Having a new tattoo means the skin surface is broken so there is a risk of infection. To minimise the chance of infection you should treat your new tattoo as a wound and follow this advice:
Keep the dressing applied by the tattoo artist for a minimum of 3 hours.
After removing the dressing, gently wash your new tattoo with warm water with or without a mild liquid soap and pat-dry it gently with soft clean tissue. Do not rub.
Apply the moisturising cream recommended by your tattoo artist at least 3 times a day for the first 14 days. This will protect the skin from drying, reduce scabbing and itchiness.
Usually after two weeks the scabbing should have been replaced by ‘’silver skin’’ and your tattoo should be completely healed within the next two weeks.
Avoid touching your tattoo unnecessarily. Wash and dry your hands before and after touching your tattoo.
Do not pick or scratch!
ONLY use skin products recommended by your tattoo artist.
Shower rather than bathe and gently pat dry with soft clean tissue afterwards.
Do not swim, use saunas, steam baths or sunbeds until your new tattoo is fully healed.
Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight.
Wear loose cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation.
Always keep your new tattoo covered when in a dusty or dirty environment.
Contact your tattoo artist if you have any questions or you think you might have a problem. The artist will advise you if there are any signs of adverse reaction or infection.
Feel free to contact us if you have any further queries.
Keep your new piercing dry for the first 24 hours. Clean the piercing thoroughly every day. Wash hands before cleaning the piercing. Never touch the piercing with dirty hands. Remove any dry matter from piercing and jewellery by spraying or dripping saline solution onto the piercing.
Do not rub! Do not pick!
NEVER USE SURGICAL SPIRIT OR HYDROGEN PEROXIDE FOR CLENING!
DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELLERY WHEN CLEANING!
How to make saline solution:
Use approx. 1/4 teaspoon of pure sea salt mixed with 1/2 pint of boiling water. Leave til lukewarm and apply once a day. Prepare a fresh solution every 3 to 4 days.
When you get a piercing done, you must be aware that there may be minor swelling or scarring to the area. Although not common, some piercings have the potential to reject or grow out. This will only affect very few people. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for the piercing to heal. Be patient as healing times will vary for each person. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
NAVEL AND NIPPLES
These piercings are amongst the hardest to heal due to irritation and lack of air to the piercing. Any crust formation on the jewellery should first be soaked off using warm water. Once cleared, wash well with saline solution and leave to dry.
The most common irritation to navel piercings is clothing. Waistbands of trousers, skirts, underwear, etc. should be kept off your piercing at all times.
Also try to avoid aggressive exercise and sleeping on your stomach.
Avoid swimming pools and saunas.
Healing time: NAVEL 6-9 MONTHS, NIPPLE 2-6 MONTHS
EAR, SEPTUM, NOSE, EYEBROW, TRAGUS
As facial and ear piercings are harder to soak, cleaning after a bath or shower will make the whole process a lot easier.
Healing time: EAR 6-8 WEEKS, SEPTUM 4-6 WEEKS, NOSE 2-3 MONTHS,
EYEBROW 2-4 MONTHS, HELIX and TRAGUS 2-3 MONTHS
TONGUE AND LIP
To clean the inside of oral piercings we suggest using alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash. It should be used after everything you eat, drink or smoke until the piercing is fully healed. With oral piercings there will be some swelling. This is perfectly normal and the jewellery you have been pierced with is large enough to allow for it. Sucking on ice can help reduce the swelling.
For the first few days with your new piercing eating may be difficult. Start with soft foods and work your way up. It is also advisable to change your toothbrush as your old one may harbour bacteria. The tongue is covered in a thin natural healing agent called peptide which will aid the process.
Healing time: TONGUE 4-6 WEEKS, LIP 6-8 WEEKS