A new tattoo is comparable to a scrape. The skin breaks during tattooing, resulting in a wound. Poor care and unsanitary treatment can cause infections and scar tissue. Moreover, wound infections can lead to a less beautiful tattoo. If you take good care of the tattoo, it will take two to six weeks for the wound to heal.
If the tattoo is covered with regular transparent film, you can remove this after 2 to 3 hours. Wound spray or self-adhesive transparent film must remain in place until it naturally wears or falls off. You can shower normally with a tattoo.
Treat the uncovered tattoo as follows:
- 1-3 hours after getting your tattoo let warm water flow over your tattoo for 10-15 seconds.
- Pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel after washing;
- Coat the wound with an ointment that you have received from the tattoo artist or that he or she recommends.
- The first day after your tattoo you can use more lotion or tattoo cream to get trough the night.
During the healing process, make sure that you:
- Use ointment as less as possible, keep your tattoo as close to dry as possible but don’t let it go dry. The more your tattoo can breathe, the better it will heal. The ointment is not a magic potion, a little is enough.
- Touch the tattoo as little as possible (wash your hands before you touch the wound);
- Do not scratch the tattoo, even tough it will itch;
- The tattoo isn’t covered with tight or soiled clothing;
- Do not cover the tattoo with plasters or bandages;
- Avoid (bubble) baths, swimming pools, saunas and steam baths;
- Do not expose the tattoo to sunlight or a tanning bed.
The tattooed skin remains very sensitive to sunlight even after healing. Therefore always lubricate your tattoo with sunscreen.
Please note: contact your doctor in case of extreme redness, swelling, bleeding, wound fluid, color change or chronic pain.