Remove your plastic bandage when you get home. Do not leave bandage on for more than 3 hours. After bandage is removed, all remaining ointment and bodily fluid should be wiped off the tattoo either by using a clean, wet paper towel or in the shower using minimal soap. Make sure your hands are clean before cleaning your tattoo. Make sure any paper towels used to clean your tattoo are disposed of properly.
LIQUID BANDAGE REMOVAL-
Remove your liquid bandage after 3 hours by running cool to cold water on the tattoo, gently rubbing away the liquid bandage with a clean hand or paper towel. After liquid bandage is removed, all remaining ointment and bodily fluid should be wiped off the tattoo. Make sure your hands are clean before removing the liquid. Make sure any paper towels used to clean your tattoo are disposed of properly.
For the first 1-2 days, lightly moisturize your tattoo 1-2 times daily with A+D ointment. Once the tattoo is no longer an open wound and the skin has begun to seal, discontinue using the A+D ointment and begin moisturizing the tattooed area as needed with After Inked or a mild skin lotion. Continue using skin lotion twice daily until your skin’s natural pH balance is achieved. Always wash hands before applying ointments and lotions. If you have any kind of bad reaction to either your ointment or lotion (rash, bumps, soreness, redness, etc), discontinue using all moisturizing products and contact Fatty’s immediately.
Your tattoo will sometimes flake, peel, and/or scab in a few days. This is a normal part of the healing process. Often a tattoo will itch during this time. Do not scratch your tattoo. Allow the flakes to fall off naturally.
Wear loose, breathable clothing that does not rub against your healing tattoo. Do not engage in any activity that would cause any rubbing or friction of the tattooed area. Do not allow anything unclean to touch a healing tattoo including public places, animals, pools, baths, bodies of water, etc.
Avoid the use of oils, sun block and beauty products on a healing tattoo.
For the first night only, Fatty’s recommends that you cover your tattoo with a Dri-Lock pad right before going to bed. Lightly moisturize your tattoo with A+D ointment before wrapping it. Secure your plastic covering with tape and wear clothing that will aid in keeping the covering on throughout the night. Take the pad off when waking and again follow the bandage removal instructions.
LONG TERM CARE-
After your tattoo is fully healed, Fatty’s recommends using sun block (SPF 40 or higher) when exposing the tattoo to the sun. Keep your skin moisturized.
If you have any further questions, please call us at 202-452-0999.
ENJOY YOUR NEW TATTOO!