Piercing Information

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What to do to keep your piercing healthy:

That’s it! Leave your piercing alone. Your body is magic and knows how to heal.

What NOT to do:

  • Don’t touch!!!!
    • Your hands are constantly coming in contact with bacteria, let’s not smear it on your piercing.
  • Don’t twist or move the jewelry
    • Your jewelry is a very high polish, it will not stick to your skin during healing. Rotating the jewelry damages the fragile new skin healing the piercing.
  • Avoid sleeping on your piercing
    • Putting pressure on a new piercing for long periods of time can actually change the angle of the piercing, and cause irritation bumps to develop.
  • Don’t put any harsh products on your piercing
    • No alcohol, peroxide, oils, soaps, etc.
  • Don’t change out your jewelry early
    • Your piercing is healing from the outside in.
      That means it will “feel” healed, long before it
      actually is. Taking out or changing your jewelry
      before the recommended time can cause avoidable
      complications.

Troubleshooting

Your piercing is just as important to me as it is to you, and I want to make sure it’s perfect.

Here are some frequently asked troubleshooting questions:

This is a situation where i’d like you to come visit me in person, you might need a longer piece of jewelry in your piercing. I try my best to gauge how much swelling you will experience, but sometimes I’m wrong.

In most cases, discharges from a healing piercing is perfectly safe and normal. Irrigate the piercing with saline at least one a day to remove the discharge. If there are any other symptoms or you’re just concerned, message me!

Sometimes, a piercing will bleed a little bit for a couple days after the fact, usually during cleaning. Some piercings (like genital piercings), tend to bleed for a little longer than others. If there are large amounts of bleeding, stop by!

Bumps are a sign of irritation, and might have several different causes. Is the piercing being slept on? Is there debris in or around the piercing? Is the jewelry scratched or not snapped down all the way? I can help you determine the cause of your bump if you’re not sure so we can make it go away!

What to expect during healing:

Healing a piercing is not always a linear process. These timelines are only averages, but know that even though your piercing may “look” and “feel” healed, it probably isn’t if it hasn’t been several months. Please adhere to your piercer’s recommendations for jewelry changes and removal.

  • Expect some soreness at the piercing site.
  • During cleaning, there may be a small amount of bleeding.
  • Some redness may occur.
  • Swelling will begin. Oral piercing tend to swell soon after the piercing occurs, while cartilage piercing may take several days to begin swelling.
  • After swelling has subsided, it’s time to downsize your post to a shorter length. For oral piercings, this usually happens within the first two weeks. For cartilage piercings, this may take as long as six weeks. Check the back of this pamphlet to find your check up date, which is when your piercer expects you to be ready to downsize.
  • Your piercing will discharge small amounts of crust and white fluid throughout it’s healing, sometimes for several months.

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