Tattoo and Piercing Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare

You will need a tube of Bepanthen cream (sold in studio). Please check ingredients to avoid allergic reaction).

1.Always wash and dry your hands before and after handling a new tattoo site, and avoid touching the tattoo site unnecessarily so that exposure to germs is reduced.

2. Leave the dressing on for 2 to 3 hours.

3. After removal of the dressing, gently wash the site with warm water with a mild soap liquid and PAT dry with a towel or clean tissues (DO NOT rub or skin will become irritated).
4. With clean fingers apply a thin layer of Bepanthen cream. This should be done at least 2 to 3 times a day to keep the tattoo moisturised so that the skin is protected from dryness and the amount of potential scabbing is reduced, apply this until that tattoo is fully healed.

5. DO NOT PICK your tattoo as this will delay healing and cause damage.

Aftercare Tips: Shower rather than Bath as you do not want to submerge your new tattoo. Avoid swimming, sunbeds & saunas until healed. Do not use any cream not recommended by your tattooist. Always protect your healed tattoo with suncream.

Piercing Aftercare
1. Always wash & dry your hands before touching your new piercing.
2. Remove any dressing and clean the piercing twice a day using a fresh cotton bud and aftercare solution, saline or warm pre-boiled tap water. Pat dry with a clean tissue.
3. Try to wear loose cotton clothing to minimize irritation.
4. Shower rather than bathe where possible.
5 Do not 'turn' piercings, only touch during cleaning.
6. If your piercing has more than one whole use a different end of the cotton bud to clean each one.
7. Oral piercings should be rinsed twice daily using an alcohol free mouthwash. Rinse with plain water after smoking. Downsize the bar after 2-3 weeks or when any swelling has gone down to reduce risk of damage to teeth & gums. If part of your piercing is also external i.e. lip piercings also clean the outside with a cotton bud & solution. Balls should be checked daily to reduce the risk of swallowing or losing balls. Swelling is likely to occur with oral piercings. Over the counter pain relief such as ibuprofen & paracetamol can be used. Please avoid taking aspirin. If the bar feels too tight or you have any other problems please contact the studio. In an emergency situation where breathing is difficult go straight to A&E.
8. When can I change my jewellery? A. Navel 6-9 months. Oral piercings 2-3 weeks or when the swelling has gone down. Everything else around 3-4 months.
Possible Complications:
Infection: increased redness, unexpected swelling, painful, throbbing & hot to touch. There may be a yellow, green or grey discharge. True infections cannot be treated at home and usually require a course of antibiotics from your GP.
Allergic Reaction: Some people have a reaction to body jewellery which can cause an itchy rash. Please contact the studio as we can usually fit alternative jewellery. Severe allergic reaction is rare but can be life threatening. If you suffer from extreme swelling or have difficulty breathing seek urgent medical from your local A & E.
Rejection can occur in any piercing forcing the piercing out. This is more common in navel, eyebrow & surface piercings. Little can be done to prevent this. Please contact the studio to find out about downsizing the jewellery although eventually some people’s body will force the piercing out.

Where to get help? Please contact the studio on 020 8644 8258 or email
Useful number: NHS DIRECT 111, or the nearest NHS Walk-in centre St Helier Hospital 020 8333 2000 (24 hours, 7 days a week)