Piercing Aftercare

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Tattoo Aftercare

The aftercare instructions listed on this page and/or site are as per the Board of Health. A full copy will be provided at time of service.





Treat your new tattoo as an open wound. Keep it clean. Don no touch healing tattoos with dirty hands.

*    Before cleaning the tattooed area, wash hand thoroughly with soap and warm

      water.


*    Carefully remove the gauze bandage and tape. If the gauze sticks, use a tiny bit

      of warm water to remove. DON’T RIP IT OFF!


*    Using mild soap and cool water gently and carefully cleanse the area, and pat

      dry. Don’t rub with washcloth or towel.


*    Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin, Neomycin-Polymyxin) on

      the tattoo.


*    Repeat cleansing and application of the antibiotic ointment 2 to 4 times a day

      for 3 days. Healing usually takes 7 to 10 days, depending on the size of the

      tattoo. As it heals, expect peeling like sunburned skin.


*    Do not pick at scabs.


*    Avoid sunburn, salt or chlorinated pool water, hot tubs, saunas and steam baths

      while the tattoo is healing.


*    Itching is expected. DO NOT SCRATCH THE TATTOO!


Consult a health care provider for:


1)   Unexpected redness, tenderness or swelling at the site of the tattoo.


2)   Rash


3)   Unexpected drainage at or from the site of the tattoo.


4)   Fever within 24 hours of receiving the tattoo. 







Treat you new piercing as an open wound. Keep it clean. Body piercings need to be cleaned once or twice dally, ever day, for the entire initial healing time. Do not touch healing piercings with dirty hands.


*    Before cleanings, wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.


*    Rinse or soak the pierced area with warm water to remove any stubborn crust

      using a cotton swab and warm water.


*    Apply a small handful of mild antibacterial soap to the area with your clean

      hands.


*    Cleanse the area and the jewelry, and gently rotate the jewelry back and forth a

      few times to work the soap to the inside.


*    Allow the solution to remain there for a minute. Bathe normally; don't

      purposely work anything other than the cleanser into the inside f the piercing.


*    Rinse the area thoroughly under running water, while rotating the jewelry back

      and forth to completely remove the cleanser from the inside and outside of the

      piercing.


*    Gently pat dry with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, as cloth

      towels can harbor bacteria.


Consult a health care provider for:


1)   Unexpected redness, tenderness or swelling at the site of the piercing.


2)   Rash


3)   Unexpected drainage at or from the site of the piercing.


4)   Fever within 24 hours of receiving the piercing.