• Procedure Type: Tattoo
    Approximate Healing Time: Two to four (2-4) weeks
    Supplies Needed: Fragrance free and dye free, mild skin lotion

    Aftercare Instructions: Keep your new tattoo bandaged for approximately two (2) hours. Then carefully remove bandage and wash entire area with mild soap and cool water. Dry the area, and re-apply a mild skin lotion. Use only a very thin coating and continue to re-apply it two-four (2-4) times daily for at least three (3) days. Do not re-bandage the tattoo, as it could stick to the bandage and damage can occur.

    Additional Considerations: Avoid sunburn, salt or chlorine water, or hot tubs until your tattoo is completely healed. In the event mild scabbing occurs, do not pick at or attempt to "wash off" the scab. Allow it to do so by itself. You may apply a mild skin lotion to keep "flaking" to a minimum.

    If you have any questions or concerns, contact the body art facility where your tattoo was performed. In addition, you should seek medical attention if the tattoo site becomes infected or painful, or if you develop a fever shortly after being tattooed. Signs of infection may include pain, redness, swelling, rash, or discharge at the site of the tattoo, or a fever.

    You may be allowed to donate blood within the standard deferral period if you present a copy of your client record provided by the body art facility to the blood donor facility.


    Public Act 375, which was enacted in December of 2010, indicates that individuals shall not tattoo, brand, or perform body piercing on another individual unless the tattooing, branding, or body piercing occurs at a body art facility licensed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Body art facilities are required to be in compliance with the "Requirements for Body Art Facilities," which provide guidelines for safe and sanitary body art administration.
    As with any invasive procedure, body art may involve possible health risks. These risks may include, but are not limited to: transmissions of bloodborne diseases such as HIV and viral hepatitis, skin disorders, skin infections, and allergic reactions.
    In addition, persons with certain conditions including, but not limited to, diabetes, hemophilia or epilepsy, are at a higher risk for complications and should consult a physician before undergoing a body art procedure.

    If you wish to file a complaint against a body art facility related to compliance with PA 375 or have concerns about potential health risks, please visit

    Or, to make a complaint, contact the Oakland County Health Division at 248.428.7190 or 248.858.13.12.

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