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Healing Guidelines

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Congratulations on getting a new tattoo! Taking proper care of your tattoo is crucial for its healing process and long-term appearance. Here are some general tips for healing a new tattoo:

  1. Leave the bandage on for at least 2-4 hours after getting the tattoo. This will protect the area from bacteria and keep the ink from leaking out.
  2. After removing the bandage, gently wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap. Use your fingertips to wash the area, and be sure to remove all ointment, blood, and plasma.
  3. Pat the tattoo dry with a clean paper towel or let it air dry for 10-15 minutes. Do not rub the tattoo or use a cloth towel, as this can cause irritation and damage the skin.
  4. Apply a thin layer of fragrance-free, unscented moisturizer to the tattooed area. Some good options include Aquaphor, A&D ointment, or a tattoo-specific lotion. Be sure to use only a small amount, as too much can suffocate the tattoo and delay the healing process.
  5. Repeat this washing and moisturizing routine 2-3 times a day for the first 2 weeks. Avoid soaking the tattoo in water, such as swimming or taking long baths, and keep it out of direct sunlight or tanning beds.
  6. During the healing process, avoid wearing tight clothing or anything that rubs against the tattoo, as this can cause irritation and slow down the healing process.
  7. Finally, if you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus, contact your tattoo artist or a healthcare professional immediately. Infections can be serious and can damage your tattoo or even your health.

Remember, every tattoo heals differently, so be patient and follow these steps to ensure the best possible outcome for your new ink.

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