CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW PIERCING!
There are several different aftercare recommendations out there. Many have proven to simply be too harsh for healing a piercing. Below are our suggestions to care for your healing piercing(s).
REMEMBER: Monthly checkups are highly recommended and always free at our studio. This way we can assure that your piercing is healing well and take care of any downsizing/jewelry fitting that may be necessary once the initial swelling is gone. Checkups are also a good time to address any questions or concerns you’re having regarding new jewelry options. If you’re having any issues with your piercing, please do stop in so we can get you on the right path to healing your piercing.
At the beginning of your daily shower, rinse your entire piercing for 3-5 minutes. This will loosen up and rinse away any debris from the jewelry and piercing site. There is no need to move the jewelry around while doing this 😉 Rinse the piercing again at the end of your shower to rinse away any soap or shampoo that may have gotten near the piercing. Once you’re out of the shower, let the piercing air dry instead of patting dry with a towel or qTip.
You can expect to notice some redness, tenderness, and swelling with most piercings during the first few weeks. This guide is to assist you in keeping regular with a safe aftercare routine and to minimize complications.
DON’T wipe near your piercing with a qTip.
DON’T touch your piercing throughout the day.
DON’T use alcohol, peroxide, antibacterial soaps, makeup, or hair products near the healing piercing.
DON’T rotate the jewelry in your piercing, at all.
DON’T allow yourself to sleep on your piercing until long after it’s fully healed. This Does Not mean you need to remove the jewelry. Just don’t allow yourself to sleep directly on it 😉
Whenever you think about your piercing, if possible, just look at it, don’t touch!
If anything you do throughout the day irritates your
piercing, do your best to just avoid whatever that irritant may be.
Drinking Alcohol will cause you to swell more, so do your best to avoid it!
Healthy bodies will heal faster! Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and allow yourself to get plenty of rest.
Avoid submerging the piercing in any large bodies of water for the first few months.
IF you suspect that your piercing has become “infected”,
DO NOT remove the jewelry. If it’s truly infected and you remove the jewelry, there will be no way for the infection to drain from the piercing and you may develop an abcess that requires medical attention.
DO NOT Google it.
Don’t wait it out to see if the problem will resolve on it’s own, it may just get worse without the direct attention of a caring professional. More often than not, the alleged “infection” clients diagnose themselves with is simply a bit of an irritation from an accidental slip up in the aftercare routine or a misunderstanding of how to care for the piercing. The problem can usually be resolved with a quick consultation with a reputable piercer.
Go see your local reputable piercer or piercing friendly medical professional and ask them for advice.
For navel, nipple, and surface piercings, gently place a clean, “warm compress” on the piercing for 5-10 minutes, twice a day for the first 6 months. This compress can be made by simply placing a very warm washcloth IN a clean ziploc baggie.
NAVEL “Belly Button” Piercing
Special considerations for healing a navel piercing:
Avoid slouching while healing a navel piercing.
It may place unnecessary pressure on the bottom of the navel,
pushing the jewelry upward into an awkward position.
This can lead to the piercing migrating to an undesirable
spot by the time it heals or even completely rejecting over time.
Even once your navel piercing is fully healed, pushing the jewelry
up and down unnecessarily may thin out the tissue over time and lead to the piercing
migrating so just avoid playing with it.
After 4-12 months, most navel piercings will “settle” a bit and you may notice a bit of extra length on the jewelry where it was once a nice snug fit against your body. This is quite common and nothing to be scared of. This is caused by the way your stomach twists and stretchesd throughout the day. It’s best to stop in to see a reputable piercer at this time to get fitted with an appropriately sized piece of quality jewelry that suits your healed/healing piercing. This will prevent any unnecessary snagging of the jewelry due to the excess length. There is no one size fits all with any type of piercing and jewelry can be custom made in any length you’d need. A well stocked studio will have several lengths of navel jewelry options for you to choose from with many colors and sizes of gemstones, opals, dangles, etc. If the size you need isn’t in stock, special orders are absolutely doable and can be quite fun! This way you can pick out exactly how you want your new piece of jewelry to look.
ORAL PIERCINGS (special considerations)
Initially, you’ll likely have a slightly longer piece of jewelry placed in your piercing to allow room for potential swelling as oral piercing tend to swell a bit more than others. It’s absolutely imperative that you stop in to see your piercer after a few weeks to get fitted with slightly shorter jewelry as the swelling subsides. This will prevent you from snagging the excess length on your teeth, clothing, etc. and prevent gum and tooth erosion.
Rinse with clean cold water after eating/drinking while healing any oral piercing.
Avoid sucking on straws, smoking cigarettes, and chewing gum.
Eat small bite sized food and chew slowly for the first month.
Don’t use any harsh mouthwash. Anything that burns is bad!
Invest in a nice electric toothbrush and gently brush your teeth thoroughly twice daily
to remove any plaque/food and rinse with cold clean water when you’re done brushing.
Use little to no toothpaste on your toothbrush for the first 6weeks of healing an oral piercing. This will
keep the harsh abrasive chemicals in the toothpaste from getting into your new piercing and causing irritation.
Keeping your head elevated will absolutely aid in keeping the swelling down so pack an extra pillow or 2 under your head while sleeping for the first few weeks while swelling is more likely to happen.
If you wish, you could also take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or Aleve for the first few days after you have the piercing done. Just follow the instructions on the bottle. There’s no need to overdo it!
Avoid bicycling for the first 2 months as the friction is likely to irritate the piercing(s) quite a bit.
Intercourse can start back up once you feel comfortable doing so. Always use protection!
If you start to feel ANY discomfort, stop, shower, and give it a few more weeks of healing before you try it out again. It will be worth the wait!