You have officially completed your tattoo! The aftercare procedure is an essential part of the healing process. It requires your utmost care to ensure the best results as well as prevent any unnecessary issues from occurring. Before you leave the parlour, I will thoroughly clean and bandage the area. So please ensure that you leave the bandage on overnight. Also, I do strongly advise that you withhold from consuming alcohol during this time. If your tattoo is showing signs of excessive pain and or swelling I recommend that you elevate the area and apply an ice pack over the bandaged tattoo.
THE DAY AFTER:
Your tattoo is still an open wound that needs to be cleaned regularly. You are required to gently unwrap your tattoo and rinse the area under clean running water. It is essential to use antibacterial soap for this so please avoid using any other types of soap or body wash. After leaving the parlour, it isn’t uncommon to have your tattoo weep of small amounts of blood for approximately 12 to 30 hours. So it is immensely crucial for you to clean your tattoo 3 to 5 times a day with antibacterial soap until this area is completely healed. For the first three days, you will witness redness and bruising around the tattooed area. You must refrain from wearing any clothing that may come into contact with it and contaminate the surface. Also, at this stage, please abstain from using any lotions!
CRACKING AND PEELING:
If you’ve kept up with cleaning your fresh tattoo by using the antibacterial soap for the first few days, as instructed, your tattoo will soon start flaking and peeling. Once you have noticed that your tattoo feels slightly dry or is on the verge of cracking; you are now able to apply small amounts of lotion to keep it hydrated and prevent any further cracking or damage from occurring. We will always have aftercare lotion available and ready for you to purchase. However, you are free to use any other unscented lotion at your own risk. You are only required to have enough lathered on the tattooed area to prevent it from cracking. Moisturizers do not contain healing properties so do not assume that by using more of it will speed up the healing process. Any excessive amounts of cream will build scabs and water-logging which will damage your tattoo. Please be aware that any incidents like this, is not covered in my touch-up policy.
FOR TATTOOS PLACED ON THE FEET, HANDS AND LOWER LIMBS:
You must take extra care with these specific areas as they are highly susceptible to swelling and infection. You must be mindful of ensuring that you mitigate any exposure to debris as well as keeping your lower limbs elevated at all times. You should also avoid wearing enclosed footwear that harbour bacteria and may infect your tattoo.
PLEASE BE DILIGENT AND PRACTICE CAUTION:
Your tattoo is an open wound so please avoid exposing it to anything that may cause infection, such as dirt, debris or other possible contagions. For two weeks you are prohibited from submerging your new tattoo in bathtub water, hot water or a swimming pool. If your tattoo does come into contact with something that you feel may be unsavoury, then please wash it immediately with antibacterial soap. Also, avoid wearing enclosed footwear that may harbour bacteria and can cause infection.
Only on a rare occasion, some tattoos may need small touch-ups. If there is a minor visible section of your tattoo that may not have correctly healed it will require a touchup. Please take into consideration that any touchups will incur a supply fee only when retouched by the original artist within 90 days of completion. If you change your mind on the design, wish to add something, or fail to adhere to the aftercare listed we will be unable to touch up your tattoo free of hourly charge. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions relating to the Aftercare process.
ATTENTION: IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS THAT YOU HAVE GOTTEN YOUR NEW TATTOO INFECTED, PLEASE SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY!