- The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it is to heal.
- Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet.
- Stay Hydrated
- Keep stress down and don’t get sick.
- Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably.
Products you’ll need-
- Sterile saline solution, with no additives (read the label!) We Suggest Neil Med Wound Wash Saline Piercing Aftercare.
- Antimicrobial alcohol-free mouth rinse. We Suggest Biotene. (For oral piercings)
WHAT IS NORMAL
- Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising is normal.
- During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not puss) that can form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
- while healing: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; DO NOT force it!
-If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as a part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
- A piercing may seem healed well before healing is complete. This is because Piercings Heal from the outside inward, and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside. BE PATIENT, and keep up with your aftercare 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, leave the jewelry in place.
General CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS (Non Oral)
WASH your hands before you touch your piercing!
We suggest showering in the morning, and doing initial piercing maintenance at this time.
Keep general soaps, shampoos and body washes away from the piercing. *DON’T Rotate, spin or move jewelry!!!
If you choose to use soap near your piercing make sure it is all natural, such as Naked Soap. Do not put soap directly on or into piercing. Gently later soap around the area pulling away from piercing site and fully rinse. DO NOT ROTATE or MOVE JEWELRY!
Saline rinses: After showering rinse piercing and jewelry with sterile saline wound wash such as Neil Med Piercing aftercare. Spray the area for 1 second and pat dry with clean paper towel. Inspect the piercing, if build up is still present spray a new q-tip with the saline and then use that to remove build up from jewelry. Repeat every 4-5 hours, ending your day with one.
DRYING: After Cleaning area and rinsing fully pat area dry using a new paper towel or sterile gauze pad. *Bath/hand towels collect and harbor dust and bacteria, which can cause problems for your new piercing. *TIP! (keep squares of paper towel sealed in a zip lock bags at locations you’re commonly at).
ORAL CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS. (Lip, Labret, Monroe, Philtrum & Cheek use Oral and General Cleaning Instructions.)
During normal oral hygiene maintenance in the morning and night, use an antimicrobial mouth rinse such as Biotene for 30-60 before flossing and brushing.
For the 1st week rinse mouth 3-5 times a day with sterile saline for 30-60 seconds. Place sterile saline in a new 1oz disposable plastic cup each time.
After a the 1st week rinse mouth with with bottled water for 30-60 seconds after anything other than water or ice have come in contact with it.
To help reduce swelling
- Suck on crushed ice for the 1st 5 days.
- Use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory according to package/manufacturer instructions.
- Sleep with your head slightly above heart level.
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush and keep it clean.
- Brush your teeth after every meal.
- During healing, floss daily and gently brush your teeth, tongue.
- Once healed, brush the jewelry thoroughly to avoid plaque build-up.
WHAT TO DO
- Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning.
It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry while healing except possibly after cleaning if jewelry has been moved.
- Stay healthy. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. The healthier your lifestyle,
- the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Exercise during healing is fine, just “listen” to your body.
- Make sure your bedding is kept clean and changed regularly.
- Wear clean, comfortable breathable clothing that protects your piercing while sleeping.
- Showering is safer than taking a bath, because bathtubs tend to harbor bacteria.
If you would like to take a Bath, Clean the Tub well before each use.
- Above the Neck Piercings should do the Clean pillow Trick, Place a Clean T-Shirt over Pillow Case Will create a Clean Layer Between you and your bed, 1st Night Sleep on the front, 2nd night flip it, 3rd Night Turn inside out, 4 night Flip it, Every 5th day replace T-Shirt.
WHAT TO AVOID
- Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area,
playing with the jewelry and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly
and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
- DO NOT USE Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Bactine, Betadine, Hibiclens, Neosporin,
or any other ointment, spray or cream on your piercings.
- Avoid Over Cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.
- Avoid all Oral Contact, rough play, and contact with bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
- Avoid stress and recreational drug use including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
- Avoid submerging the piercing in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, Jacuzzis, etc for at least 6 weeks.
If you must go in a common area of water use waterproof bandages which are found at drugstores.
- Avoid all make-ups, lotions, hair sprays, etc. around the piercing.
- Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.
WHAT TO AVOID- Oral Piercings
- DO NOT PLAY WITH THE JEWELRY. Long term effects of playing with, and clicking the jewelry
against the teeth can result in permanent damage to teeth and other oral structures.
- Avoid undue trauma; excessive talking or playing with the jewelry during healing
can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, and other complications.
- Avoid any mouthwash containing alcohol. It can irritate the area and delay healing.
- Avoid oral sexual contact including French (wet) kissing or oral sex during healing
(even with a long term partner).
- Avoid chewing on gum, tobacco, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, etc.
- Avoid sharing plates, cups, and eating utensils.
- Avoid smoking! It increases risks and lengthens healing time. If you are a heavy smoker, cut back as much as you can to where it doesn't raise stress levels.
Jewelry Hints and Tips
- Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in place for the entire healing period. A Qualified Piercer should perform any necessary jewelry change that occurs during healing.
- Contact US if your jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure).
There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives.
- Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old, well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes
even after having been there for years! If removed re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.
- With clean hands daily check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness. (“Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey”).
- Carry a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage.
- Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, seek professional help in the removal of the jewelry and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small indentation will remain.
- If you Think your piercing is infected, CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY. leave the jewelry in place,
so it can drain. If jewelry is removed, your body will close the piercing and trap the infection in your skin.
If you Know your piercing is infected, Contact your Doctor.
- Once the swelling has subsided, it is vital to replace the original, longer jewelry with a shorter post.
- Consult your piercer for the Downsize Policy. Because this necessary jewelry change may occur during healing, it should be done by a Qualified Piercer.
- 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.
Ear/Ear Cartilage and Facial
- Use the t-shirt trick: dress your pillow in a large, clean t-shirt and turn it nightly; one clean t-shirt provides four clean surfaces for sleeping.
- 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.
- The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping.
- In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready. Comfort and hygiene are vital.
- During healing all sexual activities must be gentle. To increase comfort and decrease trauma,
soak in warm saline solution or plain water to remove any crusty matter, prior to sexual activity.
- Use barriers such as condoms and dental dams, avoid other’s bodily fluids, even in monogamous relationships.
- Use clean, disposable barriers on sex toys.
- Wash hands before touching on or near the piercing.
- Use a new container of water based lubricant.* Do not use your own saliva as a lubricant.
- After sex, rinse with saline.
- P.A. and Apadravya piercings can bleed for the first few days.
- If using soap, urinate after cleaning any piercing that is near the urethra.
Eating with a new oral piercing
- Slowly eat small bites of food, placed directly onto the molars.
- Avoid eating spicy, salty, acidic, or hot temperature foods or beverages for a few days.
- Cold foods and beverage are soothing and help reduce swelling.
- For tongue piercing, try to keep your tongue level in your mouth as you chew and swallow.
- For Labret (Cheek and Lip) style jewelry: Be cautious about opening your mouth too wide as this can result in the backing of the jewelry catching on the teeth.
* Saline substitute: Sea Salt mixes can be substituted for saline, but be careful the mixes need to be correct and also know it is not a sterile solution. Tomake your sea salt mix -Dissolve 1/8 Teaspoon of Non-Iodized (iodine free) SEA SALT into one(1) cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better! They can irritate the piercing.
Everyone heals at different rates, these are Average Rates, you will heal at your own pace.
Follow your aftercare and leave your starter jewelry in for at least the minimum time listed here.
Up to 8 Weeks: Clitoral Hood, Earlobe, Eyebrow, Foreskin, Fourchette, Inner Labia,
Labret, Lip, Prince Albert, Septum, Tongue
3-4 Months: Earl, Frenum, Guiche, Outer Labia, Lorum, Pubic, Scrotum,
Triangle, Surface Anchors
9+ Months: Ampallang, Apadravya, Cheek, Conch, Daith, Dydoe, Ear Cartilage, Navel,
Nostril, Female/ Male Nipple, Rook, Surface Piercings, Tragus
ALL PIERCINGS CAN TAKE A YEAR PLUS AFTER INITIAL HEALING TILL THEY CAN BE CONSIDERED FULLY HEALED.