1. Remove bandage after 3 hours; you can leave it on longer, but no more than 12 hours.
2. With clean hands, gently wash tattoo with mild soap and water. Just use your finger tips; be gentle.
3. Apply a very thin layer of Aquaphor healing ointment to the tattoo 3 times a day for 3 days, morning, mid day and before bedtime. Don't get silly with it; if it looks greasy or shiny, take a clean paper towel and blot the excess ointment off.
4. After the 3 days is up, start using a good, fragrance free lotion. Jergens has always been a favorite. Apply lotion as needed. Your tattoo will be getting dry and flaky by now. Don't over do it! As with the ointment, keep it thin.
Dont! Pick! At your tattoo!
Don't submerge it in water, hot tubs, baths, swimming pools, etc. Showering is fine; just be brief.
Don't bandage your tattoo, it needs to breathe and run free.
There is no exact science to healing a tattoo, just don't listen to your friends advice. Call your artist with any concerns and we will do our best to take care of you.
Rinse your piercing with water, in the shower, at the END of your shower. To do so, use the water pressure from the shower head to rinse soap, shampoo, etc from the piercing site. Do not move your jewelry.
In some cases it may be necessary to bring a cotton swab into the shower with you to wipe build-up away from the piercing site.
DO NOT touch your piercing outside of the shower
DO NOT use chemicals or ointments on your piercing
DO NOT try to clean your piercing in the bath or at the sink
Use either an Antimicrobial or Alcohol-Free Mouthwash to rinse for 30 seconds after meals and before bed (4-6 times per day) for the first 10 days. To combat the swelling, take ibuprofen as directed on the bottle. Ice can also be helpful whether you're putting the ice in your mouth for a tongue piercing or holding an ice-pack against your lip.
DO NOT rinse more than 6 times per day
DO NOT drink fermented beverages
DO NOT eat hot, spicy, or overly salty food
Your body was designed to heal itself; leave it alone and that's what it does. If you have questions or concerns, please call or stop by.