Tattoos are a beautiful way to decorate your body, and they should be treated with the utmost care. You’d be surprised at the amount of people who assume that a tattoo is done and dusted as soon as they hop out of the chair.
This is not the case- tattoo aftercare is an absolute essential, and should be taken seriously. Leaving the shop and ignoring your aftercare instructions is a surefire way to end up with a tattoo healing poorly, or even ending up with an infection.
But what makes up a good aftercare routine? And what are some possible negative aspects of tattoo aftercare that you need to know about? That’s what we’re going to be looking at in more depth in this blog post. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at the importance of tattoo aftercare and how to make sure that you’re caring for a tattoo properly.
Tattoo aftercare will vary from studio to studio
Firstly, it’s important to bear in mind that not every studio and artist will have the same aftercare. In fact, it’s possible that artists within the same studio might have different preferences when it comes to aftercare. Don’t take it for granted that one artist will use the same aftercare solution as another one that you’ve visited before.
If you have any questions about your aftercare, do make sure to bring it up with your artist- they should be happy to discuss any concerns you might have.
If you’ve got a product in mind that you want to use, please make sure to check with your artist if it’s suitable. It’s all well and good reading reviews about a product online, but the artist is going to know better than anyone how to heal their tattoos the best. Products that you find online or in shops may have added scents or essences that could damage your tattoo.
Some of it may not be vegan friendly
If you’re vegan, it’s important that you check the ingredients of your aftercare products- not all of them are suitable for vegans. There are plenty of products that use lanolin, which is made from sheep’s wool. Additionally, there may be other additives like beeswax which make the product unsuitable for vegans to use.
Generally speaking, cocoa butter is a wonderful vegan alternative to use for tattoo aftercare. However, it’s important that you check with your artist whether they approve of this, and whether it would be suitable for you to use. Again, your artist is going to know best here.
People may occasionally suffer allergic reactions to it
As with any cosmetic product that’s applied to the skin, there are some people who suffer allergic reactions to tattoo aftercare. Of course, this will vary depending on the individual in question, the size of the tattoo and the aftercare that is being used.
It’s not very common at all, but if you’re somebody with sensitive skin, this could be worth bringing up to your tattoo artist. Booking a consultation before getting a tattoo is always a good idea anyway, so make sure to bring this up before the day of your tattoo. Your artist will be able to help you make the best decision from there.
Tattoo aftercare is essential for a smooth healing process
On a technical level, aftercare is hugely important. As this Healthline article states, aftercare starts as soon as a tattoo is done. An artist will usually apply petroleum jelly or ointment to the skin after cleaning it up, and wrap it up to prevent any bacteria getting in.
After that, the aftercare responsibility comes down to you. An artist is not responsible for your tattoo not healing properly if you disregard their after care instructions. Your artist will give you instructions on when to unwrap your tattoo, how to wash it and how to use the product that you’ve been given.
Using your aftercare product properly will also make the healing procedure much more pleasant for you too. Tattoo ointments and butters can help to reduce itchiness and swelling. Additionally, it can be calming to know that your tattoo is healing nicely and on track to being sorted.
Not listening to your aftercare advice could have adverse effects
As you may well know already, not listening to your aftercare advice can result in adverse effects. If you choose to wash your tattoo incorrectly, care for it poorly or use an unverified product, you may run the risk of getting an infection. This can be incredibly unpleasant, and it can also make the tattoo look bad visually, too.
Incorrect aftercare may also lead to scarring or excess scar tissue. This can be itchy, uncomfortable and unpleasant to look at. It’s important to note that scar tissue on a tattoo is just as permanent as the tattoo is.
To put it simply, not caring for your tattoo is an unwise decision. It can ruin the tattoo entirely, and make the healing process unpleasant and painful.
To sum up
Aftercare is a hugely important part of getting a tattoo. If you want your tattoo to look beautiful in the future and prevent any complications with it, you’re going to need to keep on top of your aftercare and follow your artist’s suggestions to the letter. Don’t assume that you can just use a product you picked up online- your artist may dislike or distrust the product.
If you’re concerned about aftercare in regards to allergies or lifestyle requirement like veganism, make sure to let your artist know. They’ll be able to advise you on how best to care for your tattoo, and provide alternative solutions where necessary.
Are you looking for somewhere to get a beautiful, high quality tattoo? Here at NYC Tattoo Shop, we’re proud to have a wide variety of tattoo styles up for grabs. Our work is custom to fit each client, and we’d love to help you with your tattoo. Feel free to pop into the studio to speak with one of the artists, or book a consultation online today.