Body Piercing - Locally owned body jewelry company in Saint Paul, Minnesota



HEALING & AFTERCARE

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On this page you will find information about how your body heals piercings,
what to expect during healing, daily aftercare suggestions, irritated piercing aftercare suggestions, and irritated piercing questions with answers.


HEALING

When getting a new piercing it's important to consider if you have the time and patience to give it the care it needs. Piercings take about one full year or longer to get through all stages of your healing process. You can progress or regress in your healing stages depending on many factors. The to do's on your aftercare encourage skin cell growth. The don't do's discourage skin cell growth. How comfortable your healing process is, the complications you experience, and how fast you heal depend on how accurately and consistently you take care of it.

Initially 
Your piercing may be sore. The first week is the most tender and should improve as the weeks progress. You may also experience bleeding, bruising, goo, crust, swelling. dryness. Initially you are given jewelry that is longer or a larger in diameter to allow for swelling and draining. You should purchase shorter piece of jewelry after 4 - 12 weeks depending on the piercing. Piercers can help you with sizing and insertion of your replacement jewelry.

During the first year
The longer you have your piercing the thicker and stronger the skin cells on the inside become. You do not necessarily form these skin cells perfectly symmetrical in perfect thickness at the same time. You can have stronger and weaker spots inside the tunnel. You can be healing well and then start having issues. This is why it is so important to take care of your piercing like it's new every day for the first year. Your piercing is still healing so it's not abnormal to experience irritation on and off during the first year. It's important to follow the irritated piercing aftercare on the back of you aftercare sheet right away if your piercing gets red and sore. If you don't see result from the irritated piercing aftercare within 3-5 days please come into the shop.

After the first year
At this point in your healing you should be in the final stages. It won't be if you were too lax in your aftercare. It is normal to have a goo come out of your piercing, it is dead skins cells and bodily oils. But even after you are healed it's important to wash your piercing to clean off any goo or crust that may accumulate. 

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AFTERCARE

For non-oral body piercings follow the body piercing aftercare suggestions. For Tongue piercings follow the oral aftercare. For body and oral piercings please follow both body and oral aftercare.

Body Piercing Aftercare
Body Aftercare To Do's
  1. Wash your piercing once daily with Provon medical grade antimicrobial soap.
  2. If your piercing is feeling good use saline spray every 2 - 4 hours.
  3. If your piercing is red, sore, swollen, gooey, or crusty immediately start following the “Irritated Piercing Aftercare” below.
  4. Gently remove all crust from skin and jewelry every morning and evening.
  5. Snap or tighten jewelry balls daily, righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.
  6. Apply a small amount of emu oil to either side of your piercing especially if your piercing is dry, crusty, or swollen.
  7. To avoid healing complications follow this daily for the first year even if you think you’re healed.

Body Aftercare Don't Do's
  1. DON’T follow random advice from non-professionals such as friends or Dr. Google without consulting your piercer.
  2. DON’T use any harsh products not listed such as alcohol, peroxide, ointments or get make-up, lotion, hair products etc on or in your piercing. 
  3. DON’T submerge your piercing in pools, hot tubs, lakes, or the ocean for 6-8 weeks or if irritated. 
  4. DON’T be too rough with your piercing. Be careful not to put too much pressure on it, pull it, bump it, sleep on it, snag it, etc.
  5. DON’T touch it without washing your hands.
  6. DON’T change your jewelry yourself this first year to ensure proper jewelry style, metal, & sizing for healing.
  7. DON'T take out your jewelry it will close fast!



Oral Piercing Aftercare
Oral Aftercare To Do's
  1. Reduce swelling by taking anti-inflammatory medication as needed and directed; if not medically contraindicated. 
  2. Rinse with an alcohol free mouthwash 3-4 times daily for the first 4 - 6 weeks.
  3. Swish with a saline solution 3 times daily or as needed. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt into a 16 ounce bottle of water.
  4. Snap or tighten jewelry balls daily, righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.
  5. Eat soft foods while piercing is sore. Soup, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, pudding etc.
  6. Drink ice cold water and/or use ice chips to soothe your piercing.
  7. Replace long jewelry after 4 weeks.

Oral Aftercare Don't Do's
  1. DON’T take random advice from non-professionals such as friends or Dr. Google! Come in for help!!!
  2. DON’T use any harsh products on your piercing such as mouthwash with alcohol.
  3. DON’T touch it without washing your hands.
  4. DON’T change your jewelry yourself this first year to ensure proper jewelry style, metal, & sizing for healing.
  5. DON’T eat food you have to take big bites of such as pizza, burgers, subs etc. Go with comfort.
  6. DON’T eat hot or spicy foods while piercing is sore.
  7. DON’T drink acidic beverages while your piercing is sore such as orange juice, lemonade, or grapefruit juice.
  8. DON’T bite or click on your jewelry.
  9. DON’T smoke, drink, or use tobacco while your piercing is still swollen.


Irritated Piercing Aftercare
If your piercing gets more red, sore, swollen, gooey, crusty, or a bump starts to form by it immediately and consistently follow the aftercare suggestions below. Your piercing should improve a little more by the end of each day. If you see no results within 3-5 days come into the shop! You may need to follow this on and during the first year. If you suspect infection get help from a medical professional immediately.

  1. Wash piercing 2 times daily with medical grade Provon Antimicrobial Lotion Soap.
  2. Stop using the saline spray and start soaking your piercing in a warm/hot saline solution 3 times a day, 5 minutes each time, for 7 days. No more, No less!
  3. To make the saline solution. Measure 1/4 teaspoon Alessi non-iodized sea salt to 1 cup (exactly 8 ounces) of hot distilled water. Measure perfect!!!
  4. Gently remove all crust from skin and jewelry.
  5. Apply emu oil when done with your cleaning routine.
  1. If your jewelry is too tight or uncomfortable please come in for assistance asap!
  2. If you see no improvement between the 3 - 5th day please come in for assistance asap!

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*DISCLAIMER These aftercare suggestions are based on training, research, and years of professional experience. These suggestions should not be a substitute for medical advice from a physician. If you suspect an infection, make an appointment with your doctor. Please note that it is important that you see a physician who is piercing educated, accepting, and experienced.

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