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The life of your new tattoo is very dependent upon the care that it receives the first few days.  First,   A fresh tattoo may be tender, with larger/longer tattoo work this process is somewhat painful.  Once the tattoo is exposed wash it thoroughly, using your fingertips with liquid antibacterial soap and water.  Do not scrub your tattoo but do not faintly caress it, be sure to remove all surface blood and rinse off all remaining soap.  Wash your tattoo twice a day (once when you wash yourself) and secondly to remove and build up of dirt, weeping plasma, small debris, etc.  Always pat lightly to dry your tattoo, then with clean hands apply a light coat of Tattoo Goo, Tattoo Goo Lotion, Lubriderm, Auqaphore or approved tattoo aftercare.  The idea is to keep your tattoo moist and not greasy.  If your tattoo scabs, do not pick, for this will ensure fading or loss of color.  The tattoo will develop a dry flaking layer of skin, let the skin fall off naturally, NO PICKING!!  When your tattoo starts to itch, place a clean paper towel or paper over the tattoo and GENTLY  rub.  Do not manipulate the tattoo directly.

DO NOT APPLY VASELINE OR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS!
DO NOT USE NEOSPORIN OR OINTMENTS!
DO NOT APPLY ALCOHOL!
DO NOT PICK THE TATTOO!
DO NOR RUB OR SCRATCH THE TATTOO!
DO NOT SWIM FOR 10 DAYS!
DO NOT SOAK IN SAUNA, STEAM, OR HOT TUB FOR 10 DAYS!

 

After the skin has fallen off, there will be a period of adjustment for the new skin to form, sometimes giving the appearance of a faded look.  At this time it is advisable to use LUBRIDERM or aquaphore skin lotion, or approved tattoo aftercare( TATTOO GOO LOTION) for about 10 days after.  Everybody is different so we recommend 10 days to 4 weeks to heal your tattoo.  The tattoo is YOUR responsibility after you leave Art of Bufore  Please feel free to call if you have any question or stop by the shop for any concerns.

USE COMMON SENSE.

 

 

Piercing Aftercare

These are general guidelines.  Everyone is different.  A little common sense goes a long way towards avoiding complications with piercing.  Be sure to see Art of Bufore in the event of redness, swelling, or extended fluid discharge from any piercing

Golden Rules

1. NEVER touch a healing piercing with anything but your own freshly washed hands.

2. All oral and genital piercing must be kept to themselves until fully healed.

3. Wash external piercing with anti-bacterial  soap and water at least once  a day to remove buildup. Rinsing with a Listerine/water mixture can be used to remove buildup on oral piercing.   You can  use Bactine or Band-Aid-Brand Antiseptic Wash  or approved Piercing Aftercare Solution to soak and cleanse all piercing at least three to five times a day.  

4. NEVER use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Iodine-based solutions, creams or ointments to clean a piercing.  The sole exception to this is Tea Tree Oil, which works wonders for some.

Daily Care - Below the Belt

These piercing should be cleaned Aat least once a day with anti-bacerial  soap and water, removing any buildup.  Soak 2-3 times per day (more often, if desired) with recommended solution( Bactine or band aid brand antiseptic wash, sea salt doesn't work for everybody)  If irritation occurs after the use of any cleaning solution, discontinue use and consult your physician and/or piercer.  Loose clothing should be worn for the first few days to avoid excess irritation.  Avoid playing with the jewelry until piercing is fully healed.

Daily Care- Nipple, Navel, Surface and ear piercing

Clean with anti-bacterial  soap and water at least once a day, removing buildup.  Loose clothing should be worn for the first few days to avoid excess irritation. .  For the ear, use a cotton swab or ball to soak the piercing.  Avoid playing with the jewelry until piercing is fully healed.  Persons with long hair should keep it up and away from the fresh piercing.

Daily Care - Oral Piercing (tongue, labret and lip)

Smoking is a no-no! Avoid all oral contact until piercing is fully healed.  Listerine mixture should be used between and after every meal.  For inside the mouth, gly-oxide helps speed up the healing process. , recommended  mouth wash is biotine  for oral piercings. 

 

 

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