220 E Main St Norman,OK 73069 (405)701-1776
TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
- Leave the dressing applied, if there is one, in place for no more than an hour. Carefully remove the covering and gently wash the tattoo with WARM SOAPY WATER.
- It is IMPORTANT to thoroughly wash your tattoo with ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP like Dial, for proper healing.
- If there was a dressing and it is stuck to the tattoo, gently soak it in warm water until it is easily removed. Carefully pat the tattoo dry using a lint free cloth.
- Do NOT use any antiseptic creams or petroleum jelly products on the tattoo. They prevent proper healing and can pull out some of the ink.
- Wash the tattooed area 2 or 3 times daily. This will keep scabbing and itching to a minimum. Be sure to always pat dry using a lint free cloth.
- We recommend using an unscented lotion such as Lubriderm or Aquaphor as aftercare lotion products. DO NOT USE TOO MUCH. Use several times a day, sparingly. It should barely be shiny. Your tattoo needs to breathe.
- Do NOT cover your tattoo unless you know that you are going to be in a dirty environment. If you may get it dirty, cover loosely.
- Do NOT soak the tattoo in water for at least 5 days. Do NOT swim in chlorinated water, hot tubs, or lakes for at least 2 weeks after getting your tattoo.
- To protect your tattoo after it has healed, ALWAYS wear sunscreen when in the sunlight to prevent any discoloration or fading.
- Do NOT scratch or pick at your new tattoo. This can cause it to bleed and possibly get infected. It can also cause discoloration. If you feel that you must alleviate the itching sensation, gently pat your tattoo. This should lessen the irritation and make it more comfortable.
- Proper care of your tattoo will ensure that it lasts as long as you do. If you ever have any questions about the care of your tattoo, please don’t hesitate to call us. (405)701-1776
- These guidelines are based on professional experience, research, extensive clinical practices and common sense. They are NOT a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you feel that there is a possibility of infection, contact a physician.
Oklahoma Department of Health 1000 Northeast 10th St. OKC, OK 73117 (405)271-5243