Piercing Aftercare Guide

It is normal for your piercing to be red, sensitive and swollen in the first days. The piercing might also bleed quite a lot afterwards. The first piercing jewelry are therefor always longer to provide space for the swelling. Keep an eye on the swelling, sometimes it happens to swell even more. If you are experiencing an inflammation, extreme swelling, redness or pain, book a check up appointment or get it checked at a doctor. 

Our starting piercing jewelry are all made out of implant grade internally threaded titanium. It is super important to only use this material and to keep it in until the piercing is fully healed. 

We advice to come by for a check up appointment somewhere between 4 - 8 weeks, for us to be able to keep track of your piercing healing en if necessary to be able to insert a shorter piercing. This is super important for a good healing. 

The healing process of every piercing is different and can take up to 12 months until fully healed. Every body and every healing process is different, therefor it is super important to apply a good aftercare routine. 

Taking care of your piercing is done maximum 2 times a day with a sterile salt solutions during 2 weeks. Dry your piercing afterwards! This can be done with a sterile compress or with your hairdryer on low. Don’t use paper tissues, cotton swabs or cotton pads. Don’t use alcohol, creams or lotions on your new piercings. Also, don’t use a bandaid over a new piercing. 

At all times, make sure that your piercing is clean. Make sure not to use stuff such as perfume, make up, hairspray, bodylotions etc near your piercing. 

It is extremely important not to touch your piercing, don’t turn or move it. Your hands are covered in bacteria and this is an easy start for irritation, inflammation or infection to develop. Always make sure to wash your hands before cleaning your piercing or wear gloves. 

Don’t unnecessarily remove your initial piercing jewelry until it is fully healed. New piercings can close super fast, even after a couple of minutes it can be hard to put the piercing back. Besides, you will unnecessarily irritate the piercing resulting in possible bleeding or bumps. 

Don’t change the piercing yourself the first time. Look for a proper piercing shop to help you with this. 

Don’t scratch, turn, move or remove crusts from your new piercing. However, clean it properly so that there is no build up of dirt under or around your piercing. There is a big difference between a blood crust and dirt. 

Regularly check if your piercing ball or attachment is still screwed on properly. By taking care of the new piercing, it is possible for the ball or attachment to unscrew. If you don’t secure it again, it will fall of and you will lose the piercing jewelry. Try to limit the irritation of the piercing and try to keep the bar as stable as possible. 

Don’t sleep on your new piercing for the first 3 months. If you have an ear piercing, you can use a travel pillow to sleep on. Don’t wear headphones, caps or beanies for at least 3 months.
Don’t wear tight clothes over new piercings. If you have a navel piercings, don’t wear high wast jeans or belts. 

Personal hygiene is extremely import in the aftercare of a new piercing. However, you will need to take extra care for certain points.
Don’t use soap directly on the piercing. Avoid soaking in the bath tub in the first weeks after a new piercing. Certainly with surfaces, navels, nipple piercing, dermals and other piercing that can easily be submerged in the water, need to be looked at after.
No sunbathing, no sauna, no tanning beds, no swimming for at least 12 weeks. Of course don’t go swimming if your piercing is irritated or red. Rivers, lakes, ponds or other swimming possibilities with dirty water need to be avoided completely until the piercing is fully healed. 

Tong / lip piercings : 

Mouth piercings need to be rinsed with cold water after every meal. Rinse maximum 3 times a day with a mouthwash and don’t use Listerin.
Spicy food, alcohol and dairy need to be avoided if your piercing is healing.
Talking and eating can be difficult in the first week, it is also possible for your glands to be swollen. Eat tender food or fluid food to ease the healing.
We advise against smoking in the aftercare of your piercing.
Tongue and lip piercings usually already can be changed after 2 weeks to a shorter bar, but this is of course depending on the personal healing process. 

Dermal piercings : 

We advise using a sterile compress on top of a new dermal piercing in the first week after placing it. Dermal piercings can only be changed to a different attachment if it is fully healed. Don’t do this yourself, as it may loosen and irritate your dermal piercing. 

After the healing of your dermal piercing, it is important to remove all dirt underneath it too, as it may push up your dermal. 

Do you still have questions?
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