BEFORE YOUR TATTOO
It is normal for your piercing to be tender or itchy for a few weeks and it is also possible that your piercing may bleed for a few days. Initially, the piercing site may be swollen and red as well as have a slight bit of bruising.
For a period of time, you will notice some discharge around your piercing. It should be clear to whitish color. It is your body’s lymphatic fluid and it will continue to come to the surface for the entire healing period.
With the discharge, you may notice a red ring appear around the opening of your piercing. Although it doesn’t look the way you want it to, it is very normal and part of the healing process.
Jewelry should not be removed or changed out during the initial healing period. So called “body jewelry” sold in malls or retail stores are more often than not low quality and an inappropriate size for your piercing. Remember, you are not buying a T-shirt rather a piece of jewelry you are going to be putting inside your body. When you wish to have a “new look” or want different jewelry for your piercing, ask your piercer, it is their job to help you and it can save your piercing as well as money and disappointment.
Your piercer is also able to help you with removing your jewelry temporarily. Retainers can be made for just about any type of piercing and is much safer and healthier alternative than forcing your jewelry back in. It is also no problem to permanently remove your piercing.
Touching your piercing with unwashed hands is the fasted way to get an infection as well as irritate your piercing which also increases your chances of developing scar tissue. SO NO TOUCHY TOUCHY!
Any clothing, pillow cases, hats etc. should be frequently washed or changed to reduce your chances of infection. If your piercing is constantly under stress from hats, belts, clothing etc. or is constantly being played with, it will drastically slow down the healing time.
Remember, cleaning your piercing doesn’t heal it, your body does, so eating well, getting enough sleep and taking appropriate vitamins will help.
We will provide you with saline to clean your piercing. Saline solution is a mixture of non-iodized sea salt and water (approximately 1 teaspoon of salt per 1 liter of water). Saline is free from any additives and is so mild you can put it in your eye.
DO NOT USE: Rubbing alcohol, peroxide, iodine, hibitane, ear care solution (bioseptic), witch hazel, tea tree oil, Epsom/table salt or polysporin. The use of these products can lead to chemical irritations, dry flaky skin and infection-like symptoms.
In the event that you want/need to use something else to clean your piercing with, please call first or come by, and a piercer will provide you with some safe alternatives. Getting stuck in a situation where you have nothing to clean your piercing, which does sometimes happen, contact lens solution can be used as long as the solution doesn’t have any additives. If you don’t have contact lens solution, water is your next best option.
Your cleaning should be done twice a day, everyday for the entire healing time. To clean your piercing:
To make/use the saline:
In the first few days of healing your piercing, your jewelry might not want to move. That’s okay! DON’T FORCE IT. Either continue hot soaking or just leave it until your next cleaning. Cleaning your piercing should always be done after your regular routine of showering, shaving, doing hair/cosmetics as these hot soaks have many purposes and benefits such as removing product that accidentally gets on your piercing, it also increases blood flow to the area to aid with healing and it loosens crusties making the jewelry easier to move.
Select shampoo, conditioner, body soap and lotion to use for the entire healing time. This will allow your body to get used to the additives that will be coming into contact with your piercing. Staying consistent with your products can make it easier to detect the cause of a problem if one should arise.
The products you use should be pH balanced and be low in alcohol, moisturizers and dyes. Do not allow you’re piercing to come into contact with cosmetics, lotions, perfumes, oils or bubble baths as they are capable of causing extreme irritation. When using hairspray, cover your piercing with a paper towel and remember to always follow your normal hygiene regime with a hot soak and use of the saline.
Some piercings are not permanent. Your body can slowly push the jewelry closer and closer to the surface of the skin. If you think this may be happening to your piercing, ask a piercer for their opinion. Allowing your body to push the jewelry out all the way will result in a larger scar than if you just take it out.
Infections are caused by contact with bacteria, fungi or other living pathogens. Piercing infections can usually be traced to one of the following activities:
It is quite easy to tell if you have an infection. The most obvious sign of infection is an excessive yellowish/greenish discharge coming out from the piercing. Other signs include:
A mid infection can usually be cleared up easily. If you suspect a mild infection, DO NOT remove the jewelry as it shuts down the area where the infection can drain from. Trapping it inside your body can lead to an abscess or excessive scar tissue.
First increase your hot soaks up to three times a day, then contact your piercer and they will be able to tell how to get rid of any problems. The longer the problems are left, the harder they are to fix. We recommend that you come in or call before going to any doctors or medi-centres as we will help you rid the problem more quickly; doctors often recommend jewelry removal and prescriptions for antibiotics when both are usually not necessary.
People who work in the body piercing industry should always be happy to help you out with any problems or give any advice. You should always be comfortable asking ANY question you wish, and never made to feel dumb by doing so.
The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask. Knowledge is powerful!!!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your piercing will most likely swell. This swelling can last from a few days in a lip to a few weeks in a labret piercing. You can keep swelling to a minimum by using ice. An anti-inflammatory can also be used.
To keep you're piercing clean, rinse with an alcohol free mouthwash. Recommended mouthwashes: Biotene, Alcohol Free Oral B, or Dr. Tom's Natural. These can be found at most drug stores. You should be rinsing for 2-3 min. after anything other than water, but not more often than every couple of hours. This is of course is in addition to your soaks followed by saline twice a day.
KEEP IT COMFORTABLE
In the first few days or weeks when your piercing is swollen, things like smoking, playing with your jewelry and excessive alcohol consumption can irritate your piercing and prolong swelling as well as cause unwanted scar tissue. Spicy, citrus and salty foods will not only irritate your piercing but will sting quite a bit. No beer or wine for two weeks. Other people's bodily fluids, these include sweat, saliva, blood and sexual fluids. Another persons fluid can lead to an infection and disease transmission is also possible. A fresh piercing is an open line to your blood stream.
Infections inside your mouth are very rare. This is because we all have natural bacteria in our mouths to help keep them clean. If you do notice yellow or greenish discharges accompanied by pain and swelling, please call us. We will help you get rid of the problem quickly. Please note that in our experience, antibiotics and removal of jewelry are both not necessary. Removing your jewelry in the midst of a problem is generally the last thing you want to do, as we must allow for drainage to occur. It is our hope that you have the confidence in us that we are the first people you contact in the event you have any concerns.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your piercing will most likely swell. This swelling can last from a few days to a couple of weeks. You can keep swelling to a minimum by using lots of ice. An anti-inflammatory can also be used. You may also use popsicles, slurpies and ice cream to help with the swelling. Since your tongue will be swollen, eating, drinking and even swallowing may be difficult. You may feel a stinging sensation and even find the glands along your neck to swell up a little. You may also notice some discharge on the piercing. It will look a bit creamy and be off-white in color. This is your bodies' lymphatic fluid, it is not and infection. You may remove it using a Q-tip or mouthwash.
To keep you're piercing clean, rinse with an alcohol free mouthwash. Recommended mouthwashes: Biotene, Alcohol Free Oral B, or Dr. Tom's Natural. These can be found at most drug stores. You should be rinsing for 2-3 min. after anything other than water, but not more often than every couple of hours.
KEEP IT COMFORTABLE
In the first few days or weeks when your piercing is swollen, things like smoking, playing with your jewelry and excessive alcohol consumption can irritate your piercing and prolong swelling. These should all be kept to a minimum. If you find that your jewelry is irritating your gums or that you are biting it, there are alternatives that we can offer that will help. Just ask your piercer as we are more than happy to help.
WHAT TO AVOID
Playing with your jewelry as it irritates the piercing, can prolong swelling and cause unwanted scar tissue. Spicy, citrus and salty foods will not only irritate your piercing but will sting quite a bit. Peas, rice, long noodles, and fruit with small seeds such as strawberries and raspberries.These foods are very confusing to eat with a new tongue piercing. Melted cheese, candies, caramel, and toffee will all stick to your jewelry. No beer or wine for two weeks. Excessive alcohol consumption can encourage swelling and prolong healing. Other peoples bodily fluids, these include sweat, saliva, blood and sexual fluids. Another persons fluid can lead to an infection and disease transmission is also possible. A fresh piercing is an open line to your blood stream.
Infections inside the mouth are very UNCOMMON. This is because we have natural bacteria in our mouths to keep them clean. If you notice a greenish type discharge accompanied by pain and swelling, please call us. If you do experience any problems we will help you get rid of the problem quickly. The removal of jewelry or the need for antibiotics are both generally NOT necessary.