Firefly Pre-Tattoo Care –
For as long as possible before your appointment:
- Keep designated area out of direct sunlight-sun damaged skin does not take ink or heal well, and is more painful to work on
- Moisturise area with concentrated moisturiser daily eg.: baby oil (not to be used on fresh tattoos while healing)
- Pre-shaven skin is less sensitive than skin shaved immediately prior to tattooing, so being prepared helps to prevent possible swelling especially when dettol is being used for transfer purposes
- Avoid using fake tan on areas to be tattooed, as this has to be scrubbed off before work can be carried out
- Excessive working of the muscles in the area to be tattooed can cause muscle fibres to be too tight to take ink adequately, so no work outs immediately prior to your tattoo appointment please
- Avoid alcohol on the day or evening before, this can cause excessive bleeding and body sugars to fluctuate
- Eat well before your appointment. A sugary drink or sweets will help feed endorphins in your system so are really useful to have while you enjoy your new ink!
Firefly Tattoo Aftercare –
Please take note of the following guidelines as an aid to minimise the chance of infection and also keep your new tattoo in the best long term condition as possible.
Minimising Infection Risk Guidance Tips:
- Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking of the new tattoo site to reduce the risk of introducing infection
- Always wash and dry your hands before and after handling a new tattoo site
- Your new tattoo will consist of an area of tiny skin breaks, caused by the tattooing needles, so it should be kept covered afterwards for at least an hour using the sterile, non-adherent dressing, applied by your practitioner. This dressing is only intended to get you home without the treated area catching on clothing, or being exposed to the air. The dressing will also help to stop any bleeding/fluid oozing, but should be removed before it dries on the treated area
- After removal of that dressing, gently wash the tattoo site with warm tap water and pay dry with a clean hand towel or tissue. Do not rub or skin will become irritated
- If possible, shower rather than bathe whilst the tattoo is healing so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented
- Do not use skin products on the treated area that have not been recommended by your operator or are not intended for open wound healing. You may apply moisturising cream 2-3 times a day to assist healing and prevent skin cracking, but avoid petroleum based creams as they may affect the colour of the treated area. There is generally no need to use any other skin creams/antiseptic products and you should not share skin products with others
- After approximately two weeks, any scabbing should have gone and been replaced with new, intact skin. The area should be completely healed in a further 10-14 days
- Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new tattoo is fully healed, as direct sunlight/chlorine can interact with tattoo dye pigments causing skin irritation and inflammation
- Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation to a new tattoo site
- Always keep a new tattoo covered and protected if working in a dirty/dusty/oily environment
- If you have any problems/queries, contact your practitioner initially. He/she will refer you onto your GP if there are signs of adverse reaction/infection.