Tattoos and Piercings are a personal and permanent work of art. They are also a type of wound, a tattoo machine uses a fast-moving needle to inject ink deep into the skin, piercing is essentially a small puncture wound and laser, well it’s a LASER! Just as proper care ensures that a painting can hang in a gallery undamaged for years,  aftercare is a critical part of preserving (or removing) your chosen body art.

Aftercare can be confusing, especially if it is a your first body art experience. No two people are alike and neither is their skin so we offer various methods and products to help you achieve the best healed results. That’s why your aftercare starts at the shop.

Once the process is complete, your artist will cover the area completely with plastic wrap or a bandage. As a ‘rule of thumb’ the bandage or plastic wrap should stay on for at least a couple of hours after the process.

The length of time will depend on the size and location of your tattoo/piercing/laser and your artist will advise you on how long to leave it. This covering protects the open skin from bacteria, sunlight, and from rubbing against clothing.

At the end of a long (or short) session we understand that your mind is quite often elsewhere and hanging onto this info can be challenging (as can not losing your aftercare sheet!) so here is a handy guide to the various ways we ask clients to heal their work to get the best results. You artist will advise you of the aftercare regime to follow but if you forget you can always call the shop we’ll advise you which of these guides to follow.

Healing with Dermalise+H20cean

  • Remove the film that was applied in the shop after 12 hours. 
  • Wash the tattoo using a mild antibacterial soap and warm water. Take care to remove all traces of blood and plasma, as this will cause scabbing. Do not scrub the tattoo with a washcloth during the two-week healing period. Pat dry with a clean, soft cloth or paper towel this allows for excess moisture from the swelling under the skin as well as moisture introduced by washing the tattoo to evaporate out then re-apply the film as instructed by your artist (make sure your hands are clean).
  • Leave for 24 hours and repeat. (make sure your hands are clean).
  • Leave for 48 hours and repeat.  (make sure your hands are clean).
  • If there is still fluid under the film repeat the process above. (make sure your hands are clean).
  • Once there is no fluid or plasma underneath the film this final dressing can be left for up to 72 hours.

When removing the film pull away from yourself to release the glue rather than pulling off like a sticky plaster, your artist will demonstrate this for you.

Once the final film is removed you can apply H20cean if the tattoo is feeling stiff or dry (make sure your hands are clean and beware of over-moisturising.)

Your body will absorb what it needs where it needs it. We recommend using H2Ocean as this is the best, period. There are many other such tattoo aftercare lotions, should you prefer to use them – just don’t use lotions that contain colour or fragrance at all until the healing is complete. (Usually anywhere from ten days to two weeks; possibly longer for slower healers.)

You must keep your tattoo moisturised once you remove the final Dermalize film!  The tattoo will form a thin membrane to protect the tattoo while it continues to heal. This layer peels off very similar to sunburn (do not peel your tattoo, you will pull the ink out!) and it is perfectly normal to see small flakes of coloured skin falling off during this stage of healing.

You must keep your tattoo clean! However, long showers or baths must be avoided for 2 weeks. Prolonged soaking can and will loosen scabs if any have formed, or will soak through the soft tissue turning it into a soggy mess and cause your ink to flow down the drain. This includes swimming in the Ocean or a Pool, Hot Tubs, and Saunas. Short showers are best, under ten minutes if possible.

Please refrain from scratching or picking at the tattoo. Scrubbing with a washcloth can be very harsh on a tattoo and will cause your colours to fade. Disrupting the tattoo while it’s healing can also cause scar tissue. It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during the healing time. Just remember not to pick or scratch no matter what!

Remember, the sun is BAD for your tattoo! Whether the tattoo is new or old, if you want it to look nice and heal properly, keep it out the sun. A sunburn on a new tattoo can cause a lot of problems. It will dry out your tattoo and could cause it to form a horrendous scab resulting in fading before it is even healed. It will also take much longer to heal completely and promotes scarring in a new tattoo. Wait unit it is fully healed. It will also take much longer to heal completely and promotes scarring in a new tattoo. Wait until it is fully healed to go back in the sun or a tanning bed and make sure you put on a high quality sunblock. Never put sunblock on a tattoo that is still healing. Wait until it is fully healed before going in the sun. 

If you experience any burning or itching whilst using this product, DO NOT continue and email the studio for alternative aftercare advice. info@modernelectric.tattoo

Healing with H20cean or other moisturisers

Remove the bandage after 1-12 hours (you will be instructed by your artist). All wounds need to breath if they are to heal properly.

Wash the tattoo using a mild antibacterial soap and warm water. Take care to remove all traces of blood and plasma, as this will cause scabbing. Do not scrub the tattoo with a washcloth during the two-week healing period. Pat dry with a clean, soft cloth or paper towel and leave it alone for about 20 minutes, basically until it starts to feel like the skin is a little tight and dry. This allows for excess moisture from the swelling under the skin as well as moisture introduced by washing the tattoo to evaporate out. It’s very important to let your tattoo “breathe” like this any time you get it wet before it gets into the peeling stage. 

Once dry – and as long as your tattoo is no longer ‘oozing’ – apply a very thin coat of ointment to the tattoo (make sure your hands are clean). Only use enough to make it shine, a little goes a long way. Too much ointment traps germs into your new tattoo, which can potentially lead to infection. Just a dab will do. Work it in well. Dab off all the excess with a paper towel. There should be just enough to keep the tattoo moist and to keep it from scabbing. Do not re-bandage the tattoo unless instructed by your artist. Repeat the cycle of washing, drying and applying ointment to the tattoo about 2 – 3 times per day for the first 7 days (while the tattoo feels tender).

Ointment can be applied whenever the tattoo is feeling stiff or dry (make sure your hands are clean but beware of over-moisturising.) Your body will absorb what it needs where it needs it. We recommend using H2Ocean as it the best, period. There are many other such tattoo aftercare lotions, should you prefer to use them – just don’t use lotions that contain colour or fragrance at all until the healing is complete. (Usually anywhere from ten days to two weeks; possibly longer for slower healers.)

You must keep your tattoo moisturised! When the tattoo is kept moist it doesn’t have a chance to form a scab but does form a thin membrane to protect the tattoo while it heals. This layer peels off very similar to sunburn (do not peel your tattoo, you will pull the ink out!) and it is perfectly normal to see small flakes of coloured skin falling off during this stage of healing.

You must keep your tattoo clean! However, long showers or baths must be avoided for 2 weeks. Prolonged soaking can and will loosen scabs if any have formed, or will soak through the soft tissue turning it into a soggy mess and cause your ink to flow down the drain. This includes swimming in the Ocean or a Pool, Hot Tubs, and Saunas. Short showers are best, under ten minutes if possible.

Please refrain from scratching or picking at the tattoo. Scrubbing with a washcloth can be very harsh on a tattoo and will cause your colours to fade. Disrupting the tattoo while it’s healing can also cause scar tissue. It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during the healing time. Just remember not to pick or scratch no matter what!

Remember, the sun is BAD for your tattoo! Whether the tattoo is new or old, if you want it to look nice and heal properly, keep it out the sun. A sunburn on a new tattoo can cause a lot of problems. It will dry out your tattoo and could cause it to form a horrendous scab resulting in fading before it is even healed. It will also take much longer to heal completely and promotes scarring in a new tattoo. Wait unit it is fully healed. It will also take much longer to heal completely and promotes scarring in a new tattoo. Wait until it is fully healed to go back in the sun or a tanning bed and make sure you put on a high quality sunblock. Never put sunblock on a tattoo that is still healing. Wait until it is fully healed before going in the sun. 

Healing your new Piercing

PIERCING AFTERCARE

We cannot stress just how important good aftercare is. Following these daily guidelines should help your piercing heal quickly and without issues. Daily hygiene is key until your piercing has settled down. Different piercings have different healing times and those stated should only be used as a guide. Leave your piercing alone, the less you mess with it the better.

 

Cleaning instructions:

  • Wash your hands prior to cleaning your piercing.
  • Clean your piercing 2-3 times a day throughout the healing process using one of the following solutions:
    a) Pre-packed, sterile saline solution such as Neilmed or Stericlens.
    b) Sea salt soak made as follows: Dissolve a quarter teaspoon of none iodine sea salt in half a pint of boiling water – allow to cool.
  • Simply invert a cup over your piercing with your chosen solution and soak for approx. 10 min (the longer the better).
  • Dry the piercing using a disposable tissue.
  • Resist the temptation to pick any crusts which may form around the piercing.
  • Tongue piercings may be cleaned using mouthwash (without alcohol) or a saline solution after eating. Dermal – anchors/divers: Avoid use of any salt/saline based products. Clean with un fragranced products such as Simple. Cover day and night for the first week then for a month at night and when showering or bathing.

Frequency of Cleaning:

  • WK 1 – Twice Daily
  • WK 2 – Every Other Day
  • WK 3 –  As Required

Hints & Tips:

  • The jewellery you have been pierced with will be over sized to allow for swelling and to help with cleaning. Once your piercing is healed it is your responsibility to purchase correct fitting jewellery which we are more than happy to help with.
  • After bathing/showering, ensure any soap is rinsed away from your piercing and follow the above procedure. Do not touch your piercing with unclean hands.
  • With clean hands ensure that threaded jewellery is kept tight.
  • Wear clean loose clothing around your piercing to avoid irritation during healing.
  • Avoid beauty care products-including TCP and cream soaps – around your piercing until healed.
  • Do not hang charms on your piercing until fully healed.
  • Do not remove the jewellery until fully healed.
  • A healthy lifestyle helps your piercing to heal. Avoid recreational drugs and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Having a dermal punch is a permanent removal of tissue, if you remove your jewellery whilst cleaning the area you may experience shrinkage of pierced tissue.

What Are Normal Bodily Reactions To A New Piercing?

  • Initially bleeding, swelling, tenderness and possibly bruising.
  • During the healing some itching and secretion of a whitish/yellow fluid which may form crusts around jewellery.
  • During healing the tissue around your piercing may tighten, if you have any concerns, please contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Recommended Healing Times BEFORE Changing Jewellery – Approx:

  • NOSE – 8 WEEKS
  • EYEBROW – 8-12 WEEKS
  • LIP/CHIN –  6-8 WEEKS
  • NIPPLES – 12 WEEKS
  • NAVEL – 12 WEEKS – 1 YEAR
  • TONGUE – 10 DAYS – 4 WEEKS.
    • Initial bar once swelling has gone down.
  • GENITALS – 6 WEEKS
    • NO unprotected sex for 3 months
    • Genital piercing aftercare: wash with antibacterial soap and dab dry)

Healing your Laser Removal

Q-Switched Nd: YAG Tattoo Laser Removal –  Aftercare

Tattoo laser removal aftercare is equally as important to the treatment sessions.

Following the following tips will help following treatment:

  • Be cautious in the first few days following treatment session – avoid clothing or jewellery etc that may rest or rub on treated areas.
  • Wash and dab dry.
  • Applying Aloe Gel may help to minimise any sunburn type sensation.
  • Avoid any fragrances or fragrance-based products as this may contain irritation.
  • Do not pick or remove any scabs.
  • Any contact with sunlight or UV light sunblock minimum of 30+ or preferably 50 if possible.
  • If any blistering occurs avoid bursting them.
  • Avoid swimming pools and Jacuzzi’s.
  • Resist the temptation to scratch (slight itching during the healing process is normal).
  • Treatments are strictly every 6 weeks and a day sooner – for optimum results keep your appointments as close to 6 weekly as possible.

IN SHORT KEEP IT CLEAN, DRY AND KEEP APPOINTMENTS TO REGULAR 6 WEEK INTERVALS.