Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare

Cleaning and Healing
  • Leave the tattoo bandaged for 3-6 hours.
  • Wash your hands using an unscented soap.
  • Carefully remove the bandage. If bandage is stuck to the tattoo, gently remove it under running water.
  • Once bandage is removed, gently wash the tattoo using an unscented soap and rinse under running water.
  • Pat the tattoo dry with a clean, soft towel and allow the tattoo to air dry for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Apply a thin layer of ointment. We suggest using Tattoo Goo.
  • Continue to wash and moisturize your tattoo, 3-4 times per day for about 7-9 days.
  • After scabbing, you may want to switch to a light unscented, fragrance-free lotion for the remainder of healing, up to 6 weeks.
What to Expect
  • Between day 3-6, the top layer of the tattoo will become dry and flakey as a scab forms. It is important not to pick at or scratch at it.
  • It is normal for pigmented skin may come away as the tattoo peels.
  • After the skin peels, your tattoo will look glassy and feel tight. It may also have cloudy or white patches, which will clear up as it heals.
  • If you have taken proper care of your new tattoo, you can expect your tattoo to be healed and your skin to have fully regenerated in about four to six week.
DO NOT
  • Re-bandage the tattoo once the bandage is completely removed.
  • Allow direct sunlight on tattoo for first 2-3 weeks.
  • Pick or scratch tattoo while it is peeling.
  • Soak the tattoo for 2 weeks. (NO swimming, baths or hot tubs).
  • Apply alcohol, Vaseline (petroleum jelly) or sun block to fresh tattoo.
  • Wear tight clothes around the tattoo.

Body Piercing Aftercare

Cleaning Solutions
  • Packaged Sterile Saline Solution with no additives.
  • Wound Wash is suggested.
Cleaning Instructions
  • Soak with saline solution for five minutes at least once a day.
  • You may also flush the area with Sterile Saline Spray twice a day.
  • While in the shower rinse away “crusties” or debris.
  • Sometimes, a cold compress with chilled saline is helpful for swelling or discomfort after the initial piercing.
What is Normal
  • Initially: bleeding, swelling, tenderness, or bruising may occur.
  • During healing: discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. DO NOT pick at the crust.
  • You may have “good days” and “bad days” with your piercing. Try to listen to your body to better care for your healing piercing.
Important Tips
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning your piercing.
  • Make sure to keep your bedding and clothing clean.
  • Be mindful of your new piercing. Try not to bump into it or snag it on anything.
  • Consult your piercer with any questions. We’re here to help!
WHAT TO AVOID
  • Playing with your jewelry. Excessive motion can damage healthy cell growth and delay healing. Do not sleep on your piercing.
  • Removing your jewelry. Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes, if you’d like to keep your piercing, it’s best to keep it in place.
  • Submerging your piercing in any body of water for at least six weeks. Keep in mind a piercing is an open wound and exposing it to the bacteria in bodies of water can complicate healing.
  • Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and catch on jewelry.
  • Avoid letting your piercing come into contact with any beauty products such as make up, hair spray and lotions.
  • DO NOT clean  your piercing with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soaps, ointments, contact solution or “ear piercing cleanser.” These products are too harsh and can cause irritation.

Oral Piercing Aftercare

Cleaning Solutions
  • Packaged Sterile Saline Solution with no additives.
  • Wound Wash is suggested.
  • Antimicrobial or antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse.
Cleaning Instructions
  • Rinse mouth with cleaning solution for 30 seconds 4-5 times daily during the entire healing period. Especially after eating and drinking.
  • For Exterior of oral piercings (labret, lip or cheek): Soak with saline solution for five minutes at least once a day.
  • While in the shower rinse away “crusties” or debris.
  • Downsize the jewelry once swelling is down, which can take up to 3-4 weeks.
What is Normal
  • Initially: bleeding, swelling, tenderness, or bruising may occur.
  • During healing: discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. DO NOT pick at the crust.
  • You may have “good days” and “bad days” with your piercing. Try to listen to your body to better care for your healing piercing.
To Help Reduce Swelling
  • Dissolve small pieces of ice in the mouth.
  • Don't speak or move your jewelry more than necessary.
  • Eat slowly and place small bites of food directly onto your molars.
  • Avoid eating spicy, acidic, or hot temperature foods.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene. During healing floss daily, and gently brush your teeth, tongue and jewelry. Once healed, brush the jewelry more thoroughly to avoid plaque build up.
  • Be mindful of your new piercing. Try not to bump into it or snag it on anything.
  • Always wash your hands prior to cleaning your piercing.
  • Consult your piercer with any questions. We’re here to help!
WHAT TO AVOID
  • Playing with your jewelry. Excessive motion can damage healthy cell growth and delay healing. Do not sleep on your piercing.
  • Removing your jewelry. Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes, if you’d like to keep your piercing, it’s best to keep it in place.
  • Submerging your piercing in any body of water for at least six weeks. Keep in mind a piercing is an open wound and exposing it to the bacteria in bodies of water can complicate healing.
  • Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and catch on jewelry.
  • Avoid letting your piercing come into contact with any beauty products such as make up, hair spray and lotions.
  • DO NOT clean  your piercing with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soaps, ointments, contact solution or “ear piercing cleanser.” These products are too harsh and can cause irritation.

Genital Piercing Aftercare

Cleaning Solutions
  • Packaged Sterile Saline Solution with no additives.
  • Wound Wash is suggested.
Cleaning Instructions
  • Soak with saline solution for five minutes at least once a day.
  • You may also flush the area with Sterile Saline Spray twice a day.
  • While in the shower rinse away “crusties” or debris.
  • Sometimes, a cold compress with chilled saline is helpful for swelling or discomfort after the initial piercing.
What is Normal
  • Initially: bleeding, swelling, tenderness, or bruising may occur.
  • During healing: discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. DO NOT pick at the crust.
  • Genital Piercings–especially Prince Alberts, Ampallangs, and Apadravyas–can bleed freely for the first few days. Be prepared!
  • You may have “good days” and “bad days” with your piercing. Try to listen to your body to better care for your healing piercing.
Important Tips
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning your piercing.
  • Make sure to keep your bedding and clothing clean.
  • In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready, but maintaining hygiene and avoiding trauma are vital; all sexual activities should be gentle during the healing period.
  • To increase comfort and decrease trauma, soak in warm saline solution or plain water to remove any crusty matter prior to sexual activity.
  • Use barriers such as condoms, dental dams, and waterproof bandages, etc. to avoid contact with your partner's body fluids; even in monogamous relationships.
  • Use clean, disposable barriers on sex toys.
  • Use a new container of water-based lubricant; do not use saliva.
  • After sex, an additional saline soak or clean water rinse is suggested.
  • Consult your piercer with any questions. We’re here to help!
WHAT TO AVOID
  • Playing with your jewelry. Excessive motion can damage healthy cell growth and delay healing. Do not sleep on your piercing.
  • Removing your jewelry. Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes, if you’d like to keep your piercing, it’s best to keep it in place.
  • Submerging your piercing in any body of water for at least six weeks. Keep in mind a piercing is an open wound and exposing it to the bacteria in bodies of water can complicate healing.
  • Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and catch on jewelry.
  • DO NOT clean  your piercing with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soaps, ointments, contact solution or “ear piercing cleanser.” These products are too harsh and can cause irritation.