Aftercare

Congratulations on your new piercing! Here are some hints and tips to optimise healing:


Stay healthy

The healthier your lifestyle, the faster your body will heal!
Get enough sleep, and avoid emotional stress.


Jewellery Care 

We always check the jewellery upon receiving stock and also twice before fitting.
You should also check your piercing jewellery please.
The piercing jewellery used is delicate by its very nature and is designed to be removed, so it can come loose whilst handling or cleaning.
You must regularly check and tighten the attachments on your jewellery.
If the jewellery gets lost, the replacement must be purchased again.

General Piercings Care

Only Sterile Saline Solution 0.9%, with no additives (read the label), in spray bottle, should be used on your piercing.

No touching unless you just properly cleaned and disinfected your hands!
No contact with linen, clothes, hairsprays, cosmetics, make-up or chemicals of any kind.
No bending or pulling your ear to show off the piercing.

The new Piercing is a deep open wound with a foreign object in it. Please treat it as such, as touching it with dirty hands will cause swelling and possibly an infection.

The piercing will naturally drain healthy fluids in the first days and maybe for longer.
If left to dry, these will form crusts, which will be rough, sometimes pointy and can harbour bacteria.
It is important to soak those crusts with the saline spray, soften them, gently remove them and afterwards DRY the area.

Failure to keep the piercing exit wounds clear, will cause smelly crusts to accumulate which will harbour bacteria and grow over time.
The healthy fluids will not have where to drain to and will form bumbs on the exit wounds, which if left untreated for a long time can develop into keloids.


Cartilage Piercings Care

Please remember, you are not allowed to sleep on that ear or give it pressure of any kind!
A ''Butterly / Crocodile'' type of hair-clipper can be fitted on the hair, on top of the ear before sleeping, and it will help avoid rolling over that side while sleeping.

Remember that your piercing is highly likely to swell, so we have been given you a piece of jewellery with longer bar or a wider diameter to allow room for swelling.
Try to keep the attachment close to the skin, but not too tight as the piercing still needs air to breathe, and the excess bar space on the back of the piercing. If the jewellery is hanging out far in front of the piercing, and it is a heavy piece, leverage will cause it to migrate downwards, making your new piercing crooked.

If at any point your jewellery is feeling tight, is looking like it’s too short or doesn't have any extra room for swelling, contact and visit us immediately to prevent jewellery from embedding!
After about 6-8 weeks you should notice the swelling to be considerably less, it is very important to return to us for a check-up.
At that point, if your piercing is ready, we will replace with a shorter, snugger fitting piece of jewellery.
Post downsize service and the check ups are included in your original piercing fee.

Failure to downsize your piercing can result in the piercing healing at a crooked angle, affecting the direction your jewellery is facing.

Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and anything that contacts the pierced area.

Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing.

Infections


If you suspect an infection, a quality jewellery should be left in place to allow for drainage. If the jewellery is removed, the wound can close up, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel and result in an abscess.
Until an infection is cleared up, please leave in a quality jewellery.

Quite often, people who suspect an infection actually have an irritation and adjusting the aftercare can fix the problem.Signs of an infection are sudden inflammation and discharge of pus and/or blood. If you suspect that you have an infection, contact your body piercer or your doctor at once.
Do not wait for it to get worse, and do not attempt some home or Google remedy.

 

What is Normal?

  • Initially: some bleeding, localised swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
  • During healing: some discolouration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewellery. The tissue may tighten around the jewellery as it heals.
  • Once healed: the jewellery may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
  • A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
  • Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewellery in—do not leave it empty.

 

What To Do

  • Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, it is not necessary to rotate your jewellery.
  • Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.
  • Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
  • Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.

 

 

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid using any aftercare or cleaning product not recommended by us

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

  • Avoid touching your piercing

  • Avoid rotating 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, alcohol and smoking.

  • Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc.

  • Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing like fake tan, make-up, cosmetics, lotions, sprays etc.

  • Avoid moving jewellery in an unhealed piercing, or picking away dried discharge with your fingers

  • Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewellery, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.



Cleaning instructions.

  • Wash your hands properly and thoroughly before touching or cleaning your piercing.

  • Saline rinse 2-3 times a day. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze saturated with saline solution or a cotton bud.

  • Dry by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products, cotton buds or a gauze.

  • FOR ORAL PIERCINGS please maintain good oral hygiene habits! Please use an alcohol-free mouth rinse of your choice after meals.

  • Ensure your bedding is clean and changed regularly.

  • Showers are preferred to taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria.

 

Need help?

Please, DO NOT ask your friends, family or Google for advice. There are many myths and plenty of dangerous misinformation out there.
Feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns.

 

For Particular Areas
Navel:

• A hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of Ace® bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.

Nipples:

• The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping.

Genital:

• Genital Piercings—especially Prince Alberts, Ampallangs, and Apadravyas—can bleed freely for the first few days. Be prepared.
• Urinate after using soap to clean any piercing that is near the urethra.
• Wash your hands before touching on (or near) a healing piercing.
• In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready, but maintaining hygiene and avoiding trauma are vital; all sexual activities should be gentle during the healing period.
• Use barriers such as condoms, dental dams, and waterproof bandages, etc. to avoid contact with your partners' body fluids, even in monogamous relationships.
• Use clean, disposable barriers on sex toys.
• Use a new container of water-based lubricant; do not use saliva.
• After sex, an additional saline soak or clean water rinse is suggested.
 
 

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