Aftercare Instructions for Body Piercings
Nipple and Navel Piercings
Healing times vary according to the depth and location of the piercing, usually from 3 to 6 months.
Always wash your hands before removing any dressing and cleaning. Do not touch a healing piercing unless you have washed your hands. Also do not play with the jewellery or make contact orally, or with other bodily fluids during healing.
Cleaning should be done two to three times a day. This can be done in the shower using a ph balanced shower gel, or antibacterial wash. Other times, clean by washing in a clean washbasin. Salt or a good quality antiseptic may be added if preferred.
If using a specialist aftercare product, wash first before applying. These work well as they are designed for the purpose. When travelling, mix a solution of one level teaspoon of salt or one capful of antiseptic solution to half a pint of boiled water in a sterilised bottle, and clean with cotton wool swabs or buds.
First remove any dried matter from around the piercing. This secretion of blood plasma is normal during healing and acts as a protective scab. While this is happening the piercing is still healing, and cleaning should continue. Do not pick! A clean cup of warm water can be sealed over the piercing to soak for a few minutes prior to cleaning. When washing, lather up before applying to the piercing.
After matter as been removed, lather up again and rotate the jewellery or slide back and forth gently for a few minutes to clean the inside of the piercing. The jewellery should slide easily back and forth when cleaned properly inside and not be tight. Rinse well with clear water. Again move the jewellery back and forth to rinse thoroughly, as any solution left behind will cause irritation. Pat dry with a clean towel. Check that balls on threaded jewellery are tight.
When the piercing is healed, it will epithelise. This is the final healing stage, when the core of the piercing, grows into skin. The jewellery should not be removed until after this has taken place. If the jewellery must be changed beforehand, always use sterile, nickel free jewellery, titanium is best. Do not use surgical steel, silver, or 9ct. gold.
Look after yourself! Eat a good diet, vitamins help healing. Avoid excessive use of alcohol.
Although we take every care to ensure sterility there is a risk of infection. If infection occurs, a doctor should be consulted who may prescribe antibiotics. The jewellery should be left in the piercing to allow drainage. If removed, the holes could heal over the infection and result in an abscess. If the jewellery looks like it is becoming embedded in the piercing a larger size may be needed until the infection clears. This should be sterile and preferably changed by a professional piercing artist.
If you have any worries at all please contact us on our main number at any time.
Tongue Piercing Aftercare
Average Healing time 3 to 6 weeks
Due to the nature and heavy usage, the tongue piercing can be prone to rejection, and as in all piercing there is a risk of infection, and a risk of bleeding during the piercing operation.
Initially the piercing is done with a longer barbell to allow for swelling.
During the healing stage the tongue may fill the bar, however after 3 to 6 weeks the barbell will be too long and it is usual to change it for a smaller bar. If the barbell is not changed at this stage, there is a risk of biting on it and causing damage to teeth.
During the early healing stages it is normal for the tongue and roof of the mouth to be sore, but this will soon toughen up.
Three times a day, rinse the mouth and tongue with a good quality antiseptic mouth wash, tongue rinse or cooled boiled water with a little salt added - (approx half a teaspoon to 250ml / half a pint). It is also advisable to rinse after eating and smoking.
Avoid strong foods, for example; cheese, chocolate and hot spicy foods.
Try to give your tongue an easy life while healing.
There is also a risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) This is an extremely rare syndrome, which occurs when the body will not tolerate a foreign object, hence it is most commonly associated with the use of tampons.
Although rare, it is serious condition and can be fatal. If recognised quickly, it can be treated successfully and most people make a full recovery, so it necessary to be aware of the symptoms . These can appear very quickly and appear to be like flu like symptoms at first.
Common symptoms of TSS are; sudden high fever, usually over 39 degrees C (102 degrees F) vomiting, diarrhoea, a sunburn like rash, dizziness or fainting.
Not all symptoms may be present at once.
If these symptoms do develop - remove jewellery and seek medical assistance immediately.