Post Healing Guarantee & After Care

At New Hope Tattoo, we aim to deliver the highest quality of tattoos, this extends not just to the design/tattoo, but post healing as well. Most of tattoo’s will heal just the way they are supposed to, however it is possible for a new tattoo to loose ink during the healing process. If your tattoo doesn’t look perfect after a month of healing please let us know, and will get you booked in for a free touch up.

After Care

  • Your tattoo artist will cover your tattoo with cling film. This is to stop dirt, germs and air coming into contact with your new tattoo. You should keep the tattoo covered with cling film for two hours.
  • When you remove the cling film the tattoo will appear to be “slimy” in appearance. Gently wash the area with warm water and an antibacterial soap, and pat the area dry with a clean towel. We then recommend leaving the tattoo to air dry for several hours.
  • You will need to use a healing cream to moisturise your tattoo, our artist recommend either bepanthen or coco butter (which can be purchased from any chemist or supermarket) This should be applied two times a day and minimising scabbing of the tattoo. Other aftercare products specially formulated for the healing of tattoo’s are also fine to use. Vaseline and harmful astringents and antiseptics such as TCP, Dettol and perfumed lotions should be avoided. Sudocreme is also inadvisable
  • Your tattoo will soon begin to dry out and a scab will form. Ideally, the scabbing needs to be kept minimal. If the scabs are damaged your tattoo will lose pigment and may scar. It is very important if scabs form they are left to fall off on their own (NO picking/scratching) Bepanthen will keep scabbing minimal and may prevent scabs forming at all, depending on your immune system
  • Do not soak your tattoo for a prolonged period of time. After bathing pat the area dry or allow to air dry. Rubbing and picking the tattoo will not only ruin the design, it will also scar your skin
  • Avoid exposing your tattoo to sun or sun-beds whilst it is healing
  • Be aware that tattoo’s can become infected. Aviod getting anything dirty on your tattoo while it is healing. Pets can cover your tattoo in hair, saliva etc so ensure your new tattoo is covered before handling any animals. If your tattoo does become dirty, wash it immediately with antibacterial soap, pat dry and apply the aftercare cream
  • A tattoo can take 1-2 months to completely heal. Although the scabbing will disappear (with proper aftercare) within a couple of weeks, the tattoo may still appear slightly faint, or the skin may appear shiny and taut for up to a month after. Keep applying your aftercare cream at least twice a day until the skin has fully healed