AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
Every healing process is different, impacted by your individual body, diet, climate, and lifestyle. Consistent aftercare and not touching, twisting, or interfering with the natural healing process should ensure a positive healing experience. Your body was designed to heal itself. Help it along by following the below guidelines and aftercare instructions, and please contact us with any questions or concerns.
DO NOT treat your new piercing without first washing your hands with warm water and soap. Touching your piercing with unclean hands will inevitably introduce bacteria to the open wound.
DO NOT touch, twist, or play with your new piercing. Any twisting or turning you do to your jewelry can irritate your piercing and rotate bacteria from your environment into your healing tissue.
DO NOT use chemicals or any type of ointments on your piercing, as they will cause irritation and prolong healing time. This includes rubbing alcohol, peroxide, bactine, neosporin, bacitracin, tea tree oil, or other harsh chemicals.
DO NOT submerge your piercing during the healing process. This includes the ocean, pools, baths, and hot tubs, to avoid exposure to infection-causing bacteria.
DO NOT remove your jewelry yourself. If you need to take out your jewelry for a medical procedure, come by the shop and one of our piercers will do it for you.
DO NOT listen to your friend’s advice over ours. Call or visit the shop, we have experience and we want to help.
BE CAREFUL not to snag your new piercing. Watch out for towels, clothing, fibers, seatbelts, and purses.
PLEASE NOTE: if you like your jewelry, keep it in. Once jewelry is removed, the hole will immediately start to shrink and it becomes difficult (if not impossible), to put your jewelry back in.
AVERAGE HEALING TIMES
Below you’ll find approximate healing times for different piercings. As every healing process is individual, these timelines are to be used as a guide. Your piercing may take longer or not as long to heal.
BRIDGE: 3–4 months
EAR LOBE: 3-4 months
EAR CARTILAGE: 6–9 months
EYEBROW: 3–4 months
LIP: 3–4 months
NOSTRIL: 6–9 months
NIPPLE: 8-12 months
NAVEL: 6–9 months
SEPTUM: 2–3 months
TONGUE: 2-4 months
VERTICAL LABRET: 3–4 months
Your piercing is a wound that your body will work naturally to heal. Your job is to keep the piercing clean while your body does its job. As your piercing works to heal itself, it will inevitably discharge fluids and cells. To combat this, we recommend washing your new piercing twice daily – once in the AM and once in the PM – using a sterile saline wound wash such as NeilMed Piercing Aftercare Spray that contains water and .9% sodium chloride. Spray directly onto piercing twice a day, no rinsing necessary. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and warm water each time you wash or touch your new piercing.
You can purchase NeilMed Piercing Aftercare Spray at our shop, or sterile saline wound wash in the first aid aisle of most drug stores. If you are unable to access a sterile saline spray, as an absolute last resort, you can make a sea salt solution to hold you over temporarily until you are able to access a sterile saline spray:
Dissolve ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of warm water. Be sure ratio is precise, as using too much salt can irritate the piercing – a strong solution is not better. Soak your piercing in the cup of salt water or apply a compress of the solution, using saturated clean gauze or paper towel. Rinse thoroughly.
Oral PiercingS AFTERCARE
Maintain excellent oral hygiene and rinse mouth twice daily with distilled water.
Rinse mouth out after any eating, drinking, or smoking anything, except water.
For the first few weeks, avoid foods that are hot in temperature, spicy, or high in citric acid, such as grapefruit and oranges, as well as highly fermented foods like beer, wine, and certain cheeses.
To help reduce swelling in the initial weeks, try ice chips, sleeping with your head elevated over your heart, and over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines such as Ibuprofen.
Once your piercing has healed, clean your jewelry regularly as plaque can build up on it, as it does on your teeth.
Healing a piercing requires dedication. Remember that irritation does not necessarily mean infection. Please call, email, or stop by the shop with any questions or concerns. We’ve seen it all and we have much more reliable experience than google or your friends.