The initial stage of tattoo healing begins immediately after your tattooing session is finished. You should look at your tattoo as an open wound, and treat it accordingly. Your artist will gently wash the area and put a Saniderm bandage on it to protect it from bacteria. After 24 hours, you should remove the Saniderm bandage, wash your tattoo, let it air dry, and place another tattoo bandage over it. This will help clean your tattoo, as it is normal in the first 24 hours for your tattoo to weep and bleed.
Many people describe a fresh tattoo as feeling similar to a sunburn. The area tends to sting a bit, and it can look red and become a little raised or swollen. This is all a natural part of the tattoo healing process. Unlike other tattoo healing methods, Saniderm will make it so you don’t see scabbing. Attempt to keep the Saniderm on for 4-7 days TOTAL (8-24 hours for the first bandage, 3-6 days for the second bandage).