Leave your bandage on for no less than 4 hours, and no more than 24 hours. Overnight is perfect!
Removal and Rinsing
Remove your bandage in the shower under running water. Loosen the tape tabs, get the bandage soaking wet and soap it gently until the bandage slides off. Gently wash your tattoo with a liquid antibacterial soap such as Provon, Dial, or Softsoap.
While rinsing, gradually increase the water temperature until it is as hot as you can withstand. Rinse your tattoo for 10-15 minutes under the hot water and finish with a splash of cold water. Let your tattoo air dry, or pat gently with a clean paper towel. Do not use bath towels!
Apply a tiny amount of A&D ointment you received from Millennium®, and continue to use A&D ointment 3-5 times per day, for 2-3 days. Rub A&D ointment diligently into your skin, your tattoo should not be greasy or shiny. Do not use store-bought A&D.
After 2-3 days, switch to a quality fragrance-free lotion, like Curel or H2Ocean. Do not expose your tattoo to sun or tanning beds for at least 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, protect your tattoo with SPF 30 or higher sunblock that offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
What to Avoid
- Don’t wear clothing that rubs or chafes your tattoo.
- Don’t soak your tattoo in standing bodies of water such as bathtubs, pools or the ocean for 4 weeks.
- Don’t scratch or pick your tattoo. If it itches, try slapping lightly, applying more lotion, or hold something cold on it.
- Don’t use products that are not recommended by your artist. (Aquaphor, Tattoo Goo, Vaseline, vitamin E, lanolin, baby oil, bar soap, fragrances, etc.)