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Fine Line Tattoos | Before & Aftercare

A large part of what makes a tattoo standout (whether good or bad) is the aftercare.  Be sure to do everything by the book to ensure the best final result to last a lifetime!

Before Your Appointment

  • Stay out of the sun and/or tanning beds within Fourteen (14) days minimum prior to your appointment to ensure the best retention

  • If you have any health conditions that could affect your safety or the tattoo, please consult with your licensed medical practitioner prior to attending your appointment for approval

  • Do not drink alcohol or take Ibuprofen for a minimum of 24 hours prior to your tattoo appointment time (these can thin your blood and create bleeding/poor retention)

  • Eat a good meal and drink plenty of water/fluids prior to your appointment. Tattoos, of any size, can be hard on the adrenal system

  • Wear comfortable clothing; if your tattoo is in a delicate position, ensure you wear clothing to keep you covered and comfortable during your appointment

  • Ensure the area is clean and washed prior to arrival

Tattoo Aftercare

  • Always wash your hands prior to touching your tattoo. Dirty hands can spread infection.

  • 3 to 6 hours after receiving your tattoo, remove the bandage and gently wash the tattoo with

scent-free soap and water. This will remove ointment, excess colour and white blood cells.

  • Dry your tattoo by blotting it with a dry, clean, lint-free paper towel. Do not rub your tattoo.

  • Use ointment for the next 3 days, approximately 3 times a day. Gently apply enough ointment to

    keep the tattoo from getting dry. Apply a thin film, but do not drown the tattoo in ointment or lotion. Soggy is not good. Listen to your body. (We recommend Aquaphor, which can be purchased from any major store or drug store)

  • After performing the above care for three days, switch to using a fragrance/dye-free lotion (We recommend Cetaphil unscented lotion)

  • Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight and away from tanning booths for a minimum of 14 days. Use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 after it has healed to prevent premature fading.

  • Your tattoo may scab, flake. or peel. This is natural. Do not pick at the scab. This may remove ink and damage your tattoo. Sometimes the skin flakes that come off are the same color as your tattoo. This does not mean your tattoo is “falling out.” If you have any questions please call your


  • If you think you are allergic to to the tattoo or the aftercare products, or believe that you have an infection, please contact your doctor.

Things To Remember

  • Don’t soak your tattoo until it is completely healed. This means no swimming in rivers, lakes, pools, the ocean or spas. Also, avoid long baths and showers. Get in, get clean and get out. You can permanently damage your tattoo if you do not take proper care of it during the healing process.

  • Do not let your tattoo dry out during the healing process. If you let it crack, it may scar, and your artist may not be able to fully repair the damage to the art.

  • Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight. If your tattoo is healed, still remember to put sunscreen on your tattoo. Sunlight will fade colours. Remember what colour your outdoor furniture was before last summer?

  • Do not pick at your tattoo.

  • Do not scratch your tattoo.

  • Some areas of the body do not keep colour as well as others. Also some skin types, colours, and

    textures do not like certain colours. This is completely natural. Contact your artist if your tattoo

    needs a touch-up to learn more about your artist’s touch-up policy.

  • The skin over the tattoo can remain open for a couple of days and is capable of getting an

    infection if not properly cared for during the healing process. Contact a physician if any signs or symptoms develop, including: fever, prolonged swelling and pain, redness at the site, and/or

green or yellow discharge.

Should you, at any point in time, consider infection/aggravation a concern, it is advised that you seek immediate medical attention from a licensed practitioner.

Should you have any queries, please contact your salon/technician immediately.

Brittany – (403) 988 – 9698

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