Now, you have your fresh new tattoo, and you want to take good care of it! From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don’t take proper care of it. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken.
Leave That Bandage Alone!
Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason – to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.
Washing and Treating Your Tattoo
After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (Satin and Provon are my highest recommendations. Dial tends to be too harsh – generic brand antibacterial soaps are actually better) to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. (If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible – (when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.)
Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. A&D vitamin enriched ointment would be my first choice, but if you don’t have any, Bacitracin or a similar antibacterial ointment is acceptable.
**Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.**
Specialty Products and Lotions for Tattoos
If you prefer, you can also use a specialty product such as H2Ocean or Lubriederm / Curél (fragance free). It’s not necessary, as many over the counter products work just fine, but it’s your choice. Use the products as directed and continue for 3-5 days.
After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should not have dyes and should also be fragrance free. A lot of artists recommend Lubriderm, curel or aveeno but we have found that Lubriderm stings when it’s applied. Instead, we have had great success with Curel.
Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming with your Tattoo
Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It’s OK to get your tattoo wet – just don’t soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you’ll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don’t saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming – whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water – should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
Scabbing and Peeling of a Tattoo
After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly-done tattoo, but a little is sometimes normal and there is no need to panic. Apply warm moist compresses to the scabs for about 5 minutes 2-3 times a day to soften them and they will eventually come off on their own. (Do not apply ointment or lotion to a softened scab – wait for it to dry) You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is, don’t pick, and don’t scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!
Sun Protection for your Tattoo
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum 30SPF sunblock. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride.
Follow The 7 Steps
1. Remove the bandage after 2 to 3 hours
2. Wash the tattoo area with cold water and a neutral or antibacterial liquid soap
3. Pat it dry with a clean paper towelApply a thin layer of H20cean cream or a non-scented moisturizer such as , Curel, Aveeno or Hustle Butter
4. Don’t scratch or pick at scabs or peel at the tattoo
5. Avoid hot tubs, swimming pools and the beach during the healing process (approximately 10 days)
6. Always apply a high SPF sunscreen on the tattoo before exposure to the sun
If you have any questions regarding your tattoo, feel free to contact us anytime.
Body and Facial Aftercare Tips:
A well-done piercing with a perfectly placed jewelry can still cause problems if not cared for properly. We know that each body reacts differently to the various types of piercings. However, we also know that when the client follows a well-explained set of aftercare guidelines, the healing process is much better for the great majority of the cases.
Body piercings need to be cleaned once or twice daily, every day, for the entire initial healing time. Most people clean morning and/or night, in the shower. Do not clean more often as this can irritate your piercing, and possibly delay your healing. For once-a-day cleanings, do it at the end of your day. Optimal frequency will depend on your skin sensitivity, activity level, and environmental factors.
Before cleaning, wash your hands thoroughly with liquid antibacterial soap and hot water. If you wish, you may use disposable latex or vinyl gloves.
Prepare the area for the cleansing by rinsing or soaking with warm water and be sure to remove any stubborn crust using a cotton swab and warm water. Never pick with fingernails. This step is important for your comfort.
Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution to the area. Cleanse the area and the jewelry, and gently rotate the jewelry back and forth a few times to work the solution inside. There is no need to rotate the jewelry during the first few cleanings. If the cleaning solution indicates that rinse is necessary after applying it, do so under running water while rotating the jewelry back and forth to completely remove the cleaning solution, otherwise let it air dry (i.e.: H2Ocean Spray).
Please try to be patient. Each body is unique, and healing times can vary considerably. If the piercing is tender or secreting, you should continue the care regimen, even if it is past the stated average healing time range.
What is normal?
Bleeding, bruising, discoloration and/or swelling are not uncommon. Any break of the skin, including a new piercing can bleed or bruise. These are not indications of any complication. Reduce intake of aspirin, alcohol, and caffeine. For the above-the-neck piercing, try sleeping with the head elevated above the chest to limit overnight swelling. Studies show non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) can help minimize swelling. Some tenderness or discomfort in the area of a new piercing is not unusual.
You may feel stinging, burning, aching or other unpleasant sensations off and on for several days or longer. During healing there may be some itching. Secretion of a fluid, which contains blood plasma, lymph and dead cells, is perfectly normal. It is fairly liquid like, whitish-yellow in color and forms a crust on the jewelry at the openings of the piercing. This is not a plus, but indicates a healing piercing. Once healed, your piercing may secrete a semi-solid white malodorous substance from the oil glands called sebum. Again, this is not a plus, but indicates a healed piercing. Piercings may have a tendency to have a series of “ups and downs” during healing by seeming healed and then regressing. Always try to be patient, and do keep cleaning during the entire initial healing time, even if the piercing seems healed sooner.
If you have any questions regarding your piercing, feel free to contact us anytime.
Q: This is my fist time getting a tattoo or a piercing, how do I get one?
Although we welcome any walk-in tattoo clients or piercing clients, we encourage you to plan your visit to our Miami tattoo shop. Try to get some ideas about what tattoo design or piercing that you want done and how you want your tattoo design or piercing to look on your body. Then, we invite you to come into the tattoo shop and cruise our many references, tattoo design examples, and tattoo and piercing photo books of each artists work for inspiration or clarification of your ideas. Choose a Miami tattoo or piercing artist whose work or energy you like. Now you are ready to come in or call and set up a consultation with the Miami tattoo or piercing artist you chose, and he/she will be glad to help realize your vision.
Q: Once I’ve decided I want a tattoo or piercing, how does the process work??
After your initial consultation, the Miami tattoo artists will take a deposit and draw a design for your tattoo. When you approve the drawing, you will set up an appointment to begin your new (or first!) tattoo piece. If you change your mind, be sure to call our Miami tattoo shop and give us at least 2-3 days notice so your Miami tattoo artist can book the time he/she held open for you. Since many of us book our tattoo clients weeks in advance, the sooner you are able to cancel your tattoo the better. If you cancel without sufficient notice, the Miami tattoo artist will keep your deposit.
Q: How do I prepare for my appointment?
On the day of the appointment, we ask our Miami tattoo shop customers not to consume alcohol or aspirin. Please be sober-minded and healthy. These conditions will ensure the best possible start for your tattoo or body art, and help make the Miami tattoo experience positive. How well your tattoo heals has everything to do with how well you take care of it afterwards, so be prepared to follow the aftercare instructions your Miami tattoo artist provides. Your Miami tattoo artist will touch up your skin art after it is healed (usually for free). We want you to be absolutely happy with your new Miami tattoo or body art.
Q: Is there enough parking access in your Miami tattoo shop?
Yes, there are several parking options to choose from:
– Target parking across the street
– Valet parking in the same building
– Midtown shop parking
– Street parking
Q: How safe are tattoos at Tattoo & Co Miami tattoo shop?
Many people have concerns about the safety of receiving a tattoo. At Tattoo and Co Miami tattoo shop, we are serious about our cleanliness and sterilization procedures. Our autoclaves and other miami tattoo shop equipment are spore-tested by a third party laboratory every week, needles are never re-used, and we use only the highest quality inks and pigments. Our Miami tattoo artists will be happy to discuss any concerns that you may have about tattoo shop safety. It is important to us that you are safe in our Miami tattoo shop.
Q: Does getting a tattoo in your Miami tattoo shop hurt?
No, as a general rule, it doesn’t hurt. However, people experience the pain in different ways, and some places on the body hurt more than others. Most people find that the fear of getting a tattoo is far worse than the pain they actually experience. All kinds of people get a tattoo or body art, and almost everyone is able to tolerate the sensation. Some people even find that they really like getting a tattoo!
Q: Do customers ever have to stop partway through a tattoo design due to pain?
Although tolerances for pain differ from person to person, we haven’t yet had a client in our Miami tattoo shop who asked us to stop the tattoo process due to excessive pain.
Q: How do I pay for the tattoo?
Your deposit will go toward your last session, and you pay for each session when it’s finished. Our Miami Tattoo shop accepts major credit cards and (preferably) cash.
Q: What about tipping?
It’s common practice to tip your Miami tattoo shop artist if you are happy with your tattoo, or feel you got extra attention. If you can afford it, a good tip is 15-20%, just like a restaurant, but our Miami tattoo shop welcomes any gesture of appreciation.
Q: How should I care for my new tattoo?
Our Miami Tattoo Shop wants you to have the best experience with your new tattoo possible. If you have any questions about your new Miami tattoo, please take a look at our Miami Tattoo and Piercing Aftercare Page and read the instructions.
Q: What are some of the possible complications if I get a tattoo in your Miami tattoo shop?
Many people are worried about the possibility of getting an infection from getting a tattoo. It is very, very rare for a person in good health who takes good care of the their tattoo to get an infection. However, some people do have a reaction to the inks, or (more often) to the ointment or lotion used during the healing process. When this happens, the tattoo may become itchy, or a pimply rash may develop. These reactions are not serious, but they can affect the way the tattoo looks when it heals, and they are sometimes uncomfortable. People most commonly react to red inks. Contact our Miami Tattoo shop for more information.
Q: Can I bring a friend with me for support?
Although our Miami tattoo shop is sometimes crowded, we will try to accommodate any guests you bring along for moral support. Our Miami tattoo shop waiting area has one of the most comfortable seating areas in Miami, with a large screen lcd-tv and satellite television for your viewing pleasure.