This is the method that I have found works the best for my tattoos, usually longer sessions with a lot of saturation. This is not the only way to heal a tattoo but is the way to prevent unnecessary scabbing do to prolonged weeping of lymph fluid that can occur over the first few days.
Leave the bandage on overnight. It can stay on for 12-24 hours, or as soon as it starts leaking. Do not remove the bandage until you can properly clean the tattoo with mild soap and water. Rinse it well, sloughing off as much of the slimy coating that may have formed over the tattooed area while underneath the bandage.
When the tattoo is dry to the touch, cover it completely with a new piece of Saniderm. Do not use any healing ointment or moisturizer.
With this method, the tattoo is kept completely covered with the adhesive bandage for 4 days.
Expect to have some lymph fluid buildup under the Saniderm. It may be muddy or dark liquid, and may pool under the bandage. This is completely normal and is a result of your lymph system pushing healing fluid through your fresh open abrasion. The bandage may leak. If so please remove, wash and replace, with a new piece of bandage. If you run out of bandage before day 4 pleas contact me for another healing method.
After day 4, remove the Sandierm, wash thoroughly and apply a light moisturizer. Something like Lubriderm, Aveeno, cocoa butter, or coconut oil work well. Use this 2-4 times daily for the next 1-2 weeks to help the skin regenerate.
If scabs develop, they can remove the color beneath them if prematurely removed. It’s important that they’re allowed to dry out completely, and that they do not get waterlogged at any time. The scab will eventually fall off on its own, and the tattoo should be fine if no deep cracks have formed.
Remember that until your new tattoo peels, it’s an open wound and needs to be treated as such. Give your tattoo the time and attention it needs to properly heal. Swimming, tanning, removing the bandage early, or general disregard for your healing tattoo are done at your own peril. If you have questions please email me. If you suspect an infection has developed, please seek medical attention immediately, as untreated tattoo infections can have very serious consequences.
Any problems or questions please email me.