What is The Saniderm Bandage?
A clear adhesive bandage, this locks in the body’s natural moisture and healing enzymes, allowing the body to heal itself in the most efficient manner possible. After skin has been injured, healing elements are produced to help break down dead tissue and rebuild new tissue. Saniderm allows the skin to continue to function as normal because the bandage is permeable to oxygen and water vapor (breathable). In addition, this product protects against dirt and germs while eliminating friction and other irritations that might further interfere with the healing process.
You will have the option to purchase a second-day Saniderm bandage after your appointment.
* Unfortunately you cannot use this product if you have a latex or tape adhesive allergy.
Saniderm is a polyurethane adhesive medical bandage
From this point on, your tattoo artist is no longer responsible for any infections or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don’t take proper care of it, please review the information before and after your appointment.
It is very important that you follow these guidelines since your tattoo is an open wound.
Wash your hands every time before removing your bandage, washing your tattoo or applying aftercare.
I generally do not recommend petroleum based ointments in my aftercare:
Aquaphor, Vaseline, A&D.
Saniderm - First Bandage
Check to make sure the bandage hasn't lifted before going to bed, your bandage will fill up with plasma and blood which is normal.
At the 24 hour mark, remove bandage and wash the tattoo.
When you change your first piece of film will depend on the intensity of weeping (fluid build up) you are experiencing.
If your tattoo weeps severely, you may find yourself having to change it earlier than someone who experiences minimal weeping, as fluid may begin to leak from the bandage.
If you notice your bandage leaking, rolling up close to the tattoo or discomfort and irritation from the bandage you may remove it early. See the next steps for removal.
Saniderm came off early
If it is within the first 48 hours of receiving the Tattoo remove Saniderm and you can apply another piece. If it is after the 48 hours or you do not have extra Saniderm it is recommended to continue with The Standard Tattoo aftercare procedures.
Wash your hands thoroughly.
To remove, find and flick up a few edges of the bandage and pull it back over itself in the direction of your natural hair growth. The shower is the ideal place to remove this product. Warm running water will help loosen the adhesive and relax the skin, making the removal much more comfortable.
Dry removal of Saniderm may cause discomfort and added trauma to the skin.
If you are only wearing Saniderm for the first day, continue your aftercare procedure with steps 1 - 4 in The Standard Bandage instructions after removal.
Saniderm - Second Bandage
After you have removed the Saniderm at the 24 hour mark and you have dried your tattoo properly follow these steps to reapply your new bandage.
Ensure all residues have been removed from the skin like dried blood, soap or plasma.
TIP: Cutting the edges of the bandage to be round will help it adhere better and feel more comfortable.
With clean scissors and gloves on, cut Saniderm bandage to allow at least a 1-inch border around the application area. Peel off the paper backing to expose the adhesive side.
Starting at either the top or bottom of your tattoo, apply to the center of the application area. Use light pressure to smooth the bandage from the center outward, avoiding large air bubbles.
When adding the follow up bandage pieces, over lay them at 1/2-1 inches over the previous bandage until your tattoo is covered.
This second application can be worn for 3-5 days. Do not wear Saniderm for more than 7 days consecutively.