Preventing Tattoo Infections
Although you are eager to flaunt your new tattoo, don’t remove that bandage just yet to avoid infection. Salle Events wants to talk to you about the importance of tattoo aftercare. The wound will take at least a few hours to heal. You should wait for a minimum of two hours before you pull off the bandage. But, if the tattoo is covered with plastic clear wrap, it would be best to remove it sooner rather than later.
As your tattoo will be at its most vulnerable soon after the session, you will need to protect it from airborne infections. You need to treat your tattoo like you would an injury as it is a skin wound after all.
Take a clean washbowl, fill it with lukewarm water, and keep it handy with some antibacterial soap. Also, buy and keep the cream advised by your artist. Wash your hands thoroughly in clean water. Remove the bandage cautiously and rinse out the tattoo site with the lukewarm water, and with your hands clean out the wound. Do not scratch the wound with any rough material.
By just using your hands, scrub off the dried blood and plasma. Then use a clean and soft paper towel to dry out the wound. Let the wound air out for some time and when it is completely dry, apply the ointment. Using an antibacterial ointment with vitamins A and D will keep infections at bay.
If your tattoo is on your leg, keep it elevated to prevent and reduce any swelling. If you have dogs or cats, make sure they do not lick your tattoo.
Don’t use neosporin or peroxide on the tattoo as it will react with the pigment resulting in red bumps all over your skin. Don’t forget to apply the ointment periodically after you clean and dry out the tattoo; you must also use a lotion in order to keep your skin soft.
For two weeks after the procedure, avoid swimming or using the bathtub, so that your wound will stay clean and dry and heal quickly. Do not give in to the itch and try to peel off the scabs as it will fall off once the wound is completely healed. You can make the scabs soft by patting the tattoo with a clean and damp towel.
All sterile packages should have the Steam Heat Indicator, and the Autoclave Machine should have gone through the Spore Test and the results displayed in the studio. The area where the tattoo artist works should also be extremely clean and sterile. The work space should also be covered with a completely sterile water resistant barrier. Following every tattoo session, the work area should be thoroughly disinfected.
The pigments would have to be poured and kept handy before the procedure is started. Similarly, the salves, ointments, and petroleum jelly should be kept within reach. To avoid cross-contamination, all the tools and instruments should be sterile and easily accessible.
Petroleum jelly damages latex gloves, so only gloves made of non-latex material must be used. All disposable items should be disposed off carefully after the procedure. Confirm that the needles and the tubes that were utilized for your tattoo session are got rid of immediately.
To avoid cross contamination, the tattoo artist should use a squeeze bottle for soap and also wear only a vinyl apron or a disposable apron. By just watching how the artist handles the instruments, you can easily see the importance given to cleanliness by the studio. A good idea would be to ask for permission to watch a tattoo session before you get your tattoo done. By watching a session, you will be able to see for yourself if the work area is cleansed thoroughly and disinfected prior to and following each session.
Things to Keep in Mind
Do not scratch the skin if you feel itchy, instead use a lotion on the tattoo where the skin is peeling off. Do not expose the tattoo directly or indirectly to the sun. You may be able to protect the tattoo with a good sunscreen lotion but it would still be risky. Avoid shaving over the tattoo until the site is completely. Follow your tattoo artist’s advice on post-procedure care for desirable results. Your friends may have several tips to give too, but never do anything that contradicts what your tattoo artist advised you. Don’t forget that your tattoo artist knows best as he has the knowledge and the experience.
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