Aftercare Information


TATTOO AFTERCARE:

Your tattoo is essentially a wound and needs to stay clean and cared for.

  • Always remember to wash your hands with liquid antibacterial soap immediately before touching your tattoo!
  • Avoid direct sunlight on the tattoo. Tanning beds should absolutely be avoided!
  • Do not submerge or soak your tattoo. This includes baths, pools and hot-tubs.
  • It is okay to remove the wrapping once you are home and/or somewhere that you can thoroughly clean your tattoo. Under most circumstances you should not re-wrap your tattoo, it needs to be kept clean and allowed to heal. (Your Artist will tell you when to re-wrap if appropriate.)
  • Should your clothing become “stuck” to your new tattoo, thoroughly wet the material and slowly peel it from the tattoo. This will prevent damaging the surface skin and your tattoo.
  • After getting your tattoo, wash it often with liquid, antibacterial soap, such as Liquid Dial (Do not use Bar soap, it harbors bacteria and germs, and could lead to serious infections) and apply a thin coat of ointment. We recommend Aquaphor or any water-based tattoo-care ointment. Do not use Neosporin or petroleum products!
  • Your tattoo should begin to “peel” or shed small flakes. Do not pick at it, scratch it, or “help it peel”. If the tattoo scabs, leave it alone! Picking at it could damage the tattoo and cause color loss or possibly scar tissue.

Following these instructions should help your tattoo heal properly and should help your tattoo to retain as much color as possible. Touch-ups are sometimes necessary, but not following these instructions will put the cost of repairing any damage to the tattoo upon the recipient of the tattoo.

If you have any problems or concerns, do not hesitate to call the shop. If you do get an infection, please immediately contact your physician and your local health department. Coweta County Environmental Health 51 N. Perry St. Newnan, GA 30263  770-254-7422  Enjoy your new tattoo!

 

SUGGESTED AFTERCARE FOR BODY PIERCINGS:

CLEANING SOLUTIONS
Use one or both of the following solutions for healing piercings:

  • Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label), or a non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8ox) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.
  • A mild, fragrance-free liquid soap (like “Naked” soap, which is formulated for use on piercings, or “Baby Mild Unscented” Dr. Bronner’s natural castille soap, diluted with bottled, boiled, or distilled water).

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY PIERCINGS

  • WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
  • Saline soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.
  • SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds.
  • RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.
  • DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.

SUGGESTED AFTERCARE FOR ORAL PIERCINGS

CLEANING SOLUTIONS

Use one or both of the following solutions for inside the mouth:

  • Antimicrobial or antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse.
  • Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label) or non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better. Saline solution tat is too strong can irritate your piercing. (If you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, please check with your doctor before using a saline product as your primary cleaning solution.)

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSIDE THE MOUTH
Rinse mouth with cleaning solution for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily) during the entire healing period. Cleaning too often or with too strong a rinse can cause discoloration and irritation of your mouth and piercing.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EXTERIOR OF LABRET (CHEEK AND LIP) PIERCINGS

Soak in saline solution and/or wash in mild, fragrance-free liquid soap—preferably anti-microbial or germicidal.

  • WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
  • SALINE soak at least two to three times daily. Simply soak directly in a cup of warm saline solution for five to ten minutes. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using clean gauze saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.
  • SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds.
  • RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.
  • DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.

If you have any problems or concerns, do not hesitate to call the shop. If you do get an infection, please immediately contact your physician and your local health department. Coweta County Environmental Health 51 N. Perry St. Newnan, GA 30263  770-254-7422  Enjoy your new piercing!