1. When the tattoo is finished, it is covered with plastic wrap. After a few hours you can remove it, but I will recommend you to keep it on during the first night. Be careful – remember that a tattoo is like a fresh open rubbing wound that now shall be healing at its own pace. It must above all be clean.
2. Wash it gently with soap and water. Apply ointment/cream such as Helosan (Savlon), Bepanthen or Pegasus tattoo creme (I sell this in the shop). These are all antiseptic, moisturizing and soothing. There is probably many more on the market, but these I know work.
3. Wash the tattoo itself gently once or twice a day, but wash your hands every time you are about to touch it to apply cream. Apply cream maybe 3-6 times a day, every time it seems to get dry.
4. Do NOT remove any scabs whatsoever, let them come off at their own pace. Avoid to irritate the area by rubbing or scratching and keep it clean and moist.
It takes around approximately 7-10 days for a tattoo to heal. Do not take baths of any kind during this period. Of course you can take showers as usual.
Fresh ink shouldn't be exposed to sun the first months. If you have it initially healed, you can apply sunscreen or just cover it up whilst being in the sun.
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Do not touch the piercing if you don't have to. Let the body get used to the new material and avoid any rubbing or unnecessary movement.
A piercing should be clean, but DO NOT overdo it. Twice or three times a day is sufficient to remove scabs and inhibit bacteria growth in the area of the piercing. The most common mistake of getting an infection is by touching it with unwashed hands. We have lots of bacteria and dirt flourishing on our fingers, nails and hands and it is crucial to always do the aftercare with completely clean hands.
Wash the piercing itself with saline solution, mouthwash or the recommendations from me about the specific type of piercing you get. Do not wash it with alcohol! It is too harsh and damages the repairing tissue.
To wash piercings on outer skin
Before you look after a fresh piercing, wash your hands, fingers and underneath your nails thoroughly. Soften the scabs on the piercing with water and saline solution directly. Remove the scabs with the aid of a damp Q-tip and finish it off with saline solution to be left to air dry. Repeat this morning and evening throughout the whole healing period.
To wash oral piercings (inside of lip, tongue)
When it comes to the outside of the lip, follow the advice above. When it comes to the inside of the mouth, you should rinse it with the solution you get from me or your own one without alcohol. This is important due to the fact that alcohol is too harsh on healing tissue.
Rinse morning and evening after brushing your teeth. Swap your old toothbrush for a fresh new one. After food and each drink which is not just pure water, rinse with water or saline solution to make sure no food or drink is lingering by your piercing and collecting bacteria.
Avoid very spicy food and hot drinks such as coffee and tea. Let them cool down first if you are having them.
Avoid direct sexual and oral contact. This could lead to serious infections if foreign bacteria enter your fresh piercing. Do not play with your jewelry. This could create some unnecessary scar tissue. Exchange the jewelry for a shorter as soon as the swelling subsides. I could help you with this.
Eat and chew carefully. It is easy to catch on to the jewelry. Especially in the beginning since this is extra long/big during the healing period. You can gently suck on some ice or sip cold drinks the first couple of days to help minimize the swelling. You can also try using some anti inflammatory drugs or having an extra pillow to elevate your head during the first nights.
Washing genital piercings
This type of piercing is healing relatively fast. Do not deviate too much from your normal hygiene routines here. An intimate soap with appropriate pH or saline solution will suffice. Clean once, maximum twice a day. Avoid rubbing and use underwear/clothes that breathe. Avoid sex for as long as it is sore and use a condom the first couple of 4 – 6 weeks just to be on the safe side when it comes to foreign bacteria in your healing wound.
Average healing time
Earlobes: 4 - 6 weeks
Cartilage, ear: 4 months - 1 year
Navel: 4 months - 1 year
Nipples: 4 months - 9 months
Lips: 2 months
Nostril/Septum: 3 months
Eyebrow: 3 months
Earl/Bridge: 4 months
Tongue: 4 - 6 weeks
Genital: 4 - 6 weeks
Do observe that these are all approximate healing times. There is no guarantee that this applies to you, specifically. We all heal in different ways and it is of course also down to circumstances and how well the piercing is looked after.
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