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Aftercare Guidlines for Tattoos & Piercings.


What you should expect after completion of a tattoo:-
Once we have completed the tattoo, a cling film cover should be applied over it. This cover needs to be kept in place for between 2-4 hours.

While covered you should not get water behind it, so it is advisable not to bath or shower during this period. If water is trapped behind the cover, you are at risk of damaging the tattoo. Water carries bacteria, a tattoo is essentially an open wound, so susceptible to surface infections.

The skin will start the healing process in this covered period. Ink pigment from the top layers of the skin will be rejected, so expect a coloured discharge, even visible loss of the tattoo. This covering process will help minimise the scab that will form on the tattoo further down the line of the healing process. Because the ink pigment is attached to the scab until it falls off naturally, if you damage, catch, pick or scratch the scab or soak it in water, it will remove colour from the tattoo and is more than likely to cause scarring. Thus minimising the scab will make the tattoo easier to look after and to heal quicker than compared to not having a cling film cover applied

After the initial covered period, take the cling film off, then gently clean the tattoo with soap/shower gel(it is advisable to use those that are perfume free during the healing process), making sure all the rejected ink and body fluid has been completely removed. Next pat the tattoo dry with a paper tissue(kitchen roll), never rub your tattoo.

The cleaning of the tattoo should be carried out once daily when bathing or showering. Once clean, wait a minimum of one hour after cleaning, then apply a small amount of savlon antiseptic cream, or a recognised specialised tattoo cream, such as tattoo aftercare, or otherwell known creams like bepanthen. Applying cream before the tattoo has fully dried out will trap moisture in, which will harm the tattoo. A day or so afer removing the cling film cover, a scab will then form, which protects the surface of your tattoo. This scab can feel uncomfortable, you must be patient, do not pick or scratch.

THINGS TO AVIOD DURING THE HEALING OF A TATTOO:-
-Avoid touching or picking the tattoo.
-Avoid prolonged exposure to water e.g soaking in the bath, this will damage the tattoo, causing it to heal patchy and/or faded.
-Avoid clothes that are likely to rub, catch the tattoo.
-Try to avoid sleeping on the tattoo.
-Try to avoid excessive movement in that area, especially during exercise. Excessive movement will cause the scab to crack and colourless areas will appear in the tattoo when fully healed.
-Avoid using skin creams and moisturisers near the tattoo.
-Avoid sun beds/sunbathing for at least six weeks, as uv light will fade the tattoo dramatically until the tattoo is fully healed. However, be aware that uv light will always fade a tattoo no matter how old it is, sun block is advisable on exposure.

THINGS TO DO DURING THE HEALING OF A TATTOO.
-Keep the tattoo clean and dry.
The aftercare of a tattoo is of the up most importance. If you follow the advise outlined on this page, you should have no problems. If you DO NOT keep to these procedures you can run the risk of local infections and possibly blood poisoning. Infections can develop easily on a new tattoo, since it is an open wound. Be sure when applying cream that your hands are clean. A sign of infection include excessive redness and heat, prolonged swelling and soreness, if in doubt go see a doctor, as you may need a course of antibiotics.

SO, KEEP IT CLEAN,KEEP IT DRY AND DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK THE TATTOO.