When receiving a saniderm bandage the best thing to do is to leave it alone and make sure that the edges don't peel up too far to where the tattoo is exposed.
We recommend that you leave the bandage on for 4 days. no more no less. next thing to do, which can be difficult to remove sometimes but just take your time and remove the bandage and then wash the tattooed area with an antibacterial soap. either it be liquid antibacterial or a bar of antibacterial soap. use that to clean the area effectively. make sure that there isn't residue of any kind left on the tattooed skin. after the wash, make sure you use a paper towel to dab the area dry. do not use a fabric towel or anything of that kind as it could lead to an infection in the tattooed area of the skin. then leave the area alone. after some time when the tattoo starts to feel tight and dry you want to apply a fragrance free lotion to the tattooed area. just enough to get into the skin as you do not want to over hydrate the skin. then keep clean and hydrated as needed until the tattoo is fully healed. yes the saniderm will do the majority of the work but just to be safe. please continue theses steps of cleanliness and hydration to make sure that your tattoo heals the best it can so it can look the best it can.
With Saran Wrap Bandage
Now you have a fresh new tattoo and you want to take good care of it! From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problem you may have with your tattoo if you don’t take proper care of it. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper after care is not taken.
• Leave the bandage alone!
Leave the bandage on for the minimum of 3 hours. It is even better if you can keep the bandage on overnight. Excitement of a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until the next morning to see your masterpiece. If you feel that you absolutely cannot resist the temptation to show off your new possession, ask your artist if they can cover it with clear cellophane wrap. That way the tattoo can be viewed without the protective layer being removed.
• Wash and Treat
After you remove the bandage, you will need to soak the tattoo in hot water for 5-10 minutes. After soaking use lukewarm water and antibacterial soap to gently wash away any ointment and completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or any abrasive material to wash your tattoo. Your hand is the best thing to use when cleaning your new tattoo. Then pat (DO NOT RUB) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel to get it completely dry. Keep it clean for the next 24 hours, DO NOT apply lotion. After the 24 hour period, if it feels dry then apply Curel or any fragrance free lotion, but ONLY a THIN FILM, do not use too much or it will harm the tattoo. If the tattoo swells this could be an allergic reaction. The proper thing to do is wash the area again with antibacterial soap, pat dry and use another fragrance free lotion. DO NOT use Neosporin! This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes but NOT tattoos. Continue to apply only a thin layer of lotion three times a day for 3-5 days. After that continue to keep the tattoo clean and feel free to use a thin layer of lotion to keep the skin soft.
• Peeling and Scabbing
After a few days you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing indicates a poorly done tattoo, but, a little scabbing is normal no need to panic. Your tattoo will start to itch. Just like sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is do not pick at the tattoo or scratch the tattoo! If the skin itches the best thing to do is to slap it. If the tattoo is peeling put fragrance free lotion on it. If the tattoo is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed and now is not the time to ruin it.
• Protection for the Sun
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These ultraviolet rays can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very quickly. Before spending time in the excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years and will continue to be a source of great pride.
DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo!
DO NOT use Vaseline or petroleum jelly
DO NOT use alcohol or peroxide
DO NOT pick at or scratch tattoo
DO NOT soak tattoo after first time soak in shower or tub
DO NOT expose tattoo to direct sunlight and/or tanning beds
DO NOT go in swimming pools, hot tubs, oceans, ECT. for 2 weeks