skin which heal brighter and sharper looking.


As soon as you get home from the Tattoo shop ( no longer than 2 hours ) follow these instructions:


1. As soon as you get home remove bandage, wipe off the ointment and oozing body fluid with a tissue.


DO NOT WASH


Water content of the Tattooed area is a major factor in the speed of healing.


KEEP DRY !


2. Apply a thin layer of A&D ointment, Bacitracin, or comparable product.


The biggest problem is not the selection of ointment ( all comparable ointments of this type will produce good healing ). Getting any ointment and using it as directed and having you follow these instructions is critical for promoting proper care and healing for your new Tattoo. This is more important than fretting over what type of ointment to purchase.


A&D ointment is the preferred product to use due to the fact that some people have an allergic reaction to the zinc and other ingredients in Bacitracin or Neosporin ointment. If you are not allergic to these products they are fine to use. Otherwise buy and use A&D ointment because it contains none of these allergic reaction causing ingredients.


BUY A&D OINTMENT IF AVAILABLE.


3. Wait 15 minutes and see if bubbles of fluid appear on the surface of the Tattooed area.


4. If they do, wipe of with a tissue and reapply ointment.


5. REPEAT THIS TILL NO MORE BUBBLES APPEAR ( 2 to 5 times ).


STOP AND READ STEP 1 TO 5 AGAIN.


THE BETTER YOU CARE FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO


IMMEDIATELY AFTER GETTING IT


THE BETTER IT WILL TURN OUT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE !


IT IS CRITICAL TO REMOVE FLUID FROM THE TATTOO AND KEEP MOIST DURING THE FIRST FEW HOURS AFTER GETTING YOUR TATTOO.


You can use your CLEAN finger tips to apply the ointment.


DO NOT BANDAGE.


When oozing stops, apply a thin layer of ointment 4 times a day.


· No skin to skin contact with people or pets.


· No scratching.


· No picking.


· No peeling.


· No swimming.


· No sauna.


· No Jacuzzi.


· No tub.


· No sun.


· No tanning salon.


· No contact sports.


· No shaving.


Be very careful at work, keep clean.


If you work in a Hospital or other medical or clinical setting ( nursing home, doctors, dental office, labs ) be very careful not to come into contact with anything in the building