Care of your New Tattoo
You were tattooed in a clean, modern tattoo studio with 100% disposable, sterilized tubes, needles, and pigments.
If you follow these simple directions you will have a quick-healing and attractive tattoo.
Remember the quality outcome of your tattoo is dependent on the care it receives in the first few days.
What to do?
- Remove bandage after a minimum of 2 hours. If the dressing sticks, wet area with COOL water to loosen it and remove the dressing carefully.
- Once your tattoo is exposed, wash it gently but thoroughly with a mild soap and COOL water. Be sure to remove any surface blood and rinse off any remaining soap.
- Lightly pat dry and then, with clean hands, apply a small amount of lotion.
- Use a good quality, light lotion without added fragrance or color and massage it in.
- Try one of these: Lubriderm or Curel or Aquaphor or our own Studio City Tattoo brand healing salve Tattoo Majik. We recommend you wait a day before starting lotion.Remember Use a small amount to allow the skin to breathe.
- Depending on the nature or location of your work, it may be necessary to wear clothing heavy enough to protect your tattoo, particularly if you work around grease, oil, metal dust, etc.
- Your tattoo will develop a layer of dry skin. (It will be the same color as the tattoo.) Apply a thin layer of lotion as needed (3-5 times a day, or whenever the skin feels tight or itchy), until the layers flake off naturally.
After the tattoo has healed and the dry skin has flaked off, there will be a period of adjustment for the new skin. It is advisable to continue applying the same non-fragrance hand lotion.
- You may notice redness, swelling and tenderness and this is to be expected but should not last longer than a few days.
What NOT to do?
- DON’T re-bandage your tattoo, rub, scratch or pick at your new tattoo.
- DON’T apply alcohol, Neosporin, Vaseline, or petroleum jelly (they can trap dirt and germs and cause infection).
- DON’T apply a heavy coat of lotion (remember the skin must breathe in order to heal).
- DON’T expose your tattoo to direct sunlight, swim, sauna, steam or tub for 2 weeks. The sun, salt water, and chlorine all act as a bleaching agent; any one of them can ruin your tattoo. The healing process usually takes about 2 weeks, however, this time may vary from person to person.
If you notice fever, drainage that smells or contains pus from the procedure site, or streaks running toward your heart from your tattoo, go to the emergency room immediately
YOUR TATTOO IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AFTER YOU LEAVE THE STUDIO SO
USE COMMON SENSE AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF IT.
ENJOY YOUR NEW TATTOO!!
11032 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604
We guarantee all of our tattoos under the condition that you follow these instructions exactly. Most tattoos do not need any sort of touch up work but occasionally might after healing. If you find any light spots after your tattoo has fully healed, please contact your artist and he will be happy to schedule you an appointment for a touch up free of charge.
Tattoos when Pregnant
Maybe you’ve thought of remembering this special time in your life by getting a tattoo, or maybe you have concerns about existing tattoos while pregnant. Mostly, you just want everything to be safe for you and your baby. This information will be helpful for you as you take care of the tattoos you already have and decide whether or not to get a tattoo during your pregnancy.
Tattoos When Pregnant: First Things First – SAFETY
Make sure that your tattoo artist follows or was following these guidelines:
- They are a registered practitioner (if your state registers tattoo artists).
- They always wear gloves during the procedure.
- They have an autoclave (sterilizing unit to sterilize equipment). Or better yet fully disposable!
- The floors and surfaces are all clean.
- All the needles used are new, disposable, and made for single use only.
- The dressings are sterile, packed, and unopened.
- The dyes or ink used for the tattoo are used with a one way system and kept in a medical cabinet.
- The artist/shop is available if you have any problems. (Find out the availability of the shop hours if you have any problems in the days and months ahead).