Everything You Need To Know
WHAT TO EXPECT
You may notice some light bleeding for the first day or so as your skin begins to recover from the trauma. Oozing a clear fluid is also normal. That's plasma and indicates that your body is working to heal the area. You may even see a little bit of excess ink coming out of your fresh tattoo, which is also totally normal and won’t affect the appearance of your tattoo. A little bit of redness and tenderness is perfectly normal and to be expected, but if it’s not improving or it’s getting worse after a day or two, contact your artist to determine whether a trip to your primary care doctor or dermatologist is recommended.
CARING FOR YOUR TATTOO
Your tattoo artist will handle the immediate tattoo aftercare, applying a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and a tattoo wrap or dressing before you leave the shop.
-Wash The Area Daily. Keeping the area clean is the most important thing. Wash the area twice a day for the first 3 days with warm water and a gentle, scent free, cleanser. After 3 days, wash area once a day for about 2-3 weeks.
- Avoid swimming in a pool, lake, ocean, or hopping into a hot tub during this time to reduce the likelihood of infection.
-Keep the area moisturized at least two to three times per day for two to three weeks. The more moisturized the skin is, the less likely it is to scab. A scab may still form even upon moisturizing, if this happens, resist the urge to itch and pick for this can cause scarring and alter the appearance of the tattoo.
-Always apply sunscreen when outdoors. The UV rays are damaging and can cause fading on the tattoo.
It usually takes around 2-3 weeks for the surface of the skin to fully heal.
The size and location of your tattoo also play a role in healing time. Smaller tattoos may take shorter time to heal as compared to larger tattoos.
If you still have questions and concerns regarding the aftercare and healing process of your new tattoo, don't hesitate to reach out to one of our skilled artists for further advice and guidance. We are here when you need us.