You have been given a tegaderm bandage for your new tattoo. The purpose of this bandage is to help keep your new tattoo looking fresh and reduces- if not at times completely eliminates- scabbing.
It is waterproof and can be worn to help prevent infection.
This bandage needs to be worn for seven days- and no longer.
After 24 hours you may notice fluids in the bandage. This is totally normal- don’t worry.
If the fluids leak out of the bandage- you will need a new one
if you do not have more tegaderm- you will need to take it off completely.
You may have been provided with an extra bandage-as some tattoos require multiple changes. Feel free to contact me if you need a new bandage change and/or are unsure of how to apply the bandage and we can arrange a time for you to come to the studio and get another one put on.
If the tattoo underneath the bandage has dried or started to scab- DO NOT put the new tegaderm piece on and instead- wash with Dial Antibacterial hand soap (Gold) and keep it moisturized while the scabs take their course. Replacing the tegaderm on scabbing tattoos and dry skin can ruin the tattoo completely so make sure not to put it on if you see scabby parts of the tattoo.
When replacing the tegaderm bandage- wash all plasma, blood and ink first and pat dry with a paper towel. With clean hands- put the new tegaderm over the tattoo. Do not wear for more than 7 days from the day you got the tattoo!
(For example- if you got the tattoo on a Sunday- regardless of how many bandage changes you had to do- you should not wear the tattoo after the following Sunday.)
Keep this bandage on for 1-3 hours. Do not exceed 3 hours!
Remove bandage and wash with warm water and unscented Dial Anti-bacterial hand soap (Gold). Pat your new tattoo dry with a paper towel. Do not use cloth or terry cloth towels to dry your tattoo as these materials can harbor bacteria and could potentially cause an infection. Make sure you avoid getting any dirt or pet dander in your new tattoo.
For the next few days your tattoo will peel and scab. The best way to make this as painless and easy as possible is to keep it moisturized with coconut oil or Vitamin E oil. Try not to cake on the moisturizer as this could overwhelm the area with moisture and damage the tattoo.
Please send healed pictures when you are able to!
If you have any further questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org