There are a few golden aftercare rules to follow as your piercing heals:
Don’t use any products on it! no Surgical Spirits, TCP, Alcohol, Creams, Sprays. Only ever saline.
Leave the jewellery in until it is healed! Always wash your hands before touching your new piercing, do not constrict it with tight clothing.
All piercings go through three main stages of healing:
Basically: the bit where it swells up, the bit where it gets scabby and then the longest stage of all, the bit where you leave it alone for bloody ages! (most folk think they’re healed after the scabby bit!)
Generally most piercings only need cared for during the first two stages, known as the initial healing.
Cleaning must be done carefully:
You don’t want to be moving the jewellery around too much, generally: bathing any piercing in warm salt water can only do good, however too much cleaning is also bad. When you were pierced your piercer would have spelt out to you the frequency of cleaning and how long the initial healing lasts for.
It is very important that you dry around your piercing thoroughly after showering, bathing, swimming etc. This helps prevent the growth of bacteria around the wound and can greatly reduce your need to use the saline soaks.
Saline soaks are the bee’s knees for any new piercing:
Using a level teaspoon of sea salt mixed into boiled water, allow to cool to room temperature. Then you have two options, you can either hold the whole piercing under the water or soak a cotton pad in the water and repeatedly hold firmly on the piercing. After the soak, rinse the area with lukewarm water to remove any salt crystals from your skin. An occasional maintenance clean needs to only last a minute or two. However a problematic piercing can be soaked a little longer, two or three times a day. If after three days your problem still persists, feel free to contact us.
salt water bathing should be kept to use only when your body appears to be struggling on its own or has been irritated by
something else. For these piercings its best to carefully dry off any softened residue/scabs after bathing with a cotton bud whilst they are soft right after bathing normally. Remember, cartilage piercings are prone to keloids and therefore its even more important not to touch or sleep on them.[/expand]
Most swelling will be overnight. If you can sleep with your head elevated to reduce your initial swelling. Plus It’s always advisable to use a new toothbrush and keep it apart from any others in your bathroom. As well as regular brushing you must maintain your oral health with a non alcoholic mouthwash or saline solution.
Keep pen tops, and fingernails out of your mouth throughout your healing, be mindful of smoking and clean your hands regularly.
Tongue piercings in particular often have an intensive initial few days. Its good to get into a routine, four times a day for the first four days: brush both teeth and tongue, rinse your mouth out, take two Arnika and if needed two painkillers. Its a lot. But remember, if you can’t eat, you cant heal.
Lying below the surface, not in one-side and out-the other, gives both advantages and disadvantages to every form of surface piercing. They benefit from a good saline soak occasionally but not a strict routine. Often swelling is minimal but can be restricted by the jewellery so an anti-inflammatory can be taken if you are concerned. Limit any restrictive clothing and remember not to try and ‘tip’ your piercing to clean underneath!.
Surface Dermals in particular require a slow joining of fatty tissue, we recommend you keep them covered with the dressings provided until you feel fully healed. (with a little time daily to air).
So long as you wear comfortable cotton clothing that is a comfy snug fit, your new piercing should be happy with just a warm shower each day. It will heal very quickly, much quicker than you’d expect. Minor bruising is possible and will pass in a few days, as will any swelling. Safe sex is especially important, but a normal sex life can begin again for most in a week or less.