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There are lots of different ideas and methods for how to look after a new or fresh tattoo, but this is a relatively simple one that I have found works for my clients and me. The very simple overview is to keep it wrapped in cling film until the following morning, but give it a wash and a new wrapper once or twice. More detailed aftercare instructions are as follows:
- Remove the dressing once or twice (teatime and bedtime for morning appointments or just bedtime/late evening for afternoon appointments) and wash really well with anti-bacterial soap and hot water (to remove the slimy layer that will have formed), then give it a cold rinse.
- Let it dry for a few minutes and then apply a new cling film bandage straight away (no cream).
- In the morning remove the dressing and wash it really well again, allow it to air dry and leave it alone until the evening/tea time and then apply a very thin layer of cream. Lightly wash your tattoo every day and apply a thin layer of cream 1-2 times a day for 1-5 days.
- Recommended creams are A&D Ointment or any specialised tattoo aftercare cream (for example, tattoo goo, hustle butter, etc).
- Sometimes it is inevitable you lose a little colour from your tattoo so come back when it is fully healed (3-4 weeks) for a free touch-up (only available for 3 months after your appointment, after that it is no longer free).
- Do not take the cover off too soon and definitely don’t take it off without giving it a really good wash.
- Do not pick or scratch any scabs that may form on your tattoo.
- Do not touch your new tattoo with dirty hands. Avoid using a sunbed, sauna, swimming pool, or sunbathing whilst your tattoo is healing (always sunblock tattoos to keep them looking good). Also do not allow the tattoo to become so wet that the scab softens.
- Only use the recommended creams; a thin layer is enough. Do not use Vaseline or Savlon.
- I understand that tattoos are permanent and that no form of anaesthetic will be used. I understand that every care will be taken to ensure that the tattoo is done hygienically, including the use of pre-sterilised single-use needles. Associated risks include scarring, allergic reactions, infections, colour dropouts and localised swelling/trauma. These risks are almost always temporary and are minimised by the efforts that we take and by good aftercare.
- I understand that Matt Hunt cannot accept responsibility for poor aftercare, fainting or dizziness, or poor choice of design.
- I am not pregnant or under the influence of any drugs, including alcohol.
- Please tell us if you have any of the following medical conditions: Asthma, Diabetes, heart conditions, seizures (e.g. epilepsy), haemophilia, hepatitis, HIV, or high blood pressure.
- I do not currently have COVID nor does anyone in my household.