Aftercare

As qualified technicians of all the services provided, we will advise you on your best course of action.

Aftercare is just as important as the procedure you have received. below you will find all our aftercare instructions regarding the procedure you have/will receive. For any information regarding circumstances that aren’t covered in the aftercare below, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can advise you on the best course of action on 01638 810121. 

Tattoo Aftercare

1, Keep your dressing on for approximately 3-4hrs, this will give your new tattoo enough time to start healing and building a natural barrier, significantly reducing the chance of infection.

2, Do not cover again, as much as it is important to keep your dressing on in the beginning, once the natural barrier is up, it is important to let air get to your tattoo so It can heal.

3, Wash your new tattoo in warm water using an anti bacterial soap twice a day and then pat dry, do not rub scratch or aggravate your new tattoo, its is an open wound still and therefore it is important to keep it clean.

4, Apply a recommended aftercare ointment, again this is another way to reduce the risk of infection, although not 100% necessary we advise using a tattoo specific aftercare.

5, Do not use vaseline or sudocream on your new tattoo, your new tattoo needs time to breath products like these block the pores and do not allow your tattoo to breath.

6, Bathe and shower as normal but do not soak your new tattoo, this will draw out essential oils your body naturally produces to aid the healing process.

7, A scab will form, do not scratch or pick it, allow it time to heal this can take 10-15 days, picking, scratching and irritating the scab can cause you tattoo to crack or bleed, this could draw ink from your tattoo as a result causing poor healing.

8, Avoid swimming, sunbeds and sun exposure until your tattoo is fully healed, once your tattoo has fully healed you can resume these activity’s, although we advise you to use sun screen when exposing the tattoo to sun.

9, It will take your body several more weeks for your skin to return to normal everyone heals differently so the time scale for this differs from one person to the next.

Please if you have any further question and are unsure of anything please contact us on 01638 81012, please do not rely on information from others, as your tattoo artist we advise you on your best course of action.

Piercing Aftercare

The aftercare of body piercing is important to promote good healing and prevent the risk of infection, healing times for piercing will vary with the type and position of the piercing and vary from person to person, for the first few weeks it is normal for the area to be red, tender and swollen.

approximate heaing times for various piercings are;

Ear lobe- 6-8weeks

Ear cartilage- 3months

Cheek piercings- 3-4months

Eyebrow piercings- 2-4months

Nose piercings- up to 6months

Remember these times are approximate and will depend on general health and weather you look after your piercing properly until healed, as with all body modifications infection is a risk, to greatly reduce the risk you must practice good general health.

Hand washing; hand washing is incredibly important to reduce the risk of infection, hands must be washed prior to touching the pierced area, in warm water and liquid soap, always dry your hands thoroughly with a clean dry towel or paper towel, this should remove most germs and prevent them being transferred to the pierced area.

Signs of infection; If appropriate aftercare is not followed infection may occur, the signs of infection are- swelling and redness that increase around the piercing, a serve burning and throbbing sensation around the piercing, increased tenderness and pain, an unusual discharge (yellow/green) with an offensive smell.

Ear and facial piercing aftercare; clean the piercing with a piercing aftercare solution we sudjest BPA sold in the studio, use this solution on the end of a cotton bud, clean the entry and exit points of the piercing with the cotton bud, once discharge has been removed or softened the jewellery can be moved and the area can be cleaned, this must be done, also use anti bacterial soap when in the shower/bath (not for oral piercings), this must be done twice a day do not forget to dry your piercing.

DO NOT; move, twist or turn your piercing whilst it is dry. If any secreted discharge has hardened then turning the jewellery may cause the discharge to damage the piercing and prolong healing time,

-Expect some swelling and soreness from your new piercing, any knock to the piercing can cause swelling or soreness to flare up again throughout the healing phase.

-Cartilage piercings occasionally form lumps known as granulomas, this is just trapped fluid and can be easily resolved using heat and pressure from a warm water compress once a day, replacing one of your daily cleanings.

Please if you have any further question and are unsure of anything please contact us on 01638 81012, please do not rely on information from others, as your piercers we advise you on your best course of action.

Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare

When you visit us at our laser clinic at Inkslingerz Tattoo Studio, we will give you all the aftercare instructions you will need to heal your very best.

The tattoo removal laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which usually lasts for several minutes. This is not the ink disappearing, but the effects of the laser. Many patients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 8-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic (overgrown) or even keloid (fibrous), can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur, and is temporary except in very rare cases. Healing is usually complete within 4-6 weeks, although this may vary.

Remember, the more water your drink, the better hydrated you are and the better the results will be.

1. Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antiseptic ointment up to three times a day for 3 days while the area is healing and you should keep the area covered with a sterile dressing for those 3 days.

2. Blistering is common and is likely to occur 8 hours after your treatment. Do not be alarmed, blisters heal very well and are part of the normal healing process. Blisters indicate your immune system is healing the area and beginning to remove the ink from your tattoo. It is natural for blisters to pop, and this helps the skin to heal faster in many cases. Continue to put antiseptic ointment over the blisters once they have popped for at least 24 hours.

3. You may apply cool compresses or aloe vera gel as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take paracetamol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.)

4. Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.

5. Feel free to shower 2 hours after the treatment, but take care to avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pool, or any form of soaking are not recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed, as they may increase the risk of infection.

6. Exercise is generally safe after treatment, taking into account the other after care instructions provided here.

7. Wear a sun block with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following the treatment. Do not wear makeup or any cream or medication on or near the treated area unless recommended by us for 48 hours.

8. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Use Aquaphor, vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to the treatment area.

9. If the area looks infected (honey coloured crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact us immediately on 01638 810121.

Do not rely on information from others

if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to Contact Us and speak with a member of our friendly staff.