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Proper care of your new tattoo during the healing process is
Remove bandages after one to two hours then gently cleanse
tattoo with warm, soapy water. If bandaging is stuck to the
tattoo, due to blood drying from the tattoo, do not rip the
bandage off. Soaking the bandage in water will allow for easy
removal; then proceed to cleanse the tattoo. Pat the tattoo dry,
then apply a thin coat of bacitracin, constantly checking the
tattoo, and keeping it covered with a thin coating of bacitracin
as needed until completely healed (approximately 7 - 10 days).
not re-bandage the tattoo. Your tattoo needs air to heal, but
must not be allowed to dry out, or to soak in water, until
healed. When showering, apply a heavier coat of bacitracin; this
will allow the water to bead up and roll off the tattoo, washing
around the tattoo area. Remove the excess bacitracin after
showering. If the tattoo is allowed to dry out, or to soak in
water, a scab will form and color will be lost in the scab.
If you find you must cover the tattoo while it is healing, due
to clothing, work, etc., use a gauze bandage, which will allow
air to pass through.
If properly cared for while healing, your tattoo will not form a
scab. However, a thin film will form which will flake off; much
as a sunburn will flake or peel away when healing. The result
will be a tattoo which looks as good and as vibrant as when it
was first done.
If your tattoo becomes red and irritated, or forms a rash while
healing, you may be allergic to bacitracin. If this occurs,
discontinue using bacitracin, gently cleanse the tattoo removing
all the bacitracin and use A & D ointment instead. However, we
recommend using bacitracin, if possible, as it is an antibiotic
and will facilitate the healing process, and keep the tattoo
from drying out.
Thank you for choosing this studio to do your tattoo work. Enjoy
your new tattoo!!! It's a Masterpiece!
Body Piercing Care (Click to jump
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New piercings should be cleaned thoroughly twice a day.
Always wash hands prior to cleaning your piercing and DO NOT
touch piercing unless cleaning.
Using Q-tips or cleaned hands, lather up a small amount of
anti-bacterial or anti-microbial soap first, such as DIAL or
DIAL COMPLETE for sensitive skins, and clean your piercing
thoroughly. Apply the lather with a Q-tip to your fresh
piercing and rinse completely under running water to ensure
all soap residue is removed. *you may also use an Ear
Care/Saline Solution on facial piercings instead of soaps to
protect sensitive skins*
In addition to your regular cleanings, SEA SALT or SALINE
soaks will greatly increase your healing time of your new
piercing. SEA SALT/SALINE soaks aid in healing by helping to
draw out infections as well as regenerate new tissue in a
healing piercing. Mix 1/4 tspn. of iodine free SEA SALT to
8oz. of warm distilled or bottled water. For some piercings
you can invert a small cup (a shot glass or Dixie cup will
work well) of the solution over the area to form a vacuum
and soak for 10-15 minutes. For other piercings, a compress
using a gauze pad will work more effectively.
Immediately after any oral piercings, allow small pieces of
ice to dissolve in the mouth as frequently as possible for
the next 3-4 days. This will help reduce swelling as well as
aid in pain relief.
For the next 2-3 weeks, following your new oral piercing,
you must rinse your mouth 4-5 times daily with a cleaning
solution for 30-60 seconds after meals and at bedtime. It is
recommended that you use an alcohol free mouthwash such as
BIOTENE or TOM’S of MAINE. To keep your piercing clean and
free of infection, you must rinse with the solution after
eating, drinking (anything other than bottled water) or
You may alternate your cleanings with warm SEA SALT water.
(mix 1/4 tspn. of iodine free sea salt into one cup (8oz.)
warm distilled or bottled water.) This may be used in
conjunction with mouthwash, but not as a substitute for.
for External / Oral Piercings
Labret, Lip, Monroe, Cheek, etc.]
Follow Basic & Oral Aftercare
Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, redness,
tenderness, or bruising.
During Healing: some discoloration, itching and secretion of
whitish-yellowish fluid (not puss) that will form some crust
on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as
As Piercings Heal: piercings heal from the outside in, and
your piercing may appear to be healed when it is not. The
tissue on the inside is still very fragile. Be patient and
continue your cleaning regiment throughout the healing
Once Healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the
piercing; do not force it. Wet with warm water to loosen.
Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after
being removed. This varies from person to person; retainers
are available if you need to remove your jewelry for any
If you do not include cleaning your healed piercings as part
of your daily hygiene, normal but smelly bodily secretions
DO NOT TOUCH your piercing, except when cleaning. Wash
hands prior to doing so with an anti-bacterial or
The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for
your piercing to heal. Proper diet and sleep are always
helpful to a good immune system and exercise is fine,
just “listen” to your body.
Make sure bedding is kept clean and changed regularly.
Wear clean, comfortable clothing that does not irritate
Playing with the jewelry, friction from restrictive
clothing, excessively vigorous cleaning can cause the
formation of scar tissue, migration, or prolonged
healing of the piercing.
DO NOT use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Bactine, or
ointments of any kind on the piercing.
Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around
the piercing, ie: cosmetics, lotions, etc.
Avoid swimming or soaking in pools, spas, ponds, public
lakes and oceans during your healing. If you must, use a
Tegaderm patch to cover the piercing. (can be purchased
@ CVS or Walgreens)
You may take Advil or Motrin, since they are great anti-inflammatories
and may help to reduce swelling and discomfort from
Maintain good oral hygiene
Gently brush your teeth, tongue and jewelry. Once
healed, brush jewelry more thoroughly to avoid plaque
Avoid aspirin, alcohol and large amounts of caffeine
DO NOT use peroxide, alcohol or any ointments on your
DO NOT listen to friends and family when it comes to
body piercing aftercare. Call us if you suspect an
infection or have any questions regarding the aftercare
or condition of your new piercing. Remember that there
are no “stupid” questions. The only dumb questions are
the ones you do not ask.
Body piercing healing times vary, and depend on various factors
such as diet, lifestyle, immune system and irritation to the
piercing during its healing. The following list is only an
approximation and is only intended as a guideline . We can not
give any guarantees or exact times on a piercings healing time
or a safe changing time of your jewelry.
Approx. Heal Time
Approx. Change Time Time
Lobes: 1 -2 months
Navel: 4 -9 months (up to 1 year)
Cartilage: 2 months
Tragus: 2-4 months
Industrial: 4 -6 months
Lip: 2 months
Labret: 2 months
Monroe: 2 months
Medusa: 2 months
Tongue: 1 month
Eyebrow: 1-2 months
Nostril: 3-4 months
Septum: 2 months
Nipple: ♂ 2-4 months
Nipple: ♀ 3-6 months
4 -6 months (4 months @ earliest)
The purpose of cleaning a fresh piercing is to remove any dead
cells and discharge excreted by your body, as well as any
external dirt and bacteria picked up during the day. You are not
treating the wound with medicine or making it heal, but rather
keeping the area clean while your body is healing itself. Basic
hygiene and common sense, with particular attention to the
specific area, is all that is required. You are responsible for
your healing. Pay attention to your body. It will tell you if
you are doing something wrong.