Piercing Aftercare

Things to know...what to do...What not to do:

  • NEW PIERCINGS ARE OPEN WOUNDS AND IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO KEEP THEM CLEAN TO AVOID POTENTIAL INFECTION RISKS
  • DO NOT TOUCH THE NEW PIERCING AREA WITH UNWASHED HANDS
  • DO NOT LET ANYONE ELSE TOUCH YOUR NEW PIERCING OR JEWELRY FOR ANY REASON
  • AVOID ANY CONTACT WITH CHLORINATED WATER
  • AVOID PONDS, LAKES, BEACHES, POOLS, OR HOT TUBS
  • AVOID SLEEPING ON THE LOCATION OF THE PIERCING
  • AVOID ROUGH HOUSING OR OTHER ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL POTENTIALLY BUMP, RUB, OR OTHERWISE IRRITATE THE PIERCING SITE
  • AVOID PUTTING ANYTHING ON THE PIERCING SITE, SUCH AS MAKE UP, LOTION, OR FRAGRANCE
    YOU CAN SHOWER AS YOU NORMALLY WOULD, BUT AVOID SCENTED BODY WASH ON THE PIERCING AREA OR SCRUBBING THE PIERCING AT ALL
  • WHEN WASHING THE PIERCING, DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELRY. USE A LIQUID, UNSCENTED, ANTIBACTERIAL OR ANTIMICROBIAL SOAP 2-3 TIMES A DAY
  • SPEED UP THE PROCESS WITH H2OCEAN SPRAY, LEAVE ON FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES, THEN RINSE AWAY THE RESIDUE
  • WASH YOUR PIERCING AFTER ANY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INCLUDING EXERCISE
  • DO NOT LET THE PIERCING AREA DIRECTLY TOUCH GYM EQUIPMENT OF ANY KIND INCLUDING HOME GYM EQUIPMENT OR YOGA MATS
  • AVOID DIRT, OIL, GREASE, OR OTHER IRRITANTS ON THE PIERCING AREA
  • FOR ORAL PIERCINGS, GET A NEW TOOTHBRUSH AND RINSE WITH NON-ALCOHOLIC ANTIMICROBIAL MOUTHWASH 4-5 TIMES A DAY OR ANY TIME YOU PUT ANYTHING IN YOUR MOUTH INCLUDING CIGARETTES, FOOD, SODA, OR ANY OTHER BEVERAGE THAN WATER
  • AS A NORMAL PART OF ANY PIERCING, DURING THE HEALING PROCESS, A WHITE TO YELLOW DISCHARGE WILL RELEASE FROM THE PIERCING HOLE
  • A CRUST WILL FORM THAT MUST BE WASHED AWAY DAILY
  • AVOID NEOSPORIN, TRIPLE ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT, RUBBING ALCOHOL, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, BACTINE, OR HOME REMEDIES
  • AVOID TIGHT FITTING CLOTHING, WOOL, OR LACE ON THE PIERCING AREA
  • SOME PIERCINGS TAKE AN INCREDIBLY LONG TIME TO HEAL. YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH YOUR PIERCER TO GET AN ESTIMATE ON HOW LONG YOUR SPECIFIC PIERCING MIGHT TAKE TO HEAL
  • YOU SHOULD WAIT AT LEAST THREE WEEKS TO COME IN AND GET YOUR JEWELRY CHANGED
  • BODY PIERCINGS, BECAUSE OF THEIR VERY NATURE, CAN BE PRONE TO BACTERIAL INFECTIONS OR REJECTION
  • EVEN SOME TIME AFTER THE INITIAL PIERCING HAS TAKEN PLACE, SO KEEPING CLEANLINESS IN MIND THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF THE PIERCING IS VERY IMPORTANT
  • WE OFFER ONE FREE JEWELRY CHANGE.
  • PIERCING JEWELRY IS A FOREIGN OBJECT IN YOUR BODY WHICH IT WILL NATURALLY TRY TO PUSH OUT. SOMETIMES THIS IS THE WAY YOUR BODY NATURALLY HEALS THE PIERCING AND NOT THE WAY THE PIERCER PERFORMED THE SERVICE. UNDERSTANDING THIS IS IMPORTANT

 

Some of the average healing times for body piercings include:

  • eyebrow piercings: 8 weeks
  • earlobe piercings: 8 weeks
  • ear cartilage piercings: up to 1 year
  • tongue piercings: 4 weeks
  • navel piercings: 6-8 months
  • nipple piercings: 6 months or longer
  • female genital piercings: 6-8 months
  • male genital piercings: 6-8 months
  • nostril piercings: 2-4 weeks
  • septum piercings: 1 month
  • lip piercings: 2-4 weeks
  • surface piercings: up to 6 months

SURFACE PIERCINGS because of their very nature are extremely prone to migrate out over time.

These healing times are averages and can quite commonly be as much as two or three times as long. With this in mind, the necessity of cleanliness becomes quite obvious. When changing out body jewelry, the new jewelry, regardless of its origin, should be soaked in 70% isopropyl alcohol for a period of 3 minutes immediately prior to being inserted in the piercing.

For the amount of time listed above please follow the suggested aftercare instructions. The better you take care of your piercing, the better it will heal. Furthermore, don’t listen to your friends when it comes to healing this new addition to your body, listen to the professionals. Protect your investment.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your piercer at 847-260-5076 or message us at Tattoo4aces@gmail.com with the subject: AFTERCARE. If needed, we do offer free jewelry changes. Chances are, if you loved your piercing when you left the shop, and it happens to get irritated or infected, it’s the way your body is healing the piercing, and not the way the piercer performed the procedure. Body jewelry is a foreign object in your skin. Understanding this is important. We would much rather you come back to us for a consultation with your body piercer to discuss options with your piercing than throw money away somewhere else. Thank you for choosing 4 ACES TATTOO!