Aftercare of your new piercing is an essential part of the healing process. Bear in mind that aftercare is not difficult or demanding and keeping it simple often yields the best results!
What You Need:
Sterile Saline Solution in an aerosol can (to keep the solution sterile). The solution should only contain water and sodium chloride.
An all natural, unscented liquid soap (ie: Dr. Bronner’s) can be used infrequently as needed, making sure to only wash around the piercing (not directly on it) and to rinse thoroughly.
*Please note the expiration date of any drug store saline solution, as many can expire within one week to one month after opening.
Basic Cleaning Instructions
When: Two-Three times per day.
With: Clean water, sterile saline and clean hands.
How: Rinse under clean water at least once a day (ie: while in the shower) and spray with sterile saline at least two-three times per day.
To finish: When spraying your piercing with sterile saline allow to air dry (or pat dry with clean, disposable gauze).
Performing warm (or cold) saline soaks on the piercing site can help alleviate issues. Warm soaks can also aid in accelerating recovery,should it be accidentally injured.
When: Consult with your piercer prior to doing soaks to discuss methods and frequency.
If soaking is entirely impractical for you, you can also apply dry heat to the area (ie. in the form of a heating pad) for 5-10 minutes once or twice daily.
Other Helpful Tips
● Check your jewelry periodically to ensure the balls or threaded ends (such as gems) are snug. Wash your hands before doing this.
● Do not be tempted to change your jewelry too soon. ● While you can change your jewelry after the piercing is healed - jewelry MUST be worn 24/7 for no less than one year after receiving the piercing.
●If you believe your piercing is infected, please contact us or a physician immediately.
● Regardless of which type of pre-mixed saline solution you use, always be aware of the manufacturer's expiration date and product's shelf life.
Rules to Follow During the Healing of Your Piercing
- Do not sleep on your new piercing
- Avoid touching your jewelry/piercing
- Keep cosmetics, creams and lotions off of your piercing.
- Avoid submerging piercings in potentially unclean water (ie. pools, hot tubs, lakes, oceans, etc)
- Avoid tight or restrictive clothing
- Never force jewelry to move within the piercing, as body piercings tend to be tighter than earlobe piercings. Forced movement of jewelry without prior lubrication can be harmful.
NEVER use any of the following items as aftercare for any piercing:
● Anti-bacterial soaps or face washes
● Rubbing/Isopropyl Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
● Anti-biotic ointments
● Ear piercing aftercare products containing
● Q-tips, cotton balls or wash cloths
● Sea salt
● Tea Tree Oil
Special Considerations for Other Piercings
Oral piercings require rinsing of the mouth after eating, drinking, etc. during the healing process. Rinsing should be done using a mouthwash no more than five times a day. If more than five times a day is needed then using distilled bottled water is recommended. Rinse for 30 seconds as often as needed for the first four weeks of healing.
Tongue piercings are prone to swelling. So, please, begin working on swelling reduction immediately after the piercing. To reduce swelling, consume cold beverages as needed. Pineapple, mango, or papaya fruit juices are excellent for this purpose as well. If nothing else is available, ice water will also work.
Genital piercings require that you abstain from sexual contact for a minimum of 3-4 weeks. Until the piercing is fully healed we do recommend taking extra precaution regarding the handling of and friction affecting the healing process.
Surface piercings should be covered with a small bandage when sleeping or in active situations, especially for the first month. Small round Band-Aids can be found in most pharmacies and are perfect for anchors. Warm soaks are invaluable for anchors and are highly recommended.
Downsizing Your Jewelry
Nearly all oral piercings need to have the jewelry downsized (replaced with a shorter post or smaller ring) within 3-4 weeks of the initial piercing. Cartilage piercings done with barbells do require downsizing as soon as 1-2 months, as swelling allows. It is vital to the health of your piercing that you downsize your jewelry as recommended by your piercer. Failing to downsize your jewelry in a timely manner can affect the angle of the piercing, lead to the forming of scar tissue, and/or lead to extreme long term discomfort. When concerning oral piercings, failure to downsize can also lead to oral damage.
Please note: To downsize jewelry, you do not need to make an appointment but can if you prefer. We do not charge to downsize the jewelry of a piercing we’ve performed, but please be aware that we do charge for all new jewelry. This includes your new shorter post, or smaller ring.
* Please be aware that we are not responsible for lost jewelry, infections, rejections, migrations or an inability to heal your piercing.
** The preceding information is based on our many years of experience in the body piercing industry and should not be taken as medical advice as we are not physicians or in any way affiliated with the medical industry.
***If anything is unclear or if you have specific questions please contact us.