Aftercare

Congratulations on your new piercing!

Here are some hints and tips to optimise healing:

Stay healthy

Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.
Get enough sleep, and avoid emotional stress.
Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly.

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 removable by the user, 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.

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid using any aftercare or cleaning product not recommended by us.
  • Avoid Sleeping with wet hair.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

General Piercings Care

Your body will do all the hard work and heal the piercing wound.
There are only a few things you must commit to in order to reduce the risks of infection and irritation and ensure a smooth healing process.

Initially, you can expect some bleeding (especially if knocked!), localised swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

Only Sterile Saline Solution 0.9%, with no additives (read the label), in a pressurised container with a spray nozzle, should be used on your piercing.
A new box of quality cotton buds is recommended, some disposable dental floss products and also sterile gauze, quality kitchen roll or cotton pads.

The new Piercing is a deep open wound with a foreign object in it.
Please treat it as such, because 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 fluid bumps on the exit wounds, which if left untreated for a long time could develop into keloids.

There is no need to twist or rotate the piercing during healing, in fact it will tear down the fragile new tissue that’s forming inside the wound and prolong healing.
However, as explained under the Jewellery Care section, THREADED attachments need to be checked for tightness during each cleaning and at minimum daily.

Make sure all cleaning motions with a cotton bud are clockwise, and before you finish cleaning get a good grip of the disc back and rotate the front clockwise.
If the disc back rotates along with the front, it means the front is tight.

We recommend that you do not attempt to remove or replace the jewellery yourself for at least 6 months.
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 a quality jewellery in—do not leave it empty.

Even after the piercing is healed, it will need to be cleaned, at minimum following the shower advice below.

Clean your piercing 2-3 times a day:

  • Always properly Clean and Disinfect your hands before touching your piercing for any reason
  • Soak:
    You can either spray the saline directly on the piercing, or spray a gauze, cotton pad or a piece of high quality kitchen paper. A couple of minutes of soaking is enough to soften the crusts but that depends on how crusty the piercing is.
  • Gently remove the crusts:
    Pick up a couple of cotton buds, wet them with saline and press them with your fingers to make the cotton pointy.Tip: You can spray the cotton buds and your ear or the gauze in one go, and save some saline.Now you can clean both exit wounds and remove all debris and crusts from them. It’s important to clean thoroughly underneath the attachments and the disc backing.
    Persistent crusts might need a longer soak, running shower water (see below) or the use of a disposable dental floss product for difficult to reach spaces.
  • Dry:
    Properly dry the piercing with new cotton buds or clean quality kitchen roll.
    A hair dryer can be used, on the Cool setting, to thoroughly dry.

Shower often:

It is important to let a lot of water run through the piercing to remove all shampoo, soap, crusts and debris.
Persistent crusts will be soaked and soft, and can be gently removed as per the above instructions.

Compresses:

Cold compresses will help in the first days of the piercing.
You can keep your saline solution in the fridge, spray a gauze or cotton pad, and place against your piercing for a few minutes.
Continue through all through all the cleaning steps afterwards.

Ear and Cartilage Piercings

Please remember, you are not allowed to sleep on that ear or force any pressure on it.

A bulky ”Butterfly / 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.

Ear lobe piercings can be slept on, but it’s better if you can use a travel pillow or move the pillow higher to avoid pressure. Never sleep with wet hair.

Remember that your piercing is highly likely to swell, so we have given you a piece of jewellery with a 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 the 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 the bar with a shorter, snugger fitting one.
Bar downsize service and the check ups are included in your original piercing fee.
Neglecting the downsizing of 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.

Oral Piercings

Please maintain good oral hygiene habits!
Use an alcohol-free mouth rinse of your choice after meals, or at minimum rinse with chilled distilled water.
Do not play or rotate the jewellery during healing time, leave it alone as much as possible.
Cold compresses can help reduce the initial swelling.

Navel Piercings:

  • 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.

Nipple Piercings:

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

Genital Piercings:

  • 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.

Troubleshooting

Irritation bumps
Fluid bumps
, often referred to as piercing bumps or irritation bumps, can occur, usually in cartilage piercings and usually after knocking the piercing or sleeping on it.

Those can drain fluids, and if they are clear or light coloured they will likely be healthy and are not a sign of infection.
They are not to be picked or squeezed, they must drain naturally.

The symptoms can be treated but we also need to find and treat the cause.
Carefully read all the aftercare instructions to ensure you are not missing anything.

Fluid draining can be accelerated by some hot compresses.
Spay some saline on a gauze or cotton pad, heat it on the microwave to a comfortable temperature, apply on your ear for a few minutes, clean and dry afterwards.

Unless you have a ragweed allergy, chamomile tea can also be used for compresses.

Infections

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.

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.

All that being said, we are Piercers, and not medical professionals.
If you suspect your piercing is infected and are worried about your health, please visit your GP without delay, keeping in mind that your doctor might be unfamiliar with treating body piercings or handling body jewellery.

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.

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