The TatuDerm (clear plastic film) that your tattoo artist used to cover your tattoo may be left on overnight, for up to 72 hours. This clear bandage is breathable to help your tattoo heal while keeping it clean and free of bacteria.
Your new tattoo must be thought of as an open wound, so wash your hands thoroughly BEFORE touching or cleaning the area. Remove the bandage with care and clean the area with lukewarm water and a mild soap (only once) to remove the slimy feel caused by blood and/or plasma, then rinse gently and pat it dry with a clean soft towel.
Let it dry completely then apply a thin (very thin) layer of vitamin A&D ointment, tattoo balm or unscented lotion.
No need to re-bandage....in fact that would be detrimental to the healing process. For the next 7 days apply a thin layer of lotion 2 times a day. After that, continue to keep it clean, and use a good unscented aftercare lotion as needed, to keep the skin soft and your colours bright.
Healing generally takes about 14 days in a normally healthy person. The main thing is to not allow your tattoo to become too dry, or too moist. When the scab forms, do not pick at it - allow it to heal on its own.
It will probably go through an itchy stage....resist the urge to scratch!
Refrain from submersing the tattoo in water for at least the first two weeks, and when showering, try not to let the water stream hit the tattooed area directly.
After your tattoo has healed, you'll want to protect it from the sun's rays, so use a good sun block that will protect it from sun damage.
Take the advice your tattoo artist offers, and you will keep your tattoos vibrantly alive for many years. If you have any questions about your tattoo or aftercare please contact us at 807.220.2682.
*IMPORTANT - If your tattoo appears to be infected (redness that gets worse over time) please seek the advice of a medical professional.
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