You may experience some redness around the tattoo where SecondSkin was applied to the un-tattooed skin. This is completely normal and may occur with any type of medical adhesive. If you develop a serious reaction, discontinue use immediately and follow traditional aftercare.
- In the first 24 hours, there may be a build up of plasma under the SecondSkin™. This is completely normal. If so, remove the bandage and repeat from step one. Whether or not you change your bandage, leave it on for an additional three to six days. Once you remove our SecondSkin™ bandage, keep your tattoo clean and start using our aftercare cream as needed.
- Peel up an edge or corner of SecondSkin back over itself in the direction of hair growth. Pulling upward can be painful. Rarely, some people will find it difficult to remove, in this case try removing in a warm shower. The warm water will loosen the adhesive and make it easier to remove.
- Slowly pull the SecondSkin off. Do not pull it straight up away from the skin. Instead, pull the film back and across the skin while holding your skin taut.
- Wash tattoo thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
- Once tattoo is clean and dry, apply a thin layer of unscented lotion to your tattoo as needed.
Your tattoo and the area around it may be slightly swollen and red for the next week. Color may seep to the surface (it is ok to wipe this off with a damp, clean paper towel and reapply a thin layer of ointment after drying). Do not let your tattoo stick to sheets or clothing, this can pull out ink.
A thin scab should form evenly over the entire tattoo and should peel similar to a sunburn.
Do not pick at the scab. The color may seem dull or uneven while your tattoo is healing. Your tattoo should be completely healed after one month. Shading may seem dark but will fade up to 40% throughout the healing process.
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