How Long Do You Leave Tattoo Wrapped?
You’ll need to keep your tattoo wrapped in cling film from one to three days. Depending on the size of your artwork this may be longer and your artist will let you know but a general rule of thumb is: Small line-work pieces – keep the cling film on for one to two days.
How long should you wrap a tattoo?
How Long To Keep Tattoo Covered In Cling Film – When you receive a tattoo it is usually covered by cling film in order to prevent infection and reduce bleeding. Most artists recommend wrapping tattoos for between one and three days but there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to how long to keep the wrap on tattoos before they are exposed.
Generally, tattoo artists suggest that after the tattoo has been wrapped in cling film it is essential that you do not remove the bandage or expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for at least 24 hours.
One of the biggest factors involved when deciding how long a tattoo will need to remain wrapped in cling film concerns the area on which the design was created. Generally speaking, tattoos that cover larger areas will require more time to heal than those covering smaller areas.
- Another important factor to consider is the age and general condition of the individual;
- Overall, young people heal faster than adults;
- People who are generally in good health recover from tattoos more quickly than those with a weakened immune system;
If you have a tattoo done at a parlour or professional studio, it can be helpful to inquire as to their wrapping policies. A parlor or artist should inform their clients for how long they should keep the bandages on after tattooing. In getting a tattoo done, it is important to make sure that you follow instructions from your parlor or artist, because they know the right time to take off the tattoo wrap – and don’t forget to thank them properly ! There may be particular factors that lead them to wrap tattoos for longer periods of time than usual.
- Make sure that your tattoo is wrapped securely in cling film. This helps prevent seepage as well as keeping the area moist as it heals;
- Keep one hand clean and use this hand when unwrapping your bandages so that you do not re-contaminate the tattoo;
- Follow aftercare instructions provided by your parlour or artist. If you are unsure about anything, ask questions;
- Do not ever soak your tattoo unless specifically advised to do so by a professional;
- Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for the first few days after it has been wrapped in cling film, even if some time has elapsed since the bandage was removed.
How long do you leave the tattoo on after getting done?
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. Anne (author) from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia. (The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS) on June 01, 2019: ALL COMMENTS WITH SELF PROMOTION LINKS WILL BE REMOVED Mark on April 02, 2019: So I got a tattoo on my foot & decided to read on the aftercare after I got my tattoo.
- pretty stupid of me;
- Anyways I have to go to work & i’m wearing dress shoes for 8 hours at a time;
- So I’m wondering what the maximum amount of hours I can have my tattoo wrapped? JR on March 22, 2019: I’ve been tattooing for years;
I never covered my tattoos. The best healing process is to wash your tattoo twice a day, morning and night or between if needed. Hustle butter is good for the healing process. Just do what’s best for you and always keep your tattoo clean. Holkska on January 13, 2019: MAN i really hate when i hear about “reputable” tattoo artists telling their clients to leave a tattoo wrapped/covered :'( I am in no means covered in tattoos, but i have just had my 16th and so i do have some limited experience.
my 1st one (young and about 16 years ago) i was told to keep it covered – so i did, i didnt know any better, and it was a mess. A total mess. The lines bled out, ink was lost, it was truly awful, luckily it was relatively small.
But the point is, the artist is meant to be giving proper help and advice, a lot of people do not know what to do and thr artist is supposed to be trustworthy – and telling clients to leave a piece of work covered for a week (even a day is bad enough) is just bad form.
- Really bad form;
- They shouldnt be doing it (i wonder if some “artists” do this to ensure the person returns for a touch up;
- If so thats even worse!!) So Thanks for this article, it will inform people of the caring and healing process, and avoid some ruined tattoos and unhappy people (which is awful, a tattoo is exciting!!) Libby on December 27, 2018: Got my 2nd tattoo recently from a different artist who said to keep it covered with cling film for the 2 weeks it’s healing, unlike my first artist;
Must say, thanks to this, I realised how bad his advice was and began letting the air get to it so it’s finally healing – altho there’s very small gaps from the confused healing process. Emiljano on December 05, 2018: Hi I have a question. 8 days ago I got a tattoo in Germany Berlin.
- First look after getting done was exactly as I wanted it to look;
- He wrapped it with a tattoo plastic wrap and said me to leave it on for 6-7 days;
- After 6 days I removed it cozz it was very dry and itchy and a lot of ink and skin came out with the plastic papper;
It was like a copy of my tattoo in the plastic wrap. I did the process slowly and washing with warm water. But the tattoo looks nicht top as in the beginning when it was done. The tattoo is a cross with hands that pray and up is a writting in latin language Fide Nemini.
- But the cross details look blurry the lines look a little fadded and I dont know if its normal or not becouse its my first tattoo;
- Do you think my tattoo artist had fake instruction given? I have read many tattoo artists instructions and there is nowhere said that the plastic wrapp must 6-7 days on skin stay;
Thanks for your answer! Sherry on June 23, 2017: My son just got his first tattoo all we need to know does he need to keep it wrapped up the next day? 6/23/17 Terri Marshall on April 16, 2017: I just had my first tattoo done on my back, I went to a very pronoun shop, very clean and professional.
- They also put a air tight film over my tat and told me I could shower but leave the wrap on for seven days;
- On the 7th day remove wrap and wash lightly and then several times a day put Palmers Coconut Butter on my tattoo;
I am now on my third day and I have no pain at all and tattoo looks good even though it still is wrapped with that air tight wrap. Hope all goes well and can’t wait till Friday when I can remove the air tight wrap. james on April 09, 2017: hey Raul I’m a nurse and I’m planning on getting my first tattoo next month.
- I’ve done a lot of research and I’m planning on using Saniderm on my healing tat;
- It’s the same type of tech that hospitals use to allow wounds to heal while being able to breath;
- I’ve used dressing like this on prior patients and it just makes scene to me to use it on healing tattoos;
The only negative thing I’ve read if you are sensitive/ allergic to adhesive it shouldn’t be used Raul on April 01, 2017: My Tatto guy did a Tat on my leg. He put a medical plastic wrap on it. Its air tight. He informed me too leave it on for 5 days and it will heal itself.
Im a lil sceptical. Is this something new or a bad idea? Fellow on January 28, 2017: Hey gal, nice post! I’m probably quite late to the party,but the info was still nice. Just one little thing, tho, you said wrapping protects from “bacteria and other antibodies”, while I think you meant pathogens.
Antibodies are what we make to fight off diseases, aren’t they? Anyways, thanks and cya!.
Can I wrap my new tattoo with cling film?
Why to Avoid Using Cling Film or Plastic Wrap – Cling wrap should be avoided at all costs. If your tattoo artist wraps your new tattoo with cling film for your journey home, make it a quick journey. The plastic layer is used as a protective film to safeguard the fresh tattoo from airborne particles and micro-organisms.
- The very nature of plastic is that it seals firmly around whatever it is applied to and seals it off;
- In doing this, though, the plastic wrap also limits any air from getting in or out;
- Fresh air is required for tattoos to heal naturally;
When cling film is wrapped around a freshly inked tattoo, it causes plasma, excess ink and fluids to pool within the tattoo area. This is extremely dangerous as it creates the perfect environment for bacteria to breed. Cling film interrupts the development in the top layers of the epidermis of dry, crusty skin that will typically flake off.
- Once an air vacuum is created within the plastic film, the surface temperature of the skin can reach temperatures of up to 103 degrees: the ideal environment for bacteria to breed and grow, in fact a party that all its friends will come to;
Bacteria can develop into heart-breaking, tattoo-damaging infections. Using cling film is better than not wrapping your tattoo at all. If you do use cling film to wrap your tattoo, use it for short periods. Beautiful flower tattoo Jessica Brennan.
What happens if you don’t wrap your tattoo?
Can You Re-Wrap Your New Tattoo Once the Initial Wrap Has Been Removed? – Most experts and experienced tattooed folks will heavily discourage rewrapping your tattoo, and here at Tattoo Set, we feel the same. When a tattoo is wrapped for the first time, it is being done in the most sterile environment and using professional sterilization products and washes.
You put your tattoo at severe risk if you try rewrapping it on your own, no matter how careful you are with the cleansing process. A poor tattoo wrap could also cause your tattoo to lack the necessary oxygen for healing which can lead to severe scabbing or blister growth.
Blisters can then lead to infection which not only poses a health concern but may also severely impact your ink. Your skin is going through a regeneration process that is forming a barrier which is just as protective as an artificial wrap. With proper aftercare and thorough attention to ensuring it doesn’t come in contact with dirt, grime, or tight clothing, you simply don’t need to rewrap your tattoos.
If the work you do makes you concerned about the safety of your new tattoo, or for health regulations it needs to be covered, it’s recommended that you use medical grade adhesive wraps like Second Skin or Saniderm.
These breathable wraps will stay in place and protect your tattoo under harsh external conditions. It is not recommended that you wear these for more than eight hours, and you should follow a thorough aftercare process upon removal. It is always better to select lightweight, breathable clothing as a cover for a new tattoo rather than rewrapping it.