TATTOO HEALING

HEAL TIME- YOUR NEW TATTOO WILL TAKE 7-10 DAYS TO HEAL.(ALL SCABS TO FALL OFF) AT WHICH TIME IT WILL GO THROUGH A SETTING IN STAGE THAT CAN TAKE AN ADDITIONAL 2-6 WEEKS. DURING THE SETTING IN STAGE YOUR TATTOO WILL HAVE A SHINY APPEARANCE AND IT MAY APPEAR THAT YOUR TATTOO INK IS LIGHT IN SOME SPOTS.THIS IS NORMAL AND IS CAUSED BY LAYERS OF DEAD SKIN CELLS THAT ARE EXFOLIATING(COMING OFF) YOUR TATTOO AND WILL REMAIN FOR UP TO 6 WEEKS.YOU WILL THEN HAVE A GREAT NEW HIGH QUALITY TATTOO.


PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THESE TIME TESTED INSTRUCTIONS. WE HAVE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR 20 YEARS AND KNOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOUR TATTOO. IF YOU FOLLOW THESE WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL HAVE A BRIGHT VIBRANT TATTOO. IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THESE WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE YOUR TATTOO AND WE CAN TELL IF THEY WERE NOT FOLLOWED.


** LEAVE BANDAGE ON FOR 1 HOUR AFTER RECEIVING YOUR TATTOO(CAN BE LEFT ON FOR UP TO 5 HOURS ).IF BANDAGE IS HARD TO REMOVE  USE A LITTLE LUKE WARM WATER AND GENTLY PEEL AWAY.

**USING CLEAN HANDS WASH YOUR TATTOO WITH MILD SOAP AND WATER (DIAL,IVORY,DOVE) USING FINGERTIPS ONLY IN A CIRCULAR MOTION. DO NOT  USE RAGS OR SPONGES FOR 2 WEEKS ON YOUR  NEW TATTOO.


**PAT DRY WITH A CLEAN PAPER TOWEL.
DO NOT  USE BATH TOWELS AS THEY CAN  HARBOR BACTERIA.


**ALLOW TO AIR DRY FOR 5-10 MINS. THEN APPLY THIN LAYERS OF LUBRIDERM FRAGRANCE FREE LOTION ONLY !!, 5 TIMES DAILY FOR 2 WEEKS.
    DO NOT USE ANY PETROLIUM BASED PRODUCTS SUCH AS ...
BACITRATION,NEOSPORIN,VASELINE OR OTHERS, SUCH AS, TATTOO GOO,INK STAY,ETC.
THESE PRODUCTS DO NOT ALLOW YOUR TATTOO TO BREATH PROPERLY AND YOUR SKIN WILL LEAK TISSUE FLUIDS AND BACKWASH YOUR INK MAKING YOUR TATTOO FADE AND BECOME BLOTCHY.


**WASH YOUR TATTOO 2 TIMES DAILY.
BY SHOWER ONLY!! DO NOT TAKE BATHS AS YOU DO NOT WANT TO SOAK YOUR NEW TATTOO IN WATER FOR 2 WEEKS. DO NOT  ALLOW THE SHOWER PREASURE TO HIT YOUR NEW TATTOO AS THIS WILL PULL OF SCABS WHICH WILL CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR TATTOO.

WHAT TO AVOID



**DO NOT ALLOW YOUR NEW TATTOO IN HEAVY SUN.**

**CHEMICALS OR OTHER HARMFUL MATERIALS**

**BATHS OR SWIMMING IN POOLS,JACUZZI TUBS, OCEAN, ETC. FOR 2 WEEKS**

**PICKING SCABS OFF YOUR TATTOO**

**SCRATCHING YOUR TATTOO**

IF YOU HAVE ANY FUTHER QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT COVERED HERE YOU MAY CONTACT US AT THE SHOP AND WE WILL BE GLAD TO HELP YOU.
 







BODY PIERCING HEALING


CLEANING SOLUTIONS

Use either one or both of the following solutions for body piercing:

- Packaged sterile saline solution* with no additives (read the label!) or non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better! Saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.
- Liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap.*

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

1) WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning, or touching on or near your piercing for any reason.
2) SALINE soak at least two to three times daily. Simply invert a cup of warm saline solution over.
the area to form a vacuum for a few minutes. The longer you soak, the better. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using fresh gauze or a cotton ball saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse will remove any residue.
3) SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds, then rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing.
4) DRY with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, because cloth towels can harbor bacteria and catch on new piercings causing injury. Pat gently to avoid trauma.

WHAT IS NORMAL

- Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
- During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
- Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; DO NOT force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as a part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
- A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in, and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside. BE PATIENT, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
- Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, leave the jewelry in place.

WHAT TO DO

- Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry while healing except possibly during cleaning.
- Stay healthy. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Exercise during healing is fine, just “listen” to your body.
- Make sure your bedding is kept clean and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable breathable clothing that protects your piercing while sleeping.
- Showering is safer than taking a bath, because bathtubs tend to harbor bacteria. If you would like to take a bath, clean the tub well before each use.

WHAT TO AVOID

- Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable   scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
- Avoid the use of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Betadine, Hibiclens or ointment.
- Avoid over cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.
- Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
- Avoid stress and recreational drug use including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
- Avoid submerging the piercing in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, jacuzzis, etc. Or protect your piercing using a special waterproof bandage* such as Tegaderm, which is available at drugstores.
- Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

Hints and Tips

Jewelry

- Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in place for the entire healing period. ONLY ROB D should perform any necessary jewelry change that occurs during healing.
- Contact ROB D if your jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives.
- Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old, well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! If removed re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.
- With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness. (“Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey”).
- Carry a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage.
- Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, CALL US TO help in the removal of the jewelry and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small indentation will remain.
- In the event that an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection.  Should the jewelry be removed, the surface cells can closeup sealing the infection inside the piercing channel, resulting in an abscess.  Until such time an infection is cleared up, leave quality jewelry in!

For Particular Areas

Navel
- A hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of ace bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.

Ear/Ear Cartilage and Facial
- Use the t-shirt trick: dress your pillow in a large, clean t-shirt and turn it nightly; one clean t-shirt provides four clean surfaces for sleeping.
- Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats and anything that contacts the pierced area.
- Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing.

Nipple
- The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping.

Genital

- In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready. Comfort and hygiene are vital.
- During healing all sexual activities must be gentle. To increase comfort and decrease trauma, soak in warm saline solution or plain water to remove any crusty matter, prior to sexual activity.
- Use barriers such as condoms, dental dams, and Tegaderm, etc.* to avoid contact with a partner’s bodily fluids, even in long-term relationships.
- Use clean, disposable barriers on sex toys.
- Wash hands before touching on or near the piercing.
- Use a new container of water based lubricant.* Do not use your own saliva as a lubricant.
- After sex, an additional saline soak or clean water rinse is suggested.
- Prince Albert and Apadravya piercings can bleed freely for the first few days.
- If using soap, urinate after cleaning any piercing that is near the urethra. Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your piercer.

ORAL  AFTERCARE

Cleaning Solutions

Use either one or both of the following solutions for inside the mouth:

- Antimicrobial or antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse*
- Packaged sterile saline solution* with no additives (read the label!) or non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better! Saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing. (If you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, please check with your doctor before using a saline product inside the mouth as your primary cleaning solution.)

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSIDE THE MOUTH

Rinse mouth 4-5 times daily with cleaning solution for 30-60 seconds after meals and at bedtime during the entire healing period. If you over clean, it may cause discoloration or irritation of tongue.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EXTERIOR OF LABRET (CHEEK AND LIP) PIERCINGS

Soak in SEA SALT SOLUTION and wash with liquid antimicrobial or germicidal soap* as described below:

1) WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning, or touching on or near your piercing for any reason.

2) SEA SALT soak at least two to three times daily. Simply soak directly in a cup of warm saline solution for a few minutes. The longer you soak, the better. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using fresh gauze or a cotton ball saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse will remove any residue
.
3) SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds, then rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing.

4) DRY with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, because cloth towels can harbor bacteria and catch on new piercings causing injury. Pat gently to avoid trauma.

WHAT IS NORMAL?

- For the first three to five days: significant swelling, light bleeding, bruising, and/or tenderness.
- After that: Some swelling, light secretion of a whitish yellow fluid (not pus).
- A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in, and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside. BE PATIENT, and Keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
- Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, leave the jewelry in place.

WHAT TO DO

To help reduce swelling
- Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth.
- Take an over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen or Naproxyn Sodium* according to package instructions.
- Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights.

To maintain good oral hygiene
- Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush and keep it clean.
- Brush your teeth, and use your chosen rinse (saline or mouthwash) after every meal.
- During healing floss daily, and gently brush your teeth, tongue and jewelry. Once healed, brush the jewelry more thoroughly to avoid plaque build up.

Stay healthy
- The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.
- Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet.

WHAT TO AVOID

- DO NOT PLAY WITH THE JEWELRY. Long term effects of playing with, and clicking the jewelry against the teeth can result in permanent damage to teeth and other oral structures.
- Avoid undue trauma; excessive talking or playing with the jewelry during healing can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, and other complications.
- Avoid any mouthwash containing alcohol. It can irritate the area and delay healing.
- Avoid oral sexual contact including French (wet) kissing or oral sex during healing (even with a long term partner).
- Avoid chewing on gum, tobacco, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, etc.
- Avoid sharing plates, cups, and eating utensils.
- Avoid smoking! It increases risks and lengthens healing time.
- Avoid stress and all recreational drug use.
- Avoid any aspirin or alcohol, and large amounts of caffeine.
- Avoid submerging in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, etc.

ORAL PIERCING HINTS AND TIPS

Jewelry

- Because this necessary jewelry change may occur during healing, it should be done by ROB D.
- With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness (“Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey”).
- Carry a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage.
- Contact ROB D if your jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives.
- Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, CONTACT ROB D to help in the removal of the jewelry and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole has closed. In most cases only a small indentation will remain.
- In the event that an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection.  Should the jewelry be removed, the surface cells can closeup sealing the infection inside the piercing channel, resulting in an abscess.  Until such time an infection is cleared up, leave quality jewelry in!

Eating
- Slowly eat small bites of food, placed directly onto the molars.
- Avoid eating spicy, salty, acidic, or hot temperature foods or beverages for a few days.
- Cold foods and beverage are soothing and help reduce swelling.
- For tongue piercing, try to keep your tongue level in your mouth as you chew and swallow.
- For labret (cheek and lip) piercings: Be cautious about opening your mouth too wide as this can result in the backing of the jewelry catching on the teeth.
- Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your piercer