Basic Aftercare Instructions

What Should I Do?

- Wash your hands! 

       -You want to make sure your hands are freshly washed with soap and water before touching or cleaning your piercing. Dirty hands mean bacteria and bacteria means complications and unhappy piercing.

- Clean 3 to 5 times a day with a pre-packaged sterile saline. 

       - Carefully spray and use an eyeshadow applicator or sterile, non-woven gauze to clean away any debris, crusties, or discharge. Spray the saline directly on your piercing and use a sponge-tipped eyeshadow applicator or piece of non-woven gauze to clear away any debris. We encourage you to still use your saline, even if there is no visible debris or crusties. We do not suggest the use of q-tips, cloth towels, or paper products for cleaning your piercing. These products can leave behind cotton, fluff, or harbor bacteria. 

- Use ONLY saline on your piercing.

    -This means no alcohol, peroxide, Neosporin, dial soap, Bactine, or any other product. 

-Schedule a 1 month follow up  

    - We suggest coming back for a consultation about 4 weeks after your initial piercing to make sure your initial jewelry length is still appropriate after your swelling has subsided. The consultation is free, but if your jewelry needs to be changed, an install fee and the cost of the jewelry will be  due during your visit.

- Take care of yourself.

     - Drink water, maintain a nourishing diet, get enough sleep, try not to sweat the small stuff-- and all the other self-care stuff we forget to do sometimes. A happy, healthy body means a happy, healthy piercing and a less taxing healing period.

- Change those sheets!

      - Make sure your bedding is regularly changed while you heal. 

-For inner ear piercings, such as tragus, daith, conch, rooks, etc, avoid the usage of earbuds, stethoscopes, or earplugs. 

     -try to use your free ear

 

-Be aware of your surroundings.

  -Watch out for ways your jewelry could become snagged, pulled on, or tangled. Kids, pets, towels, loofahs, hair, and hugs are all things to be wary of. 

What Should I Avoid?

-Don't Twist or turn

    There is no need to twist, turn, or rotate your jewelry. As a general rule of thumb, forget everything you learned about piercing aftercare when you had your ears pierced as a child.

- Don't Use harsh product.

      - NEVER use alcohol, peroxide, neosporin, bactine, vasoline, benzalkonium chloride (BZK or "ear care solution" that you often get from mall ear piercing stores or kiosks), Betadine, Hibaclense, Tea Tree Oil, or soap on your piercing. These are all too harsh for cleaning your piercing. The best rule to follow is to only use saline

 

- Don't listen to your friends

     -direct any and all questions to your piercer. Your friends, family, and best friend's mom that is a nurse mean well, but they are not professional piercers.  

 

-Don't forget to let it breathe.

    - Avoid wearing clothing that will be restrictive to your piercing or cause snags to your jewelry. Be cautious around children, pets, loofahs, and enthusiastic huggers. Be aware of potential sources of snags and catching during your heal time.

-Don't sleep on your piercing

   - While the best option is to sleep on the opposite ear that you are pierced on, sometimes changing your sleep habits can be hard. For ear piercings, a horseshoe-shaped travel pillow makes a great tool for sleeping comfortably. Simply place your ear in the hole of the pillow and it will keep you from applying pressure to the piercing.  

 

-Don't submerge your piercing in water while healing.

   - Avoid submerging your piercing in bodies of water while you are healing. This includes, but is not limited to, bathtubs, hot tubs, salt water and chlorinated pools, lakes, and ponds. For some piercings, such as nipples and navel, a waterproof bandage such as Tegaderm can be applied.

 

- Do not remove your jewelry 

    - There is no need to remove your jewelry to clean it. If you remove your jewelry, your piercing channel may close. If it does not close, reinsertion of the jewelry can cause unnecessary trauma, bruising, and tearing. If you need to remove your jewelry for a medical procedure or to meet dress code at work or school, we carry retainers that can be inserted in your piercing. Please contact your piercer for more information on retainers.

 

-Avoid getting makeup, lotions, powders, sprays, or hair products in or around your piercing. 

   -these can cause irritation and complications.

 

-Do not let anyone else touch your piercing and avoid getting anyone else's saliva or bodily fluids in or near your piercing. 

     -Even if it's your parent, spouse, or child. Germs are gross.

 

 

 

What's normal and what's not?

-Minor Discharge, bleeding, Swelling, and soreness is normal

   -It is completely normal to experience a small amount of redness, swelling, pain, discomfort, and/or clear, white, or yellow discharge during the first few days of your healing period

-Excessive amounts of swelling, discharge, and soreness are not.

    -If you are bleeding, swelling, having pain or discharge, or have discomfort in excess, contact your piercer immediately.

     -Keep in mind that some oral piercings swell more than most other piercings and genital piercings can bleed heavily for a few days and this is normal. 

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Charlotte, NC