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AFTERCARE: Tattoo Services
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General Tattoo Aftercare Knowledge Base

Properly taking care of a new tattoo is crucial to prevent scabbing, loss of color and detail, scarring, and infection. When it comes to healing a new tattoo, every tattoo artist has the best intentions in mind. However, new tattoo care methods for optimal healing can vary drastically from artist to artist. For this reason, we want to create a professional guide to healing tattoos using a medical-grade derma bandage.

While getting tattooed, the tattoo needle punctures the skin between 50-3,000 times per minute. The needle enters the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) and delivers the ink into the central layer of skin (dermis). It can be easy to forget, but this new piece of art is actually an open wound and must be treated as such. This means that it’s critical to keep dirt, debris, and bacteria out.

We use medical-grade, breathable, waterproof tattoo bandages. These bandages are engineered to be permeable to gasses, like oxygen. These bandages alleviate many of the pitfalls that come with other tattoo healing methods. Primarily, Tattoo bandages drastically reduce the risk of contaminants entering the wound site of a fresh tattoo. Wearing tattoo bandages protects the area from unwanted shear/friction and allows the body to keep itself moisturized. Plus, it conveniently eliminates sessions of washing and applying aftercare to a new tattoo. The result is a tattoo healing experience that is safer, smoother, and more efficient.

  1. Keep the bandage on for anywhere from 12-24 hours, depending on how much the wound is weeping. It’s fine if there is some plasma/blood/lymph fluid buildup under the bandage during this period, but don’t leave it longer than 24 hours.

  2. To Remove tattoo bandage, find an edge of the bandage and pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth. The shower is the ideal place to remove tattoo bandages. Running water will help loosen the adhesive and relax the skin, making the removal much more comfortable. Dry removal of Saniderm may cause discomfort and added trauma to the skin.

  3. Discard the used bandage and wash the tattoo with a mild soap, preferably fragrance-free. 

  4. Gently Wash the tattoo with soap or body wash. 

  5. Allow the tattoo to air Dry or pat dry with a clean towel.

  6. Apply Vaseline (recommended) or any tattoo aftercare moisturize cream on your tattoo.

  7. Repeat 4-6 steps for 10-14 days. It takes about two weeks to have your tattoo healed. Until the tattoo fully heals, avoid sun exposure, swimming, bathing, and DO NOT SCRATCH!!!

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