Tattoo Aftercare

          Proper aftercare is an essential part of the tattoo’s healing process. To protect your investment, and your health, carefully follow these aftercare instructions and your new artwork should heal flawlessly.


1.  Remove the bandage after an hour or two and wash the tattoo with warm water and some unscented antibacterial soap, making sure to wash your hands thoroughly before hand. Then rinse the tattoo under cold water and pat it dry with a clean paper towel.


2.  Now that your tattoo is clean and dry you want to allow it to breath, dab off any blood or plasma coming up through the tattoo with a clean paper towel keeping the surface of the skin smooth and dry. Wash the tattoo 2-3 times a day for the first 3 days. wear clean, loose fitting clothing over the tattooed area to allow it to breathe (this will promote healing.)

 


3.  After 3 days,  The skin is beginning to heal. Your tattoo should be dry to the touch,  and no longer weeping blood or plasma. Now is the time to moisturize your new tattoo. I highly recommend our Main Street Tattoo’s all natural aftercare balm. It’s all natural ingredients were hand picked for their intense moisturizing capabilities as well as healing and anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. A small amount 3-4 times a day is all you need. If any burning occurs after applying, wash off any excess and switch to an unscented moisturizer of your choice E.g: Aveeno, Lubriderm. And remember to wash your hands before applying.


4.  After a few days you may notice a little scabbing or thin crust develop. Do not pick or scratch, as this will cause the tattoo to bleed and you will lose ink, and possibly even cause scarring. Showering is fine with your new tattoo, just avoid direct water pressure as well as any scented soaps, body-washes or shampoos coming into contact with your tattoo. If this happens, rinse the tattoo immediately. Do not soak the tattoo in the bath, pool or hot tub, dish water, lakes or rivers, and do not shave over the tattooed area until fully healed....this will damage your tattoo.


5.  After 5 to 7 days of healing you may notice that your tattoo will begin to peel and flake. This is a normal part of the healing process, but is unfortunately accompanied by itching. Whatever you do, do not scratch! tapping the tattoo will help, as will the moisturizer.


6. 10-14 days and your tattoo should be healed. Congratulations, you did it! It may be healed, but your job isn’t over yet. U.V rays from tanning beds and the sun will break down tattoo pigments over time, especially color. So to keep your tattoo looking bright and bold avoid excessive sunbathing and wear sunscreen with an s.p.f of at least 30 when it cannot be avoided. If you have any questions or concerns about your new tattoo do not hesitate to call. 

Piercing Aftercare

Proper aftercare is an essential part of the healing of your new piercing. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure you have a smooth, healthy heal.

 

Keep It Clean! 

            A new piercing is pretty exciting, and I know you’ll be stoked to show it to friends and family, but it is very important to not touch or let anyone touch a fresh piercing…It is an open wound and should be treated as such. Always wash your hands before cleaning your new piercing (unwashed hands have a lot of bacteria, germs and oils that are very harmful and could cause your piercing to get infected or even reject!)

           

             I recommend cleaning/rinsing your piercing with a saline solution (medical grade salt water) of 0.9% sodium chloride per volume. This ensures that it has the same p.h level as your natural body fluids and will not burn when applied. We have 2 sizes of glass misting bottles to choose from, which are easily refillable. Generously mist both sides of your piercing 2-3 times a day and gently clean around the holes with a Q-tip(  a cloth or towel can harbor bacteria and the piercing could get caught in its fibers, as can cheaper,loosely wadded no-name cotton swabs.) A saline soak 2-3 times a week will speed up the healing process as well . this is done by warming the saline in a shot glass and soaking the piercing for 5-10 minutes.

            

             It is important not to move or turn the piercing as this could damage any healing tissue and cause irritation, prolonged healing times or even scarring. Once there is no more scabbing however you are encouraged to move it while cleaning to get the part of the jewelry that is under the skin cleaned thoroughly. A little discharge during cleanings is normal, it should be a clear or slightly milky color (this is lymph, your body’s way of carrying much needed white blood cells and oxygen to remove debris and fight any bacteria or infection.) Normal healing time for most piercings is 1-2 months. Do not change jewelry before it is healed completely!

 

Specific Parts Of The Body

Ear, Cartilage and Facial Piercings:  Maintain cleanliness of bedding, telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and anything that contacts the pierced area. Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing.

Oral Piercings:  Because the mouth is a mucous membrane, it is moist, and harbors much more bacteria, you will want to rinse your mouth after each meal and every cigarette (if you are a smoker) with an alcohol free mouth wash. A saline solution can also be made using distilled, or bottled water and sea salt ( ¼ teaspoon of salt per cup of water) if it is a lip, use saline or other products and techniques mentioned for the outside of the piercing as well.

Nipple Piercings:  The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping.

Navel :  A hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of Ace® bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.