You’ve finally got that tattoo from tktx next day you’ve been dreaming of getting, and now it’s time to take care of it. Getting a new tattoo is an exciting experience, but it can also be stressful. There are so many questions: “What should I eat? What type of lotion should I use?” That’s why we’re here to help! This blog post will go over some tips and tricks for pre-and post-care that will help your tattoo heal quickly and beautifully.
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Pre and Post Care
Pre tattoo care includes a lot of the same things you would do before a surgery. That’s right, and it is that important! Remember, this procedure leaves permanent changes to your skin, so it should be treated with care.
When getting a new tattoo, the first thing we recommend is taking an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or aspirin for pain relief and swelling. It will also decrease bruising if any occurs after the needle penetrates into the dermis layer of our skin where the ink resides.
We know what you’re going through: “But my guy/gal told me nothing about prepping!” Don’t worry, there are ways around this, whether they didn’t mention anything because they were too busy focusing on everything else or they forgot (which happens more often than not).
Also, make sure to wash your hands before you touch the tattoo; we understand that it’s tempting to feel and examine it but avoid this for a little while.
After getting inked, what should I do?
First: Make sure the skin is clean and dry when applying ointment or lotion (if needed). Our tattoos can last up to one week without needing extra care, so make sure not to overdo anything right away.
Second: When washing your new tattoo, use lukewarm water with NO SOAP! This means no antibacterial soap like Dial, Irish Spring, Zest, etc… these types of bar soaps leave behind chemicals that will irritate any open wound we have just created by having our ink put into us. Let that sink in again. “NO SOAP!” You can use a gentle body wash or something mild, but soap is not your friend.
Third: Don’t pick the scabs! It’s natural for them to form after getting tattooed, and it will happen whether you like it or not. So don’t try picking at it because all that does is irritate the skin more by pulling out vital blood supply, which forms those scabs faster than typical causing infection, scarring, etc.
If this happens, call us ASAP so we can help speed up the healing process before things get worse. Oh yeah, one last thing… no swimming until fully healed, please, or else water may enter through open wounds causing infections as well! We hope these tips are helpful when caring for your new tattoo.
Pre tattoo care also includes what we eat and drink. For example, some people think eating nothing but junk food right after getting inked is an excellent idea; it’s not! First off, as soon as you get a tattoo, your body starts to heal itself by forming scabs which are like natural bandages for our new piece of art.
Suppose we continue putting unhealthy foods into the body. In that case, that will only cause unnecessary stress on this process slowing down healing time or causing complications such as infections due to bacteria entering through open wounds.
That means avoid greasy and processed foods and opt for healthier choices: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc… Another thing to note about diet would be caffeine intake because research has shown how coffee speeds up the production of cortisol levels (the stress hormone). This can possibly cause more bleeding and a longer healing time.
You can also use numbing creams like lidocaine or benzyl alcohol before getting tattooed to make the experience less painful. However, if you are allergic to any of these ingredients, then it’s best not to use them because they can cause irritation on your skin which may delay healing time, mainly when used after getting inked.
Also, remember that tattoos need love like every other living thing, so take care of yourself, and it will last for a long time! If done right pre-and post-care should only add one week to your complete recovery process compared to those who do nothing at all – just imagine how much money we could have saved from not having our clients spend extra cash on ointments, lotions, etc.