THE FIRST 12-24 HOURS:
1.Remove the bandage as per your artist’s instructions.
2. Wash gently (with clean hands) using your fingertips and the lather from soap and water. Remove all ointment applied at your tattoo session. DO NOT apply the bar of soap directly to your new tattoo!
3. Let the tattoo air dry.
4. Apply a small amount of tattoo aftercare (as discussed with your artist). Always use aftercare sparingly! No more than 2-3 times a day.
THE FIRST 30 DAYS:
5. Shower as normal, being aware of the water spray on your new tattoo; try to keep the water from spraying it directly.
6. Do not soak in bathtubs or hot tubs, sit in saunas, hang out in whirlpools, or any other moist, hot situations like this for 30 days.
7. Refrain from tanning for a minimum of 30 days.
Please give your tattoo at least 4 weeks of healing time and pop in to let your artist take a look at it before deciding if touch-ups are necessary.
Caring for your piercing properly after leaving the studio is an essential part of the healing process. Keeping your aftercare routine simple and consistent yields the best results.
We recommend the following:
1. Purchase a pre-mixed sterile saline solution in a pressurized can, either from us or from any drugstore. (Saline nasal spray has the best nozzle for application) Aftercare solution should contain only water and sodium chloride – no other ingredients.
2. Spray both the entrance and exit of your piercing directly with saline solution, 1-2 times per day. Over cleaning can dry out your piercing.
3. In the shower, do not soap up your piercing. Work around it while washing, and rinse thoroughly at the end of your shower. Allow to air dry, or pat dry gently with paper towel or gauze.
4. What not to use: Tea tree oil, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soap, epsom salts, antibiotic ointments, bactine, iodine, store bought piercing aftercare products that are not sterile saline or in a pressurized can.
Rules to Follow During the Healing Process
- Avoid touching your jewellery or piercing unless you are cleaning it. Never spin your jewelry or move it back and forth. There is no benefit to doing this; forced movement without lubrication will only cause irritation.
- Do not sleep on your new piercing.
- Keep anything that will come into contact with your piercing clean (This includes clothing, hair, pillow cases, towels, hats, etc.)
- Keep cosmetics, creams and lotions out of your piercing.
- Avoid submerging your new piercing in any bodies of water for the first 12 weeks of healing (ie. pools, lakes, hot tubs, the ocean, etc).
- Avoid tight or restrictive clothing that may put pressure on your piercing and irritate it.
Other Helpful Tips
- A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete, as the tissue heals from the outside in. Although it may look and feel fine, the interior tissue remains fragile. Be patient and keep up your aftercare for the entire healing period.
- Check your jewellery periodically to ensure the beads (or ends) are snug. Always wash your hands before doing this.
- Do not be tempted to change your jewellery before your piercing has healed. Doing so can cause severe irritation, scarring, or an inability to fully heal. Check with your piercer if you are unsure whether your piercing is ready for a jewellery change or not.
- We recommend jewellery be worn 24/7 for no less than one year after receiving the piercing to allow it to stabilize and become permanent.
- Redness, soreness, and clear/yellowish discharge are normal and do NOT indicate irritation or infection. If you are concerned about how your piercing is looking, or you think you have an infection, contact us immediately.
Oral Piercing Daily Aftercare
1. Rinse mouth with Listerine diluted 50/50 with DISTILLED water after meals for entire healing time.
2. Rinse mouth with 1/4 tsp. sea salt mixed with 1 cup DISTILLED water in between meals, no more than 3
times per day during the healing process.
3. To reduce swelling, gently melt a bit of ice inside your mouth whenever some relief is needed.
4. Stick with non-irritating foods; avoid hot (temperature), spicy, and acidic foods for the first 4-5 days after receiving your piercing, as well as any foods that are difficult to bite or chew.
Genital Piercings Aftercare
1. All piercings are an open channel to the blood stream. Especially in the case of genital piercings, sexual contact during the healing phase could be dangerous to you or your partner, not only because of blood born pathogens (HIV, etc.), but because your partner will have different bacteria on their skin than you do. Introducing foreign bacteria into your new piercing can cause problems. Exercise safe sex protocol while you are healing: don your barrier of choice, and be gentle with your new piercing – they heal much faster if you play nice.
2. Rinse your new piercing twice a day with sterile saline solution.
3. Expect some bleeding for the first few days. If bleeding continues after that time, or there is an unexpectedly large amount of bleeding, contact your piercer.