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Piercing Aftercare

Wash your hands before you touch the piercing or touch near it. Leave the jewelry in until healed, and even after it's healed if you like your piercing keep it in. Everyones piercings close at different rates, it all depends on the individual. Don't get into swimming pools, hot tubs, canals, lakes, rivers, or soak in baths, for at least ten days after getting the piercing. These are breeding grounds for bacteria that can harm your piercing. Most infections are a result of inappropriate aftercare. Don't let your friends touch or handle your new piercing, or let your pet lick it. In the event of an infection, please seek advice from your piercer. We will evaluate the piercing and let you know what to do. If you do have an infection leave your jewelry in so it can drain. If you take the jewelry out in can trap the infection and create an abscess. Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, neosporin, or ear care solution on the piercing. These products will only irritate the skin.

What Is To Be Expected 

You should expect bleeding, bruising, discoloration, and/or swelling. You will see some tenderness or discomfort in the area where the piercing was done, and can also see stinging, burning, aching, or other unpleasant sensations on and off for several days or longer.

You can expect the piercing to secrete a yellow/clear fluid from it which is perfectly normal, it is not pus! It's a mixture of lymph, blood plasma, and dead skin cells and will form a crust on the outside of the piercing. This usually indicates a healing piercing. A healed piercing may secrete a semi-solid milky white/pale yellow substance from the oil glands called sebum, this is also not pus. This indicates a healed piercing. Piercings tend to have a series of ups and downs throughout the healing process, so try to be patient with it. Tightness of the piercing is normal, do not expect the jewelry to swing freely in most piercings, even after being healed.

General Piercings 

Includes: Anti-Eyebrow, Bridge, Ear lobes, Eyebrow, Lip, Nostril/Nose, Septum.

Wash with a mild liquid soap like Dial or Softsoap (morning and night is a good practice). It takes around three to four weeks before you can change into a new piece of jewelry, and about six to eight weeks to see the piercing completely heal. Wait three months after being pierced to wear any type of dangly or heavy Navel jewelry, and only wear it for short periods of time (during the day). As for make-up/cosmetics, place it around the piercing and not in/on the piercing. Make-up/Cosmetics will irritate the piercing if it does fall inside/stick to the jewelry of the freshly done piercing.

Surface Piercings/Single Point(Microdermals)

Wash with a mild liquid soap like Dial or Softsoap (morning and night is a good practice). It takes around four to five weeks before you can change the jewelry, and about six to eight weeks to see the piercing completely heal. The first time the top is changed on a microdermal, it needs to be done by a professional due to the top being tight in the base. After it has been broken loose once it can be changed whenever one feels like it. Microdermals will also need band-aids on them for the first three weeks of having them when sleeping so they don't get pulled out while sleeping.

Ear Cartilage

Wash with a mild liquid soap like Dial or Softsoap (morning and night is a good practice). It takes around six to eight weeks before you can change to a new piece of jewelry, and can take from six months to a full year before they completely heal.

Genital Piercings

Wash with a mild liquid soap like Dial or Softsoap (morning and night is a good practice). It takes around three to four weeks before you can change into a new piece of jewelry, and about six to eight to see the piercing completely heal. Nipple piercings can take six months to a full year before they completely heal. Sexual contact is prohibited for four to six weeks after the piercing, due to other bodily fluids can cause complications with the piercing. After the four to six weeks, sexual contact must be hygienic, and if the piercing becomes sore either ease up or stop.

Tongue 

Includes: Webbing, Frownie, Smiley, Standard Tongue

Rinse mouth with a mild/non-alcoholic mouthwash every time you eat, drink, kiss, or smoke for four days after the piercing, anymore than that and you will kill your bodies natural oral flora that protects against negative bacteria. It takes around two weeks before you can change to a new piece of jewelry, and about four weeks before it's completely healed.

Swelling in piercings

It is completely normal to see swelling in piercings, it is trauma to the tissue. To help see swelling go down place ice on the area, and you can use a anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. If swelling gets too extreme you may need to go visit your piercer to see if you need to change to a longer piece of jewelry. You can also see swelling from a completely healed piercing if it has improper jewelry in it (too short, larger jewelry/stretched,allergy to metal).

Stretching Ears

A freshly stretched set of ears should be washed with a mild liquid soap like Dial or Softsoap (morning and night is a good practice). Do not take the jewelry out for a few days, and you can clean where the jewelry sits in your ear by using a q-tip. A good general guideline for stretching ears is to wait from two to three months before you stretch again. Playing with, gently pulling, and tugging on the jewelry does help stretch. Vitamin E oil rubs and sea salt water soaks on your lobes are healthy and help fatten your lobes.

DO NOT SKIP SIZES WHILE STRETCHING!!!

You can damage your ears by thinning or blowing your earlobe out!!

Stretching ears is a long and patient process, but is very rewarding when you finally get to the size you want. Take your time and do it properly.

Sea Salt Soaks

All fresh and healed piercings can benefit from doing a sea salt soak on them. Non-iodized fine grain sea salt soaks promotes healing, cleanses, and allows the cells to rejuvenate. Use a clean shot glass or a paper towel and soak/compress the piercing for five minutes, two times a day if it is a fresh or irritated healed piercing.

Sea Salt Recipe

Mix 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 1 cup of clean warm water. The correct proportions are CRITICAL. If the solution is too strong it will become caustic and irritate or burn your skin. If your soaks cause your skin to become too dry, use 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt instead.