Then follow these directions…
- Leave bandage on for 5-6 hours.
- Remove your bandage and wash with warm water and mild soap. Gently pat dry.
- Do not re-bandage.
- Apply artist approved moisturizer 3 to 4 times a day before scabs form.
- Stay out chlorinated pools, salt water, and only minimum sun exposure while your tattoo is healing.
- You will have surface healing in 2 weeks or approximately 14 days and complete healing in approximately 30 days.
- Do not pick scabs.
In some customers, creams can cause the skin to become puffy. This means that the tattoo artist has to work harder to get the ink into the skin, which can cause additional trauma. This can cause repercussions during the healing process, causing additional scabbing to occur.
Tablets and painkillers can also cause issues. Aspirin thins the blood and reduces clotting, which causes excessive bleeding during your tattoo. This will affect the quality of the finished tattoo. Aspirin will also prolong the healing process. Ibuprofens may provide minor pain relief during the process, by reducing localized swelling, and will not affect the tattoo.
Secondly, be thoughtful about what you will wear. Try to wear something that exposes or provides easy access to the area you will receive your tattoo. If you can’t expose the area, be sure to wear something loose, in that area so that your tattoo isn’t smothered. Dark clothing is recommended. Though your artist will do everything they can to keep your clothes clean, there is always a possibility of getting ink on your clothing so keep that in mind.
Next, make sure to have something to eat and drink about an hour before your tattoo. Avoid caffeine or energy drinks before your tattoo. Caffeine not only thins your blood and makes to harder to sit still. During the tattoo procedure, your body responds to the trauma of the tattoo by producing endorphins. This process can cause a drop in blood sugar, resulting in lightheadedness and sometimes nausea or fainting. Eating before your tattoo can help prevent this. Alert your artist if you begin to feel lightheaded during the tattoo procedure. They may offer you something sweet to help you through it.
Finally, make sure you have proper identification like your ID, driver’s license, or passport. Check to ensure you have enough money to cover the cost of your tattoo. You may want to consider bringing an MP3 player, a book or something to hold your attention. We’d also recommend bringing water, juice or other snacks that you may want during or after your tattoo. You may need a doctor’s note if you have any medical conditions like a heart condition, a bleeding disorder, or if you have to take antibiotics. The consent form you’ll sign has a detailed list of these conditions. Having one of these conditions doesn’t usually mean we can’t tattoo you, it may only mean you’ll be asked to come back with a doctor’s consent. Your safety is our priority when getting tattooed so please understand that we do this for your well-being.
Healing time for piercings varies for each person and for each piercing. Please give us a call if you have any questions regarding the healing process. Tattoo and piercing professionals are not physicians and can only offer suggestions based upon their experience. You are strongly encouraged to consult with a physician prior to the piercing procedure. The physician’s advice takes precedence over Artistic Flesh’s and its associate’s suggestions.
In the event that you experience rash, discharge of fluid, bleeding, swelling, excessive redness, pain, or similar conditions in or around the pierced area, seek medical attention from your physician as soon as possible. Although you may feel the situation may not require medical attention, it is best to be conservative and have the doctor evaluate your condition.
The aftercare you give your piercing will determine how quickly it heals and its appearance. It is very important to follow these instructions and the orders of your physician to the best of your ability.