PIERCING AFTERCARE INFORMATION
Congratulations on your new piercing!
With proper attention and piercing aftercare, the healing process can be very simple and pain free. The following aftercare suggestions are based on years of research and experience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the studio. We are here to help!
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- swelling (especially oral piercings)
- discharge cloudy fluid (a mix of lymph fluid and white blood cells)
- small amount of bleeding
It is common to think the piercing is infected when it is only irritated. Piercings that receive aftercare are much less likely to become infected. Going over the aftercare may point to the root of the problem. We at Laughing Buddha Body Piercing are always available to help with your piercing, jewelry, and healing questions or concerns.
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GENERAL HEALING TIME
(Please note: We recommend no swimming for at least half the healing time of all piercings.)
|EAR CARTILAGE||6-9 MONTHS|
|LABIA (INNER)||2-3 MONTHS|
|LABIA (OUTER)||3-5 MONTHS|
Healing times can vary from person to person. However, the time period listed above is the MINIMUM time in which you can expect MOST of the healing to occur. We strongly encourage you to leave the jewelry in for the recommended healing time for your specific piercing. A piercing may appear to be healed when viewed from the outside, but much of what you cannot see is happening on the inside. Based on our experience as well as other professionals in the piercing industry, we strongly suggest that you observe these time guidelines before changing and/or removing your jewelry. You are always welcome to contact us via telephone or e-mail if you have questions or problems.
We strongly encourage you to leave the jewelry in the piercing for at least the first 6 months, and a year is even better.
THINGS TO AVOID DURING PIERCING AFTERCARE:
- Touching the piercing with unclean hands.
- Excessive movement of the jewelry. This may also include any pulling, tugging or excessive pressure done too soon.
- Exposure to bacteria and germs through oral contact with another person, as well as contact with bodily fluids, whether your own or another persons.
- Swimming in or soaking in public bodies of water. This includes rivers, lakes, streams, pools and hot tubs. These are areas known to be very high in many forms of bacteria and germs.
- Over cleaning or using multiple cleaning agents at one time.
- Wearing jewelry that is not appropriate for your piercing.
- Contact with hair and cosmetic products or other chemicals commonly used for personal care.
All of these factors if not observed and followed, can lead to irritation, infection or rejection of your piercing.
COMMON SIGNS OF INFECTION
Common signs of infection are:
- Excessive redness/swelling
- Distortion of tissue
- Excessive tenderness
- Green, bloody, or dark discharge
If you believe that you have an infection you should NEVER take out the jewelry without first consulting a physician. To do so would close off the only route that the infected matter has to escape. This has led to abscesses in some people. We strongly encourage you to contact your piercer if you believe you have an infection.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY PIERCING IS REJECTING?
All piercings can reject, although some have a much higher incidence than others. Although no pain is usually present, other signs you might observe are;
- An enlargement of the opening of the piercing. A discharge of clear fluid
- A rash or excessive itching.
- A visible increase in the amount of jewelry that is visible outside of the piercing or being able to see the jewelry through the skin.
If any of these signs are present there are several things that can be done. Often a simple change in cleaning agents is all that is needed, or a different style of jewelry may stop this action. Not every body will accept every piercing. Contact our professional piercer as they will best be able to assist you with this problem.
CLEANING YOUR PIERCING:
We recommend soaking the piercing in non-iodized sea salt water with the following ratios:
4 teaspoons of salt to a gallon of water
When you are mixing the salt water please keep in mind that the ratio of salt to water is important. We are trying to make a .9% saline solution, just like the salt water in your body. This way we are able to clean the piercing without causing any irritation. Ensure that the measurement is precise, too much salt will burn the piercing, too little will not be effective.
–Always wash your hands thoroughly prior to having any contact with your piercing!
Once the solution is prepared pour it into a heat safe container. Heat up the solution so it will stay warm for 7 to 10 minutes.
Completely submerge the piercing in the solution to draw out any bacteria and dead skin cells.
Rinse thoroughly with fresh water. It is important to wash off all the bacteria, dead skin cells and salt.
Dry with a disposable paper product tissue, paper towel, or sterile gauze. Do not use cotton balls/q-tips or bath towels, loose fibers can cause irritation and harbor bacteria.
Rinse your mouth with salt water solution for 30 seconds after eating and drinking. Swish around like mouthwash. Piercings in and around the mouth may require jewelry that is greater in diameter at first to accommodate swelling.
It is very important to downsize the jewelry once the swelling has gone down. The appropriate size of jewelry will help avoid tooth and gum damage.
Cold water helps reduce swelling.
Avoid highly sugary/salty/spicy/acidic food and drinks. Caffeinated drinks should also be avoided.
No oral or sexual contact.
Avoid unnecessary trauma. Excessive talking or playing with the jewelry during healing. This can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration and other complications.
Do no chew gum, tobacco, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses or other foreign objects that can harbor bacteria.
Stop or cu back on smoking for 3 weeks.
Purchase a new toothbrush after receiving an oral piercing.
You may choose to use an alcohol free antibacterial mouthwash. There are many suitable products just be aware of the INGREDIENTS! It is best to use the mouthwash in addition to sea salt rinses, NOT instead of. Do not use mouthwash more than 2 times a day.
In addition to the rinses inside your mouth, you must also care for the outside with a warm salt water soak 1-2 times daily.
- The healthier you are the better you heal!
- Remember, an unhealed piercing is like an open wound, with direct access to your bloodstream.
- Avoid touching, playing or moving the piercing and jewelry.
- Stay out of bodies of water for at least half the healing time: pools, tubs, rivers, oceans, jacuzzi, etc…
- Avoid tight and restrictive clothing and belts.
- If possible, wear hair up and away from piercing.
- Do not use irritants such as alcohol, iodine, peroxide, ointments, oils, anti-bacterial soaps, etc…
- Smoking can affect the healing time.
- Wash all bedding after receiving a new piercing.
- Avoid exposing the piercing to body fluids. Use the appropriate protective barriers to help prevent bacteria and disease transmission.
- Check threaded jewelry weekly for tightness. Left is loose right is tight.
- Keep all skin care products, makeup, sunscreen and lotions away from your piercing.
MATERIALS WE USE:
We only use materials certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials. This means they are an implant-grade material, proven safe for piercing applications. Any jewelry that is not made from approved materials should be treated as novelty jewelry and not worn for extended periods of time. Serious and permanent damage can occur from absorbing toxins from the materials through your skin and into your bloodstream. Treat your body right and buy professional body jewelry!