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  • May be tender, itchy, or bruised for a few weeks.

  • May bleed a little for the first few days.

  • May be slightly red. Redness may persist on and off for the entire healing period. May secrete a whitish-yellowish fluid, which may crust on the jewelry. This is lymph discharge and will stop when the piercing is healed.

  • May be swollen. An ice pack wrapped in a clean disposable paper towel and applied to the swollen area will alleviate the swelling. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, Aleve, or Motrin may also help reduce swelling.

  • May need to be checked periodically to ensure threaded jewelry is still tight. Threaded jewelry is like anything else, "righty tighty, lefty loosey." Make sure you wash your hands before touching your jewelry


  1. After 1 hour, gently remove the bandage and wash the tattooed area with warm water and mild soap, such as Dial Foam. Avoid re-bandaging unless you are using a second skin bandage, in which case, follow the artist's instructions regarding when to remove the bandage before proceeding to the next steps.

  2. Once the bandage is removed and your hands and the tattooed area are clean, apply a thin film of Aquaphor 2-3 times daily for the next 3 days. Remember to use clean hands only. After 3 days, switch to a non-scented lotion until the skin returns to its pre-tattooed condition. Apply a thin layer to avoid suffocating the skin, which can cause irritation.

  3. Avoid sunlight and tanning booths until the tattoo is fully healed, which typically takes at least 4 weeks.

  4. During the healing process (at least 1 month), do not soak the tattoo in a tub, sauna, jacuzzi, or salt water, and refrain from swimming. Showers are acceptable.

  5. Keep animals away from the tattooed area until it is fully healed.

  6. Do not rub, pick, or scratch the treated area while it is healing, as it may result in loss of color and/or infection.

  7. Prolonged sun exposure can cause your tattoo to fade over time. Minimize this by using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 25.

  8. Your tattoo should heal within 2-4 weeks. Consult your physician if you experience any signs or symptoms of infection, such as redness, swelling, tenderness at the procedure site, red streaks extending from the procedure site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or pus-like drainage from the procedure site.

  9. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us directly.

Note: This instruction form is provided as a general guideline. Please follow the advice and instructions given to you by your tattoo artist, as they may have specific recommendations tailored to your tattoo and individual needs.

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