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AFTER-CARE

After Care Tips

by on Nov.04, 2009, under AFTER-CARE

Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Do not re-bandage the tattoo.

Do not apply Vaseline, lanolin or petroleum based products.

Do not apply alcohol.

Do not rub, scratch or pick at the tattoo.

Do not expose the tattoo to direct sunlight, swim or soak in sauna, steam bath or bathtub for two weeks.

Be sure clothing touching your tattoo is clean and soft.

A tattoo is considered minor surgery. It may bleed a bit at first but it will stop within a couple of hours. Most artists recommend the tattoo be kept bandaged overnight or for at least two to five hours. Once the tattoo is exposed, wash it carefully in cold water, gently applying antibacterial soap with fingers (never use a cloth) to remove all surface blood.

Rinse with cold water, pat dry with a clean towel, and air-dry for 15 minutes. Then, gently and sparingly apply a thin layer of Tattoo Goo. Repeat 3 or 4 times a day for 7 to 10 days. After 5 to 14 days, the tattoo may start to peel (this is normal ñ like a sunburn) and scab. DO NOT pick or peel the skin away. Let it fall off naturally during washing or application of Tattoo Goo. Fresh skin will soon replace the dead skin. Colors may fade during the process, but will return when healing is completed.

Body Piercing Aftercare Instructions

Cleaning Instructions (Oral Piercing)

Rinse mouth for 30-60 seconds with Blue Wave Saline Cleansing Solution after meals during the entire minimum initial healing time. Do not use more than 4-5 times daily and use it over intervals spaced throughout the entire day. Rinse mouth briefly (10-15 seconds) with Blue Wave Saline Cleansing Solution after you are done smoking, or if you ingest anything except water or clean ice between meals. If you are cleaning too often, the top of your tongue will start to turn a white to yellowish color. Continue to clean your piercing, but reduce the number of times you are cleaning it per day.

What is normal? (Oral Piercing)

Swelling of the area is perfectly normal during the first part of healing an oral piercing. It can be greatly reduced by gently sucking (rather than chewing) on clean ice. Chipped or shaved ice or small cubes are best. The majority of the swelling usually lasts for only 3-5 days.

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