Tattoo Aftercare Instructions
The average healing time for a tattoo is about a week. General health and physical condition play a role.
During the healing process the tattoo will most likely itch. Personal hygiene during the healing of the tattoo is absolutely necessary.
The tattoo wound needs to be covered up with a sterile pad (not transparent) or with a fatty ointment and cling film. You can remove it after a few hours and you need to treat the wound as follows:
The wound spray or transparent cling film need to cover up the wound until your skin has healed. This usually takes 3 to 6 days. You can shower with the sprayed wound and the cling film. The wound spray will eventually wear off itself. If wound exudate forms under the cling foil, the cling foil may fall off sooner.
Treatment of tattoo wound
1. Avoid touching the tattoo with the hands as much as possible.
2. Wash the tattooed area twice a day with a mild unscented soap until the wound is fully healed.
3. Dab the wound after washing with a clean towel or dry tissue.
4. Lubricate the tattoo if desired (with clean washed hands) with the ointment that the tattoo artist has given you. Do not use other ointment and do not let anyone else use the ointment.
5. Do not drip wound disinfectants like Sterilon or Betadine on the wound.
6. Do not wear Band-Aids or bandages over the tattoo.
7. Never wear tight fitted or dirty clothes over the tattoo wound.
8. During the healing process, avoid contact with bathing water (chlorine swimming pools and natural bathing water). Also, do not use the sauna or steam room.
9. Do not expose the tattooed area to the sun or tanning (even with sunblock). Always use a high UV-protection sunblock while sunbathing even after the healing process. 1
10. Always consult your GP (General Practitioner/family doctor) in cases of extreme redness, swelling, bleeding, pus, color change of the wound or pain. Immediately after tattooing, the tattooed area will be sprayed with a wound spray, a sterile dressing or a sterile transparent cling film.