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Make sure you take good care of your skin after you are tattooed. Your artist will give you aftercare instructions both verbally, and on a piece of paper for you to take home with you. It is important that you listen and follow the instructions you are given. From this point on, it is your responsibility to make sure that you take care of your tattoo. The artist is not to be blamed if you get an infection because you did not follow directions.
Tattoos are supposed to be permanent. Thus, be sure to decide whatever picture or design you want, since it will be present for the rest of your life.
Follow the tattooist`s instructions and recommendations. Keep the area clean and moisturized to help your skin heal faster and to reduce the chance of scarring or infection. If you experience any signs of infection, contact your health care practitioner immediately. A beautifully done tattoo can be ruined simply by not caring for it properly. Follow these guidelines, and you will have a work of art you can be proud.
Listen to your artists aftercare instructions. They know more about your specific needs.
No matter how tempted you are to show off your new tattoo, leave the bandage on for at least 3 hours.
Wash your tattoo with mild soap twice daily using only your hand.
After washing your tattoo, pat it dry with an unused towel or paper towel.
For the first 3 days, apply anti-bacterial ointment very lightly after washing.
After the third day, you can start applying lotion to your tattoo after washing.
If your tattoo itches, do not scratch it! Instead, slap it to make the itch go away.
Your tattoo may start to peel. Do not pick at it but let it peel by itself and apply lotion to keep it moist.
Once it is healed apply sun block before spending an extended time outside.
You may want to have it touched up every few years to keep it looking new and vibrant.
Points to Remember
Removing tattoos is painful and expensive. Moreover, tattoos do not always come off. Attempts to remove them may result in scarring, skin thickening, discoloration, or other problems.
Be sure you are not allergic to any tattoo inks or dyes. If you are, your body could react adversely to them.
You cannot donate blood for a year after getting a tattoo.