There are many people who want to get tattoos. In fact, tattoos are common among many types of people. This is why it is so important that you are sure that you understand how to properly care for a tattoo if you are thinking about getting one. Here are some things that you should know about getting a tattoo:
1. Keep It Covered
At the beginning, you will need to keep a cover on it to protect it. Depending on how much your tattoo is and the type of tattoo you got will determine how long you keep the bandage on. For the most part, you will be asked to keep the bandage on between 2-8 hours. You shouldn't have to keep it on much longer. If someone tells you to keep it on longer than 8 hours, especially if they tell you a couple weeks, you should get a second opinion. Call another tattoo shop and have them look at it. The person who did it was not qualified.
2. Keep It Moist
The next thing that you will need to do is keep the tattoo moist. You can keep it covered with A+D Ointment or some sort of lubricant. This will help to protect the tattoo from infection. This is highly important to keep the color good on the tattoo and protect you from having any complications. After you keep the ointment on for the allotted time, you will need to put lotions on the tattoo. Letting it dry out too much can be dangerous. So always keep it moist.
3. Wash The Tattoo, But Do It Carefully
It is very important for you to wash the tattoo. If you don't, you will have a serious risk of infection. However, at the beginning, you cannot soak the tattoo in the tub or really scrub it. Instead, you should just be in the shower and let the water just roll of mildly. After a couple days when the tattoo starts to heal you can wash it more fully, but until then just get enough soap and water on to prevent tattoo risk of infection.
Before you get a tattoo you should always talk to the artist and see if you can handle the aftercare of the tattoo. If you are planning a vacation or have some life changes that will be happening right after the procedure, you should wait. After care will be the most important part of keeping your tattoo clean and looking good.