Piercing Aftercare Instructions
Remember the Swelling
Remember, all pierced regions will tend to swell immediately after treatment, and the item of jewelry you have inserted will be designed to accommodate this.
Tongue piercings may swell to the limit of the inserted bar, and this can be reduced by rinsing the mouth with iced water.
Don't Do the Following:
DO NOT: Apply Bactine.
DO NOT: Apply Neosporin.
DO NOT: Apply alcohol.
DO NOT: Rub, scratch, or pick at the piercing.
DO NOT: Apply any salt water contents.
Caring for Your New Piercing
- If the jewelry becomes too tight because of swelling, see your body piercer immediately.
- Always wash and dry your hands before and after any essential handling of a newly pierced site, e.g. cleaning of the area. CLEAN WITH WARM WATER AND ANTI BACTERIAL FRAGRANCE FREE SOAP.
- Avoid unnecessary toughing, scratching or picking of the newly pierced site to reduce the risk of introducing infection. In particular, avoid using fingernails to handle jewelry, as the underside of nails are more likely to introduce infection to the pierced site.
- Gently soak off and wipe away any crusty formations at the wound site – do not pick them off.
- If possible, shower rather than bathe whilst the piercing is healing so that unnecessary water submersion is avoided.
- Pat dry the pierced area after cleaning – do not rub as this could snag jewelry and tear delicate healing tissue.
- Do not use skin products on the treated area that have not been recommended by your operator or are not intended for open wound healing. There is generally no need to use any other skin antiseptic products and you should not share skin products with others.
- Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimize rubbing and irritation to a newly pierced site, and in general try and keep a new piercing as dry and exposed as possible.
- Always keep a new piercing covered and protected if working in a dirty, dusty or oily environment – a non-adhesive dressing secured with dermatological tape is best.
- For Body Piercing, expected (complete) healing times are difficult to predict because individuals healing abilities vary, but all clients should be told what to expect. The healing time is the time required for the jewelry “tunnel” to become dry and healed after the initial tissue damage.
Estimated Healing Times by Piercing
- Ear lobe, eyebrow and nasal septum: 6 to 8 weeks
- Ear (cartilaginous region) and nostril: 2 months to 1 year
- Tongue: 4 to 8 weeks
- Lips and cheeks: 6 to 12 weeks
- Genital (female and male) including inner labia, clitoral hood: 4 to 12 weeks
- Nipple, scrotum, outer labia: 2 to 6 months
- Navel and ampallang (a transverse penile piercing); 4 months to 1 year
Caring for Oral Piercings
Chewing gum should be avoided while oral piercings are healing.
Newly pierced tongue regions can be gently cleansed with a clean, soft toothbrush and toothpaste.
Half strength mouth wash – diluted with tap water – should be used twice daily after tongue piercings, and additionally after eating, drinking or smoking.