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Please follow these instructions to improve and prolong the results of micropigmentation. Even when following these aftercare instructions, fading, blurring or poor retention may still happen depending on your skin and lifestyle. Everyone heals and accepts the pigment differently. How your body heals is out of our control. Healed results will vary between each individual client, based on their skin type, their skin condition, immune system, metabolism, overall health, and lifestyle. Our aftercare instructions are meant to help you achieve the best results and reduce the chances of getting an infection.

These instructions are not a guarantee that your results will last for any certain period of time, nor is it guaranteed problems will not arise.

With proper care that includes pre and post-tattoo precautions, the tattoo would take 14 to 21 days to heal completely. After your nipple and or areola is tattooed, it is important to follow these directions to help the area heal.

Post Nipple and Areola Tattoo Care Instructions When checking your Tattoo

  • Always wash your hands with soap and dry them with clean paper towels before touching your tattoo site.

Plan A: Monitor the site if NOT sensitive to Tegaderm dressing

  • Wear the same Tegaderm for 7 days after the procedure.

  • Shower with the Tegaderm on and allow the water to run over. 

  • Do not scrub the Tegaderm

  • Do not submerge in water (bath, pool, ocean, hot tub, etc.) for 14 days

  • Do not workout or sweat for 48 hours

  • On Day 7

    • Remove Tegaderm, shower, and clean with gentle soap, water, and fingertips.

    • Samples of gentle soaps: Dial, Dove, Cetaphil

    • After the shower, sit topless, and allow the skin to air dry for 1 hour 

    • Once dry, text a clear and well-lit picture to Arawan Artistry at 847-744-8471, for evaluation.

  • If you have an allergic reaction with the Tegaderm, please remove the Tegaderm, then text AND call immediately for further instructions:

    • Call 847-421-7400 - Do not send a text message.

Plan B: Monitor the site if sensitive to Tegaderm dressing (using non adhesive type of dressing)

  • Remove your dressing(s) and put in trash. It is normal to see some of the tattoo coloring on the dressing.

  • Look at your tattoo in the mirror each day. If you have increased redness, drainage or you have more pain, call 847-421-7400. Do not send a text message.

  • It is normal for the tattooed skin to form a scab or start to peel. DO NOT pick, peel or poke the tattooed skin.

  • Shower each day using warm, not hot water, unscented soap (e.g. Dial, Dove, Ivory). Do not touch the tattooed areas in the shower, just let the shower water flow over them.

  • Do not put your tattooed breasts under water in a bathtub, pool or hot tub until they are healed. About 4 weeks after the tattoo is done, your doctor will tell you when it is okay to put your breasts under water normally.

  • Do not use tanning beds for 4 weeks after your breast tattoo is done.

  • Check your tattoo for the next 5 days after you shower:

    • Put a thin layer of Mupirocin (Bactroban) ointment on the tattooed area using a clean cotton q-tip 2 times a day, for 5 days. It is important to make sure the ointment covers the scabs or areas that are peeling.

    • After you put on the ointment, cover the area with a non-stick pad (e.g. telfa) and attach with gentle tape, such as paper tape.

      • On the 6th day after getting your tattoo, stop using the Mupirocin and do not put on a dressing. On day 7, start using moisturizer on the area after you take a shower and 2 times each day with an unscented, dye free lotion.

Precaution restrictions with tattoos

  • Cover the tattooed area from the sun.

  • Do not use self-tanning creams on the tattooed skin for 4 weeks after getting your tattoo.

When should I call the doctor?

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher

  • Chills

  • Drainage from your tattoo

  • Increased redness

  • Pain

  • Any other questions or concerns

    • CALL FIRST 847-421-7400 to report your symptoms.

The healing process depends greatly on the different skin types and lifestyle habits of the person getting it. Some people might even need a touch-up or two to achieve the right shade and color in their tattoos.

Here’s a detailed look at the daily breast tattoo healing process. The Nipple and Areola Tattoo Healing Process Day by Day:

Days 1-2

Right after treatment, the tattooed area will be sensitive, red, and swollen.

Your artist will apply a clear bandage, allowing you to shower regularly without getting the tattooed area wet. This bandage is also helpful with fluid buildup since, during those first few days, it is normal for the tattooed area to ooze lymph and even some blood.

During this period, it is normal to experience some tenderness and pain. However, if these symptoms don’t subside by day 5, you may be dealing with an infection, so check with your technician.

Days 3-7

During the period of 3-7 days after the procedure, it is safe to remove the bandage and lightly wash the covered area, then let it air dry.

In the following days, scabs will begin to form over the tattooed area. The skin will be covered with a thin crust film, and it’ll probably feel itchy and tight.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t pick at the scabs. Instead, you can try relieving the discomfort with a moisturizer prescribed by your technician.

Days 7-14

Once the tattoo has healed considerably, the scabs will start cracking and falling off on their own.

The peeling process can last for about a week. Some people can even go through a second peeling period, but much less dramatic than the first one.

It is crucial to remember not to pick at flakes and scabs, annoying as they may be. You have to let them fall off on their own since you risk leaving the tattooed area in patches of pigment if you scratch them off.

Days 15-42

After the scabs have fallen off, the pigment will appear much lighter than what it was right after the procedure. Surface healing is considered over once the peeling stops, but internal healing takes about 6-8 weeks since that is the estimated time needed for deep tissue recovery.

Once the 6 weeks have passed, you can book a touch-up with your tech and fix any possible imperfection that may have occurred during the healing process.

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