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PRE and AFTER TREATMENT
Tattoo artists often have different views on pre- and post-treatment. It depends on which tattoo technique is been used. What is certain is that if a tattoo is been made deeply, the tattoo will need less care afterwards: the color will definitely stay in the skin, but very thick scars will appear on the tattoo and that doesn’t looks good.
Don’t worry, I don’t tattoo any deeper than necessary (that’s why by me it’s not so painful) and because it is important to me that the tattoo remains a feat, I ask my customers to observe certain aftercare rules.
I recommand everyone to follow the advice of their tattoo artist, because every tattoo artist has their own ideas and experiences. After all, the right pre- and post-treatment contribute to the perfect tattoo.
A tattoo is a personal enrichment, so aftercare is a very important point to get the tattoo as decorative as it can be.
PREPARATION THE DAY BEFORE
(until the tattoo-appointment)
* Avoid alcohol, caffeine and other drugs
* Do not expose the relevant skin area to the sun 48 hours before the appointment
* Well rested and don’t come to the tattoo appointment with an empty stomach
* Wear suitable, comfortable, old clothing to keep the area to be tattooed freely accessible (for example: tank tops for tattoos on the arms, shorts or wide trousers for leg tattoos, etc.) Do not scratch the tattoo or pull off scabs.
Usually there is not much effort involved in follow-up treatment.
* Avoid direct sunlight (1 month) and prolonged contact with water (2 weeks)
* For the first week, cleanse twice a day with a wound disinfectant and apply the recommended cream as often as possible. It should never dry out during the first week!
* Leave the bandage on the tattoo for at least 4 hours and no more than 8 hours after completion.
* Wash hands thoroughly with an antibacterial soap and carefully peel off the bandage, soak any stuck paper scraps with lukewarm water and carefully peel off. Do not rub the tattoo!
* Clean the new tattoo with a wound disinfectant (for example “Octenisept”) and carefully dab it with a clean paper towel.
* Treat the tattoo like a fresh wound.
* Disinfect it at least once a day and apply “Calendula Wound Ointment” from Weleda (available in the pharmacy) at least 5 times daily.
Do not use petroleum jelly or any other cream: color loss and skin irritation could occur.
* After 4 to 5 days, the skin will flake much like after sunburn. Continue to apply cream on the tattoo regularly for a week.
* During the first week do not expose the tattoo to the air, keep it completely covered with cream and paper towel and do not use a normal bandage (gauze bandage); it could stick to the fresh tattoo and would be very difficult to remove – it could ruin the tattoo result.
* If you cannot apply the cream so often during the day, apply the cream to the tattoo thickly in the morning, cover it with clean cling film and fix the edge with medical tape. However, cling film does not let air into the skin, so do not use it too often or for too long.
During the entire healing process, the tattoo can be very itchy (this can take up to 2 months), never scratch the tattoo or tear off any scabs.
To reduce the itchiness, massage the area with a mild cream.
During the first 2 weeks, the tattoo should not come into contact with water for too long. Avoid bathing, especially swimming pools with chlorine.
Do not expose the tattoo to direct sunlight for the next few months (this also applies to sunbeds!) and always protect it well with sunscreen during sunbathing in the future.
In your own interest, please follow the rules.
* BloodyMary *