1 - Remove bandage after two hours.
2 - Hand wash your tattoo with mild soap and water.
3 - Gently pat the tattoo dry with a paper towel.
4 - Apply a small drop of Aquaphor ointment and rub it completely in.
5 - Repeat steps 2-4 five times a day for three days.
6 - After the third day switch to a plain white hand lotion (like Keri or Aveno). Continue using lotion for three weeks.
DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo.
DO NOT let your tattoo dry. It should always be moisturized, but NEVER wet. If your tattoo is wet, you have to much ointment on.
DO NOT sun tan. Stay out of the sun completely for the first three weeks. After three weeks, keep a high SPF(30-50) sunblock on the tattoo during any prolonged sun exposure.
DO NOT soak your tattoo in water. Showers are fine, but no swimming pools, baths, or hot tubs.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR NEW TATTOO'S HEALING, PLEASE CALL OR STOP BY. We know better than anyone what to do with the care of tattoos. With six artists and over 70 years of combined tattoo experience, you can trust our instructions.
Piercing Care Instructions
Basic Care - Your new piercing should be cleaned 2-3 times daily using a liquid antibacterial soap from a pump-style dispenser. Do not use a bar soap. Always clean your hands with antibacterial soap and water before handling your piercing. Soak the piercing under warm water to help remove scabbing or discharge from the jewelry. Then lather soap on the piercing and the surrounding area. Gently rotate the jewelry ONLY WHILE CLEANING so that soap cleans the inside of the piercing, Rotate the jewelry again while rinsing with clean water so that no soap is left on or in the piercing. After your jewelry is cleaned, it is good idea to use a sea salt water solution 3-5 times daily. We have found that a salt water rinse will speed healing and ease discomfort. A premixed sea salt after-care product is available at Studio One.
Tongue and Lip Care - During the first 2-3 weeks, the mouth should be rinsed with an antiseptic mouthwash (like Listerine) after EATING, DRINKING, or SMOKING ANYTHING. In addition to the mouthwash, you can also use glyoxide or peroxyl once or twice daily, following the directions on the bottle. Some people also like to gargle with with warm salt water to help speed healing and reduce soreness. Swelling and soreness can last from 3-7 days. To minimize this, you can eat cold items (ice cubes, popsicles, ice cream, etc.) or take Advil, Aleve, or another over the counter anti-inflammatory. Please follow the manufacturers recommended dosage as listed on the label. During the first two weeks, try to avoid spicy foods and hot beverages. During the first month, avoid wet kissing and unprotected oral sex. With lip piercings, the outside should also be cleaned twice daily following the directions above.
General Healing Tips
- DO NOT TOUCH OR PLAY WITH YOUR PIERCING UNLESS YOU ARE CLEANING IT. Thoroughly wash hands with antibacterial soap before touching jewelry.
- Dirty clothes, hair, and make-up products should be kept off and away from the piercing at all times.
- Do not wear tight fitting clothes over your piercing, especially with navel piercings.
- Staying healthy and getting good sleep will help your body heal faster. Vitamins such as Zinc and Vitamin C are helpful in healing.
- DO NOT USE rubbing alcohol, peroxide or antibiotic ointments on your piercing. With genital piercings, avoid unprotected sex and oral sex, especially for the first few weeks.
- During healing you should avoid hot tubs and public pools. Although salt water and chlorine can help healing, the bacteria and pollution in the water does not.
- If your jewelry has threaded balls, you should occasionally check them to make sure they are tight.