Treatment Care

A Note About Aftercare

It is extremely important to follow all aftercare instructions. Improper care of your tattoo can result in patchiness, scarring, ink fallout, and possibly infection. It is your responsibility to look after your tattoo. The studio will not be held responsible for any complications in the healing of your tattoo due to your own negligence. At any point if you have any questions or concerns, no matter how small, about your tattoo or the healing process, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us, either by telephone, email, messenger or come down to the shop. We want to make sure you have a piece of art you can enjoy for the rest of your life.

The following aftercare instructions outline directions that are suitable for most people. Your personal needs may be different. This could be due to skin issues or sensitivity, your immune system or any other factors. Discuss any medical concerns with your doctor before getting a tattoo. Artists and staff at the studio are happy to answer any questions or offer additional information regarding aftercare procedures. Caring for your new tattoo now will ensure it looks its best once it is healed for the future.

Tattoo Aftercare

Please Read: Tattoo Aftercare instructions

  • Your artist will place a clear wrap over your tattoo; leave this on for approximately 2 hours, unless advised by artist otherwise. This is designed to keep your tattoo safe until you are home or to a place where you can clean your tattoo properly. Do not leave the wrap on longer than necessary, or overnight.

  • For the first wash (when the plastic wrap comes off), gently rinse your tattoo with lukewarm water to remove any Vaseline, plasma or ink leakage. Allow the area to air dry. Do not rewrap your tattoo.

  • Going forward for the next 2- 3 weeks, follow a simple washing and moisturizing routine.

  • Gently wash your tattoo twice a day (this is a sufficient amount of times per day for most people) with unscented cleanser. Always wash your hands before handling your tattoo. Use light patting motions to cleanse. Never scrub or use anything abrasive such as washcloths or loofahs.

  • Once you have cleansed and rinsed the cleanser off your tattoo, gently pat dry with a clean piece of paper towel. Do not reuse paper towel. Do not use a regular towel, t-shirt, yesterday’s socks, or any old rag that’s lying around. If you prefer, allow the tattoo to air dry completely instead.

  • Once the area is dry, apply a thin layer of unscented lotion or balm. Do not glob on moisturizer. A thin layer is best. You do not want to have a thick layer of goop on your tattoo trapping in moisture or bacteria. Let it breathe!

  • Your tattoo may become itchy and start to flake, usually around the 2-4 day mark. During this stage of the healing process you may apply a thin layer of moisturizer or balm a few times throughout the day. This can help take the edge off the itch. While annoying it is part of the process and shouldn’t last too long. Extra cleansing during this time is not necessary. Continue with your regular twice daily cleansing.

  • DO NOT pick or scratch at your tattoo at any point. Doing so can cause scarring, patchy spots or introduce infection. Loose flakes and patches of skin are normal. Allow them to fall off on their own. They do not need any help. While unsightly, LEAVE IT ALONEIf it is itchy just SLAP IT!

  • Avoid tight or abrasive clothing during the healing process.

  • Avoid excessive sweating in the first few days after getting your tattoo, this can cause an environment where bacteria can thrive and possibly compromise the healing of your tattoo.

  • No soaking of any kind for 4-6 weeks after getting your tattoo. This includes but is not limited to lakes, oceans, pools, baths, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, streams, swimming holes, and creeks. You do not want your tattoo coming into contact with unnecessary moisture. These places also tend to have high concentrations of bacteria that can cause problems for your healing tattoo.

  • Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sun light or use tanning beds until it is fully healed. The Sun and tanning beds can age your tattoos faster than normal. Once healed, we HIGHLY recommend using sunscreen on your tattoo(s) (SPF 50 is ideal)

  • Following all of the above will leave you with an amazing work of art, happy skin, and most of all a very happy artist that will gladly have you back (if followed correctly)

  • We are pleased to offer cleanser and balm, available for purchase, at the studio. Our products have been custom formulated to promote healing without fragrances or dyes. A full list of ingredients is available at the studio. Protect your investment!

Cosmetic Tattoo Aftercare

Please Read: Cosmetic Tattoo Aftercare instructions

Eyebrows:

After care is crucial, it is very important to follow these instructions for the full 10 day healing period to ensure proper healing and color retention. Results will vary for all individuals and we can not guarantee your results.

    • Use a gentle cleanser (lather it up in your hands) and wash your brows morning and night everyday for 7-10 days or until the flaking has stopped.  
    • Make sure you blot the completely dry with a clean towel after washing.  Allow NO WATER to collect or sit in the brow area.  
    • Apply the ointment provided to your brows morning and night.   A very small amount (size of a piece of rice) to each brow with clean fingers.  
    • Oily skin types may be told to avoid ointment all together and allow a dry heal process for the 7-10 days. 

Eyeliner:

Please remember that like any cosmetic procedure this is a process. Do not expect immediate results and please be patient. It will be a few weeks before you can fully appreciate the final results.

You may experience minor swelling and redness after the procedure. You will also experience oozing and skin peeling (scabbing) during the first week. The color will look darker and the shape might be sharp.

After about a week, the color and edges will soften. While healing treated area will gently exfoliate and you will lose some color (20%-50%). This is a normal process.

Usually, the exfoliation (peeling) process occurs about 4-5 days and will be complete at about 7-10 days. At that point, the contrast between the initial intense color and the new lighter color may be such that you may be disappointed. Do not worry. It is normal you will receive a second pigment application in a few weeks. At that time shape and color will be adjusted to your liking.

The final result of the first treatment will be visible after 3-4 weeks when pigment will stabilize in the skin.

Outer healing completes in about 7-10 days for the eyes.

Inner healing completes in 1-2 months.

Lips:

  • Keep the area clean: Gently clean the tattooed lips with a mild, unscented cleanser and lukewarm water. Pat them dry with a clean towel or tissue.
  • Apply a healing ointment: Use a thin layer of recommended aftercare ointment, such as petroleum jelly or a specialized tattoo balm, to keep the lips moisturized. Avoid applying too much ointment, as it can suffocate the skin.
  • Avoid touching or picking: Refrain from touching, scratching, or peeling the tattooed area. Allow the scabs to naturally form and fall off on their own.
  • Protect from sun exposure: Shield your lips from direct sunlight and UV rays by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. Sun exposure can fade the pigment and increase the risk of complications.
  • Avoid wetting the lips excessively: Minimize water contact on the tattooed area, especially during the first few days. When drinking, use a straw to prevent direct contact with liquids.
  • Avoid certain activities: Refrain from activities that may cause excessive sweating, such as intense workouts or sauna sessions, as sweat can affect the healing process.
  • Be mindful of what you eat: Avoid consuming hot, spicy, or acidic foods and beverages during the initial healing stage, as they can irritate the tattooed area.
  • Follow the artist’s instructions: Every artist may have specific aftercare instructions tailored to their technique. It’s essential to follow their advice and ask any questions you may have.

Inkless Stretchmark Revision Care

Please Read: Inkless Stretchmark Tattoo instructions

PREPARING FOR YOUR TREATMENT:

  • Read aftercare instructions and complete the Consent & Intake form we emailed you. If you cannot locate it, please call the studio so we can resend it. 
  • One week prior, please discontinue taking magnesium, fish oil, vitamin E, and any other natural blood thinners “unless” prescribed by your doctor.
  • No aspirin, ibuprofen 2 days prior 
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine 24 hrs before the appointment
  • Drink plenty of water and come hydrated
  • Do not wear serums, toners, creams, or other products on the morning of your procedure
  • Please shower and gently exfoliate the area(s) to be treated the morning of your procedure.
  • Wear very loose clothes on the day of treatment (No leggings, sports bras, tight clothing)

 

AFTERCARE

FIRST 48 HRS

  • Do not wet treated areas or shower 12 hrs post-procedure.
  • No Advil, Ibuprofen or anti-inflammatories (unless prescribed by Dr)
  • No Alcohol consumption
  • Do not wear tight clothing for the first 3 days
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing for three days
  • Day 1 and Day 2 (day of treatment and following day) apply CeraVe or Aquaphor 2X’s a day with clean hands. (Do not apply Neosporin)  
  • Avoid Sweating for at least six days (No gym, no working out, etc.)
  • Avoid tanning, beach, pool, jacuzzis, etc., for 14 days
  • No direct sun exposure for no at least 30 days *exposure can result in permanent darkening of scars

DAY 3 THROUGH WEEK 8

  • Wash treated area(s) daily using an antibacterial, fragrance-free cleanser such as Dial, Dove, or Cetaphil. Wash gently with clean fingertips, Do NOT scrub. Pat dry with a clean towel when finished. 
  • Day 3 Start applying the aftercare oil we provided. Do this at least 2 or 3 times a day. (if allergic to any natural or essential oils, please let us know)
  • Do not apply any other ointments, creams,  moisturizers,  Retinols. Vitamin C, Chemical peels, etc. on treatment area(s)
  • After the 30 days make sure to apply sunblock when exposed to the sun.

WEEK 4 – PM us a picture of the treated areas and your full name so we can monitor your healing progress.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING HEALING:

  • Area will be red, swollen, and perhaps even a little tender to the touch. This is normal and will subside over the first week.
  • In the next 4-6 weeks, as your skin heals, your scars will go from a bright red to a dark red and a brown color until they eventually return to normal.
  • The healing process is different for everyone. Typically 4 to 8 weeks; however, some skin tones are prone to hyper-pigmentation and can take up to 3 months to fully heal.
  • At least two and up to 5 sessions may be needed for optimal results. 
  • This treatment aids in improving the texture and color tone of your scars and stretch marks anywhere from 30-80%.  This treatment, as with others, including laser treatments, cannot completely disappear your scars.
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During the healing, IF you experience increased pain or develop a fever, please notify us immediately and see a doctor to ensure it is not an infection or allergic reaction. 

Scar/Stretch Mark Camouflage Care

Please Read: Inkless Stretchmark Tattoo instructions

SKIN CAMOUFLAGE for Scars, Stretch Marks, Vitiligo & Other Skin Discolorations

 

If you Schedule a Camouflage session you will also receive more information for Before & Aftercare separately to make it a little easier to navigate. This is just a breakdown of all the information so you can take a once-over.

 

PRE-CARE Before your Appointment

  • Exfoliate 3 days to a week before to get rid of any dead skin cells on your body Shave/wax areas, no laser treatments at least 4-6 weeks before working on the treated area
  • No tanning a week or 2 prior. Please make sure your skin is not tanned so that we can Match your correct skin tone.
  • Try and have no alcohol a couple of days before & NO blood thinners 3 days before your appointment
  • Wear loose clothes the day of the appointment; the areas treated will be slightly tender.
  • Please eat a healthy, well-balanced meal before we meet and drink lots of water.
  • No lotion, oils, or sweat on the skin.
  • No Antibiotics= Being on antibiotics 20 days before treatment and 40 days after the treatment can slow down the healing process
  • No Intense Working out= Weight lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided at least 2-3 days before your session. Putting strain on your muscles can cause swelling and soreness, which may heighten the sensation of the tattoo and increase healing time. It can also cause your skin to stretch slightly, resulting in your tattoo being distorted when your skin returns to normal. ***Just a reminder: Pain receptors are heightened if you’re menstruating, so please plan accordingly for procedure dates to avoid added discomfort. This goes the same if you have had a Covid Shot or Booster in the past 30 days***

 

DURING Your Skin Camouflage Appointment

  • We will use a numbing cream, so you should feel little to no pain,
  • We will make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your treatments. Some people actually fall asleep during their sessions!
  • The Color: We will evaluate your skin color at the beginning of each session and custom blend a color to match your skin tone. Or, if it’s a dark scar, we will start the lightning process before going into the color matching.
  • During each appointment, Using an electric machine with a fine precision needle, a layer of pigment is added to the skin. This will be done until completely camouflaged and the skin tone matches.
  • You will be given aftercare & instructions on how to properly care for your “Nude Tattoo”

POST-CARE Aftercare Instructions for a Quicker Healing Time

It’s a good idea to get familiar with how to take care of your medical tattoo (micropigmentation) after your procedure! Take a look at the aftercare so you can prepare yourself for what’s to come after your session.

 

Basic Information

  • Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your procedure area(s) to avoid infection.
  • Do not shower for 24 hours if possible. if showering in the first 24 hrs keep the area treated as dry as possible
  • First 3 days, cold compress the areas at least 3x daily for 10 minutes or as needed to reduce swelling. NO ICE just use a cold compress or ice-cold water.
  • If the treatment area is left uncovered, apply a thin layer of Aquafor (or something similar) 2-3 times daily with a gloved or cleaned hand or clean Q-tip for the first 3 days. We will supply you with aftercare to use in the first few days.
  • If uncovered, gentle soap can be used if needed. Pat dry only.

Things to Avoid After your Session

  • Do not submerge the treatment area in water for at least 7 days. This includes baths, pools, hot tubs, etc
  • Avoid heavy exercise for 3 days as excessive sweating can pull the pigment out. Keep a towel handy to pat dry the area while healing in the first 2 weeks when working out. Try to gently wipe off sweat as soon as possible.
  • Avoid harsh soaps, ointments, and lotions (other than those noted above) on the affected area for the first 7 days. Also, DO NOT use Neosporin or Bacitracin, antibiotic creams. They will pull the pigment out.
  • DO NOT pick at the newly forming scabs as your procedure heals! DO NOT scrub, rub, or any form of picking at the epithelial crust that forms. Instead, allow it to flake off by itself. Doing so will pull the pigment out! This is extremely important.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun. It is imperative that you do not expose your re-pigmented skin to direct sunlight, tanning booths, or any products which increase melanin (what gives your skin its color). After 10 days, wear sunscreen daily to maintain the integrity of the pigments.
  • Avoid makeup of any kind on your medical tattoo for 7 days following your procedure.
  • After 14 days, if you laser, you need to be sure the laser professional know your ink has Titanium Dioxide in it, as the laser treatment can affect the pigment.

Please Remember – This is NORMAL



  • Stretchmark/scars will be dark during the healing process. Please don’t panic. This can last up to 60-90 days until your skin is fully healed to its new fabulous skin tone! The process of Hyperchromia can be a natural part of the healing process. Though it can happen at any time during the healing stage it tends to be around the 2-3 week mark.
  • Slight swelling, itching, scabbing, light bruising, and dry tightness one week after the procedure.
  • Very dark and slightly uneven appearance.
  • Color change or color loss. As the scars & stretch mark area heals, the ink may turn red, then pink, then brown, or purple. Again…This is normal
  • The procedure area has to be completely healed before addressing any concerns. This takes at least two months (or 45-60 days) but could possibly take longer depending on your skin. Although we can get you in for your touch-up sessions sooner than that just remember final healing time takes at least 45-60 days after the last session.
  • Failure to follow aftercare instructions may result in infections, pigment loss, or discoloration.

*If you experience any of the following symptoms, please immediately contact your health care provider: worsening redness or tenderness, warmth, drainage, fever, or rash. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the studio.

Piercings Aftercare

Please Read: Piercings Aftercare

Recommended Cleaning Supplies:

Sterile Saline labelled for Wound Wash ; saline ingredients should list .09% sodium chloride as the only ingredient

Non- Woven Gauze

Cotton Swabs ( cotton swabs should never be applied dry to your piercing )

Paper Towel

Never use Contact lens saline, eye drops and other saline products . Please avoid mixing your own Saline Solution it usually results in too strong / salty of a mix interfering with healing

Cleaning

Wash your hands thoroughly before cleaning or touching your piercing; leave the piercing alone except while cleaning.

Warm water or Sterile Saline rinse 2-3 times a day. For more direct cleaning you may gently apply a saturated  Cotton Swab or Non- Woven Gauze with Warm Water or Sterile Saline to the piercing and a gentle rinse to remove residue. Please avoid rotating or moving the jewelry as it is not needed during cleaning.

Dry by gently patting with clean paper towel; please do not use cloth towels as they present a snag risk and may harbour bacteria.

Things to avoid:

Over cleaning, this can irritate your piercing and delay healing.

Avoid submerging your piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as hot tubs, oceans, lakes and swimming pools. You can protect the piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage available at most drugstores. By allowing the fresh piercing to soak you’re allowing foreign bacteria into your body which can irritate the piercing and increase the risk of infection.

Avoid using make ups, removers, scrubs/lotions and sprays on or around the piercing.

Avoid cleaning with Bactine, Alcohol, Ear Piercing Cleaners, Hydrogen Peroxide, Iodine and products containing Benzalkonium Chloride. Many of these products are too harsh causing irritation and not intended for long term wound care.

Avoid Ointments such as Polysporin as they can suffocate your healing piercing.

Avoid using Essential Oils such as Tea Tree oil they can cause irritation and be very drying  leading the skin to be more susceptible to  cracking and scarring.

If you wouldn’t put it in your eyes don’t use it on your piercing.

Be careful of Hair and Hair products near your new piercing. Hair can wrap around your piercing and can/will pull the jewelry when the hair moves. Hair products such as hairspray and hair dyes can lead to irritation . Cover your piercing and then spray if you are going to use any products and it is highly recommended to cover the piercing completely if you’re going to dye. Advise your stylist that you have piercings when applicable.

Avoid sleeping directly on your piercing, especially cartilage piercings. Sleeping on a cartilage piercing can cause irritation and even angle changes . Try using a travel pillow to avoid sleeping on your piercing .

With any piercing maintain clean bedding, clothing and remember to clean your phone, hats, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, safety wear and anything else that may come in contact with the pierced area.

Please feel free at any moment to contact the piercer or the shop about your piercing,  there is no such thing as a dumb question! Please do not take the advice of your friends without first consulting a professional.

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