Please note these items to ensure the best possible piercing experience for you and our staff.
Aftercare is a critical part of your piercing experience. It’s important to take care of your new piercing to ensure proper healing without infection. These simple, effective guidelines are based upon the experience of our piercers and current industry best practices.
Please note: We are not medical professionals and our suggestions, whether written, verbal or implied, should not be construed as medical advice or considered as a substitute. If you suspect an infection or other serious problem, seek medical attention immediately. Please keep in mind that many doctors have not received specific training regarding piercing, and the removal of jewelry may lead to further complications.
Using a salt water soak or saline spray twice daily can speed up the healing process, reduce the chances of infections and help soothe an irritated or tender piercing. Use of a warm salt soak can increase circulation at the piercing site and draw out cellular slough and impurities from the piercing.
Note: If you are using a saline spray such as NeilMed or H2Ocean we have found in our experience that clients will get best results if they saturate a non-woven gauze pad with the saline and apply the soaked pad to the piercing as a gentle compress over a 5-10 minute period. While you can also simply spray the area we feel this method helps to fully saturate the piercing and get the best out of the product. We do not suggest the use of Q-tips or other cotton products with loose fibers.
Combine 8 oz. of warm distilled or bottled water with ¼ teaspoon (or 4 teaspoons of salt to one gallon) of natural non-iodized sea salt in a disposable plastic cup. For soaks, use a new, clean cup each time. Place the cup firmly over the piercing site and apply pressure to maintain a seal, allowing the piercing to soak for 10 minutes. If the piercing is in an area where this is not possible, such as a facial or ear piercing, use a clean paper towel or gauze pad dipped in the warm salt water solution and apply to the piercing, re-dipping every few minutes to keep the compress warm. Rinse the piercing with water after your sea salt soak. Do not use table salt or Epsom salt, as these contain chemicals that are not conducive to healing and may be too strong or irritating.
The best time to do one of your daily salt water soaks is right before your daily cleaning with your antimicrobial soap, as this will loosen up any crusted matter on the piercing site and allow for easier cleaning.There are also pre-mixed solutions such as H2Ocean available that are ideal for piercing care when you are away from home.
You may choose to use an antimicrobial soap such as PurSan or Provon in addition to your saline solution. While this certainly beneficial to the piercing it is important to remember that it is possible to over clean a piercing and as such we don’t suggest using a soap more than three times a week.
Pour a dime-sized amount in the palm of your hands and lather the piercing, jewelry and surrounding area, taking care to remove any crusted matter that may be on the jewelry. You do not need to rotate the soap into the piercing, but once you have rinsed the soap off the piercing, you may rotate the jewelry under running water to remove any traces of soap. Use a disposable paper towel or clean gauze to dry your piercing when you are done. Avoid bath towels, as even a clean towel can harbor bacteria or have residue from cleaning products that can irritate your piercing.
If you are currently using mouthwash as part of your oral routine, do not exceed use more than twice a day. If you do not typically use a mouthwash but would like to add one as part of your after-care routine, use an alcohol-free mouthwash no more than twice a day. Do not use alcohol-based mouthwashes such as Listerine, as alcohol is not conducive to the healing process. Overusing mouthwash or using a mouthwash with alcohol could kill all the bacteria that eat yeast and molds in your mouth, causing a perfect environment for the natural yeasts in your mouth to flourish.
Mix 8 oz. of bottled or distilled water with ¼ teaspoon natural non-iodized sea salt (or 4 teaspoons to 1 gallon). Mix this in an 8 oz. cup and use a new cup each time. You can rinse up to 4 times a day. Do not overclean your oral piercing. After meals is a good time to do a salt soak.
Your piercing is expected to be noticeably swollen for the first few days, with residual swelling that will decrease gradually in the first month. The original piece of jewelry in your oral piercing may seem long or too large. This extra length is to accommodate swelling. When the swelling has subsided, it is important that you come back and purchase something shorter. This shorter piece of jewelry will be more comfortable and fit better, which will be safer for your teeth and gums. During the initial swelling period, 3-5 days, the following suggestions may decrease your swelling and ease your discomfort:
Healing times are based upon the experience of our piercers and current industry standards. It is important to remember that these times are generalized and that we all heal at different rates. Other factors that can contribute to the healing process include how the piercing is cared for, stress, illness, diet, climate and more.