If you leave the shop with a long term bandage (tegaderm/tattooderm the clear sitcker), please keep it on for 2 to 5 days. Or what you feel comfortable with. Just remember if it leaks outside the bandage or if water from showering gets in MUST COME OFF.
Remember to take it off in the shower, the water will help with lifting the bandage off. And please stretch the bandage off, do not peal up .
Please remove the bandage after 2 to 3 hours, (do not sleep overnight with your original bandage unless your tattoo artist has directed you to wear tegaderm/tattooderm). It is important to not remove the bandage until you can properly clean the tattoo with mild soap and warm water. For soap you want a liquid antibacterial soap, make sure it is unscented. Rinse with clean hands and remove any extra blood… or a slimy coat that may have formed over the tattooed area while underneath the bandage. Gently pat dry with paper towel, or allow it to air-dry for 15/20 minutes before applying ointment.
You will than apply your choice of ointment. Everyone’s skin is different, but please apply an ointment (NOT A LOTION) I recommend Redemption. A&D and Aquaphor are great ointments you can buy at your local store. Apply ointment to the tattoo as needed, massaging a very small amount into the skin (with clean hands) to keep the tattoo slightly hydrated, but NOT smothered. For the first day or two, your tattoo may require more cleaning, the tattoo may secrete blood or a slimy substance. Make sure any extra moisture doesn't get trapped under the ointment, by washing and air-drying after each wash.
The healing tattoo should never stay submerged in water. It should never come in contact with lakes, oceans, be soaked in pools, bubble baths, or long showers. It’s also important that a fresh tattoo be protected from the sun and dirty environments, as it’s still an open wound at this time. All normal activities involving water or sun exposure can usually be resumed in about two weeks.
Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on your tattoo at any point.
Apply ointment to your tattoo until it peels (will peal in 4-7 days). When the peeling begins let it naturally fall off. The area will become dry and itchy, you can use fragrance-free lotion. If you have any questions please call the shop at 414-489-7171.
This method works well for larger tattoos, or tattoos in awkward areas that will be covered with clothing. If you find that your tattoos have healed poorly in the past, this method may be an effective alternative.
Remove your bandage after 3-6 hours, and clean it with antibacterial soap and warm water as in Method 1. After washing, let the tattoo air dry. When the tattoo is dry to the touch put on your ointment of choice, but a little less than you normally would. You are than going to wrap the tattoo in a non-breathable plastic wrap. You can buy a role in the kitchen area of your local store. If you decide to do this, you must change your bandage every 6 to 12 hours. And for every 12 hours that it is wrapped, you will wash your tattoo and let it air dry for 1 hour.
With this method, the tattoo is kept completely covered with plastic wrap for 22 hours a day, for as long as it takes to peel (3 to 5 days). It’s important to wash the tattoo every 6 to 12 hours or after any period of sweating and you must use a new piece of plastic wrap each time you rebandage. Take the same precautions as Method 1 regarding water, sun light and dirty environments.
When the peeling begins after 3-5 days, avoid picking at the cracked and flaking skin. When the tattoo has fully entered the peeling phase, discontinue the plastic wrap. The area will become dry and itchy, and you can use a fragrance-free lotion for the remainder of your healing.