why aftercare is important
Once you have a piercing what you do during its healing period is vital. Failing to keep it clean and looking after it correctly will amount to problematic and prolonged healing. So here is what you need to be doing.
Ear & Body Piercing
We Highly recommend only using 0.9% sterile saline spray from Neilmed which we sell at the studio.
Or alternatively Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon (.75 to 1.42 grams) of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz / 250 ml) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.
Cleaning Instructions for Body Piercings
• WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
• SALINE soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean cotton wool or paper towels saturated with saline solution. Then with a saline soaked cotton bud clean around the jewellery paying attention to all areas
• Bath and Shower as normal but avoid using harsh soaps, or soaps with dyes, fragrances
• RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewellery through the piercing.
• DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbour bacteria and snag on jewellery, causing injury.
Continue this procedure 6-8 weeks until the Piercing is fully healed. Failing to do so will result in problematic healing.
What is Normal?
• Initially: some bleeding, localised swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
• During healing: some discoloration, 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
You will need to pop back in around 2-3 weeks to have a checkup and your jewellery changed.
After having a Tongue or Smiley Piercing we recommend you rinse you mouth out with a non alcoholic mouthwash after eating and smoking. You may also use a weak saline solution too.
Sticking to softer foods for the first week will be easier then you can slowly introduce normal foods again.
Taking an anti - inflammatory for the first few days can help with any swelling as well as drinking cold water.
After 2-3 weeks you will need to come back for your bar change which will feel a lot more comfortable.