AFTERCARE

Congratulations on your new tattoo work! Now it is time to take care of it…
O’Tool Design Custom Tattoo uses a few different methods for the “Healing Process” of your new tattoo. Your artist will advise and instruct you on which method will be best for you depending on what you got tattooed. Because there are so many different size tattoos and areas of the body to get them, our recommendation will differ depending on what you got, the size, and the placement.  

O’Tool Design Custom Tattoo Aftercare Instructions for Saniderm Bandage

 

Leave the Saniderm bandage on for 3-5 days if you can. Your artist may recommend a more specific timeline. 

IF YOU EXPERIENCE BURNING/ITCHING/EXTREME DISCOMFORT AT THE SITE OF THE BANDAGE, REMOVE IT IMMEDIATELY  UNDER WARM RUNNING WATER USING THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE “TO REMOVE” SECTION OF THIS SHEET. While allergic  reactions to adhesive are not super common, they do occur. If this happens, proceed to “AFTER REMOVAL” and begin care of your tattoo as directed in that section. 

The Saniderm bandage protects your tattoo from coming into contact with things that may harm it (clothing, bacteria, dirt/debris). You can shower with the bandage on, but do not soak/submerge your bandage. This will cause the bandage to come off prematurely.

 

There will be build up under the bandage. This is normal. Your tattoo will look muddy and gross under the bandage. Again,  totally normal. This build up will wash off when you remove the bandage. 

IF A LEAK OCCURS in the first 48 hours after the appointment, you can drop by and one of us will re-bandage you if  possible. If a leak occurs, REMOVE THE BANDAGE AND WASH following the instructions in the “To REMOVE” section. Then  get to the shop as quickly as possible. If it is not possible to return to the shop, proceed to follow the directions in the  “AFTER REMOVAL” section. DO NOT FRET! Tattoos healed long before Saniderm, and your tattoo will be just fine! 

TO REMOVE: Place bandaged area under warm (not hot) running water. In the shower will probably be easiest. Gently  peel back one of the top corners of the bandage. VERY SLOWLY peel the bandage down. You can use anti-bacterial soap  lathered on the area to help break the adhesive loose. There may be redness and swelling around the tattoo where the  bandage was adhered. This is normal, and will clear up over the course of a few days.  

AFTER REMOVAL: Wash the tattooed area 4 times daily with antibacterial soap (we recommend Dial Gold). Allow the area  to air dry or pat dry softly with a clean towel. Moisturize the area after every wash/dry with a white unscented lotion. We  recommend Lubriderm Unscented. Your tattoo will be a little itchy and flaky, a bit like a sunburn. Scabbing can occur,  which is also normal. We all heal differently. DO NOT SCRATCH/PEEL/PICK at your tattoo, as this can cause loss of  color/coverage. If your tattoo itches, smack it gently and/or apply a little lotion. Lotion should be applied LIGHTLY, AND  RUBBED GENTLY BUT THOROUGHLY INTO THE SKIN. If your skin feels oily, you may have overdone the lotion, so just keep  rubbing it in and blot off excess. Over-moisturizing can cause breakouts, which will lead to color fading/loss. 

Your tattoo can take 2-4 weeks to completely heal. 

REFRAIN FROM: Swimming, soaking, saunas, sun exposure until your tattoo is completely healed. After it is healed, use  sunscreen on your tattoo when exposed to sun. Excessive sun exposure will fade your tattoo over time. 

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR SARAN WRAP/MEAT PACK BANDAGE

 

Leave bandage on for NO MORE THAN TWO HOURS. Do NOT re-bandage the tattoo!  

Wash the tattoo gently with anti-bacterial soap, removing blood, plasma, and excess ointment from the area. You will  continue to wash the area 4 times daily in the same manner for 2 days.  

Your tattoo will look red/swollen for a few days. This is normal. 

AFTER TWO DAYS, OR when the skin is starting to look dry, flaky, itchy, add a white unscented lotion after each wash.  We recommend Lubriderm Unscented lotion. Wash the tattooed area 4 times daily with antibacterial soap (we  recommend Dial Gold). Allow the area to air dry or pat dry softly with a clean towel. Moisturize the area after every  wash/dry with a white unscented lotion. We recommend Lubriderm Unscented. Your tattoo will be a little itchy and flaky,  a bit like a sunburn. Scabbing can occur, which is also normal. We all heal differently. DO NOT SCRATCH/PEEL/PICK at your  tattoo, as this can cause loss of color/coverage. If your tattoo itches, smack it gently and/or apply a little lotion. Lotion should be applied LIGHTLY, AND RUBBED GENTLY BUT THOROUGHLY INTO THE SKIN. If your skin feels oily, you may have  overdone the lotion, so just keep rubbing it in and blot off excess. Over-moisturizing can cause breakouts, which will lead  to color fading/loss. 

Your tattoo can take 2-4 weeks to completely heal. 

Keeping your tattoo clean and moisturized is key.

 

REFRAIN FROM: Swimming, soaking, saunas, sun exposure until your tattoo is completely healed. After it is healed, use  sunscreen on your tattoo when exposed to sun. Excessive sun exposure will fade your tattoo over time. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CALL O’TOOL DESIGN, STOP BY THE SHOP, OR CONTACT US THROUGH  FACEBOOK MESSENGER!!! THE ONLY BAD QUESTION IS THE ONE YOU ASK YOUR FRIENDS OR GOOGLE.  

WE ARE THE EXPERTS, AND WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP!  

IF AN INFECTION OCCURS, CONTACT A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY!!!  

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