Applying and removing patches:
-The first healing bandage is applied immediately after a tattoo session. You will have irritation, redness, bleeding, seeping, and ink collect under the bandage. You will notice plasma (looks like clear watery liquid), ink, and blood trapped in the bandage. This is NORMAL and part of the heling process. Don’t freak out over this. You will also have swelling and burning which can be reduced with ice packs or ibuprofen.
-Remove 1st bandage after 24 hours, peel off slowly and wash thoroughly with plain anti-bacterial hand soap - no exfoliating beads, no oils, no scents. (You may consider removing your Saniderm under warm soapy water in the shower to loosen the adhesive.) Pat dry with a paper towel and let air dry for 2-5 minutes. Blot with paper towel before applying new healing bandage.
-To apply 2nd bandage remove the paper backing first, apply sticky side to tattoo, then remove plastic backing (it’s ok if there are air bubbles/wrinkles). During the next 6 days you may still have some plasma, ink, or blood. (If you have an excessive amount of liquid collecting under your bandage, contact the shop to obtain another fresh bandage or learn where to purchase your own.) You may notice the skin looks dry or “cracked”- this is normal. Remove this 2nd bandage after 6 days. Wash again and apply lotion, aquafor or coconut oil if your tattoo appears or feels dry or is peeling.
DO NOT REMOVE BEFORE SIXTH DAY. Doing so will result in color loss and can require a touch up at an additional cost. (If you remove the Saniderm early please contact us immediately for alternate healing instructions. It is harmful to the tattoo and to your health to leave a healing tattoo untreated.) If your Saniderm peels up before the 6th day, carefully cut the excess off. If the tattoo is exposed place another small piece of Saniderm (or similar product) to cover it.
-Use plain lotion/aquafor/coconut oil for several days or weeks until skin is smooth again. You will most likely experience peeling. Your tattoo is fully healed when your skin is smooth and no longer shiny. This can take several weeks or several months. Everybody’s skin is different.
-Possibility of skin irritation: Some people may experience slight allergies to the adhesives used in medical bandages like Saniderm. This can appear as redness or itchiness around the edges of the bandage. It can also appear as clogged pores that are similar to small pimples. People with sensitive skin may experience reactions- it is recommended to follow these healing instructions unless you experience signs of infections (next page).
While your Saniderm/Ultraderm is on DO NOT:
- DO NOT soak your new tattoo- no baths/swimming (running water/showering is ok). Soaking can lead to major infections.
- DO NOT apply soap, lotions, oils, on or around the patch
- DO NOT allow shampoo/conditioner to run down the patch
- DO NOT sweat excessively- this can push ink out and weaken the adhesive patch- sweat will collect under the Saniderm and smell bad and clog your sweat glands resulting in bumpy skin
- DO NOT move or stretch your tattooed skin excessively until it is fully healed (up to 14 days)
- DO NOT allow pets or animals to come into contact with your healing tattoo (if contact occurs with exposed (uncovered) skin, wash immediately with antibacterial soap, apply plain lotion or A&D ointment)
- DO NOT allow plants (such as when gardening) to come into contact with your healing tattoo (if contact occurs with exposed skin, wash immediately with antibacterial soap, apply plain lotion or A&D ointment)
-Most importantly, do not listen to your friends who say you can’t have a tattoo wrapped that long. This product is much different from what they’ve used before. This is not saran wrap.
Signs of Infection:
Signs and symptoms of an infection include but are not limited to, redness, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, red streaks going from the procedure site to towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or pus-filled drainage from the procedure site. Seek medical care if you have a fever, extreme pain 3 or more days after the tattoo procedure, spreading rash well outside of the tattooed area, worsening and spreading redness around the tattoo, blisters on the tattoo, red streaking around tattoo, or foul odor and pus drainage.
How it works:
After a tattoo your skin is left damaged so your body begins working immediately to heal itself. Your body sends liquid enzymes to your skin’s surface. These dry out and become scabs. With a tattoo, it is vital to avoid scabs. The healing patches allow the enzymes to stay moist and therefore heal your skin without drying out. The patches are breathable so your skin is not suffocated. The patches also keep your new tattoo clean and safe from outside bacteria, dirt, lint from clothing, etc. which will help prevent infection. Furthermore, the patches help to protect your clothing and bedding from ink and blood that seeps out during the first several days.
Long term care:
Keeping your skin moisturized will keep your tattoo looking shiny and bright.
Always wear sunscreen, tanning and sun fading will make a tattoo look dull.
Alternate Instructions for Early Removal:
If you have removed your Saniderm wrap early (before a total of 7 days wrapped, 6 days for second set):
You have two options to ensure your tattoo heals properly and vibrantly-
OPTION 1 (best and easiest option): Go to your local Walgreens/CVS and purchase Tegaderm. Do not purchase anti-bacterial bandages, they look similar. See photos below for different product packaging. Apply and wear the Tegaderm for the remainder of the week. Make sure to apply it to your freshly cleansed tattoo, lease use antibacterial soap. Follow all instructions provided on your aftercare sheet (listed above).
OPTION 2: You must keep your tattoo clean and prevent it from drying out and scabbing. To do this, wash your tattoo thoroughly with antibacterial soap 5 times a day. Immediately following use plain lotion to moisturize (plain lotion should be unscented, free of oils, perfumes, butters, etc.). Apply a thin layer and rub into skin well, do not leave excess lotion on skin. Try Aveeno, Cetaphil or Lubriderm.
It is vital to wash a full 5 times daily until your tattoo is fully healed. Washing removes infection causing bacteria. Moisturizing is important to prevent think scabs from forming. Scabs will pull out ink and dull or eliminate color. You will have peeling for several days, this is normal. Your tattoo is fully healed once your skin has peeled completely and is smooth again which may take several weeks.