Tegaderm tattoo: Did you know that the care taken while healing your Tegaderm tattoo affects the outcome of your tattoo? Here are the recommendations to follow.
The result is in your hands
You have a beautiful new tattoo done in the rules of the art. Following the tattoo, you left the parlor with a new design. That gives off a slight burning sensation (like sunburn). Which may ooze a little blood and ink but does not bleed. The tattooed skin shows no lesion. The tattoo artist has done his part of the job well. Now it’s your turn to do your part to optimize the result. Indeed, the end result is a direct result of hygiene measures and care. But also of respecting the restrictions linked to your work of body art. To avoid alterations (which will be at your expense). It is better to follow the recommendations given below.
The care to bring to the tattoo is for 3 weeks. Even if the tattoo seems healed on the surface, it takes 3 full weeks for the skin to regenerate in depth. It sometimes takes 4 weeks for some people whose skin regeneration is longer (depends on age, health conditions, etc.). You will thus have to wait 3 weeks to see the final result of your tattoo. Appearances are deceiving during this process. The peels layer of skin sometimes suggests that the colors will be less vibrant than expected. Some lines may even seem to disappear (and yet we find them intact after three weeks). No need to panic! We need Patience during this period. Moreover, touch-ups cannot be carried out before the end of healing and will be spaced at least 3 weeks apart. Be aware that each touch-up requires the same attention as the initial tattoo. Even more, since the skin generally cannot be tattooed more than 3 times. The fingers, hands, wrists. As well as certain unusual areas (ears, palate, gums, etc.), are known to need touch-ups. You should factor this into the total cost of your project.
Restrictions (for 3 weeks)
- Do not scratch(retouching).
- No swimming, no spa, no bath.
- Avoid scented products (infection).
- The tattooed skin should be covered with Tegaderm tattoo film like products
- No tight-fitting clothing around the tattoo (avoid chafing).
- No jewelry near the tattoo (ex: no watch if tattoo on the wrist).
- No training or intense effort (at least the first 3 days, due to sweating and muscle contraction).
- No exposure to the sun, UV rays, or tanning machine.
- The tattoo is not repackaged.
If you have any doubts about the state of your healing, do not wait and contact the tattoo artist. When the situation is taken care of, touch-ups are generally avoided. You can also consult a pharmacist or doctor if the situation seems worrying or abnormal.
Finally, don’t follow the advice of your friends/neighbors/anyone. Follow the advice of your tattoo artist. Each artist has preferences about the healing of their works. Based on the style, execution, personal experiences. Discuss with your tattoo artist your experiences of healing your old tattoos.