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1. Avoid the following medications and foods, as their consumption causes an increased likelihood of bleeding problems: Steroids, anti-inflammatories, aspirin, ibuprofen, or any medicines containing aspirin or ibuprofen (i.e. Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Excedrin, Midol). Avoid drinking red wine. If you have any questions about a medication or supplement, please call the office.

2. Nicotine must be avoided for two (2) weeks prior to the procedure and two (2) weeks after your procedure.

3. If you are taking any medications that have been prescribed by another physician, please review these with your physician.

Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to the procedure.

Shower and wash area, do not use any creams on the breast area. Wear a loose bra and top for your comfort.

Shower and wash area, do not use any creams on the area being tattooed.


Tegaderm is a sterile, breathable, waterproof, germ-proof barrier to protect your new tattoo. 

  1. Leave the Tegaderm on for 3 DAYS - do not lift it, change it or remove it.

  2. The Tegaderm will protect your tattoo from infection, abrasion, irritation and contamination while it is going through the most important part of its healing. It will also protect your clothes, sheets and loved ones from coming in contact with the excess ink, blood and fluid that are the normal by-products of healing a tattoo. 

  3. You can perform all your usual activities (including exercise) while the tattoo is covered with Tegaderm. Be sure not to bump or rub your new tattoo excessively, or do anything that will scrape or peel the covering off.

  4. Showering will not affect Tegaderm; it is reasonably waterproof. You can shower normal while healing. However, do not bathe or swim until your tattoo is fully healed. 

  5. After 3 days, remove the Tegaderm by carefully peeling it off of your skin. Do not quickly tear it off, as this can cause skin irritation. The easiest way to soften the adhesive is to stand in a hot shower for several minutes and remove the covering in the shower. 

  6. After removing the covering, rinse the tattoo thoroughly with warm water and wash, then rinse several times using antibacterial soap and warm water. Gently work any excess material off the surface of your skin using the palm of your hand while doing so do not use any washcloths, sponges or brushes. 

  7. After patting your tattoo with a clean towel, the skin should be shiny and dry. For the next 7-10 days, apply a thin layer of Tattoo Goo or hand lotion (use an unscented, colorless lotion (Jergens, Lubriderm, or Nivea) when it feels tight, dry, or itchy. Otherwise, let it air out and heal naturally. You might notice a few layers of flaky skin peeling, this is completely normal.


Proper aftercare is crucial for optimal healing and long-lasting results.


Maintain your stunning appearance with these simple aftercare steps:

  1. Keep area away from water for first 24 hours

  2. Apply After Inked for 3 to 5 days, applying 2-3 times a day.

  3. No vigorous exercise for first 24 hours as it can raise your blood pressure and cause you swell.

  4. Keep your tattoo clean: Gently cleanse the tattooed area with mild soap and water, avoiding harsh chemicals.

  5. Moisturize regularly: Apply a recommended ointment or lotion to keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness.

  6. Shield from the sun: Protect your tattoo from direct sunlight using clothing or sunscreen with high SPF.

  7. Avoid scratching or picking: Resist the temptation to scratch or pick at the tattooed area.

Follow your artist’s instructions: Adhere to any additional aftercare guidelines the tattoo artist provides for the best results.


MEDICATIONS: Take over the counter medication for any discomfort. If you have a history of cellulitis, please take antibiotic tablets as directed.

FOLLOW UP: A second procedure is best and necessary post 4-8 weeks to ensure perfection and longevity of definition and color.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Do not peel or scratch off any flaking in tattooed area. No vigorous exercise for first 24 hours as it may cause swelling. (i.e., gym)

** If you have any concerns about the tattooing while healing, please contact our office at (704) 909-9467. If you experience frequent or unusual bleeding or discomfort please contact us as well as your referring physician.


For all additional questions and concerns before booking your appointment please contact  (704) 909-9467

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