Care instructions for tattoos with Suprasorb patches (“shower patches”)
Information about the Suprasorb patch
The Suprasorb patch promotes fast wound healing and protects your fresh tattoo in the first days. It is highly elastic, breathable and waterproof. So the tattoo is also protected when showering.
Please remove the shower patch after 3-5 days (max. 6 days!) and wash the tattoo carefully with lukewarm or cold water and a pH-neutral soap. The easiest way to remove the patch is to moisten the patch under lukewarm water before slowly removing it. Clean the tattoo carefully with washed hands only. Do not use a washcloth or similar!
After removing the patch, you will see a thin film over your tattoo, which will come off over the next few days.
Care of fresh tattoos
Your tattoo should be washed with soap and water before each application of cream in the following days, then immediately dab dry with a clean paper towel (e.g. Zewa or similar lint-free and hygienic disposable materials).
With a wound and healing ointment (we recommend “HeileHeile” from our studio or “Panthenol Ratiopharm” from the pharmacy) you should now apply a thin layer of cream to your tattoo 2-3 times a day. This should be repeated until the affected area of skin has completely healed. The skin is now somewhat dry and it may itch slightly.
Please do not scratch or manipulate, as strong friction can lead to inflammation, loss of colour and scarring!
Full baths, sauna and swimming pool visits should be avoided for at least the first two weeks until the fresh tattoo has completely healed.
Under the plaster the tattoo usually looks very blurred, as escaping colour particles and wound water mix.
Sometimes the corners of the patch come off over time: Please do not pull on it, but carefully cut off the loosened areas with clean nail scissors so that the patch does not come off prematurely.
A little more wound water may also collect under the patch. This is completely normal and usually disappears in the following days. However, if the blistering becomes too big for you, you can carefully prick a small hole in the patch with clean hands and a disinfected needle and gently brush the water out of the small opening. To prevent bacteria from penetrating, close the hole with a small piece of Suprasorb that we give you for this purpose.
Your new tattoo must not be exposed to direct sunlight or solariums in the first 4 weeks! The consequences would be burns, loss of colour, inflammation and in the worst case even scarring. UV-radiation is like poison for every freshly tattooed tattoo, because the freshly tattooed skin area has no UV-protection of its own anymore and this protection has to be rebuilt first – usually this takes up to 3 months. But even after that, caution is advised, because the colours fade very quickly due to solariums or sunlight. Sun cream with sun protection factor 50+ helps to keep the colours at an optimum level, but of course it should only be used on the tattoo which has already completely healed.
Basically the following applies: A fresh tattoo should be treated just as carefully as a fresh wound!
Tattooing is always at your own risk and responsibility, which is especially true for aftercare.
The tattoo artist or the tattoo studio is not liable for possible damages caused by bad or wrong care, because we can not check your aftercare.
“Isana Arztseife Spezial Flüssig” (available from Rossmann) is particularly suitable for washing the fresh tattoo.
Care instructions for tattoos with cling film
Healing a tattoo takes about 1-2 weeks, depending on your health.
It is possible that the new tattoo will itch quite a bit during the healing process. It is important to keep the fresh tattoo clean and follow basic rules of hygiene.
When the tattoo is done the artist will put ointment on it and cover it with plastic wrap, so that body fluids are contained and no dirt can enter the wound. This also helps to minimize the formation of scab.
Please follow these aftercare instructions:
Day 1 and 2:
During the first two days and nights remove the plastic wrap in the morning and in the evening, wash the tattoo with soap and lukewarm water, then pat it dry carefully with paper towels.
For the next hour the tattoo should be exposed to air in order to breathe, while being careful not to expose it to any dirt, dust and other contaminants. Then thinly apply the recommended ointment and then cover the tattoo with plastic wrap again.
Starting on day 3:
On the morning of the third day take off the plastic wrap. The tattoo should now stay exposed to the air and not be covered again. Wash the tattoo two to three times a day, dry it and apply ointment. This should be done until the thin healing top layer of the skin has peeled off.
Wear clean clothes that don’t rub on the tattoo. Do not scratch when the tattoo is itchy.
Don’t expose the fresh tattoo to sunlight or go tanning. Avoid sauna and swimming until the tattoo is completely healed. Don’t scratch if there is any scabbing or try peeling off the healing skin.
On the day you get tattooed don’t be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications, if you are, you will not get tattooed. Please wear clothes that can be removed from the area that is going to be tattooed. It is recommended to get a good nights rest and have a light meal before your appointment. Wear something comfortable and maybe bring a book to read. While getting tattooed try to be relaxed, breathe normally and focus on the end result, and not the pain.
Depending on the design and the location on the body, tattooing is a more or less painful procedure. During the tattoo-process color pigments are applied to the middle layer of the skin with the help of needles.
We’d like to point out that tattooing is procedure done by a human hand. Therefore it’s always possible that there may be slight differences in shape or color to the agreed on design.
Because in our studio, “All Style Tattoo”, all art is designed and applied by the tattoo artists, there will usually be only line drawings in advance. This creates room during the tattoo process for enough artistic freedom, individuality and quality.
We would like to point out that a tattoo is subject to an aging process. Especially sun exposure and visits to tanning salons over the years can cause colors to fade and lines to become a bit blurry.
Scheduling one or several tattoo appointments requires a deposit in the amount of half of the agreed on price of the first session. This finances the designing of the tattoo and is a commitment to show up for the scheduled appointments. The deposit is only refunded if the appointment is canceled 5 workdays in advance and the tattoo-artist has not done a sketch for the tattoo yet, then the deposit will be kept as payment for the design.
The surface is usually healed after two weeks, but the complete, deeper healing can take up to 12 weeks.
Even after the superficial healing is done, it is important not to expose the tattoo to a lot of sun, in order to preserve the brightness of the colors. It is recommended to wear sunblock with a high sun protection factor, especially during the first few months. Be careful especially during the first summer, it may be best to cover the tattoo when sunbathing.
For best healing and optimal results it is essential that you follow the healing instructions you have received from us. We cannot guarantee a good outcome if you don’t follow our instructions.
In order to judge and recognize individual risks in advance, it is required to answer the following questions thoroughly and honestly:
- Do you have any blood disease or do you bleed excessively?
- Do you have a skin disorder (eczema, psoriasis)?
- Are you taking blood thinning medication (Marcumar, Aspirin, Heparin etc.)?
- Do you have allergies (Latex, certain medications?)
- Do you have circulatory or heart disease/ do you faint easily?
- Do you have a chronic infectious disease (AIDS, Hepatitis A/B/C, MRSA)?
- Do you have an acute infectious disease (flu etc.)?
- Do you have other chronic ailments (e.g. Epilepsy or Paralysis) ?
- Are you pregnant or breast-feeding?
Despite best care, use of proven techniques and work materials, in rare cases it can come to side effects or complications, both during or after the tattoo process. For example:
During tattooing people occasionally feel lightheaded, nauseous or even faint.
After the tattoo is done, there is a small possibility for light continued bleeding, which will stop after a short period of time.
After tattooing the skin may be slightly swollen or irritated.
During the healing the tattoo can first feel tingly or have a burning sensation, and towards the end of the healing-process it may itch, but that will pass within a few days. Depending on the individual person, a few days after tattooing a light to thicker healing skin/ scab will develop, and will, similar to other wounds, peel off by itself when done healing.
In rare cases scars can develop in the tattoo.
In very rare cases there can be an allergic reaction to the applied pigments or the used ointments/ lotions.
In extremely rare cases, despite best care of the tattoo artist concerning cleanliness and hygiene, infections can develop, which can lead to serious and lasting health problems, if not treated by a medical professional.