Body Piercing After Care
WHAT TO DO:
Keep it simple!
1) Non Scented, Dye Free Cleaning products to wash your piercing. No more than (2x) twice a day. Preferably in the shower so it can be rinsed of all soap and debris.
2) You can soak your piercing as many times as you like, for however long and when you like with warm water only. We recommend to NOT use sea salt or saline solution .
(Due to overuse, it can cause drying and irritation)
*Wash your hands prior to contact on, or near the area of your healing piercing.
*Leave the piercing alone, except for when you are cleaning it.
*Leave the starter jewelry in during the entire minimum initial healing time.
*You may change only the beads on your jewelry at any time. This includes beads on the ends of barbells (circular, curved or straight), captive bead rings, as well as any threadless ends.
*Keep your jewelry in. – Even old, well-healed piercings can shrink in minutes after having been there for years!
This varies from person to person, and even if your ear lobe piercings stay open without jewelry your body piercing may not! If you remove your jewelry and are unable to re-insert it yourself , please bring your jewelry in to the studio in a plastic baggy or small plastic cup, for sanitary reasons. (Un-bagged jewelry is a risk for cross-contamination!) and we will see if we are able to reinsert it for you.
*If your piercing must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure), we can insert a retainer, made of either glass or plastic material that is ISO 10993-6/10 or 10993-11compliant. Materials such as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) or Tygon® Medical Surgical Tubing are the only appropriate piercing retainers, aside from glass that are body safe.
Please note that these materials are meant for temporary wear only, and must be replaced *with properly sized, quality jewelry as soon as possible.
*Make sure your bedding is clean and changed frequently while you are healing.
*Wear clean, comfortable, breathable fabric clothing in the area of a body piercing.
*Get enough sleep, eat a nutritious diet, avoid undue stress, recreational drugs, and alcohol consumption. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal!
WHAT NOT TO DO:
1.DO NOT clean your piercing more than twice a day, as this can irritate your piercing, and prolong your healing.
2. DO NOT dry your piercing with material that isn’t meant for single use (such as a face cloth) as these can harbor bacteria.
3. DO NOT use materials with fibers that can get caught or stuck on the piercing site, such as q-tips, cotton balls, tissues and the like.
4.DO NOT rotate your jewelry. This is outdated aftercare and is not necessary due to irritation, bleeding, scratching and tearing of the piercing.
5.DO NOT use soaps that contain Triclosan as the active ingredient, such as Dial.
6.DO NOT use moisturizers, makeup, emollients or the like, on or around your new piercing may cause irritation.
OF IRRITATION ARE:·
*Sleeping on your new piercing – this may cause nasty “irritation bumps” – Often referred to as “keloids” – (This is a misnomer, and incorrect: keloids are a more serious skin condition which need to be diagnosed by a physician.) Sleeping on your new piercing may cause more serious issues such as: migration and rejection.
*Please ensure you do not sleep on your piercing.Irritation bumps are not necessarily keloids, nor are they typically infected. Please visit us if you are having any sort of lump or bump form on either side of your piercing.
*Dirty hands, or saliva touching your piercing before it is healed.
DO NOT USE antibacterial soap alcohol peroxide Ointments These cleaning agents can damage your piercing,
* Improper aftercare routine such as stopping your aftercare routine before you are finished healing. · Wearing makeup, moisturizers, or emollients on or around your healing piercing may cause irritation. · “Playing” with jewelry before the piercing is healed.
DO NOT USE antibacterial soap, alcohol, peroxide Ointments *These cleaning agents can damage your piercing,
*We are more than happy to inspect, give advice and help anyway we can!
Post Procedure Check-Ups
If you're experiencing a great or rough heal, it's important to stay in contact with your technician.
It is recommended that you make a "Check up Appointment "8-12 weeks after your procedure.
- In that appointment you will again meet with the technician.
- They will evaluate the status of how you're healing.
- If you are in need of a Jewelry Up Size or Down Size, it can be done at this check-up or the next.
- Suggest any aftercare tips or jewelry fittings / measurements if it is needed.
Please understand....We do not know how you're doing or healing unless you contact us or meet with the technician.
We understand that it's confusing with all the information that's given by other technicians, the internet and friends/family.
Hence why we believe It is important to stick to a simple aftercare routine and in contact with the technician who did the procedure to help you along the way.
Oral Piercing After Care
What To Do:
Remember to keep it simple.
Rinse your mouth with a non alcohol mouthwash every time you eat, drink or smoke.
For piercings that reach the exterior/outside of your mouth.
Use Non Scented, Dye Free Cleaning products to wash your piercing. No more than (2x) twice a day You can soak your piercing as many times as you like, for however long and when you like with warm water only.
We recommend to NOT use sea salt or saline solution .
Due to over-usage, it can cause drying and irritation.
1) Boost your immune system so it can focus on healing your lip, cheek or oral piercing by eating nutritiously, staying hydrated, getting lots of quality sleep, and generally practicing good hygiene (including lots of thorough hand washing, particularly during cold and flu season).
2) If you're a smoker, invest in an e cigarette that mixes nicotine with water vapor to avoid the drying, damaging effect of cigarette smoke on your oral piercing or the oral side of your facial piercing. Minimize your intake of during smoking the first few critical weeks of the healing process.
3)Keep Your Piercing(s) Clean.
If you have a lip, cheek, oral web, or tongue piercing, the best way to clean the inside of your mouth is with a non alcohol mouthwash. Avoid alcohol-based mouthwash at all costs!It will dry out your mouth and your piercing(s) and delay the healing process.
4) Brush Your Teeth & Floss Carefully. You must be a little more careful about how you brush, particularly if you have an oral web piercing. Brush gently when in the vicinity of your piercing, and try to avoid banging your toothbrush into your piercing or snagging it with dental floss.
In addition, need to avoid excessive talking and playing with your jewelry to minimize undue trauma to your healing piercing. Trauma can cause excess scar tissue to develop, make you more susceptible to infection, trigger jewelry to migrate, and cause other issues that could negatively impact your lip, cheek or oral piercing.
Downsize your jewelry
Your initial piercing jewelry is always a little longer due to swelling. Once the swelling has subsided, it is advised to shorten the length or diameter of the jewelry. If not, it can lead to rub against your teeth and gums . While eating, chew or bite down on your jewelry. Irritating the piercing, and at worst chip your teeth or rip out.
What NOT To Do:
1) DO NOT Drink Alcohol /Take Aspirin.
During the first week or so after getting pierced, you'll be more prone to occasional bleeding. Alcohol and aspirin thin the blood and make it harder for your body to clot around an open wound, so it's best to avoid both things altogether.
2)DO NOT Use Alcohol-Based Mouthwash.
Alcohol-based mouthwash will dry out your piercing, delaying the healing process and potentially leaving you more susceptible to infection. Bacteria loves to take root in any dry, cracked entry point into the body it can find.
3) DO NOT Play With Your Jewelry.
You might damage your teeth or gums, cause excess scar tissue to develop, trigger migration/rejection, or push bacteria into the healing fistula and put yourself at risk for an infection.
4)DO NOT Kiss Anyone/Oral Sex
Avoiding other people's bacteria by skipping open-mouth/French kissing and oral sex. No exceptions!
5)DO NOT Chew on Foreign Objects.
You shouldn't bite your nails or chew things like tobacco, pencil erasers, pen ends or other foreign objects, because they could introduce bacteria into your mouth and trigger an infection to develop in your new piercing.
6) DO NOT Share Food, Drinks or Utensils.
Sharing food, drinks, cutlery, or plates with other people would expose you to their bacteria and make you more susceptible to infection.
7)Do NOT Change Your Jewelry Prematurely.
It's really important to wait until your piercing is fully healed before considering a jewelry change. The only exception is if your jewelry becomes too tight due to swelling or triggers an allergic reaction, in which case you should see your piercer.
8) DO NOT Submerge Your Healing Piercings in Dirty Water
Avoid swimming, soaking in hot tubs, etc., because of the bacteria such environments may harbor. Even a chlorinated pool is a bad idea; chlorine doesn't kill all bacteria, and it can irritate new piercings
9) DO NOT Apply Creams, Oils or Balms to Lip or Cheek Piercings. It can be tempting to apply cream or oil to help it recover from dry around the external side.
Identifying & Addressing Oral Piercing Problems
There are a number of issues that may arise during the oral piercing healing process.
You should familiarize yourself with these potential problems so you can spot and address them quickly if they happen.
Discharge of Lymph During the healing process -
It's normal for the body to excrete lymph, which is a clear substance that dries to a whitish crust. Do not worry about it unless the discharge becomes thicker, yellowish and more pus-like. Saturating a cotton ball with warm water, pressing it gently against your piercing to soften the crusties, and wiping them away carefully with a clean tissue or cotton swab.
Swelling - Excessive swelling can cause your jewelry to press into the skin around your piercing, which left unattended may cause necrosis (tissue death) and lead to infection. Your starter jewelry should be sufficiently long enough to avoid this issue, but some people swell more than others, and if you're one who swells significantly, you have to change it immediately. But not by yourself! It’s not good idea with a fresh piercing. DO NOT USE antibacterial soap,alcohol, peroxide Ointments *These cleaning agents can damage your piercing,