- Leave your bandage/wrap on for a few hours after your tattoo procedure. After removing the bandage/wrap, wash your tattoo thoroughly (but carefully) using warm water and a fragrance-free soap to remove any excess/dried blood and plasma.
- Pat your tattoo dry after cleaning it. Use a clean towel or paper towel to dry your tattoo, gently patting the area, but without rubbing.
- After cleaning your tattoo, ensure the area is completely dry before applying a very thin layer of your chosen aftercare product to help moisturise and nourish the region.
- Wash your tattoo regularly. Continue to use a fragrance-free soap and warm water to clean your tattoo at least twice a day.
- Repeat the cleaning process until the tattoo is fully healed. Remember that your tattoo isn’t totally safe from germs and bacteria until it has completely finished scabbing and peeling. Continue to wash the tattoo until this point (usually about 2 weeks).
- Don’t pick and pull at the flaking/scabbing skin. Picking away at your healing tattoo can delay healing, cause fading, and increase the chances of infection.
- Stay away from the sun. Don’t expose your new tattoo to intense sunlight and don’t apply any sun lotion to the area until it has fully healed.
- Stay away from water. All bodies of water can contain nasty bacteria that can ruin a new tattoo if you’re not careful. Stick to short showers until your skin has fully healed, and don’t go swimming.
- Continue to look after your tattoo. Once healed, keep your tattoo well protected from the sun and ensure you continue to moisturise the area regularly. Healthy skin means a healthy–looking tattoo.
- To reduce the risk of your piercing becoming infected, good hygiene is important.
- Always wash your hands and dry them thoroughly with a clean towel or paper towel before touching the area around the piercing.
- Avoid fiddling with the area and don’t turn the piercing. If a crust develops over the piercing, don’t remove it – it’s the body’s way of protecting the piercing.
- The piercing may bleed when you first have it done, and it may bleed for short periods over the next few days. It may also be tender, itchy and bruised for a few weeks.
- Keep the piercing healthy by gently cleaning the area around it with a suitable saline solution or sterilising spray, twice a day, preferably after washing or showering.
- Washing the piercing can help soften any discharge and allow you to clean the entry and exit points with a cotton bud or clean gauze. Once the discharge is removed or softened, the jewellery can be gently moved to work a little warm water through the piercing.
- When you’ve finished, carefully dry the area with a fresh piece of paper towel or clean towel. Never use a shared towel.
- We strongly advise waiting until the piercing is completely healed before changing the jewellery.
- Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing.
- Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat dry with a clean towel or paper towel.
- Blistering is common and is likely to occur 8 hours after your treatment.
- Do not be alarmed, blisters indicate your immune system is healing the area and beginning to remove the ink from your tattoo.
- It is natural for blisters to pop, and this helps the skin to heal faster in many cases.
- You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation.
- Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring.
- Feel free to shower 2 hours after the treatment but take care to avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools or any form of soaking are not recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed, as they may increase the risk of infection. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
- Exercise is generally safe after treatment, providing that all other aftercare instructions are adhered to.
- Wear a sun block with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following treatment.
- Do not wear make-up or any cream or medication on or near the treated area unless recommended by us or a suitably qualified medical professional for 48 hours after treatment.
- Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. To relieve itching, use vitamin E moisturiser.
If after any of the above treatments your skin looks infected (honey–coloured crusting and oozing or redness spreading around the treatment area) or you are experiencing unusual discomfort or bleeding, or any other complication develops, seek medical advice immediately and please contact the studio to inform us of your situation.