Basic Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

tattoo aftercareWhen you’re planning to get a tattoo, you need to take necessary precautions to ensure that your tattoo heals properly. If your tattoo does not heal the way it should, this could cause blemishes, fading, scarring and other complications. This means another visit to the tattoo studio for a touch up and the healing process starts over again. The last thing you want is to go through the process all over again, when it should have healed correctly.

Most tattoo studios revealed that about half of clients end up making an appointment for a touch up, due to improper tattoo healing. So it is important to learn about proper tattoo aftercare.  Follow these steps to ensure proper tattoo healing.

  1. You should buy all the things you need to take care of your tattoo before going to the tattoo studio. This is to avoid any contamination. You will need: cotton towels or lint free paper towels, antibacterial soap and a tattoo aftercare lotion. Make sure to buy a lotion specifically made for tattoo like Afterinked Tattoo Aftercare Lotion. Do not buy any of those nappy lotions.
  2.  After your fresh tattoo is done, ask your artist to wrap it up with cotton gauze. This will absorb blood, excess ink and will allow the tattoo to breathe, which is good for healing. After that go straight home and do not show off a freshly made tattoo.
  3. After two hours, gently remove the bandage. If it sticks, moisten the gauze until you can safely pull it out. Using lukewarm water, wash off excess blood and ink. You will also notice an amber colored fluid oozing out of the tattoo. This is called plasma and this oozing is a normal part of wound healing. When left alone plasma will form a thick scab when it dries. We don’t want this in tattoo healing, so wash thoroughly.
  4. Next pat dry, do not rub and air dry. Then apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare lotion. Repeat as needed until the oozing stops. You will be busy for a few hours because the plasma takes a little while to stop oozing.
  5. Once that’s over, regularly apply tattoo aftercare lotion to prevent the tattoo from getting dry. In a few days, a thin scab will form, this is normal. Continue apply lotion to keep the scab soft and moist until it falls out. Now, your tattoo is ready for display.