With Tegaderm/second skin:
With traditional/plastic wrap:
While healing (2-3 weeks):
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Help! My Tegaderm bandage is full of goo!
It's totally normal for lymphatic fluid and ink to collect in the bandage and look like a mud puddle. A little is okay, but if there is a big liquid filled bubble forming, or if look like it might leak out of the bandage, here's what you do: Get some paper towel ready, and stand in the shower. You can peel up the bottom of the bandage (just the part under the tattoo) and gently press down over the bandage in a downward direction to drain the goo out. Pat it clean with the paper towel, and then press the bandage back down. It should be totally fine after that. (Be sure to only do this once though or the bandage will lose its stickiness) If the bandage won't reseal, or if it's totally falling off, move on to the removal steps from the aftercare directions above.
Help! My Tegaderm bandage is falling off!
If just the edges of your bandage are peeling up and your tattoo is still covered, you can simply trim away the loose edges with clean scissors. If the tattoo is partially or fully uncovered, you'll need to remove your bandage. Move on to the removal steps from the aftercare directions above.
Help! My tattoo is flaking and falling off!
Don't panic! It's perfectly normal for the top layer of skin to flake away like a sunburn during the healing phase. Those top layers contain ink and it can look like your tattoo is 'peeling off', but just like a lizard shedding their skin, the skin underneath will heal and your tattoo will still be there. Be sure not to pick at any flakes or scabs, or you an actually damage the skin and pull the ink out.
Help! My skin is irritated around my Tegaderm bandage!
It's normal for your tattoo to be red, swollen, tender, and even bruised. But if your skin is irritated further away from your tattoo, and especially around the edges of the bandage, the bandage may be pulling your skin when you move your body, or you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to the medical adhesive. To be safe, use the steps above to remove your bandage right away. Additionally, please let me know at your next appt so that we don't use Tegaderm next time.
Help! I took off my Tegaderm but now my skin is sticky!
Occasionally, the Tegaderm bandage can leave behind a sticky residue. (It's more common for people with very dry skin, and drinking plenty of water and avoiding super hot showers can help next time) The best way to remove the residue is to gently but firmly massage the area with soapy hands. Rinse occasionally to see your progress, but seriously, depending on how much residue is there, it can take a while. If you are making no progress, you can do the same massage technique with coconut oil (is there anything that stuff can't do??), but be sure to wash and rinse very well afterward to remove the oil. Do not pick or scratch at the residue, be patient and it will eventually come off.
Help! You didn't answer my question!
Please message my assistant Violet directly with any other questions - firstname.lastname@example.org (Vi checks their emails more often than I do).
If you are having a serious reaction or experiencing a medical emergency, please see a doctor immediately.