PROCEDURE – TATTOO
Approximate healing time: 2 to 4 weeks
Supplies Needed: Lotion free of dyes and scents (i.e. H2Ocean, Lubriderm, etc.)
Keep your new tattoo bandaged for a minimum of one hour, then carefully remove bandage and wash entire area with cool water.
Pat the area dry, and apply a very small amount of lotion. Continue to repeat this step 2 to 4 times daily for the first week.
Avoid direct sunlight, salt, chlorinated water, or hot tubs until your tattoo is completely healed.
If scabbing occurs, do not pick or scrub the scabs. Apply lotion to minimize “flaking”.
PROCEDURE – PIERCING
Approximate healing time:
- Lip/Labret – 2 to 6 months
- Nostril or Eyebrow – 2 to 3 months
- Earlobe – 4 to 6 weeks
- Cartilage – 3 to 12 months
- Tongue – 1 to 2 months
- Genital – 1 to 12 months
Always wash your hands before handling your new piercing.
Everyday, use warm water and a cotton swab to remove any matter that may have dried on the piercing.
Spray piercing (both sides) with antiseptic solution (H2Ocean, saline wound wash, etc.)
For lip/labret or tongue piercings, a non-alcoholic antiseptic mouthwash (H2Ocean), saline wound wash, or sea salt solution (1/8 tsp of sea salt and 8oz. of warm water).
All oral piercings require the mouth to be rinsed for 30-60 seconds, 4-6 times a day. This should be continued for the first 6 to 8 weeks.
Genital piercings usually heal without difficulty, however problems can arise when proper aftercare isn’t completed or by becoming too rough, too soon with the pierced area.
Avoid oral contact with piercings for at least three months, and the use of appropriate barriers for sexual contact is highly recommended.