TATTOO REMOVAL AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS


Pikes Peak Tattoo & Piercing® Colorado Springs, CO

Circle Dr. (719) 632-5300

 

The tattoo removal area has been covered with a protective ointment and bandage. The purpose of this is to lessen the discharge of blood and plasma, and to provide protection of the procedure area.

We recommend that you leave the bandage on your tattoo removal a minimum of 6 hours, but it can be left on overnight. Be sure to clean it well after removing the bandage.

 

 

It is best to lightly soak your bandage with warm water while removing. This will prevent the bandage from sticking to your skin. After removing your bandage wash your tattoo with warm soapy water, using only your fingertips. You will want to wash away all of the protective ointment, and all of the blood/plasma on the surface of your skin. Most soaps work well, but we have found that Dawn Liquid Dishwashing Soap works the best.

Make sure to rinse and dry your removal thoroughly. Once dry, check to make sure that there are not any 'shiny areas' on your skin. If there are make sure to re-wash to remove this build up of dried plasma. Taking the time to do this after washing will prevent the formation of a scab. Avoid direct shower spray on your new tattoo during the healing process. The cleansing of your tattoo should be performed 2-3 times daily until healed. (Average initial healing time is 14-21 days, but may be longer)

DO NOT REBANDAGE!

Curél Lotion (Original or Unscented), Aquaphor, Euricin or any fragrant free, dye-free glycerin based lotions seem to be the best products available for aftercare use. The lotions should be applied with clean hands at least twice a day, especially after each washing.

Do not let your tattoo removal dry out, and do not over apply the Lotion. We have found that because the above mentioned lotions are glycerin based, they allow the removed tattoos to “breathe” and heal much faster than other lotions.

Any mineral oil based product clogs the skin's pores and does not allow the skin to “breathe” effectively. If you chose to use Bag Balm, it should be rubbed into the skin, and then after a few minutes it should all be wiped off (using a damp towel works best). Bag Balm seems to require less applications per day, but should be checked throughout the day for dryness. Should you experience any problems using these products, please contact us.

Exposure to Sunlight and Artificial UV Rays may cause excessive scarring!

To keep your skin more even looking after the area is healed it is best to keep it out of the sun. At the very least, apply a sun block with a minimum sun protection factor of “SPF 15” 1/2 hour before exposure and several times throughout the day.

Your tattoo was removed professionally with sterile equipment, and if you will conscientiously attend to the aftercare, problems with healing will be minimized.

Here are some things to avoid during the first two (2) weeks:

  • DO NOT… expose to sunlight and/or ultraviolet (UV) rays
    (See statement above for more information regarding future sunlight and/or ultraviolet exposure)
  • DO NOT… soak in water (i.e.: Hot Tub, Bathtub, Pools, Sauna, etc.)
  • DO NOT… expose to excessive wind (Avoid 'Wind Burn')
  • DO NOT… allow elastic from undergarments to come into contact with the area (This includes direct contact with pantyhose)
  • DO NOT… shave over the area until it is fully healed
  • DO NOT… pick or scratch at any scaling or peeling that may occur (This can cause excessive scarring)

We like to recommend that during the healing process eat a nutritious diet and if you wish to take a vitamin/mineral supplement. We have found that it does help your body to heal itself more quickly. Never touch the area with dirty hands!

During the healing you will notice redness near the removal area. You will also notice that a scab will form over the removal site. Make sure not to ‘pick’ at the scab. Let it fall off on its own. Should you have any concerns be sure to contact us.

Please understand that any additional procedures will be done at your own expense after the area is completely healed. This can sometimes take a month or longer.

Most problems with healing are caused by:

  • Removing your bandage too soon. (Leave the bandage on for at least two hours)
  • Not cleansing the area properly. (Wash & rinse well! Avoid Direct Shower Spray)
  • Using lotions or ointments that we have not recommended.
  • Applying improper amounts of lotion. (Keep it 'moisturized', not dry and not greasy. It is not necessary to apply directly to the area that forms a scab)
  • Picking at the scab that forms. Let if fall off by itself.
  • Exposure to sunlight, UV rays and /or wind.
  • Soaking in a hot tub, swimming pool, bathtub or sauna.

If you follow the above guidelines the area will heal somewhat like a bad sunburn, with the scab that forms falling off after approximately one week. If you experience extreme drying of the area, small amounts of petroleum jelly (plain Vaseline) can be applied sparingly around the edges. Sometimes it will fall off sooner, sometimes it takes longer. Just don’t pick at it!.

If you experience any problems while healing and you wish to consult with a physician please contact us first. We feel we can best handle any initial inquires you might have. We will be happy to help you in any way we can. However, please understand that we are not physicians; rather we will offer suggestions based upon our many years of experience in healing tattoos.

Thank You!

 

(Revised 8/2014) *A Division of Yates Enterprises, Inc.©2005

 

 

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