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Essential Tips for Pre and Post Tattoo Care

Pre and Post Tattoo Care

Getting a tattoo is indeed a unique and transformative experience, offering an outlet for personal expression. It involves careful preparation, thoughtful decision-making, and dedicated aftercare. Let's explore this journey in two parts: preparation for getting a tattoo and the aftercare process.

Preparation for Your Tattoo Appointment

  • Hydration is paramount for a successful tattoo. Begin drinking ample water several days in advance. This makes your skin more amenable to tattooing and promotes better healing.

  • A full night's sleep prior to your appointment is essential. Adequate rest helps you manage discomfort during the tattoo process and bolsters your immune system for the healing stage.

  • Eating a balanced meal before your session is crucial to maintain your energy and stabilize blood sugar levels, minimizing the risk of dizziness or lightheadedness during the tattooing process.

  • Opt for comfortable clothing that provides easy access to the area being tattooed. Loose, adjustable attire is advisable, especially if it can be easily removed or shifted.

  • Familiarize yourself with the tattooing process. Knowing what to expect can alleviate anxiety.

  • Abstain from alcohol for at least 24-48 hours before your appointment. Alcohol thins your blood, which can lead to increased bleeding and potentially impact the quality of the tattoo.

  • Limit your caffeine intake prior to the session, as it might heighten pain sensitivity.

  • Consult with your tattoo artist and healthcare provider about any medications you're on, as some can interfere with the tattooing process.

  • Prevent sunburn on the tattoo area and avoid applying lotions or creams on the day of your appointment to ensure optimal ink absorption.

  • Budget both time and money for your tattoo. High-quality tattoos can be costly and might require several sessions.

  • Maintain clear communication with your artist about your expectations and heed their advice for the best outcome.

  • Schedule downtime post-tattoo session to allow for rest and healing. Steer clear of strenuous activities and direct sunlight exposure on the tattooed area.

Post-care after your tattoo appointment

Receiving your ideal tattoo is just the beginning; the healing phase is extremely critical in determining its long-term appearance. Adequate aftercare is essential to maintain the tattoo's quality and ensure it looks as impressive years later as it did on the day you received it. Based on the tattoo's size and complexity, artists typically suggest either Dermalize or Dry Healing methods for the tattoo's healing process.

In this section, we'll walk you through both Dermalize and Dry Healing methods to help you ensure that your new artwork heals perfectly.

Dermalize Aftercare
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Dermalize Aftercare

After the first day
  • A day after your tattoo session, begin by cleaning your tattoo with distilled water. Allow it to dry for 5 minutes before applying Dermalize.

  • Ensure the skin is dry and sweat-free. Cut the Dermalize into smaller, round-edged pieces for easier application, with only a 1-inch margin around the tattoo to prevent rashes.

  • Be vigilant to avoid air bubbles, as they can cause fluid accumulation, redness, and infection.

During the first week
  • Clean the edges of the wrap with a 90% water and 10% antiseptic solution mix, using a cotton swab.

  • Dermalize is water-resistant, not waterproof. Avoid swimming and activities that cause excessive sweating for 7 days.

  • After 7 days, you can either remove the wrap in the shower or visit the studio for assistance.

tattoo aftercare

Dry Healing

Daily Care from Day 1 - Day 10
  • Clean your tattoo thrice daily with sterile or RO water.

  • Avoid applying any creams or moisturizers.

  • Stay away from chlorine water, beaches, and direct sunlight. Use loose full sleeves for sun protection.

  • Don’t use soap directly on the tattoo; wash it separately.

  • Let any scabs fall off naturally without peeling.

  • Avoid exercises and gym for the first two weeks.

  • After 7 days once the tattoo starts to peel, you can start applying tattoo aftercare products, like Aliens Stuff.

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