PIERCING AFTERCARE GUIDE
Proper aftercare is a crucial part of ensuring your piercing heals properly, and there are no long-term problems. If you don't take care of your piercing properly, it can take much longer to heal, and lead to more serious problems such as infection. Thankfully, it's pretty simple to keep your piercing clean and healthy.
➔ Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your piercing.
➔ Use sterile saline solution to spray your piercing and soak off any residue or buildup. Use gauze to gently clean around the area.
➔ Do this 3 times a day for the duration of your healing period, and remember this is different for every piercing.
➔ For oral piercings wash your mouth with an alcohol-free mouth wash after every time you eat, drink, or smoke.
➔ If you have any concerns please come back to me or talk to your doctor or health care provider.
➔ Touch or play with your piercing outside of the cleaning routine. This will introduce bacteria to your piercing and can result in infection.
➔ Sleep on your piercing. This can alter the angle of the piercing in addition to causing irritation bumps. It will also be very painful.
➔ Twist your piercing. There is an old wives' tale that says you need to twist your piercing to make sure it doesn’t get stuck or grow into your body. This is nonsense. Your piercing will not get stuck or grow into your piercing site and twisting it will only disrupt the healing going on inside your skin and introduce bacteria to the site.
➔ Go for a swim for the first 6 weeks of your healing process, bodies of water are full of bacteria which can lead to infection.
➔ Put any lotions, creams, or makeup on or around your piercing as this can lead to infection and irritation.
➔ Change your jewellery before the end of the recommended healing time.
PIERCING HEALING TIMES
Ear Lobes: 6-8 weeks
Ear Cartilage: 9-12 months
Tongue: 8-12 weeks (downsize jewellery after 2 weeks)
Eyebrow: 8-12 weeks
Lip: 8-12 weeks.
Nostril: 2-4 months
Septum: 3-4 months
Navel: up to 12 months
Dermals: 1-3 months
Nipples: 9-12 months