Jim Farrell Tattoo Carlow Aftercare Advice


Well now you have your new tattoo. The tattoo artist has done their job but now it's up to you to ensure your tattoo heals correctly without any infection or damage to the tattoo.


What is important to remember your unhealed tattoo is an OPEN WOUND and there is a risk of infection without proper care and hygiene. The healing process should take around two weeks and here's directions on how to handle your tattoo. The tattoo can be damaged in the healing process also which can affect the appearance in the tattoo.



 What to do:

 1. Remove the Clingfilm after 2 - 4 hours.

 2. Wash the tattoo lightly with lukewarm water & pat dry gently.

 3. Apply a light film of Savlon Antiseptic Cream.

 4. The Savlon should be applied about 4 times a day for the first few days whilst keeping the tattoo as clean as possible.

 5. After this use bepanthen (nappy rash cream) about 4 times daily to avoid the tattoo drying out.



 Things to Remember / Avoid:

 6. Never peel or pick any part of your tattoo. If you do, you will lose color and it could result in additional expense in re-coloring. (Any loose skin will work itself off without any help from you.) 

 7. DO NOT use alcohol to clean tattoo. 

 8. DO NOT rub or scratch.

 9. DO NOT let tattoo dry out. 

  10. DO NOT expose to direct sunlight or tanning beds for two weeks / no spray tans.

  11. DO NOT soak tattoo in sauna, steam bath, or bathtub for two weeks (yes, you may shower.) 

  12. DO NOT allow water to beat directly onto the tattoo while showering for at least one week. 

 13. NO WORKING OUT / EXERCISE that causes profuse sweating, it has the same effect as soaking your tattoo in water and for this reason you should take some time off this type of exercise while the tattoo heals. The sweat may cause infection also.

  14. AVOID CHLORINE!!! No swimming in pools, lakes, rivers, or oceans for at least two weeks.


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