Piercing Aftercare

Important: If you have any problems or questions please stop in or call immediately as its important to us that your piercing heals properly.

 

 

Cleaning Solutions:

Use either one of the following solutions for body piercing:

  • Packing sterile saline solutions with no additives (read the label!) Or non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup (8oz) of warm distilled or bottled water.  A stronger mixture is not better! Saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.

  • Liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap this must be rinsed completely. Left over soap residue can irritate the piercing.

  • Bactine must also be rinsed completely, Bactine residue can also irritate the piercing.

Cleaning Instructions:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning.

  2. Saline: soak at least 2 to 3 times daily. Simply invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum for a few minutes. The longer you soak the better. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using fresh gauze or cotton bail saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse will remove any residue.

  3. Soap no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than 30 seconds, then rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing.

  4. Dry with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, because cloth towels can harbour bacteria and catch on new piercing causing injury. Pat gently to avoid trauma. 

 

Care for tongues:

Simply rinse 3 to 4 times daily with an antiseptic mouthwash or aftercare provided by piercer. Swelling is normal for a period of 3 to 7 days .

What is normal:

  • Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

  • During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.

  • Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing: DO NOT force it. If you fail to include cleaning to your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate. 

  • A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because piercing heal from the outside in, and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside. BE PATIENT, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period. 

  • Even healed piercing can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person: if you like your piercing, leave the jewelry in place.

What to avoid:

  • Avoid the use of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, hibiclens or ointment.

  • Avoid over cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing. 

  • Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.

  • Avoid stress and recreational drug use including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

  • Avoid submerging the piercing in bodies of water such as seas, pools, Jacuzzi's , etc. Or protect your piercing using a special water proof bandage**  which is available at pharmacy or drugstores.

  • Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays,

  • Don't hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.

It is most unusual for a piercing not to heal quickly as hygiene methods follow recommended procedures. Should yours not be healing to your entire satisfaction consult your doctor immediately.

NOTICE:

ALL STANDARDS HAVE BEEN MET AT THIS STUDIO, THE CARE OF YOUR PIERCING IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, THE STUDIO MAY NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PROBLEMS INCURRED.

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