Aftercare for Body Piercings

Tongue and inside lip or cheek:

  • Rinse with antiseptic mouthwash (such as Listerine) or a saltwater solution, every time you eat, drink or smoke for the first 3 days.  Use mouthwash 3 times a day for the remaining 30 days after that.
  • NO ORAL CONTACT WITH ANYONE ELSE’S BODY FOR 30 DAYS
  • Swelling of the area is perfectly normal during the initial healing of an oral piercing.  It can be greatly reduced by gently sucking (not chewing) on clean ice chips or cubes.
  • No alcoholic beverages!
  • You may use a clean brush or other instrument to remove plaque from tongue rings.

All other piercings

Cleaning solutions:

  • 1) Antibacterial Soap (liquid Dial or equivalent)
  • 2) Sea salt solution: 1/4 teaspoon sea salt / 1 cup water
  • Body piercings need to be cleaned twice daily for the entire healing period!
  • cleaning instructions:
  • Before cleaning, wash hands thoroughly  with antibacterial soap and hot water.  Never touch a healing piercing with dirty hands.
  • Prepare the area for cleaning by rinsing or soaking with warm water to remove any crusty material.
  • Apply a small amount of cleaning solution to the area with your clean hands or a clean new instrument (Q-tips, gauze, etc..) Cleanse the area around, and rotate the jewelry back and forth a few times to work the solution to the inside of the piercing.
  • Rinse thoroughly under running water if possible and rotate the jewelry back and forth to rinse cleaner residue.
  • Pat dry.  Do not bandage, as it impedes the flow of air to the healing piercing.

Saltwater soaks:

  • Sea salt soaks will accelerate the healing time and help reduce irritation.  You should do this at least once a day.  Place a cup of the sea salt solution (described above) over your piercing and soak for a few minutes.  Follow with a clean water rinse, then pat dry.

FAQ’s

  • NO SOAKING, POOLS, OR HOT-TUBS FOR 10 TO 14 DAYS
  • Your activity may be restricted during the healing.  Please do as instructed by your piercer.
  • If the piercing exhibits pain, swelling, redness or discharge of pus or fluid in what seems an excessive manner, or a general fever, contact the Studio and your physician.  These may be signs of an infection or an allergic reaction.

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