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Body Piercing Aftercare

Body Piercing Aftercare

 

So you just got a new piercing - that's super exciting!
Let's talk quickly about how to heal this piercing quickly and easily!

 

What to Expect

 

  • Some bleeding, swelling, redness, bruising and/or tenderness

  • During healing some discolouration, itching, secretion of a white-yellow fluid that forms into a crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals

  • Scabbing, cracking, dry skin, flaking after a few days

  • Itching & irritation 

  • The jewelry may not move freely in the piercing - do not force it. You do not need to rotate it 

  • Piercings will appear healed on the exterior, they heal from the outside in, and although it may seem healed - the tissue inside is still fragile 

 

What to Do

 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the piercing(s)

  • Clean the piercing using the recommended aftercare spray or soak the piercing for two minutes in sea salt and purified water

  • Gently remove any crust or visible debris from the jewelry

  • Do not touch, play with or force the jewelry to move

  • Do not attempt to remove or change the jewelry for at least six weeks

  • Contact the piercer if you have any questions or concerns at 905-544-1222 or piercing@grimstudios.ca

  • Contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you develop a fever, you start to develop spider web like veins coming from the piercing, shortness of breath, green pus with an obvious foul odor (rotting potatoes), excessive swelling, dizziness or blurred vision 

 

What to Do (Oral Piercings)

 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the piercing(s)

  • Brush your teeth twice daily

  • Rinse your mouth out for 30 seconds after you eat, drink or smoke with the recommended mouthwash or with sea salt and purified water

  • Do not drink alcohol for two weeks - especially beer

  • Do not touch, play with or force the jewelry to move

  • Do not attempt to remove or change the jewelry for at least six weeks

  •  No oral sex or making out for at least two weeks 

  • Contact the piercer if you have any questions or concerns at 905-544-1222 or piercing@grimstudios.ca

  • Contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you develop a fever, you start to develop spider web like veins coming from the piercing, shortness of breath, green pus with an obvious foul odor (rotting potatoes), excessive swelling, dizziness or blurred vision 

 

Recommended Healing Times

Earlobe 6-8 weeks 

Ear Cartilage 6 months-1 year

Eyebrow 6-8 weeks

Nostril 6 months-1 year

Septum 6 months-1 year

Bridge 8-10 weeks

Tongue 4-6 weeks

Lip/Labret 6-8 weeks 

Nipple 6 months-1 year

Navel 6 months-1 year

Surface Piercing 6 months-1 year

Microdermal/Surface Anchor 2-6 months 

Prince Albert 6-8 weeks

Reverse Prince Albert 4-6 months 

Frenum 6-8 weeks

Scrotum 6-8 weeks

Foreskin 8-10 weeks

Ampallang/Apadravya 4-8 months

Inner Labia 4-6 weeks

Outer Labia 3-6 months 

Clitoral Hood 4-6 weeks

Christina 6-9 months 

What to Avoid

 

  • Avoid touching the piercing, except when cleaning

  • Avoid undue trauma to the piercing from clothing, friction, playing with the jewelry and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of scar tissue, prolonged healing and many other complications

  •  NEVER use products like Vaseline, coconut/almond/natural oils, essential oils, scented moisturizers, goats milk, Dettol, Betadine, alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, baby oil, table salts, epsom salts etc on the piercing

  • Do not over clean

  • Do not submerge piercings into water for prolonged periods. Avoid pools, saunas, hot tubs & natural bodies of water

  • Do not use perfumes or makeup on the piercing until completely healed

  • Don't hang charms on the piercing until completely healed

 

Sea Salt Soak Mixture

  • Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt (iodine-free) into one cup (8oz/250ml) of warm distilled or bottled water 

  • Use twice daily for two minutes or as recommended by your piercer

  • A stronger mixture is not better - saline solution that is too strong will irritate the piercing