1. Remove the bandage in 3 to 4 hours. DO NOT REBANDAGE!
2. Wash your tattoo frequently with antibacterial soap and hot water. Blot it dry with a clean towel. DO NOT USE ANYTHING ABRASIVE! Your fingertips work best. Clean it this way 3 to 4 times a day.
3. Do not soak your new tattoo in salt, clorinated or fresh water for at least 3 weeks. Your new tattoo must be fully healed before you can go swimming or use a hot tub.
4. Apply either Lubriderm, Curel or a similar neutral, fragrance free, aloe free lotion to the tattoo throughout the day with FRESHLY WASHED HANDS. A little bit goes a long way! DO NOT OVER MOISTURIZE.Too much lotion can damage a healing tattoo!
5. DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR NEW TATTOO TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT FOR 3 WEEKS!!! THIS INCLUDES TANNING BEDS! After it is healed, avoid sun contact on your tattoo to prevent color fading and line clarity. If sun cannot be avoided apply a good sunblock (30 spf or better) to the tattoo.
6. During the healing process, a new tattoo will peal slightly and itch like a sunburn. THIS IS NORMAL! DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH! Leave it alone and let it heal.
Facial and Body:
1. Start with a warm shower or non-iodized sea salt soak.
2. Wash your hands before touching new piercing.
3. Before moving jewelry, use q-tip to remove all debris from piercing and jewelry using warm water and recommended soap.
4. The last step is to rinse the soap from the piercing with water and pat dry with a clean paper towel. One q-tip is needed per step for the first 1-2 months, and then hand cleaning in the shower can be added to the cleaning routine.
Non-iodized Sea Salt Soak:
Mix 1/4 teaspoon with 8oz (1 cup) of warm water in non-porous clean cup. Using a disposable product (cotton ball, paper towel) to soak up solution and compress over piercing, or when possible place rim of cup around piercing causing vacuum effect and lean back to soak piercing. This should be done for a minimum of three minutes.
Care: Rinse mouth, using recommended dental rinse (Crest Pro-Health/ Biotine), for 30 to 60 seconds after meals during the first two weeks of the healing process (Not to be used more than five times throughout the day). Sea salt gargles (see Seal Salt Soak, above, for mixture) can be added but not done more than twice daily.
Swelling:Swelling may vary with each piercing. To minimize discomfort and inflammation, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve may be used. Crushed ice (generally for tongue piercing) may also be used to reduce swelling and discomfort for the first 2-3 days.
Eating: Choose softer foods at room temperature and less acidic or spicy foods at first (generally for tongue piercing). Take smaller bites and chew slowly. Your piercing is an open wound. Do not share cups, cans, bottles or utensils with anybody. Open mouth kissing or sharing of bodily fluids during the healing process is greatly discouraged.
Jewelry Downsizing: Downsizing the jewelry after your piercing is healed should be your first priority to ensure the comfort and the safety of your piercing.
Your new piercing is an open wound and should be treated as such. Transaction of bodily fluids in that area could be putting you at risk. The use of contraceptives during sexual activity is strongly encouraged!!!
Hints and tips to promote faster healing:
A healthy diet and sufficient sleep are necessary. A daily supplement of zinc will also aid in the healing process. Touching your new piercing with unwashed hands, moving the piercing before cleaning it, and oral contact should not be done. Avoid swimming pools, jacuzzis, and any bodies of water for at least 2-3 months or longer until healing is completed. If you must go swimming, use a water proof bandage such as Tegaderm to protect your piercing from harmful bacteria. If certain clothing or activities irritate the piercing, discontinue and call us immediately for advice. Do not exceed more than two cleanings daily. Do not exceed more than the suggested amount of sea salt in your Sea Salt Soak or compress (1/4 Tsp. to 8 oz. of water, 1 cup).
Do not use the following products to care for your piercing:Rubbing alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Bactine, Beta Dyne, Iodine, Hibeclens, Bacitracin, Mycitration, Neosporin, Lotion or Tea Tree Oil.
These products listed above damage the tissue and/ or slow the healing process. Anti-septic mouthwashes may be used to care for oral piercings, although the alcohol can increase swelling even when diluted with water. Soaking or warm compresses with a sea salt and distilled water solution 2-3 times daily can speed the healing process and improve the appearance of your new piercing.