Your first piece of Saniderm applied by the artist must be worn for 24 hours, do not remove it early. You will have irritation, redness, bleeding, seeping, and ink collect under the bandage.
Leave your Saniderm wrap on for at least 3 days, no more than 6 days. During this time your tattoo is going to weep and the bandage is going to fill up with body fluid called plasma. This plasma will also mix with excess pigment and create a murky colored fluid and will most likely cover your tattoo.
After you apply the first Saniderm bandage, we recommend leaving it on your new tattoo for between 8 to 24 hours. Everyone heals differently, and the length of time will vary depending on how much fluid your tattoo is weeping.
Pulling upward on the Saniderm can be painful, so we don’t recommend it. In some rare cases, people can “stick” to the Saniderm bandage better than others, which can make it more difficult than normal to remove. In cases like this, try removing the Saniderm in a warm shower.
After four days, the best way to remove your saniderm is to slowly peel it off in the shower. It might be sore, so don’t panic if it’s tender. After the saniderm is removed, wash and moisturize your tattoo as usual using the directions below. Leave the bandage on for one to four hours.
Your Saniderm bandage will fill up with bodily fluid and look pretty gnarly- this is normal! If any breaks in the bandage or leakage occurs, remove the bandage immediately. Don’t worry- it hasn’t pulled out any ink, this print is just the layer of fluid that has dried between your skin and the bandage.
If fluid is leaking out of the Saniderm bandage, this indicates a break in the seal of the adhesive. At this point, the tattoo is no longer being protected and is vulnerable to potential contaminants. Remove the bandage, clean the tattoo, and apply a new piece of Saniderm.
Make sure that you properly apply the Saniderm bandage and leave at least 1 inch of buffer area around the tattoo. Doing this will play a large role in preventing fluids from building up too much and spilling out.
Leave the first bandage on overnight (24 hours max). Build-up of liquid under the bandage is normal and to be expected. If the bandage leaks, remove it! Leakage means the seal has broken and therefore bacteria can get trapped under the bandage.
If you poke a hole in the air bubble, it is vital that you apply an additional piece of Saniderm over the top. Leaving this hole exposed puts you at risk of infection as bacteria can enter the film through the open hole.
Using a breathable, medical grade bandage like Saniderm or Tegaderm cuts tattoo healing time down considerably and protects your tattoo from contamination and infection. After the removal of the bandage, your tattoo may still feel dry for another week or two, so moisturize it as needed with unscented lotion.
This means Saniderm can never damage or extract your ink. There is no need to worry about Saniderm negatively affecting your ink at all. In fact, customers report that their tattoos retain more of the vibrant color of fresh ink after using Saniderm, compared to tattoos that have healed by other methods.
If your tattoo IS scabbing underneath Saniderm, as long as there are no signs of infection or contamination, we recommend leaving the bandage on. Removing Saniderm from a scabbing tattoo may pull the scabs off prematurely, disturbing the ink and resulting in color and detail loss.
To remove Saniderm, find an edge of the bandage and pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth. The shower is the ideal place to remove Saniderm. Running water will help loosen the adhesive and relax the skin, making the removal much more comfortable.
Once you remove the saniderm from your tattoo, make sure to gently wash it with unscented antibacterial soap and pat or air dry. Apply a very thin layer of suggested aftercare ointment 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks, until the tattoo is fully healed (no more peeling, dry, or cracked skin).
In general you should leave the first piece of Saniderm on your tattoo for at least 24 hours after your artist applies it, but no longer than 7 days. The length of time will depend on how much fluid your tattoo weeps which can affect the adhesion Saniderm.
The healing process usually takes a week to two weeks. Saniderm sends you in a completely different direction. Your first Saniderm bandage goes on for 8-24 hours and is removed when the lymph (that sticky clear fluid) build up breaks the seal. A thorough wash, and then you apply a second Saniderm bandage.
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