Once you’ve got your new tattoo and we’ve done our bit, we’d like to make sure that you understand what you need to do next. We love to live up to the claim that we’re the best tattooist in the North East and so by providing a solid aftercare service for your tattoo, we hope to achieve this. People who’ve had a tattoo, especially if it’s there first one, often have many questions about aftercare. We’re always happy to talk to you about this while you’re still in our studio but if you’ve left the shop and are back at home and have any further questions, then this guide that we’ve put together may be just what you are looking for.
The most important thing that you should do, is to listen to your tattoo artist! Every customer who gets inked at LD Studio is given detailed instructions on the care of their new tattoo, should they want or need it. We ultimately want your tattoo to look the best it can do and for you to be happy with it, so we give the advice we do, based on our years of experience.
Leave the covering on your tattoo for 2-4 hours
Once we’ve finished your tattoo we will clean the area and then wrap it in a dressing. Resist the urge that everyone has to remove the dressing too early, it has been put on to protect the area from potential infection. Your skin has been broken and is prone to airborne bacterial infection. Leave the dressing on as advised, you’ll have the rest of your life to look at your tattoo so don’t rush this.
Removing the dressing
Once the time has come to remove the dressing, carefully take it off and then gently wash the area in lukewarm water with an unscented antibacterial soap. Use your hand to wash the tattoo gently, do not use any sort of sponge or cloth to wash it. Do not hold your tattoo directly underwater but instead, splash water onto it and go slowly and gently. A gentle shower is ideal for this if you have had a larger tattoo.
Once your new tattoo is fully dry and the skin begins to feel a little tight you can put some Bepanthen or similar non-scented, ant-bacterial, water-based ointment onto it. Only put a very small amount on so that you cover it with a really thin layer – just enough to make the surface of the skin shine and then gently rub it in until it is absorbed. Don’t put too much ointment on as this can suffocate the skin which can cause more harm than good. You should continue putting ointment on, twice a day, for 4-5 days or until the tattoo starts to peel.
You should carry on washing and moisturising your new tattoo until the scab has fully gone and your tattoo has settled down. This can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks depending on your skin.
Don’t every pick or scratch at your new tattoo or the scab. During the healing process the scab will fall of on its own and trying to hurry this can leave your tattoo with patches of lighter skin on your tattoo. Also the risk of introducing infection is greatly increased if you are picking at your tattoo and opening up the un-healed skin to the air.
You should also avoid soaking your new tattoo until it is fully healed. Keep showers and bathing as short as possible – 4-5 minutes is fine. Also don’t expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. The sun can affect the raw skin and fade the ink in some cases. Try and keep your tattoo out of strong sunlight for at least 3-4 weeks.
If you have any questions
Seriously, if you have any questions at all please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to advise. Newcastle Tattoo LD Studio.