This is my most preferred method of healing, but it takes the most mental patience.
I will dermshield you before you leave the shop and that same dermshield stays on for 6-8 days.
I will normally give you a quick lesson on how to apply the dermshield with you one on one in the shop, but just incase you guys miss anything I’ll reiterate it quickly right here (it is very similar to applying a vinyl sticker to your car).
1. Wash and dry the area VERY well.
2. Cut the size and shape of the piece you would like to adhere (rounding the corners before you stick it on helps with sensitive areas).
3. Pull off the white paper side first, (be careful it is very sticky) bow the middle to minimize air holes, and smooth out the outside areas.
4. Pull of the transparent thick plastic, but be careful to leave the thin Saniderm plastic behind!! Do this carefully and slowly.
5. Admire your handy work
Once your dermshield has been on for 6-8 days, it’s time for it to come off!
1. Hop in the shower and slowly start to roll it back with soap and or coconut oil!
(It is totally okay to have a total transfer of your tattoo on the dermshield that comes off, that’s actually the goal!)
2. Once the dermshield is totally off, wash your tattoo very well, and let it air dry
3. Once it’s totally dry, put a little bit of coconut oil, aquaphor or non-scented lotion on 2-3 times a day to help with itchiness and left over peeling.
4. When your tattoo is done peeling it means it is fully healed, this should be in about 1 to 2 weeks after removing the dermshield.
**Please read below for important dermshield information!!
If it is a troublesome area (ie. hand, foot, neck, knee, etc) it may loosen up and fall off due to movement of the joints and the flexibility of the skin, I will replace the dermshield for you but it is advantageous to buy a roll off amazon so you don’t have to come back to the shop depending on your location and schedule.
There are a couple troubleshooting things with dermshield, which means use it at your own risk!
I do not recommend dermshield for anyone who has any type of aversion to adhesives! If your skin starts to get red bumps or anything else troublesome, email me right away with photos!
It is annoyingly sticky and can be a challenge to keep on because of how taught it keeps your skin. If you cannot put this out of your mind for a week, I suggest healing your tattoos with night wrapping or dry wrapping, It is not advantageous at all to put dermshield for 24 hours or less, it is actually more harmful than not due to the fragility of your top layer of skin. You need to be ready to commit to the full week from the start.
There is potential for it to create blisters on the edges of the wrap, this is completely avoidable! Just keep an eye out for redness starting to develop on any of the edges, if it does, gently roll back the dermshield a couple of centimeters until the dermshield is no longer in contact with the irritated skin (it is very clear when this happens, if you’re concerned, please email me a photo and I will guide you in the proper direction).
Another thing to look out for is potential leakage! Sometimes there is an abundance of plasma in the wrap- this is TOTALLY FINE. Leave it there and don’t mess with it! Your skin will reabsorb it over the week!
If plasma does start to leak out of the dermshield that is totally okay! Feel free to “squeegee” the rest of the plasma out of the opening, then wash the opening very very well until it’s clean. Make sure the opening/skin above or underneath the opening is completely dry, then patch up the opening with a new sheet of dermshield (I normally give out small patches, but again buying even the smallest roll of dermshield is advantageous). Normally, you only have to overlay the old dermshield about .5 inch for it to get a good stick. Once there are no more openings around your tattoo you’re all set to continue healing!
**My clients should never hesitate to email me with any questions or concerns regarding healing!**