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Looking After Your Tattoo

To ensure you get the best out of your new tattoo, you need to make sure that you listen to, and follow the advice given to you by your tattooer. These will include the following:

Two to three hours after being tattooed, remove the bandage from your tattoo, wash the tattoo in clean, warm running water using mild soap. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

 

Once the tattoo has been cleaned, start applying the recommended cream.

 

Only use creams recommended by your tattooer for healing, but do not overuse. We recommend Bepanthen antiseptic cream. Use for only two weeks.

 

When you feel the skin is drying out, apply recommended cream and massage in well using freshly cleaned hands. Repeat as necessary to keep the tattoo only very slightly moist. Generally three times a day is adequate. Do not let your tattoo dry out!

After the initial bleeding of the tattoo has stopped, do not reapply a bandage or plastic wrap.

Do not swim in chlorinated or salt water until healed. Soaking a new tattoo in any type of water will degrade the newly formed scab, prolonging the healing time and most likely causing damage to your tattoo.

 

Do not rub, pick or scratch at a new tattoo as this will slow healing time and may lead to secondary infections.

 

Do not wear tight or dirty clothing over the tattoo, unless advised differently by you tattooer.Do not sunbathe, use tanning beds or apply fake tan while your tattoo is healing.

 

Return to the tattooist as advised or if having problems.

 

If the tattooed area becomes excessively irritated, itchy, red or sore, consult your doctor and tattooist.

 

Risks

 

The risks when getting a tattoo can come from many factors:

These include, but are not limited to, cross contamination, unsafe procedures, medical conditions and incorrect healing procedure.

 

These have the potential to spread diseases and infections such as hepatitis and hiv.

 

If you have any concerns about your procedure, or want any further information about the risks involved, ask your tattooer or visit the department of health, online at www.health.vic.gov.au/ideas.

 

To comply with the health departments health regulations we achieve the following:

 

- The shop is clean and hygienic.

- A ‘certificate of registration’ is be available for viewing.Instruments used to pierce the skin are sterilised.

- The tattooer will not have exposed cuts or wounds and presents in clean condition.

- If you have any queries, you are welcome to ask them what sterile or new equipment they use. And if they reuse, how they sterilise their equipment.

- We will wear disposable gloves for each client.

- New ink containers will be used for each client.
 

In Victoria it is against the law to tattoo any person under the age of 18 years, even with parental consent.

If you are over 18 years of age, the decision to get a tattoo is your personal choice.

But remember a tattoo is a lifelong change to your body image.

Some tattoos can be surgically removed, but this is expensive, time consuming, and sometimes leaves scarring.

Tattoo Artist Removing Stencil

Your new tattoo is a work of art, and it deserves proper care to ensure it looks great long after healing. That's why following the above aftercare tips will help you maintain your tattoo's vibrancy and appearance.
With the right care, your tattoo will look amazing for years to come.

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