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Old 02-07-2013, 09:59 PM   #14001
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So like 2 days after getting my new tattoo I stopped wearing a bandage and it faded... still looks fine, just not great though. ****ing sucks man. Has this happened to anyone else?
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:02 AM   #14002
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Is it faded "scabby" or just faded? Tattoos do go through a healing process where they scab over, the scabs fall off and the tattoo remains. But if you are concerned, talked to your artist and make sure you continue to follow their instructions.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:10 AM   #14003
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So like 2 days after getting my new tattoo I stopped wearing a bandage and it faded... still looks fine, just not great though. ****ing sucks man. Has this happened to anyone else?

bandage? you mean the plastic wrapper?
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:56 AM   #14004
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So I had my ears stretched to 0s, took em out and let em close up. Kinda regretting it now
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:11 PM   #14005
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So I had my ears stretched to 0s, took em out and let em close up. Kinda regretting it now

Just stretch them (butt)holes open! again
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:51 PM   #14006
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So like 2 days after getting my new tattoo I stopped wearing a bandage and it faded... still looks fine, just not great though. ****ing sucks man. Has this happened to anyone else?

1. Its healing, relax. Its gonna look a little faded for a while
2. why did you wear a bandage over it, especially that long? You can take off the cling wrap/bandage after a couple hours
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:53 PM   #14007
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1. Its healing, relax. Its gonna look a little faded for a while
2. why did you wear a bandage over it, especially that long? You can take off the cling wrap/bandage after a couple hours

This! Why do you wear a bandage over your new tattoo? It heals better if it can breath.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:58 PM   #14008
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Because of the risk of infection, bleeding and due to you stopping the healing process by removing the scab.

Wounds don't heal better when they can breathe, that doesn't even mean anything. Oxygen is delivered to skin internally via the blood stream, not externally. All wounds should be covered so they can heal with as little contamination from foreign bacteria as possible until the healing process can start.

Admittedly, the healing process will start quite quickly after a tattoo and after a matter of hours, or a day its usually fine to remove the bandage, but that's why people keep it on.

Most people don't bother at all. Do what your tattoo artist suggests or even better, consult a Doctor.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:02 PM   #14009
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Because of the risk of infection, bleeding and due to you stopping the healing process by removing the scab.

Wounds don't heal better when they can breathe, that doesn't even mean anything. All wounds should be covered so they can heal with as little contamination from foreign bacteria as possible until the healing process can start.

You should leave the plastic wrapper on for a couple of hours. Not put a bandage on it for a couple of days!
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:09 PM   #14010
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Sorry, I edited.

I've seen some people come out of getting a tattoo with bandages. As far as I know the plastic is a substitute for the bandage.

The cling film isn't sterile so it defeats the point really.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:14 PM   #14011
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I've seen some people come out of getting a tattoo with bandages. As far as I know the plastic is a substitute for the bandage.

The cling film isn't sterile so it defeats the point really.

yeah i can understand you have to cover up your fresh tattoo if you have to do some dirty work, but if you just sitting at home you dont need it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:18 PM   #14012
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What about getting home? If you go to the toilet? Etc etc.

Even minor wounds are at risk of infection, cutting your toenails too short and breaking the skin a little usually results in a small infection because your shoes are dirty and you walk over all dirty floors.

Just do as they advise, but that's the reason. 2 days is probably overkill, but that's because people don't know why they have the cling film on!
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:24 PM   #14013
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On the toilet? why whould you have your anus tattooed?
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:28 PM   #14014
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Because of the risk of infection, bleeding and due to you stopping the healing process by removing the scab.

Wounds don't heal better when they can breathe, that doesn't even mean anything. Oxygen is delivered to skin internally via the blood stream, not externally. All wounds should be covered so they can heal with as little contamination from foreign bacteria as possible until the healing process can start.

Admittedly, the healing process will start quite quickly after a tattoo and after a matter of hours, or a day its usually fine to remove the bandage, but that's why people keep it on.

Most people don't bother at all. Do what your tattoo artist suggests or even better, consult a Doctor.
You should remove the bandage/whatever after a couple hours, clean the wound(no scented soaps), then coat it lightly/thinly with something like aquaphor or whatever works for you. it isnt a normal cut dude, you want to keep it moist and breathing. Otherwise have fun risking scar tissue and faded ink.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:39 PM   #14015
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As stated above, part of most aftercare routines is to clean your tattoo carefully several times a day and keep it moisturized. I usually only keep cling on for 3 hours and then 3 weeks of the wash and moisturize routine. Doing that and avoiding swimming or soaking in tubs or pools will do the trick to keep out infection and promote healing.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:55 PM   #14016
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Nothing will happen if you keep it covered for a day. If it's kept clean and covered that's the best way to promote healing and to minimise the risk of infection.

Scar tissue will not form if you keep it covered, most creams act as a sealant that stops the wound from coming into contact with foreign bacteria. That's what an aseptic dressing does, but it's better because it's an aseptic barrier.

I don't see how covering it up will cause scar tissue, that's not why scar tissue forms. And again, skin doesn't breathe.

I'm not trying to be insulting, but from my professional point of view, a wound is always at a less risk of infection when covered and by keeping it covered and clean, or aseptic, is the only way to promote optimal healing.

If you have different evidence please share it. All that being said, the healing process will start quite quickly, so you can uncover it without risk of infection quite soon, but I'd still say that if you were to regularly clean it, apply an antiseptic cream and cover it up, that's the best way. Maybe it's overkill, but it's based on solid evidence.

Serious question: How can the colour fade if it's covered up for a few hours or a day? I was always told to keep it out of the sun for a while and I've got quite a few tattoos from a few different artists.

I'm open to new information so if this doesn't apply to tattoos please correct me with the evidence, I'm just trying to apply my own knowledge to this pretty similar situation and learn new stuff when I can.

This is one of my tattoos, it needs colouring, I've been lazy for a year.

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:23 PM   #14017
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Nothing will happen if you keep it covered for a day. If it's kept clean and covered that's the best way to promote healing and to minimise the risk of infection.

Scar tissue will not form if you keep it covered, most creams act as a sealant that stops the wound from coming into contact with foreign bacteria. That's what an aseptic dressing does, but it's better because it's an aseptic barrier.

I don't see how covering it up will cause scar tissue, that's not why scar tissue forms. And again, skin doesn't breathe.

I'm not trying to be insulting, but from my professional point of view, a wound is always at a less risk of infection when covered and by keeping it covered and clean, or aseptic, is the only way to promote optimal healing.

If you have different evidence please share it. All that being said, the healing process will start quite quickly, so you can uncover it without risk of infection quite soon, but I'd still say that if you were to regularly clean it, apply an antiseptic cream and cover it up, that's the best way. Maybe it's overkill, but it's based on solid evidence.

Serious question: How can the colour fade if it's covered up for a few hours or a day? I was always told to keep it out of the sun for a while and I've got quite a few tattoos from a few different artists.

I'm open to new information so if this doesn't apply to tattoos please correct me with the evidence, I'm just trying to apply my own knowledge to this pretty similar situation and learn new stuff when I can.

This is one of my tattoos, it needs colouring, I've been lazy for a year.



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Old 02-08-2013, 08:28 PM   #14018
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Thanks,

Does need work. I think I'll finish it off in the next month. 4 hours I reckon.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:30 PM   #14019
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those 4 hours of pain will be worth it though
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:35 PM   #14020
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Yea, that's really my upper limit. I start to really lose the will to live at around 3 and a half.

I'll try and do it in one sitting though.
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