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     It is essential your new tattoo is kept clean and allowed to breathe during the healing process. We have outlined the general instructions on caring for your tattoo.

● ALWAYS wash your hands before touching your tattoo!

● When you get home, wash tattooed area with warm water and unscented antibacterial soap. Gently pat dry with a paper towel. Apply a small amount of tattoo aftercare ointment.

● The next morning and for the next few weeks, wash the tattooed area, twice a day (morning and night), with clean hands using unscented antibacterial soap with warm water. Dab or blot dry with a paper towel.

● Apply a small amount of tattoo aftercare ointment on your tattoo with clean hands and do not place your fingers back in the ointment after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub the ointment in so it is not shiny/greasy. Do this twice a day for a few weeks. REMEMBER LESS IS BEST!

● After a few weeks of using the tattoo ointment you can switch to non-scented lotion. ● Use clean bed linens and bath towels throughout the healing process.

● DO NOT swim, soak in a hot tub, or take a bath for 2 WEEKS after getting your tattoo.

● Avoid tanning during the healing process. After the tattoo is healed, always use sunscreen to preserve the tattoo. ● Going to the gym is ok, but protect your tattoo from gym equipment and germs.

● Saniderm Tattoo Bandage ● You leave the Saniderm wrap on your new tattoo for 3 to 5 days. Everyone heals differently so the length of time will depend on how much fluid your tattoo leaks, which will affect the adhesive. If you notice excessive fluid under the patch, then you will need to remove the bandage.

● Do not pop any air bubbles in your Saniderm wrap.

● The best way to remove the bandage is in a warm shower; the warm water will loosen the adhesive, find an edge and pull in the direction of your hair growth. Then clean your tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap and warm water.

● Dry tattoo with a clean towel and apply non-scented lotion.

       Scabbing is a result of the body’s healing process. Your tattoo may have some scabbing. If you experience any scabbing, it is imperative that you do not pick at it. Let the scab fall off naturally. You will also want to make sure that you keep the area clean and do not over moisturize and follow the instructions listed above.

       During the final stages of the healing process, typically 5 to10 days you can expect the skin to start to flake and peel. It is imperative that you do not pick or scratch at the area, this could remove ink from the tattoo and damage it. A light slap, preferable over clothed skin, will give you relief when itching occurs.

      All tattoos come with a risk of infection because they are open wounds. It is essential to follow the aftercare instructions. If an infection does occur, it will present with symptoms such as swelling, redness, pain, ulcers or a rash, and possibly fever or chills. If you notice any signs of infection or have an allergic reaction CONTACT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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