Chester Tattoo Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare

We sell a range of aftercare products in the studio for both tattoo’s and piercings.

Aftercare starts as soon as your tattoo is done!  Follow these handy tips for the best results!

From leaving our studio this dressing is only intended to get you home without the treated area catching on clothing, or being exposed to the air.

After removal of that dressing, gently wash your new tattoo with warm water and antibacterial soap, and then pat dry with a clean hand towel or naturally in a clean environment. Do not rub the skin to avoid irritation. You may apply a very thin layer of our recommended brand aftercare cream.

At this point you may want to keep the dressing off and let your skin breathe. But it is recommended that you re-wrap with cling film and medical tape (for up to three days). Make sure to change the dressing every 3-4 hours and clean your tattoo before putting the new dressing on.

Do Not; submerge your new tattoo in water (shower rather than bathe).

Refrain from picking or scratching your new tattoo while healing. After approximately two weeks, any scabbing should be minimal and have been replaced with new, intact skin.

Do Not; go swimming, use sun beds or sun bathe until your new tattoo is fully healed, as direct sunlight and chlorine can interact with tattoo dye pigments causing skin irritation and inflammation. And to prevent your tattoo from fading, always use a high factor sun-block when exposed to the sun.

Always keep a new tattoo covered and protected (especially if working in a dirty, dusty, oily environment). If you have any problems or queries, contact you’re your tattooist initially. If need be, he/she will refer you onto a GP if there are signs of adverse reaction/infection.

Piercing Aftercare

Getting a new piercing involves breaking the skins surface so there is always a potential risk for infection to occur afterwards. Both should be treated as a wound initially and it is very important that this advice is followed so that any risks of infection are minimised.

The time required for your piercing to heal completely varies from piercing to piercing. Your piercing might look healed before this time, but it is important to be patient and wait the entire healing period before changing your jewellery out, or ceasing your aftercare routine!

Do Not; touch your piercing with unwashed hands. Refrain from swimming, using sun beds or bath products for at least the first week.

Jewellery; We use implant grade titanium polished jewellery. It is very important not to change the jewellery too soon. You can get an allergic reaction to poor quality materials. Inappropriate style of jewellery can cause fluid bumps and can irritate your piercing which will slow down the healing process drastically.

Cleaning Solutions; Use one or both of the following solutions for healing piercings: Packaged sterile saline (with no additives, read the label) is a gentle choice for piercing aftercare. If sterile saline is not available a sea salt solution mixture can be a viable alternative. Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon (.75 to 1.42 grams) of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz / 250 ml) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.

Oral Piercings; None Alcoholic Antiseptic mouthwash is to be used every time you, drink, eat or smoke, which needs to be diluted. Rinse the mouth thoroughly and hold the liquid inside for at least 30 seconds.

It is perfectly normal for your piercings to be a little red and sore and secrete fluid. This is why cleaning is important!

If you think your piercing is infected please contact us. Do Not; remove the piercing yourself as this can result in bacteria being trapped underneath the skin.