Piercing Aftercare

Piercings should be washed no more than twice a day using a mild, fragrance-free soap.

Cleaning solution: Packaged piercing solution or a non-iodized sea salt mixture: dissolve approximately three quarter of a tsp of sea salt into a 500 ml bottle of water. Soaks can be done twice a day for five to ten minutes each time; a brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.

Oral piercings can be healed using the same sea salt ratio as mentioned above or by using an alcohol-free mouth wash. During the entire healing period, rinse your mouth three to four times a day (after each meals) with a cleaning solution for thirty seconds.

What to expect from your new piercing and useful tips:

  • Initially some bleeding, bruising and swelling is normal.
  • No alcohol or peroxide is to be used, these can damage the cells.
  • ibuprofen or aspirin are good measures to reduce swelling.
  • Make sure to keep yourself HYDRATED.
  • Wash your hands prior to cleaning your piercing.
  • DO NOT over clean your piercing, this can result in slowing down the healing process.
  • After cleaning your piercing make sure the balls are screwed on tight.

It is important to note that every person's body is different and healing times will vary considerably. Should you have any questions about tattoos or piercings, please do not hesitate to contact us

Piercings: How to prevent complications

From ears to lips to bellybuttons, piercings are popular and easy to get. Still, don't let the ease of getting piercings stop you from doing your research. Piercings carry risks and can cause complications. The decisions you make now — such as where you get the piercing and how you care for the piercing — can help you prevent infection and speed the healing process.

Know the risks

A piercing is the insertion of jewelry into an opening made in the ear, nose, eyebrow, lip, tongue or other part of the body — usually without anesthetics. Although earlobe piercing is generally less risky than other body piercings, any type of piercing poses a risk of infection and other complications. Specific risks include:

  • Allergic reactions. Some piercing jewelry — particularly pieces made of nickel — can cause allergic reactions.

  • Oral complications. Jewelry worn in tongue piercings can chip and crack your teeth and damage your gums. Tongue swelling after a new piercing can interfere with chewing and swallowing — and sometimes breathing.

  • Skin infections. A skin infection — which might cause redness, swelling, pain and a pus-like discharge — is possible after a piercing.

  • Other skin problems. Piercing can lead to scars and keloids — raised areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue.

  • Bloodborne diseases. If the equipment used to do the piercing is contaminated with infected blood, you can contract various bloodborne diseases — including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tetanus and HIV. Dragonfly Tattoos follows strict sanitation steps and uses an Autoclave to sanitize all jewelery and piercing tools to avoid bloodborne diseases. 

  • Tearing or trauma. Jewelry can get caught and torn out accidentally, potentially requiring stitches or other repair.

  • Medication or other treatment — including possible jewelry removal — might be needed if you develop an allergic reaction, infection or other skin problem near the piercing.

Tattoo Care Tips

  • Don't shave the tattoo until it's fully healed. If you shave around it, don't let the shaving cream or hair irritate or infect the tattoo.

  • Avoid using saunas and steam rooms while your tattoo is healing, as the moisture may draw pigment from the skin.

  • Do not cover the tattoo after the initial cover the artist applied after you had the tattoo done. Tattoos need air to heal, and plastic wrap or gauze will only suffocate the tattoo and prolong healing. When sleeping at night, simply avoid laying on the tattoo, and if you are worried about ink coming off lay a towel down underneath you to prevent the tat from becoming stuck to your bedsheets.

  • Avoid fluffy clothing as the fluff can get into your scabs and cause infection.

What to avoid with a New Tattoo

1) Avoid soaking the tattoo. Until your tattoo is fully healed, you should avoid swimming in a pool, in the sea, or even soaking in the bathtub. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, exposing your tattoo to too much water may draw ink out of your skin and damage the tattoos appearance. Secondly, the water in swimming pools, the sea and the bathtub may be carrying dirt, bacteria, chemicals and other impurities that could cause your tattoo to become infected.

  • It will be completely safe to resume these activities once your tattoo is healed, but for now you should stick to rinsing your tattoo in the sink or shower.


2) Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. Sunlight is the worst enemy of new tattoos. The harsh rays of the sun may cause your skin to blister and bleach some of the color from your tattoo. For this reason, it is best to keep your tattoo covered and away from the sun for at least 3 to 4 weeks, until the initial healing is complete.

  • After that, you will still need to protect your tattoo by wearing a minimum of SPF 30. This will prevent your tattoo from fading in the sun, keeping the colors true for longer.


3) Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo. As it heals, your tattoo will begin to scab. This is normal, and the scabs should be allowed to dry out and fall off by themselves. Do not try to help the process along by picking at the scabs. This may cause the scabs to fall off prematurely, leaving holes or light spots on your tattoo.

  • If your hands or nails are unclean, you may also cause the tattoo to become infected. You should always wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap before touching your tattoo and you should never allow anyone else to touch it while it heals.

  • Dry, scabbing or peeling skin can become very itchy, but scratching at your tattoo may also cause scabs to fall off. You can relive itching by slapping the tattoo with the flat of your hand, or by rubbing in a little lotion.


4) Avoid tight-fitting clothes. Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing on the area with your new tattoo, especially at first. As your tattoo heals, it will seep plasma and excess ink, which may cause the clothing to stick to the tattoo. The clothing will then be painful to remove and may rip off any freshly formed scabs.

  • In addition, tight clothing will prevent enough oxygen from getting to your tattoo, and oxygen is essential for the healing process.

  • Aim to wear clean, loose-fitting clothing, day and night, while your tattoo is healing.

Care for your new Tattoo

 1) Carefully remove the bandage.  Once bandage is removed wash your tattoo well with a mild unscented soap to ensure removal of ointment. Do not apply any cream to your tattoo until it starts to dry out; this can take anywhere from one to three days depending on the tattoo, its location and your body. When the tattoo begins to dry out, use a non-greasy unscented moisturizer such as Lubriderm. Do not over moisturize your new tattoo.

Your tattoo will begin to flake off within 3 – 5 days. Pending on the tattoo size, detail and your skin type, a thick scab may occur; should this happen, DO NOT PICK AT IT, such action will slow down the healing process. Be careful not to damage the new tissue that is forming. Avoid wearing tight clothes around your new tattoo, as they can cause friction or prevent it from breathing properly . Your tattoo may remain shiny up to ten weeks. Make sure to keep your new tattoo away from direct sunlight and avoid pools, bathtubs or any prolonged time with your tattoo submerged in water.

2) Gently wash the tattoo. Most artists recommend lukewarm water and mild, unscented liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Use your hands to gently rub the tattoo, removing all traces of blood, plasma, or leaked ink. This will help to prevent the tattoo from scabbing too soon. 

  • Do not hold the tattoo directly under the water. Wash it indirectly by splashing the water over the tattoo with your hands. The stream of water from the faucet may be too harsh on your new tattoo.

  • If your new tattoo is covering a large area of skin, it may be easiest to wash the tattoo in the shower.

 3) Let the tattoo air dry. Once you have thoroughly washed the tattoo, you should gently pat it dry with a little paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation. Once the excess moisture has been removed, you should leave the tattoo uncovered for 20 minutes to an hour. This will allow the tattoo to breath and any excess moisture to evaporate.

  • You should allow your tattoo to breathe like this after each time you wash it or get it wet.

 4) Moisturize your Tattoo. Once your tattoo is fully dry and the skin begins to feel tight you can apply a non-greasy unscented moisture cream such as lubriderm to the tattoo. Make sure to apply only a very thin layer that's just enough to make the tattoo shine and rub it in gently until it's absorbed by the skin. It's very important that you don't apply too much ointment or else you'll suffocate the tattoo and encourage the growth of bacteria.

  • You should continue applying the ointment once or twice a day when your tattoo after your tattoo starts to dry out.

  • Don't use petroleum based products, such as Vaseline, as these are too heavy and may clog the pores, causing breakouts on the tattoo. They also draw the ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin, causing the tattoo to fade before it's even fully healed.

5) Continue to wash and moisturize. You should continue to wash your tattoo with mildunscented soap and warm water, but not too frequently, until it is fully healed. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 six weeks, depending on the size and location of the tattoo. Youshould wash more often if the tattoo is on your hand, wrist, foot, or any other area which is more exposed to germs.

  • After applying lubriderm ointment for the first 3 to 5 days, you can switch to regular lotion after each wash. It is  recommend that you avoid using lotions that are scented, colored or contain glitter. Remember to only apply a light layer of lotion, as over-moisturizing can negatively affect the tattoo.

  • The initial healing of the tattoo will take up to two weeks. During this time, you can expect the tattoo to start peeling or flaking, in a similar way to sunburn. Some colored skin may come away as the tattoo peels, but this is completely normal.

  • After the skin peels, your tattoo will look glassy and feel tight. It may also have cloudy or white patches of skin that you will be tempted to peel off, but try to resist. This is referred to as "onion skin" and will fall off by itself within a couple of weeks.

  • If you have taken proper care of your new tattoo, you can expect your tattoo to be healed and your skin to have fully regenerated in about 4 to 6 weeks.


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