We use a variety of bandages at Inked to satisfy the needs of our clientele. Some people may have an allergy or other mitigating circumstance and require differing care. Your artist will go over care for the specific method used to cover your new tattoo.
Saniderm - This is our standard tattoo covering. Everyone heals differently, and the length of time will vary depending on how much fluid your tattoo is weeping. When the adhesion of the Saniderm bandage begins to weaken, that’s your cue to remove or replace the bandage. If you notice excessive weeping or fluid under your currently applied piece of Saniderm, it’s okay to carefully replace it with a new one. Regardless of how much fluid build-up you experience, you should always change the initial film at the 24-hour mark to clean the area. Once you’ve applied the second bandage, it can be worn for up to 6 days.
Sterile bandage - An absorbent sterile pad(s) generally held on with medical tape and or cohesive wrap. Leave this type of bandage on for 1-2 hours then carefully remove bandage. Wash with hands not a rag with a warm soapy water making sure to clean any dried blood off. Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor to your new tattoo, generally a pea sized drop is plenty. Reapply as needed until healed, which is generally 1-2 weeks.
Do not touch or pull your new piercing. Usually, there are a lot of dangerous bacteria on your hands that may get into the wound and provoke different kinds of infections.
Perform a standard cleaning routine no more than twice a day: in the morning and before going to bed. Use simple saline or cleaning solutions made for piercing aftercare. Wash gently and allow to air dry.
Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before cleaning your piercing to avoid letting infections into the fresh wound.
Do not over-clean your piercing, as you would destroy the creation of the natural bacteria and impede the normal recovery process.
Absolutely no alchol, peroxide or antibiotic ointment.
Try and avoid swimming or tanning.
In case of excessive swelling, bleeding, or pain, you should visit the piercer or your physician.