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One should avoid hot tubs, swimming pools and soaking in bathubs of water during the healing period. Before the surface heals, the skin is susceptible to infection.

Don't get tattooed the day before beach vacation or cruise. As the soaking can cause the scab to come off too soon, which can also hurt your new tattoo.

Get a good sleep of nearly 8 to 9 hours the night before your tattoo appointment. As it often stresses the body the same way vigorous activity does, even though you aren't being highly active.

Eat a good meal a hour or two ahead of time as the process of enduring being tattooed is more tiring than most people would imagine.

Do not drink alcohol or take aspirin before you get tattooed. Both of these thin the blood and can cause you to bleed heavily during the tattoo process.

If you are going to be tattooed for a long time, make sure you have a way of getting home that is safe, or have someone else drive you. Some people become disoriented or a bit fuzzy-headed after long tattoo sessions due to the endorphin rush.

Keep the bandage on the tattoo for at least two hours after the work is complete (or longer, depending on the tattoo artist's instructions).

Remove the bandage very carefully and throw it away. This allows your skin to breathe and begin the healing process. Do not rebandage the tattoo.

Put a drop of mild antibiotic soap on your hand and lightly wash the tattoo. Gently pat it dry with a washcloth (not a paper towel) taking care not to rub it.

Dab an over-the-counter water- or petroleum-based ointment on the cleaned area. Do not use an ointment that contains zinc as it may cause an adverse reaction.

Continue to lightly apply antibiotic ointment to your tattooed skin for the first few days, then switch to a plain skin lotion that is free of dye, perfume, lanolin, Vitamin E, aloe or alcohol.

Expose your healing skin to air as much as possible but avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

Avoid getting a lot of water on your new tattoo - showers are OK, but no swimming or baths for a few weeks.

Tattoo Problems

Tattoo dyes can cause allergic skin reactions, resulting in an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This may occur even years after you get the tattoo.

Tattoos can lead to local bacterial infections, characterized by redness, swelling, pain and a pus-like drainage.

Tattooing can also lead to raised areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue (keloids).

If the equipment used to create your tattoo is contaminated with infected blood, you can contract various bloodborne diseases, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tetanus and HIV the virus that causes AIDS.







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