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Tattoo Aftercare:
Proper aftercare is extremely important.  Leave your bandage on for an hour or so to protect it from any outside bacterial contact.  It is an open wound and may bleed slightly for the first 24 hours.  Remove bandage carefully – do not rip it off quickly.  Do not re-bandage, as the artwork needs oxygen to heal properly.

Your skin is going to be red, sore and probably swollen.  It may feel similar to a bad sunburn while healing.  You may want to take over the counter pain relievers for the pain.

The most important thing to remember is to keep it clean.  You want to gently wash your tattoo 4-5 times daily with water and anti-bacterial soap.  Only touch your body art with clean hands, or use a paper towel.  Do not scrub with a washcloth.  Gently pat it and avoid rubbing it.

Frequently apply a scent free lotion such as Lubriderm.  You may want to apply a very small amount of A&D ointment for 24-48 hours.  Dod not use A&D before bed.  Your art may stick to your sheets and pull the ink out, and cause permanent damage to your new ink.

In a few days you will begin to peel, this is normal.  Allow the pooling to happen naturally.  Do not use Neosporin, unless you have an infection.  It is very important not to pick or scratch.  It will also begin to feel tight, dry and itchy.  Lotion will help these symptoms.  It is also normal for color to flake off.

Avoid tanning beds, hot tubs, swimming, baths, extreme sunlight and shaving for the 1st two weeks.

Eating a healthy diet will give you body nutrients and mineral for a quick healing process.  You may also want to add vitamin supplements.
If you show signs of a serious infection – contact a physician.  

Piercing Aftercare:
Wash hands thoroughly before cleaning or handling any piercing.

Clean hands, and the affected area with antibacterial soap and warm water 4-5 times daily.  If you have an oral piercing, rinse with Listerine 4-5 times daily along with cleaning the exterior of the piercing with antibacterial soap and water.  Rinse after eating anything.

Be attentive to the changes in your piercing.  Catching signs of problems early on is the best time to deal with them quickly.

Once the piercing has healed (this could take a week or 9 months, depending on the person and the piercing).  You will have an artificial tunnel inside your flesh.  Infections can often begin as bacterial grows inside this tunnel.  Keeping this area clean on a regular basis will help inhibit the build up of germs and bacteria, especially the first 6 months.

Taking a bath soaks an abdominal piercing which could clog your piercing and cause an infection.  It is better to shower.

Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and beaches until fully healed.

Your clothing can interfere with your piercing in a few ways. Wear loose clothing to allow the area to breath and keep from becoming aggravated.

Eating a healthy diet will give you body nutrients and mineral for a quick healing process.  You may also want to add vitamin supplements.

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