AFTER CARE

 

Initial Tega-Derm application should be in place for 12-24 hours.  I recommend 24 hours.

 

Tega-Derm is effective as long as it adheres to the skin with no gaps.  If it becomes loose, or opens around the edge at all, it is no longer an effective barrier and MUST be removed.

 

Removal - Support the skin while removing Tega-Derm.  

Use one of the following removal techniques:

Gently grasp one edge and slowly peel Tega-Derm product from the skin in the direction of hair growth.

Avoid skin trauma by peeling Tega-Derm product back rather then pulling it up from the skin.

OR 

Grasp one edge of the Tega-Derm product and gently pull it straight out to stretch it and release adhesion.  

Avoid skin trauma by peeling Tega-Derm product back rather then pulling it up from the skin.

 

New tattoos are susceptible to bacteria and if the wrong kind of bacteria gets into your skin it could lead to infection.  Make sure your hands are always clean prior to touching/washing your tattoo.  Do not rub/clean your tattoo with a towel, or loofah.  Only use your hands, hot water and a mild anti-bacterial soap.  After you are done cleaning it or getting out of the shower, pat it dry with a clean paper towel or let it air dry.

 

It will then develop a scab, which will eventually fall off, leaving a milky white substance over the epidermis, this is referred to as the “Milky Scab” and will peel off like a sunburn, this process will make you itch, as it is healing.  No matter what you do, do not scratch your new tattoo.  You need to make sure that your tattoo’s scab falls off on its own.

 

When the scab is coming off it may look like the ink it coming out - but this is the ink on the top layer of your skin (epidermis) with the residual ink in it.  This is normal.

 

After 3 days of washing your tattoo; 2-3 times per day, with the above method now apply a moisturizer to aid in the final healing process.  Continue until needed.  Recommendations, coconut oil, vitamin e, original lubriderm.

 

DO NOT over lubricate you tattoo - USE A VERY THIN LAYER

DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo

DO NOT use Vaseline, petroleum jelly or Neosporin

DO NOT use alcohol or peroxide

DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo

DO NOT soak tattoo in tub or shower – get in, get clean, get out!

DO NOT go in pools, hot tubs, lakes, ocean, etc. for at least 2 weeks

DO NOT go to tanning beds or sit in direct sunlight

 

Stay away from activities that may hinder the healing process, such as recreational water activities, gardening, contact with animals or cleaning cages, sun bathing, mud wrestling, etc.

 

REMEMBER your TATTOO is an OPEN WOUND and can become infected!  Clean Clothes, sheets, pillow cases (free from dirt, animal hair/dander) are important!  Be aware of what your tattoo is touching at all times!  Germs and bacteria are everywhere; you can even get an infection from contact with a hotel bath towel, or brushing up against a wall.  Consider what you do for a living - Will you need to cover your tattoo?  Grease, oil and drywall amongst many other things have been known to cause infections.  If you think you have an infection, consult your artist or a physician.  Signs and symptoms of infection include, but are not limited to; redness, swelling and a crack in your skin, elevated body temperature, puss or purulent drainage.

 

REMEMBER:  This artwork is on you for LIFE, so protect your investment!