Proper care is important for maintaining the quality of the tattoo and its healthy healing.
Avoid direct sun exposure during the healing process - always cover your skin to prevent burning and don't go to the sunbed. Wear breathable clothing to allow your skin to breathe and don't play sports or do other activities that cause more sweating and physical stress on the skin. Wear tight clothing and avoid any rubbing, scratching or touching of fresh tattoos.
After the session
- After finishing the tattoo, the tattoo artist cover the place with a protective foil. This protects the tattoo from bacteria and possible contamination.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before you start removing the foil. Keep your hands clean whenever you touch your unhealed tattoo.
- Take off the food foil the night before bed. Or in the morning, if the tattoo lasted into the evening.
- Take off Suprasorb foil in 24 hours. It is ideal to peel it off in a shower under lukewarm water so that the glue gets wet and the foil can be peeled off more easily.
- If the film peels off by itself before 24 hours, apply a second film and proceed according to the instructions.
- After removing the foil, wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap and rinse with lukewarm water. The towel you will use for drying must be clean. You can also use clean kitchen towels. Do not rub the tattoo, but just gently add a towel or tea towel.
- Check the condition of the tattoo for improvement throughout the healing process. Otherwise, contact the tattoo artist.
After removing the foil
Then stick a second Suprasorb foil (see picture below), which you leave on the skin for 3-7 days. During this time, just check the skin under the foil around the tattoo for redness, red spots and no burning sensation. If you experience any of these phenomena, you probably have an allergic reaction to Suprasorb foil. In this case, remove the foil immediately, contact the tattoo artist and continue to take care of the tattoo without the foil.
If you do not have a second Suprasorb foil or you have an allergic reaction to Suprasorb foil, then leave the tattoo in the air for a few hours to allow it to dry slightly. Without adequate time for the skin to dry out, there is a risk of contamination from the sheets. During the first days, the tattooed area will secrete tissue fluid, taking care to keep it clean and dry. If possible, avoid "dirty" work where infection could occur. If you cannot avoid such activities, cover the tattoo with a new clean food foil, but always for only a few hours. For the first week, wash the tattoo in the morning and evening with antibacterial soap (in very exposed places, more often - fingers, feet, etc.). This dries the skin, so it will probably be dry after washing. You can solve this by lubricating with Bepanthen.
After removing the foil, the lubrication period begins until the skin is completely healed. Use Bepanthen cream, which you can get at the pharmacy, for lubrication. Do not use other products or cosmetics - they can cause healing complications. Before lubrication, wash the tattoo with disinfectant soap to prevent dirt from rubbing into the tattoo wound. It is very important to keep the tattoo dry, but never apply a too thick layer of cream that would suffocate the tattoo and cause the wound to get wet. Just apply a very thin layer, several times a day. Dry tattoos will result in unpleasant stretching. When dressing, avoid too tight clothing, hair-releasing clothing and artificial materials that are airtight. Always wear clean clothes. The best thing for an unhealed tattoo is to let it breathe and not cover it with anything.
After the first days
After the first days, the top layer of the tattoo begins to peel slowly. Do not help, because colored pieces of dry skin or scabs, which do not fall off on their own, but you forcibly remove them, will pull out the pigment beneath them and a bright "fallen" place will appear in the tattoo, which will need to be retouched for the next session. Keep lubricating with Bepanthen until the tattoo is dry and do not scratch or peel the tattoos under any circumstances.
3 weeks after the session
After three weeks, you can start visiting places such as saunas, swimming pools or fitness centers again. You can reduce the lubrication intensity.
Possible color addition
After about a month, the tattoo is 100% healed. In some places, the color may be lighter or completely omitted. In this case, contact the tattoo artist to arrange a retouch.
For the whole life
Healthy skin means a beautiful tattoo, so if you continue to pay attention to it with common cosmetic creams, your tattoo will look much better. Protect your tattoo from the sun, use creams with a high UV factor (minimum factor 50). The sun destroys the pigments in your tattoo - just like the pigments on outdoor billboards or in old photos. Some colors like red or yellow are more delicate than others. With protective care, you can minimize these unwanted influences.