Aftercare Guidelines

Cleaning Solutions:

  • Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read label)

Instructions for Cleaning (twice daily):

  • Wash hands thoroughly (for at least 30 seconds with soap and warm water) prior to cleaning, or touching near your new piercing for any reason.
  • Saline: Completely saturate a cotton round or gauze pad with saline solution and apply to the piercing site for several minutes. This should remove any dirt or dried secretions from your jewelry. For smaller/ hard to reach areas (inside nostrils) saturate a cotton swab with saline to soak. Avoid using cotton swabs otherwise to prevent fibers from snagging on your jewelry.You can also invert a cup of warm solution over the area and press against the skin to form a vacuum.  The longer the soak, the better.
  • Dry with disposable paper products such as gauze or a cotton round. Reused cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag new piercings causing injury.  Pat gently to avoid trauma.

What to expect during healing:

  • Within the first stages of healing, it is normal to see some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness or bruising.
  • During the entire healing period, it is normal to see some discoloration, itching, secretion of whitish-yellow fluid (not pus, a green or brownish smelly viscous ooze) that forms crust on jewelry when dried.  The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
  • A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete.  Piercings heal from the outside in and, although it may feel healed, the tissue on the inside remains fragile longer.  BE PATIENT and keep cleaning 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.

WHAT TO AVOID:

  • Avoid touching your piercing at any time besides cleaning. DO NOT SPIN YOUR JEWELRY FOR ANY REASON.
  • DO NOT CLEAN WITH Bactine, Betadine®, Hibiclens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other harsh soaps, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
  • Avoid getting beauty products/ makeup/ lotion in the area.
  • Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with jewelry and vigorous cleaning. These activities can lead to unsightly and painful scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing and other complications.
  • Avoid exposing your new piercing to other's bodily fluids.
  • Do not submerge your healing piercing in unclean bodies of water (the ocean, swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes, ponds)
  • Avoid over cleaning- it can delay healing times by irritating the piercing.

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Keep yourself healthy- your immune system dictates how quickly your piercing will heal.
  • Leave your jewelry in AT ALL TIMES. Contact us if you would like to change your jewelry for any reason.
  • Keep your bedding clean and change it regularly. Your piercing will have direct contact to your sheets/ pillowcase every night for 8+ hours.

 

If you are having an issue with your piercing, please call us at (508) 807-4956 !

If you suspect your piercing is infected, please contact a medical professional. We do not and cannot treat infections.

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