Remove bandage when you get home,
wash with mild anti-bacterial soap.
Pat dry. Then apply a very thin layer of Aquaphor,
twice a day, (once in the morning after shower,
and once at night before bed) for 3-4 days then change to a hand lotion.
If any scabbing occurs (which is normal), do not pick or peel it.
Allow the peeling to fall off on its own.
Do not scratch your tattoo if it itches (tap it instead).
If for whatever reason, your tattoo gets stuck to any fabric,
do not pull it off; soak fabric until it loosens naturally.
Keep tattoo out of the sun, avoid tanning, swimming in pools
and hot tubs for two weeks.
If you have any questions about how your tattoo is healing,
feel free to come in immediately so one of our artists can examine it.
CLEAN PIERCINGS 2 X's A DAY...MORNING / NIGHT
Clean the piercing with sea salt and water. Soak twice a day and do not stop until the end of the two weeks.
Warm water (3oz) + Sea salt (1/4 tablespoon) mixed in a cup. Soak the piercing in for 2 to 3 minutes, 2 times a day for 2 weeks. Use a Q-tip to clean around the piercing thoroughly, rinse with water and pat it dry with a paper towel. (Non iodized salt is cheap and easy to find)
Until the piercing is fully healed don't: Touch it, twist the jewelry, change the jewelry or take it out (not even once), sleep on it, play with it, but only touch it with freshly washed hands to clean it.
Use only studs/barbells until piercing is fully healed. If requesting hoops/horseshoes, healing will take longer.
Do not change for take out piercing for at least four months.
If a bump/keloid appears treat it by exfoliating the area with warm water and salt until it breaks down and disappears.
Any kind of irritation like playing with the piercing - touching it etc., can trigger hypertrophic scarring*.
In most cases hypertrophic scarring bumps start to appear after an early jewelry change and when we mistakenly think that our piercing is already fully healed so we stop caring for it.
If you take the safe road and follow the aftercare for the whole healing period you have nothing to fear.
Do not use harsh ointments or tea tree oils on an unhealed piercing aka an open wound. This will only make the bump/keloid even worse.
Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Both slow the healing of the piercing by drying and killing new healthy cells.
Clean mouth with mouthwash and/or sea salt + warm water
Mouthwash that contains alcohol is not suggested - may burn a new piercing
If using mouthwash with alcohol, dilute out using half water/half mouthwash solution to lessen the intensity
Use mouthwash for at least 2 weeks every time you have something in your mouth except water
SUGGESTION: WEAR A BAND AID TO BED FOR A MINIMUM OF 1 MONTH, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A ROUGH SLEEPER.
*Hypertrophic scarring - deposits of excess amounts of collagen which gives rise to a raised scar, but not to the degree observed with keloids and may fade with time.
If you have any questions about how your piercing is healing, feel free to come in immediately so one of our piercer can examine it.