BODY PIERCING aftercare
Have a Question About PIERCING AFTERCARE?
Please call the studio! Better to ask then to guess.
Our aftercare instructions have been doctor approved and approved by the Macomb County Health Department.
When Can I Swim? For most piercings 3-5 weeks.
A body piercing is essentially a wound and needs to be treated as such. Proper care and attention needs to be followed to insure proper and timely healing. When the piercing procedure was done, it was done in a sterile environment; using operating room quality disinfectants, autoclave sterilized utensils, needle(s), and jewelry, in a regulated and licensed studio.
When you leave our studio the piercing site is essentially free of germs. Infection, delayed healing, and prolonged irritation most often occur as a result of poor aftercare. (This includes poor hygiene and/or exposure of the healing piercing to a dirty environment.)
Adherence of the following instructions will greatly reduce any complications during the healing process. If you have allergies to any of the suggested aftercare supplies please ask the studio for alternate instructions.
What to expect during the healing process:
Even with excellent piercing aftercare, there will be some swelling and redness at the site of a piercing for a few days. The redness can last a little longer depending on your body. The piercing itself and the surrounding tissue WILL be sore for a few days. This is 100% normal. You might also notice some light bleeding for the first few days, especially if the piercing is bumped, pulled or irritated. Finally, you may notice a slight clear discharge from the wound for the first few days or even weeks. This is simply drainage of the wound, a normal part of the healing process. If you donate blood you may resume doing so one month after the procedure is complete (for more information contact the American Red Cross). [This blood donation policy is only for State Regulated studios]
How to spot trouble with your piercing (and what to do about it):
If you notice…
Discharge that becomes noticeably thicker and is yellow or green in color.
This is a possible sign of infection and should be checked by a doctor if it lasts longer than 24 hours.
Inflammation that lasts longer than 5 days, with redness and irritation.
See our studio or doctor.
Red streaks from the piercing site and a fever, along with body aches.
See your doctor within 24 hours
Hives, redness, itching and irritation around the piercing, which may signal an allergic reaction to the piercing jewelry.
See studio: We will try replacing it with an alternative metal, such as titanium.
Note: Gold and silver jewelry may cause an additional reaction. Surgical Stainless jewelry has a very low rejection rate (Less than 1%)
If you experience: Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or a feeling that your mouth or throat is swelling closed
(this is extremely rare) Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately!
Most important: Do not clean or touch the new piercing with dirty hands.
Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap prior to touching or cleaning your piercing.
This is essential to preventing irritation, infection, and complications.
Piercing Specific Aftercare Instructions
Supplies You Will Need: Antibacterial Liquid Soap & NeliCleanse Spray (or sea salt soak)
You can mix your own sea salt soak quickly and easily. Simply dissolve ¼ tablespoon of sea salt (not table salt) into 8oz of warm water. Do not mix a stronger sea salt mixture, as it will dry the piercing out. We offer the NeliCleanse Spray for $10
Basic Piercing Care Instructions: 2 x 2 Cleaning (This applies for every piercing except Tongue & Oral piercings)
Wash the piercing with a small amount of antibacterial liquid soap (not bar soap), first removing crust and debris
then slowly rotate the piercing back and forth working the soap into the piercing, finally washing all traces of the soap away with warm water. One of these cleanings can be done in the shower. Air dry the piercing or dry using
a fresh piece of paper towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria or snag the fresh piercing and should not be used.
Rinse the piercing with NeliCleanse Spray or apply your mixed sea salt soak to the piercing using a moist piece
of fresh paper towel. This will help remove crust and other debris, and flush the piercing clear.
Piercing Specific Information:
Avoid vigorous exercise and tanning for the first two weeks following the piercing. Dangly navel jewelry is designed to
be worn for a short time only, and should be changed to a regular barbell at night, this helps avoid stretching or migration.
Ear / Industrial / Eyebrow:
Avoid using hair products as much as possible during the healing process. If you use hair products cover the fresh piercing
with a cup when applying product until it is dry, this will prevent it from entering the piercing. Make sure to clean phones, glasses, headphones, or anything that comes in contact with the healing piercing.
*For industrial piercings expect an extra 2-3 weeks additional healing time.*
Be careful if wearing a lace bra, it may become snagged with the jewelry.
The inside of the nose is a natural ecosystem and is normally self-cleaning. Cleaning inside thenose isn’t normally needed
Rinse using mouthwash every time you eat, drink (except water), or smoke. When you brush your teeth: Brush the tongue
bar softly as plaque forms on the ball and around the piercing. (Format ion of a white ring around your piercing is a
protective layer of white blood cells and can be lightly brushed away) Try to minimize smoking as much as you can with
any oral piercing.
Balls may be switched to plastic after three weeks as metal balls may cause long term dental problems. Most people will also need a shorter barbell. This was done to compensate for any initial swelling that usually occurs during the first few days. Please wait at least 3-4 weeks before switching the jewelry. Switching jewelry too soon may cause serious problems and should be avoided.
Oral Piercings: (Lip, labret, Monroe, vertical labret, any piercing in and around your mouth)
Inside the mouth: Rinse using mouthwash every time you eat, drink (except water), or smoke. Try to minimize smoking as much as you can with any oral piercing.
Outside your mouth: Wash with antibacterial soap twice a day for at least the first three weeks, removing any crust and debris first before rotating the jewelry back and forth each time you perform the cleaning process. (Rotation of the jewelry prevents the jewelry from adhering to the skin) Rinse the piercing with H20 Ocean spray or apply your mixed sea salt soak to the piercing using a moist piece of fresh paper towel. This will help remove crust and other debris, and flush the piercing clear.
If you were pierced with a stud (flatback stud) a post was inserted longer then what should be inside your mouth after the piercing heals. This was done to compensate for any initial swelling that usually occurs during the first few days. Please
wait at least 3-5 weeks before switching the jewelry.
When Can I Swim? What Should I Avoid?
- DO NOT immerse in water until fully healed (Pool, Lake, Ocean, Jacuzzi, or Bath) [Yes, A shower is OK]
- Typical Base Heal Time for Most Piercings is 4-6 weeks. Although healing times are estimated, and vary from person to person. Do NOT use anti-biotic ointments, pain relieving creams, rubbing alcohol, cortisone/steroid cream or hydrogen peroxide. Using these products will ruin the healing process.
For Surface and Genital Piercings: Please call or stop into the Studio