Aside from choosing a quality tattoo artist, the most important part of getting a tattoo is proper aftercare. Few people realize the damage that a tattoo can endure if proper aftercare is not practiced. Consider your new tattoo an open wound that has a fresh painting on it. Improper care for either the wound or for the painting will result in numerous problems, including possible infection or major damage to the freshly tattooed image.
It is tempting to forget all about tattoo aftercare in Victoria, TX and to just focus on showing off your new tattoo. This is a big mistake. Instead, follow some of the aftercare tips below, and as always, ask your tattoo artist for further advice.
- Bandaging: All new tattoos are covered up before you leave the shop. Numerous types of bandaging are used by different artists. Some prefer more traditional bandages while others use plastic wrapping. It may be appealing to take this off immediately so you can show off your tattoo, but it is imperative you keep it covered for at least two to four hours. At the same time do not keep it covered for more than eight hours since the tattoo needs to breathe.
- Cleaning: Just like any other wound, you need to keep that fresh tattoo clean. A tattoo artist should give you plenty of advice on how to properly clean it, since an incorrect method can possibly damage the image. Stick with non-scented liquid anti-bacterial soap, and apply it gently. Rinse off the soap using gentle cool water, and allow the water to hit above the tattoo so it runs down over the tattoo, instead of directly spraying it. Wash it regularly and keep an eye on it to ensure nothing looks infected.
- Moisturizing: Cleanliness and moisturizing are critical to proper tattoo aftercare in Victoria, TX. Use a plain and unscented lotion to apply moisture. Some artists will suggest using a specific lotion. Remember to apply a thicker layer of lotion for the first couple of days, and then slowly move toward a lighter layer throughout the first week. Apply lotion often to ensure the skin is not dry.
- Small adjustments: Make some small adjustments to your daily routines. Be careful in the shower to not allow very hot water to hit the tattoo. Try to not sleep directly on the tattoo, since ink can bleed out and you will prevent it from properly breathing throughout the night. Try to wear loose fitting clothing to prevent the fabric from rubbing the tattoo. Avoid picking or itching the tattoo. Do not even think about swimming. Finally, avoid exposing your new tattoo to direct sunlight.
- Problems: There are two types of problems you might encounter with tattoo aftercare. The first type includes any problems with the tattoo itself. For this type of problem, or any questions about aftercare, stop by and see your tattoo artist so they can take a look. The second type includes an infection, often noticeable by severe discoloration in the skin. If you think you are experiencing an infection, visit a medical professional right away.
When you visit In The Skin Tattoo And Piercing Studio for your new tattoo, we’ll be sure to send you home with the information you need about proper tattoo aftercare. We look forward to seeing you soon!