Caring for your tattoo is a very simple process, but it is critically important that you follow the directions outlined here to ensure that your tattoo heals properly.
– When your tattoo is finished, Jamie will bandage it with pre-packaged, pre-sterilized and non-adherent bandage pads, and secure the pads with bandage retainer and surgical tape.
– Between 2 hours at the minimum, and 4 hours at the maximum, you will want to remove your bandages. DO NOT leave your bandages on for any longer than 4 hours, as you can risk trapping in your body heat, and possibly creating an infection.
– After you have removed the bandages, wash your tattoo with warm water and anti-bacterial soap. We usually recommend Dial anti-bacterial as the best option. If you do not have Dial anti-bacterial, an unscented soap such as Dove or Ivory will work as well. The main thing to stay away from any soap that is heavily scented such as Axe, Old Spice, etc…
While washing your tattoo, use your fingertips, and make sure not to aggressively scrub your tattoo. Also, pat your tattoo dry with a clean towel, DO NOT rub it dry as you could damage the piece by removing any scabbing prematurely.
– After you have washed your tattoo, apply some of your aftercare product. We recommend Tat Wax (which we sell in studio for $10.00 plus hst), unscented vitamin E, or Unscented Lubriderm. DO NOT use any products that are petroleum based, are heavily scented or contain alcohol. Petroleum jelly is very thick, and does not allow your skin to breathe. Products that are heavily scented or contain alcohol can dry out your skin.
The main purpose of your aftercare product is to minimize scabbing during the healing process. Every tattoo will scab as it heals. If you are to pull off any of the scabs prematurely, you could cause a light spot in your tattoo. For this reason, it is highly recommended to keep your tattoo moisturized as it heals.
We recommend to apply your aftercare 3 – 4 times daily, or as you feel the tattoo to be dry and itchy. DO NOT apply too much of your aftercare product, all you need is a thin even layer. Applying too much product can prevent air getting to your skin, which can affect proper healing.
– While your tattoo is healing, DO NOT go swimming, or allow your tattoo to be submerged in bath tubs or hot tubs. Showering is okay, just make sure that you don’t allow the water to hit your piece directly. As before, make sure that you don’t scrub your tattoo while cleaning it, as well as when drying the area.
– DO NOT allow your tattoo to be exposed to direct sunlight, or tanning beds. Sunburns can cause your skin to peel if they are severe enough. This would affect the healing process of your tattoo, and could cause light spots in the finished piece.
– If your tattoo happens to be in a spot where your clothing rubs such as your feet, your waist line or even your bra line, it is a good idea to wear clothing that minimizes the irritation rubbing can cause.
If you wear boots or closed shoes for work, make sure you wear thick, soft socks. Stay away from wool or any other rougher materials. Refrain from tight or restrictive pants and shirts. For Women with tattoos around their bra line, make sure to wear a bra made of a softer material such as a sports bra until the tattoo is fully healed.
On average, tattoos take between a week and a half – 2 weeks to heal fully. Once the piece has healed, should you require a touch-up please give us a call at 905-862-2427. Refer to our Pricing page for our policies regarding touch-ups.
Although rare, the risk of infection is possible if your tattoo is not cared for properly. Symptoms of an infected tattoo are as follows.
– Redness lasting longer than a week post-tattooing.
– Swelling of the tattoo and immediately surrounding area.
– Heat coming from the tattooed area.
– Discharge from the tattoo itself.
If you notice any of these symptoms from your tattoo, contact Uxbridge Body Art directly, and we can lead you in the right direction to address the issue. Usually, a trip to the clinic or your Family Physician will be necessary.