Aftercare

AFTERCARE

CARING FOR YOUR PIERCING

Cleaning Solutions

  • Simple Care ® Piercing spray
  • H2Ocean ® Piercing spray
  • Wound wash saline

Wash Your Hands

Always wash your hands before touching you’re piercing. Do not touch your piercing unless you are cleaning it.

NOTE: If soap dries or irritates your skin, switch to a milder soap.

How to Take Care of Your Piercing

Your new piercing is an open wound and requires some maintenance for optimal healing results. There are many ways to care for a new piercing and it varies from person to person. We suggest the following aftercare:

  • When you are in the shower simply rinse your piercing under warm running water for 10 min. This helps remove dried discharge and helps to massage the piercing helping the piercing to heal.
  • Let the piercing dry, if you have a hairdryer turn the heat off and blow dry your piercing.
  • We suggest Simple Care spray 2-3 times a day for one month to gently aid in the healing of your piercing.

 Oral Piercing

For tongue and lip piercings rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash like Biotene®, Crest® Pro-Health after a meal or as needed for 2-4 weeks.

For lip piercings, use the Simple Care spray on the outside as well as letting your shower massage the area for 10 min.

Avoid playing with your piercing, smoking, drinking alcohol, eating spicy foods, salty foods, or kissing during the healing process, this can cause unnecessary irritation or swelling. Some swelling is normal, rolling crushed ice around in the mouth or a ice water will help relive the discomfort. Following your aftercare is the best way to avoid excessive swelling and have a speedy healing process.

Helpful Tips

During the healing process, eat a nutritious diet, avoid stress and get plenty of rest. Taking a vitamin/mineral supplement with meals may promote healing.

- Wearing constrictive clothing can irritate the piercing.

- Do not take your friends' advice; only rely on a registered Body Piercer.

- We do not recommend using any soaps, ointments, or chemical cleaners on you piercing.

- We find saline solution is the best aftercare product to use to heal your piercing.

- Do not twist, turn, move back and forth, pick at the jewelry in your piercing. Just leave it alone.

- Avoid hot tubs, lakes, deltas, swimming pools, and steam saunas until your piercing is healed. Poor water quality and high bacteria presence can infect your new piercing or slow down the healing process.

- Do not remove your jewelry until your piercing is healed.

- Avoid low quality jewelry you find in the mall and online. Low quality jewelry can cause allergic reaction, tear the piercing channel, and many other problems. Wearing fine high quality jewelry insures your piercing will be happy for a long time to come.

Things to Watch For

You’ve been pierced in a modern studio by highly trained professionals who adhere to the strict standards of proper clean procedures, BUT once the piercing is completed, it’s up to YOU to care for it properly!

If excess swelling, draining, rash, elevated body temperature, tenderness and redness persist. Please contact us or a physician, we’ll be happy to help any way we can. However, please understand that we’re not physicians and can only offer suggestions based upon our years of experience. Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions regarding your piercing.

- The Bump: is unsightly and most common with piercing. They are caused by physical or chemical irritation, and sometime it a case of a allergic reaction or improperly fitting jewelry. Do not pick or pop the bump on the piercing, if the bump persist then come in and consult with a piercer.

- Avoid getting make-up, facial wash, or soap in the piercing.

- On ear piercings avoid soap, shampoo, hair spray, gels or other hair products; keep your hair off the piercing. This will help to avoid irritation.

- Rejection happens when your body can not heal a piercing and slowly pushes the jewelry out of the piercing. Signs are scarring, thinning of tissue around the piercing with no discomfort or pain. If you think you are having this problem then come in and consult with a piercer. Jewelry may need to be removed to avoid further scarring.

Downsizing

Jewelry installed in a new piercing is called initial jewelry. Initial jewelry will be longer, larger, or a specific style to insure proper healing. Initial jewelry will need to be changed out to a more appropriate fitting piece of jewelry once the healing process is completed.

As a general guideline for oral piercings, if the jewelry frequently touches your teeth or gums it needs to be changed to a shorter post or smaller end piece to avoid damage and to ensure comfort with a proper fitted jewelry.

Stretching

A general rule is when a piercing is fully healed it should not be stretched more than one gauge size every 6-8 weeks. Skipping sizes or stretching too fast can cause scarring, rejection, blow out, and some very ugly piercings.


CARING FOR YOUR TATTOO

Soap

For all new tattoos we suggest you wash them with a mild unscented, deodorant-free, moisturizing cream-free soap. Liquid or Bar.

Wash Your Hands

Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo. Do not touch your tattoo unless you are cleaning it.

NOTE: If soap dries, or irritates your skin, switch to a mild soap.

Ointments or Lotions

DO NOT put any ointment or lotion on the tattoo for the first 24 hours.

During the first 4 to 5 days we suggest you keep your tattoo lubricated with one of the following ointments or lotion:

  • Aveeno® daily moisturizing lotion
  • Aquaphor® healing ointment
  • Lubriderm®

Washing

Your new tattoo is an open wound and requires some maintenance for optimal healing results. There are many ways to care for a new tattoo and it varies from person to person. We suggest the following aftercare:

 Day 1

- Remove the bandage after 1 to 2 hours.

- Wash hands with warm soapy water before washing your tattoo.

- Use warm soapy water, and clean hands to GENTLY wash your tattoo with your finger tips washing away all the protective ointment and surface blood/plasma, this can prevent scabbing

- Let tattoo AIR DRY.

- DO NOT put any ointment or lotion on the tattoo for the first 24 hours.

Day 2 and On

- Wash tattoo in the morning and let air dry for 15 min.

- Apply a VERY THIN sheen of ointment or lotion. Take care not to apply ointment or lotion to thick, this will cause your tattoo to weep and lose color.

- Mid-afternoon wash and lubricate tattoo.

- Bed Time wash and lubricate tattoo.

- Continue to wash and lubricate tattoo 2 to 3 times a day until healed.

Average healing time is 2 to 3 weeks.

Helpful Tips

During the healing process, eat a nutritious diet, avoid stress and get plenty of rest. Taking a vitamin/mineral supplement with meals may promote healing.

- Wearing constrictive clothing can irritate the tattoo.

- Do not take your friends' advice; only rely on a registered tattoo artist.

- Ointments such as Bag Balm, A&D ®, Neosporin®, Vaseline ®, are petroleum based and block the air. Air helps promote healing, so use of these products can damage your new tattoo.

Things to Watch For

You’ve been tattooed in a modern studio by highly trained professionals who adhere to the strict standards of proper clean procedures and application, BUT once the tattoo is completed, it’s up to YOU to care for it properly! If any touch-up work to the tattoo is needed due to your own negligence, the touch-up work will be done at your own expense.

If excess swelling, draining, rash, elevated body temperature, tenderness and redness persist please contact us or a physician, we’ll be happy to help any way we can. However, please understand that we’re not physicians and can only offer suggestions based upon our years of experience. Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions regarding your newly applied tattoo.

If you conscientiously attend to aftercare, problems with healing will be minimized. Follow the guidelines carefully and your new tattoo will heal somewhat like a sunburn, with the top layer of skin peeling off after 3 to 4 days.

Harmful to the Tattoo

- Scratching and picking – This will greatly damage your new tattoo. Allow all scabs to fall off on their own.

- Soaking, submerging, your new tattoo in water will cause it to heal light and splotchy. Avoid long soaks in the tub, hot tub, lakes, deltas, swimming pools, and steam saunas until your tattoo is healed. Poor water quality and high bacteria presence can infect your new tattoo.

- Avoid direct sunlight and/or ultraviolet (UV) rays until your tattoo is healed. (NO Tanning!)

- Recreational drugs will slow down your healing process.

- Applying – Improper amount of ointment or lotion.

- Applying - Ointment or lotion that was not recommended.

- Minimize contact with animals and wash your hands after handling pets.

- Keep a clean environment by wearing clean clothes and sleeping with clean bedding

You have been tattooed with our very best efforts, wear it with pride. Thank you for your patronage.