TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
WHAT IS TEGADERM?
A thin, clear dressing that keeps out water, dirt and germs, yet lets the skin breathe. It is designed to be applied directly over clean skin or wounds, and to stay on until new skin covers the wound surface, or up to seven days.
WHAT IS IT NOT?
It is not saran wrap and does not function like saran wrap. Saran wrap does not let the tattoo breathe and does not seal out outside influences.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
Seeing liquid accumulate under your Tegaderm bandage is normal and expected. This is your own plasma and extra ink seeping out, as all tattoos do. Your body is working hard to re-build the tissue, this fluid will dry up around 48 hours after your tattoo, at which point it will feel hard like a scab, but rest assured it is not.
WHAT SHOULD YOU NOT DO?
DO NOT listen to your friends who tell you they've never seen this before and that fluid doesn't "look right" and tell you to remove this Tegaderm. Do not remove this bandage without first consulting our studio. This method has been around for years and we have done extensive research on what is best for your tattoo and its healing.
IF YOU LEAVE OUR STUDIO WITH TEGADERM OVER YOUR TATTOO:
LEAVE your Tegaderm on for 4 days. Do NOT remove it prior to that without contacting us first. It is normal for the edges to curl up some, this is ok. If your tattoo becomes exposed or you have a large fluid bubble (see pics below) contact the studio for instructions.
TEGADERM is water-proof, you may shower as normal. However, avoid activities that will cause excessive perspiration or repetitive movements as this may cause it to come loose prematurely.
WHEN it is time to remove the Tegaderm, we prefer you to come back by the studio for us to remove it. If that is not convenient for you, the easiest way is to do it in the hot shower, allowing the heat to soften the adhesive some before attempting to peel it off. Have a friend help you peel it off if needed. Rub the edges of the bandage until you can get a hold of it, and GENTLY pull it free from the skin. DO NOT pull it off like you would a band-aid. This is painful and may damage your new tattoo. Stretch away from the tattoo (see pics below) , against your skin, while supporting the bandage with your other hand. (imagine how you stretch a command strip off the wall)
ONCE bandage is off, gently and thoroughly wash tattoo with sensitive, non-fragrance soap removing all the dried fluid from the previous days.
LET air dry. Do not use your bath towel as it harbors bacteria.
LEAVE your new tattoo alone for 24 hours. It has been over-hydrated for the last 4 days so even though it will appear dry, do not put anything on it.
AFTER 24 hours, apply Lubriderm or any white, fragrance-free lotion as needed to keep it moisturized.
IF YOU LEAVE OUR STUDIO WITH SARAN WRAP OVER YOUR TATTOO:
LEAVE Saran wrap on for 3-4 hours.
ONCE removed, immediately wash tattoo with fragrance free, anti-bacterial soap using fingertips only. Ensuring to wash all plasma off the tattoo.
ALLOW to air dry, do not use cloth towel as it harbors bacteria.
ONCE completely dry (minimum of 15 minutes later), apply a very thin layer of Aquaphor.
REPEAT these steps 3-4 times a day during the first week.
AFTER the first week, discontinue Aquaphor, wash a couple times a day and switch to Lubriderm or a white, fragrance free lotion. Moisturize as needed.
TIPS & TRICKS
DO NOT apply thick layer of ointment on your tattoo. Your tattoo MUST breathe. Resist the urge to smother in moisturizing goodness!! We promise the paper thin layer is enough.
DO NOT, under any circumstance, pick at your new tattoo! The tattoo itch is the real deal, friends! RESIST THE URGE! Satisfying that momentary urge to scratch may leave you with a scarred, dull tattoo. It's not worth it!
DO NOT let your animals come into direct contact of your new tattoo during any of the healing phase. This is an open wound on your body and an infected tattoo is not only un-pleasant to look at but very harmful for your body. They will still love you but your tattoo won't.