Sacred Realm Tattoo Studio, Rochester, NY

Tattoo Aftercare

PLASTIC WRAP

LEAVING THE SHOP AFTER TATTOO

CARE: You will leave the shop with your tattoo bandaged. Leave it wrapped for one hour after application.

EXPECT: A fresh tattoo is essentially a flesh-wound and you need to treat it as such. It will go through the same stages of healing as a skin abrasion.

ONE HOUR AFTER TATTOO

CARE: Wash tattoo with a mild antibacterial soap (such as Dial Gold or Dove).  With bar soaps, lather hands and then apply suds to the tattoo, do not rub the bar directly on the tattoo.  Pat tattoo dry versus rubbing.  Next, apply a thin coat of Hustle Butter Healing Ointment over the tattoo.  DO NOT apply a thick layer as that can clog the pores causing irritation.  You want the wound to breathe. 

EXPECT: The wound will weep blood and plasma.  When you run the tattoo under water, ink will wash off.  This is completely normal.

THE NEXT 2 DAYS AFTER TATTOO

CARE:  Continue to wash the tattoo using a mild-antibacterial soap and apply a thin layer of Hustle Butter Healing Ointment.  Do this 2-3 times a day, especially after waking up and before going to bed.  Try to wear light, loose clothing that will allow the tattoo to breathe. 

EXPECT: The tattoo will continue to shed ink when under water.  It may start to get itchy.  If red bumps begin to appear around the tattoo, you are applying too much Aquaphor and it is clogging the pores which can lead to infection.  Stop using the Aquaphor if bumps form and switch to a mild, unscented lotion.

3 TO 14 DAYS AFTER TATTOO

CARE: DO NOT use Hustle butter Healing Ointment anymore.  Switch to an unscented, mild lotion (such as Curel, Aveeno, Gold Bond, etc).  Apply thin coats 2-3 times a day or as needed.  If the tattoo is dry and itchy, use the lotion. 

EXPECT: The tattoo will flake and scab.  This is completely normal.  You may be concerned about the lines and colors, but wait until it is completely healed to judge the outcome of the tattoo.  Once again DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK AT YOUR TATTOO during this phase.  Use a mild, unscented lotion to ease itchiness.

14 TO 21 DAYS AFTER TATTOO

CARE: Continue applying the unscented, mild lotion as needed.  

EXPECT: Your tattoo may still be itchy, flakey, raised, or scabbed.  Others may be healed by this point in time.

21 DAYS AND BEYOND

CARE: Your tattoo should be healed by now.  Limit sun exposure by covering your tattoos and using sunscreen.  Avoid tanning as well.  This will help to keep the colors bright, black inks dark, and lines to remain crisp.  

EXPECT: You may notice that the colors have changed or faded since getting your tattoo.  This can be expected, especially as the tattoo ages.  If you need a touch-up, contact your tattoo artist.  Your skin may be raised beneath the tattoo.  This can be the result of several factors.  You may have scarring from either the tattooing process or improper aftercare.  Picking and scratching at the tattoo during the healing process is often the cause.  Some people may experience small bumps beneath their tattoo, especially when exposed to the sun.  Everyone’s body reacts differently to the ink and this can sometimes happen.  Your tattoo will age over the years.  Maintaining your skin with lotion and sunscreen will help curb the aging process. 

21 DAYS AND BEYOND

CARE: Your tattoo should be healed by now.  Limit sun exposure by covering your tattoos and using sunscreen.  Avoid tanning as well.  This will help to keep the colors bright, black inks dark, and lines to remain crisp.  

EXPECT: You may notice that the colors have changed or faded since getting your tattoo.  This can be expected, especially as the tattoo ages.  If you need a touch-up, contact your tattoo artist.  Your skin may be raised beneath the tattoo.  This can be the result of several factors.  You may have scarring from either the tattooing process or improper aftercare.  Picking and scratching at the tattoo during the healing process is often the cause.  Some people may experience small bumps beneath their tattoo, especially when exposed to the sun.  Everyone’s body reacts differently to the ink and this can sometimes happen.  Your tattoo will age over the years.  Maintaining your skin with lotion and sunscreen will help curb the aging process. 

Tattoo Aftercare

WITH SANIDERM

Saniderm is typically successful on certain areas of the body such as flat planes (forearm, bicep, thigh, calf, etc).  It doesn’t work on joints such as elbows, knees, and shoulders.  If you are allergic to adhesives or if they irritate your skin, we do not recommend using this product. 

LEAVING THE SHOP AFTER TATTOO

CARE: You will leave the shop with your tattoo bandaged.  Leave it wrapped for the next 3 to 5 days.  It is a very “hands-off” way to heal your tattoo. 

EXPECT: A fresh tattoo is essentially a flesh-wound and the Saniderm will help protect it.  The Saniderm will fill with excess ink and bodily fluids, creating an “ink sac.”  The tattoo may appear dirty or black, but this is a completely normal phase.  The body reabsorbs what fluids it needs. 

EARLY REMOVAL (1-2 DAYS AFTER TATTOO)

CARE:  If the Saniderm irritates your skin or begins to peel or leak within the first one to two days, remove it.  We recommend taking off the bandage in the shower or under running water for a less-painful removal and easy clean up.  After removing the Saniderm, wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap (such as Dial Gold or Dove).  Gently lather with hands, do not use a washcloth or loofah on the area for the next two weeks.  For the first two days, apply a thin layer of Hustle Butter Healing Ointment, 2-3 times a day.  Try to wear light, loose clothing that will allow the tattoo to breathe. 

EXPECT: The tattoo may continue to shed ink when under water.  It may start to get itchy.  If red bumps begin to appear around the tattoo, you are applying too much Aquaphor and it is clogging the pores which can lead to infection.  Stop using the Aquaphor if bumps form and switch to a mild, unscented lotion.

REMOVING SANIDERM (3-5 DAYS AFTER TATTOO)

CARE:  Keep an eye on the area.  If the Saniderm leaks or starts to peel, you can remove it.  We recommend taking off the bandage in the shower or under running water for a less-painful removal and easy clean up.  After removing the Saniderm, wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap (such as Dial Gold or Dove).  Gently lather with hands, do not use a washcloth or loofah on the area for the next two weeks.  

EXPECT: There will be lots of ink and blood run off.  This may be alarming, but once you clean it up, you will see the tattoo clearly. 

3 TO 14 DAYS AFTER REMOVING SANIDERM

CARE:  Keep the tattoo clean with an antibacterial soap.  Apply an unscented, mild lotion (such as Curel, Aveeno, Gold Bond, etc – do not use Aquaphor Healing Ointment.  ).  Apply thin coats 2-3 times a day or as needed.  If the tattoo is dry and itchy, use the lotion.   

EXPECT:  Your tattoo may be itchy, flakey, or raised.  Others may be healed by this point in time.

21 DAYS AND BEYOND

CARE: Your tattoo should be healed by now.  Limit sun exposure by covering your tattoos and using sunscreen.  Avoid tanning as well.  This will help to keep the colors bright, black inks dark, and lines to remain crisp.  

EXPECT: You may notice that the colors have changed or faded since getting your tattoo.  This can be expected, especially as the tattoo ages.  If you need a touch-up, contact your tattoo artist.  Your skin may be raised beneath the tattoo.  This can be the result of several factors.  You may have scarring from either the tattooing process or improper aftercare.  Picking and scratching at the tattoo during the healing process is often the cause.  Some people may experience small bumps beneath their tattoo, especially when exposed to the sun.  Everyone’s body reacts differently to the ink and this can sometimes happen.  Your tattoo will age over the years.  Maintaining your skin with lotion and sunscreen will help curb the aging process. 

Reach Out

For any questions regarding a healing tattoo, please contact us by phone or email. We may ask you to send us reference photos of the tattoo to better assist you. For urgent or emergency concerns, please contact your doctor or dermatologist.

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