1. Get hydrated. Drink at least one (1) to two (2) litres of water a day. When you are hydrated, your skin is hydrated and will be able to maintain a better heal and withstand longer sessions.
2. Lotion the area to be tattooed every day, or twice daily. Again, the healthier your skin, the better the results.
3. Shave & Exfoliate the area 1-3 times weekly. If you are super hairy, this will really, really make a big difference. It’s hard for lotion to get in there well if you’re Chewbacca. If you experience razor burn, stop shaving a week prior to your appointment. Exfoliation should be gentle with a loofah or basic body scrub.
4. Eat before you come in, or else you might feel dizzy or light-headed.
5. Do not drink alcohol or do drugs at least two days prior to getting tattooed.
6. INK BABA does not tolerate any alcohol, drug, or intoxicants in the studio. We reserve the right to refuse services if you are suspected to be under the influence of anything. This might sound harsh, but your safety is more important to us than anything else.
7. No tanning, fake tanning, chemical peels, sunburns, major cuts or scrapes, in the area to be tattooed within a month prior to your session. We can’t work on freshly damaged skin, it won’t heal properly.
8. No extreme weight lifting in or near the area to be tattooed at least 2 days prior to your session to prevent unnecessary swelling & soreness.
9. Try to get a good sleep (night).
10. Before getting started with the tattoo, please inform Ink Baba of any allergies or special medical conditions that you may have.
11. Please do not use any numbing products on the area to be tattooed and please do not come in under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. For pain, Advil and Tylenol are acceptable during your session.
12. If you have any other questions at all, please ask!!!
Rinse the Tattoo Carefully
Three hours after the tattoo session is over remove the hygienic foil (gauze) from the tattoo and rinse the tattoo carefully, so that the extra color can be washed away. After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use luke warm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Take a nice wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive.
If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs. Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo. Unless you don't use the ointment regularly and properly, a crust will appear on your tattoo, and it can also fade away faster and easier!
Aftercare Products and Lotions
It's not necessary, as many over the counter products work just fine, but it's your choice. Use the products as directed as continue for 3-5 days. After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye and fragrance free. Apply a thin coat of given cream over your tattoo then pat it dry with a paper towel (remember too much cream will damage your tattoo).
Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs & Swimming
Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you'll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine and useful. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. You should be avoiding Hot Tubs and Swimming for at least 3 weeks.
Scabbing and Peeling
After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. It's normal and there is no need to panic. Do not itch your tattoo! That could make serious damages. The advice here is, don't pick, and don't scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed and now is not the time to ruin it!
Protection from the Sun
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum 30SPF sun block. Avoid getting direct sunlight on your tattoo for three weeks.
Keep it Simple
Keep the bandage on for at least two hours. Take a hot shower and let the tattoo rinse for a minimum of 30 seconds. Wash with a mild liquid soap, no more than twice a day. When your tattoo is dry, use a fragrance-free lotion and apply two to three times a daily. Stay away from any pools, jacuzzi, lakes, ponds and ocean water for the first two weeks. If you have any questions regarding how your tattoo is healing, please contact the studio. Wear loose clothes for 10 - 12 days. Avoid sleeping on the area where you got tattooed. Without proper care and precaution you will end up having a crisp tattoo.
BODY PIERCING AFTERCARE
Body piercings need to be cleaned once daily, every day, for the entire initial healing time. Most people clean morning and/or night, in the shower. Do not clean more often as this can irritate your piercing and possibly delay your healing. For once-a-day cleanings, do it at the end of your day. Optimal frequency will depend on your skin sensitivity, activity level and environmental factors.
Before cleanings wash hands thoroughly with liquid antibacterial soap and hot water. If you wish, you may wear disposable latex or vinyl gloves and/or also use a hand sanitizing gel. Never touch healing piercings with dirty hands. This is vital for avoiding infections.
Prepare the area for the cleansing by rinsing or soaking with warm water and be sure to remove any stubborn crust using a cotton swab and warm water. Never pick with fingernails! This step is important for your comfort.
Apply a small handful of cleaning solution to the area with your clean hands. Cleanse the area and the jewelry. (You do not need to rotate your jewelry during cleaning).
Allow the solution to cleanse there for a minute. You may bathe normally, just don’t purposely work anything other than the cleanser onto the inside of the piercing. Rinse the area thoroughly under running water to completely remove the cleanser from the piercing. Gently pat dry with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, as cloth towels can harbor bacteria.
A bandage is not going to help heal your piercing faster, so if that’s why you would want to bandage it, don’t bother. If the bandage is to hide the piercing, be sure that the bandage is not holding the piercing down, and that the adhesive is not getting on the piercing or jewelry.
Please try to be patient. Each body is unique and healing times can vary considerably. If your piercing is tender or secreting you should continue the care regimen, even if it is past the stated average healing time range.
FACIAL PIERCING AFTERCARE
Check twice daily with clean hands to be sure the threaded ends on your jewelry are on tight. To clean hands, wash them carefully with liquid antibacterial soap. If your hands aren’t freshly washed, don’t touch yourself above the neck during the initial healing time.
Replace your toothbrush and make sure to keep it clean so that everything that goes into your mouth is hygienic while you are healing. A sensitive type of toothpaste may be less irritating to your mouth during healing than a usual, stronger variety. Try to go slowly when you eat and to take small bites when your piercing is new. Cold foods and beverages feel great and can help diminish swelling. Drink plenty of liquids, especially bottled water. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.
Some people also carry a spare ball in their wallet or purse. This is particularly advisable if you wear non-metallic balls such as acrylic, which is more fragile. Try to focus on keeping your tongue level in your mouth to avoid biting on the jewelry as you eat. Your mouth is likely to feel unco-ordinated at first. Try eating small bites of solid foods by placing food directly onto the molars with clean fingers or a fork.
Food that is already in the back of the mouth doesn’t have to get moved there by your tongue. Be cautious about opening your mouth wide when you eat, as this can result in the backing of the jewelry catching on your teeth. Take small bites and go slowly at first. The outside of the piercing may become somewhat red or pink during healing and this is normal.
The time required for your piercing to heal completely varies, in most cases jewelry must be left in for at least the first 5 months. Your piercing might look healed before this time but it’s important to be patient and wait the entire healing period before changing your jewelry out or ceasing your aftercare routine. If your piercing must come out sooner for medical reasons, often we can help you with this process so that you don’t lose your piercing.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
Bleeding, bruising, discoloration and/or swelling is not uncommon. These are not indications of any complication. Reduce intake of aspirin, alcohol, and caffeine. For above-the-neck piercings try sleeping with your head elevated above your heart (prop up on some pillows) to limit overnight swelling. Studies show non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) can help minimize swelling.
Some tenderness or discomfort in the area of a new piercing is not unusual. You may feel stinging, burning or aching off and on for several days or longer. During healing there may be some itching.
Secretion of a fluid which contains blood plasma, lymph and dead cells is perfectly normal. It is fairly liquid, whitish-yellow in color and forms a crust on the jewelry at the openings of the piercing. This is not pus, but indicates a healing piercing.
Once healed your piercing may secrete a semi-solid white malodorous substance from the oil glands called sebum. This is not pus, but indicates a healed piercing
Piercings may have a tendency to have a series of “ups and downs” during healing by seeming healed and then regressing. Try to be patient, and do keep cleaning during the entire initial healing time, even if the piercing seems healed sooner.
Tightness is normal. Do not expect jewelry to swing freely in most body piercings, even after they are thoroughly healed. If proper cleaning is done your risk of infection is greatly reduced.
A physician must be contacted as soon as possible if a serious problem occurs.