The importance of proper aftercare cannot be stressed enough. By following our aftercare instructions, you will be able to protect yourself against excess scarring and infection, while ensuring your piercing heals quickly and looks great for the rest of your life. Keeping your new piercing clean is the foremost important practice for you to prevent infection. Neglect will cause you to struggle with your new piercing; therefore, aftercare is provided to assist you in the cleaning process. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. At Creation Body Piercing, we offer free check-ups whether you’ve had your piercing done with us or elsewhere, and whether you’ve had it for 2 days or 20 years.
GENERAL AFTERCARE SUGGESTIONS
Sea salt has natural antiseptic properties but is mild enough that it will not disrupt your body’s natural chemistry. At Creation Body Piercing we recommend soaking your piercing with a sea salt solution. It is very important that you use all natural sea salt and not regular table salt. Table salt contains iodine which is not appropriate for healing piercings.
Sea Salt Solution Recipe:
• 1 cup (8oz.) boiled water
• 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
• Boil the water, and then dissolve the sea salt in the water.
• Let the solution cool to a warm but comfortable temperature.
• Hold a cotton ball drenched in the solution on the piercing for 3-5 minutes, 2-3 times a day for the first 2 weeks and once a day for the following 4 weeks.
• Use cotton balls or a Q-tip to remove any remaining dried matter from the piercing.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
• Piercings have their ups and downs. Don’t be discouraged if your piercing seems fine one week, and not so great the next. Keep up with your aftercare and contact us if you have questions or concerns.
• Moving or playing with your jewelry is NOT recommended, as it causes redness, irritation, and prolongs the healing process.
• Bleeding, bruising, discoloration and swelling are all normal symptoms and do not necessarily indicate an infection.
• Tenderness, soreness, stinging and burning sensations are also common.The secretion of fluids (whitish-yellow which forms a crust) containing blood plasma, lymph and dead cells indicates healing, not infection.
• Once your piercing is healed it may secrete a semi-solid, white, malodorous substance called sebum. Again, this is very normal and common and does not indicate an infection. Avoid baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, saunas, lakes, etc. for the first three weeks after being pierced as they contain bacteria which can increase the risk of infection.
• If you think you have an infection, keep your jewelry in! This is very important as your jewelry will allow accumulating pus to drain. If taken out, the holes of your piercing can close, resulting in an abscess.
• Do NOT use Polysporin, Neosporin, hydrogen-peroxide, rubbing alcohol or any other product to clean your piercing without first consulting your piercer.
USING WOUND WASH
• Give your piercing a good spray with the Wound Wash and let soak for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
• Spray a Q-tip with Wound Wash and wipe away any dry matter with the Q-tip.
• Spray your piercing again with the Wound Wash and let soak for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute.
• Let air dry.
AFTERCARE SUGGESTIONS for ORAL PIERCINGS
• Oral piercings such as tongues or lips are very easy to care for, but you must be diligent. For the first 2 weeks, you must rinse with an alcohol-free oral rinse (for about 20 seconds) every time you put anything in your mouth. This will keep the piercing clean and lower the risk of infection. Be sure the rinse is alcohol-free as alcohol can dry out your piercing.
Choose one of the following oral rinses to use for cleaning your new piercing:
* ORAL-B Anti-Bacterial (alcohol free)
* Biotene Gentle Mouthwash
*You can supplement the above with an oral sea salt rinse if you wish.
For the first 2 weeks:You must rinse every time you put anything in your mouth. This includes, but is not limited to food, drinks, lip chap, cigarettes, fingernails etc… Clean, fresh water/ice is the only exception
After 3 weeks: We recommend that you come back to the studio to purchase a shorter barbell for your piercing.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
• Swelling is normal. You can help decrease it by sucking on ice or taking an Advil or Motrin. Swelling usually lasts for a few days to a few weeks. This can be due to any number of factors including recent, unrelated sicknesses (cold or flu).
• Bleeding, tenderness, discomfort, aching, pinching and tightness for several days is normal. Liquid yellowish secretions indicate healing, not infection.
• Plaque sometimes forms on the jewelry. It can be removed carefully with your toothbrush.
• To keep from losing your jewelry, tighten your barbell everyday. Righty tighty, lefty loosey.
• Stay away from beer, dairy products that contain bacteria (such as yogurts and cheeses) as well as spicy or citrus foods for the first three weeks as some of the contents of these products may cause problems with your fresh piercing.
• Your new piercing is considered an open wound. Be extremely mindful of any oral contact for six weeks.