Approx. Healing Time: Average: 10-14 days. High average: 2-4 weeks
Products Needed: Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap & Hustle Butter Lotion (both available at studio)
Clear Medical-Grade Bandage: Leave bandage on for 3 days. Within the first 24-48 hours it is normal to see fluid mixed with excess ink underneath the bandage. This is your natural bodily fluids that will help heal your tattoo. They will dry and then wash away once bandage is removed. You can shower like normal – no baths. Avoid lengthy showers as extended time with warm water may loosen adhesive. If the bandage is located in a high-motion area and edges start to curl, medical tape can secure it. However, if ANY part of the tattoo itself becomes exposed/has access to air, or if fluid is leaking outside of the bandage – your tattoo is no longer protected; remove clear bandage and begin the standard aftercare routine in the next paragraph. You may exercise – but if a certain movement is uncomfortable, then modify or avoid until bandage is removed and/or tattoo is fully healed. Sweat can also potentially loosen adhesive.
Standard Aftercare & Removing Bandage: After 3 days, remove clear bandage with warm water and clean hands. Coconut oil can help remove any residual adhesive on your skin if necessary. Wash entire area with only a drop or two of the concentrated Organic Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap and cool water. Or a fragrance-free liquid soap. Make sure to completely rinse off area. Allow area to dry, then apply a pea-size amount of Hustle Butter All Natural Lotion. This will melt with your body temperature – so a little goes a long way. Just enough to make it shiny and match your natural skin moisture level is all you need. You may also use a fragrance-free lotion instead. Wash tattoo 2-3 times a day and continue to apply lotion with clean hands 3-4 times a day for 10-14 days or until healed. Avoid over-washing and over-moisturizing – this could delay the healing process. Your healing tattoo needs to breathe, do not re-bandage area.
Other Important Mentions: Avoid direct sunlight/sunburn to your healing tattoo. Use sunscreen on fully-healed tattoos in order to protect from future fading. Avoid any bodies of water (pools, lakes/oceans, hot tubs, ect.), and no submerging/soaking (including baths) until your tattoo is completely healed. Avoid unsanitary surfaces and unnecessary touching of the tattoo. Be aware that exposure to pet hair and/or dander should be avoided until tattoo is healed. If any scabs occur, let them come off on their own as scratching or picking at them prematurely can remove additional ink. If your bandage comes off early, leaks, or you opt out of using the clear bandage, be aware that during the first 24-48 hours, a fresh tattoo often produces natural bodily fluids mixed with ink that can stain clothing/bedding.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Collective Studios Ink at 248-963-2903. In addition, you should seek medical attention if the tattoo site becomes infected or painful; or if you develop a fever shortly after being tattooed. Signs of infection may include pain, redness, swelling, rash, discolored discharge at the site of the tattoo, or a fever.
You may be allowed to donate blood within the standard deferral period if you present a copy of your client record provided by the body art facility to the blood donor facility.
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