G'day guys. I have been hearing that some people have been having a couple of little hiccups with their tattoo wrap so I wanted to share a blog with you that I thought was very informative, so feel free to check out the author here on the blog page and read the posts.
Originally Posted by Call_me_Lola
"This is the first time that I have healed more than one tattoo at the same time, plus I'm using two different methods. So I'm going to get to see which method works best (for me).
For the new tattoo I got on Saturday I'm doing the dry wrap method, which up til now has been my preferred way to heal. It gives me really good results. Only difference is that this artist wants me to repeat the clean/air dry/rewrap process every 4 hours for 6 full days. That's about 2 days longer than I normally would, but since I'm on vacation and don't have much planned I don't think that it will be a problem.
For the new one done on Sunday I am using tattoo wrap. I was instructed to leave it on for 24 hours, then remove it and clean the area as I usually would. And then, as long as I wasn't having any reaction or problem with the product, apply a new piece of tattoo wrap. That piece will stay on for the next 5 days.
And the touch up I got done on Sunday also has tattoo wrap on it, but the 'remove wash and reapply' step wasn't required. It will stay on for 6 days.
I didn't exactly enjoy removing that first sheet of tattoo wrap. It didn't bother me on the more finished areas but it sticks pretty good to the non tattooed skin and a good portion of the tattoo is only line work at this point. But I also don't enjoy removing the tape that holds the plastic wrap every 4 hours. Plus not having to be near a sink every 4 hours is a bonus, this was especially evident yesterday as I was traveling home from the States.
So I would say that process-wise I am preferring the new way. But it is really the end result that counts, so I'll let you all know in 5 days how my little experiment turns out."
a few days later....
"It has been interesting to see how differently the three tattoos are healing.
I definitely saw the reason for repeating the dry wrap method for 6 days rather than stopping as soon as the peeling started. The first peel was thinner because the skin stayed soft and moist. I'm in the tail end stages of the second peel, and it is also a very thin and is completely colourless. (Two peels is normal for me.)
The tattoo wrap that was over the touched up tattoo stayed on and sealed for 6 days and then I removed it - all per the instructions given by the artist. A couple of days later a very thin peel started, and it is similiar to what I normally see as a second peel. (Thin bits of colourless skin).
The tattoo wrap that was over a fresh tattoo was removed at the 24 hour mark, the area was thoroughly cleaned and a fresh piece of tattoo wrap was applied. It was easy to see where to line it up, because the removal of the first piece left a defined pink area where it had been stuck to the skin. (but less pink than some of the marks made removing the tape that held the plastic wrap on the 'dry wrap'.) After 5 more days that piece of tattoo wrap was removed and the tattoo was again washed thoroughly. AND I WAS AMAZED! The product clearly removed a very very thin layer of skin cells because there was a perfect shadow image of the tattoo on the plastic, but the condition of the tattoo itself is impeccable. It is soft and smooth and it isn't peeling AT ALL. Not one fleck. I'm not calling it healed at this point but its damn sure close! I love this new healing method!
I wonder if the results would have been the same on a full colour realism piece (where the skin has been gone over several times) as it was for this one (it is currently unfinished, so it is a b&g piece until we go back and add the colour). I guess that I will find out, because this is now, by far, my preferred healing method. So much less work and the results are fantastic. (As I assume they are for the other products like this )
When it comes to tattoo planning it’s best to get all your education up front. Many artists are fantastic at also helping to inform the tattoo community on how to successfully apply tattoo wrap, though it is also worthwhile to do a little research yourself rather than have to leave it up to the artist every time.
If anyone has any questions on how to apply tattoo wrap, please contact us here and we will respond within an hour or two. We want to make sure that we do our best to ensure you heal successfully, so it’s important to take the time to understand this new application before you apply it.
Please remember that during film changes, always do it in a clean environment as you can still get infected in between the change, though most of the time you may only require a single change.
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