AFTER CARE:

WET HEALING
SANIDERM/SECOND SKIN/HYPAFIX

  • Becky will apply a piece of HypaFix (semi-permeable plastic membrane) to your tattoo. This will stay in place for 48 hours.

    1.  It is very normal for fluids to become trapped under the HypaFix film and for the tattoo to appear quite muddy. This could range from a few dots of blood trapped under the film to larger amounts of black liquid. It varies completely person to person. 

    2. If your piece of HypaFix peels up at the edges you may apply a piece of medical tape to the peeled edge to hold it down.

    3. Redness under the HypaFix is normal, but anything extreme like welts or rash are not. Contact Becky asap with clear photos for advice or, if extreme, contact a medical professional.

  • Peel your HypaFix off in the shower, allowing some water to flow over the area as you peel. You may shower while the HypaFix is on you.

  • It may be painful to pull the HypaFix off, but rest assured it does not stick to the open tattoo, it sticks to the dry skin around it.

  • Your HypaFix may have an imprint of the tattoo left on it - don't worry you didn't tear out any ink.

  • If adhesive residue sticks around, take some coconut oil on clean hands and remove the excess.

  • Largely you should be through the worst of the healing. Your tattoo may peel, it may not. Clients often experience quite a bit of itchiness. You can moisturize with an unscented lotion if it is dry and itchy, but otherwise you are safe to leave it alone other than to give it a good wash once per day with unscented soap dispensed from a pump bottle.

  • Avoid exercise of any kind while the HypaFix is in place. Sweat and friction will peel the edges up and sweat can react more strongly with the adhesive.

  • Avoid direct sunlight on your tattoo for one month.

  • No sunscreen for one month on the tattoo.

  • No swimming, pools or hot tubs for 14 days.

  • Don't ever scratch your tattoo.

Unscented soap recommendation: Dove, Neutrogena

Unscented Moisturizer recommendation: Aveeno, Lubriderm

DRY HEALING

  • After 3 - 5 hours, you can remove your bandage with clean, dry hands. Throw the bandage in the trash immediately and then immediately wash your hands again.​

  • Wash your tattoo thoroughly with an unscented soap (soap recommendation below) and gently pat it dry with clean paper towel. Avoid fabric towels that have been previously used.

  • That night, go to sleep with something light and breathable covering the tattoo. Overnight the top layer of your skin will be sloughed off and will leave an inky imprint on your clothes and/or sheets. If washed immediately the sheets/fabric should be saveable!

  • If fabric becomes stuck to the new tattoo, please wet the fabric before carefully peeling it off.

  • Wash your tattoo once or twice per day. Do NOT apply a moisturizer to your tattoo until it begins peeling. Moisturizing too early is the #1 cause of heat rash and irritation to fresh tattoos.

  • Your tattoo will peel and scab after about 3 days and should last for another 3 - 5 days afterwards depending on the style and size of your piece. This is normal! Do not pick it If it's itchy, you can apply an unscented moisturizer (moisturizer recommendation below).

  • In the shower, avoid shampoo, conditioner and body washes from coming into contact with the piece. Avoid direct contact with the tattoo under the shower head.

  • No swimming, pools or hot tubs for 14 days.

  • Avoid pet hair on the tattoo, especially cat hair.

  • Avoid exercise for 2 - 5 days while your tattoo is still an open wound.

  • Avoid direct sunlight on your tattoo for one month.

  • No sunscreen for one month on the tattoo.

  • Don't ever scratch your tattoo.

Unscented soap recommendation: Dove, Neutrogena

Unscented Moisturizer recommendation: Aveeno, Lubriderm, Coconut oil

Touch Ups are included in the price of the tattoo for up to three months.

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