Tattoo Aftercare / Minimising Risk of Complications:
Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking to reduce the risk of introducing infection
Always Wash and Dry your hands before and after touching a new tattoo
Your new tattoo should be kept covered for at least an hour using the sterile, non adherent dressing applied. The dressing will stop the tattoo catching on clothing or being exposed to air-borne bacteria and other contaminants. The dressing will also help to stop bleeding and oozing but should be removed before it dries onto the treated area
After removal of the dressing, gently wash the tattoo with warm water and pat dry with a clean paper towel or tissue. Do not rub or skin will become irritated.
If possible shower rather than bathe so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented.
Do not use products on the tattoo that have not been recommended by your artist or are not intended for open wound healing. You may apply moisturising cream 2-3 times a day to assist healing and prevent skin cracking, but avoid petroleum based creams as they will affect healing. You should not share skin products with others.
After approximately 2 weeks any scabbing should have gone. The area should be completely healed in a further 10-14 days
Avoid Swimming, sunbeds and exposure to the Sun or UV light until your tattoo is fully healed. Sunlight/Chlorine can interact with the tattoo pigment causing irritation and inflammation.
Try to wear loose cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation whilst the tattoo is healing.
Always keep a new tattoo covered and protected if working in a dirty/dusty/oily environment.
If you have any problems or queries please contact your tattoo artist, he/she will refer you onto your GP if there are any signs of adverse reaction/infection.
Piercing Aftercare / Minimising Risk of Complications:
Bleeding following a piercing is common and can happen for up to two weeks after the piercing is done, bruising and slight swelling is also common along with white/clear discharge, however should the piercings become overly swollen, tight and secretes a brown/yellow discharge then efforts should be made to return to the piercer ASAP for them to check and advise from there.
The piercing should be left alone during the healing period and no attempt should be made to remove the jewellery, hands should be clean if you must touch the piercings and efforts must be made to avoid sleeping on piercings as well as keeping hair and clothes from catching and tangling in the piercing.
To clean, sterile saline must be used and applied up to 2/3 times a day directly to the piercing, once this has been done, pat dry with a clean paper towel and make sure the area is not too wet. Should the area crust or scab, allow them to natural come off and do not attempt to manually remove them.
Cleaning solutions such as spirits, antibacterial soaks and homemade remedies are not recommended as they can irritate the area and become detrimental to the healing. Only cleaning solutions recommended by the piercer should be used.
Titanium, niobium & 14ct gold and above is recommended for healing piercings as these contain the least impurities, once healed high quality jewellery is always recommended as reactions can occur when using low grade/costume jewellery.
If you have any problems or queries please contact your tattoo piercer, he/she will refer you onto your GP if there are any signs of adverse reaction/infection.