What is the Best Way To Care For New Piercings?
We want to share with you the best and most appropriate aftercare procedures for Piercings for them to heal correctly. Recently we spoke with Mantra Tattoo’s new piercer, Lil’ Chris and his input was real helpful in bringing you this info:
“I’d personally recommend using a saline solution, such as H2-Ocean. Using k-tips is fine, but the best thing is to get a little heat, like with a warm calm press -warm paper towel and place them around the area-. For oral piercings you can also use non-alcohol mouth wash for inside your mouth (nothing with alcohol for at least 2 weeks). All piercings should avoid touching or rotating; the piece won’t stick on your body or face. Avoid makeup and moisturizers around the area for 2 weeks to avoid irritation.”
Mantra’s Piercing Aftercare Tips
Use one or both of the following solutions for healing body piercings:
- Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label) and non-iodized sea salt mixture: dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of iodine-free sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better, as a strong saline solution can irritate the piercing.
- A mild, fragrance-free liquid soap, preferably anti-microbial or germicidal.
Cleaning instructions for body piercings
- WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
- SALINE soak for 5 to 10 minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings, it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.
- SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than 30 seconds.
- RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.
- DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.
What is normal?
- Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising. During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
- Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; don’t force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
What to do
- Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, it is not necessary to rotate your jewelry.
- Stay healthy! The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.
- Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
- Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.
When getting your piercings remember
Come to your piercing appointment with a full stomach to keep blood sugar up, don’t come in wasted, hung over, or sleep deprived. And during the procedure, just relax and trust your piercer, breathing makes it easier than fighting it or worrying.
Mantra Tattoo & Body Piercing: Best Custom Tattoos, Piercing and Body Jewelry in Denver
Come visit us or give us a call to get your custom tattoo design done by one of our experienced tattoo artists, or to choose your jewelry and discuss your next piercing with one of our professional body piercers. We use only medical grade sterilization and always new needles on every tattoo and piercing. Our shop is fully inspected and regulated by the Jefferson County Health Department.
Age requirements: 18 and up on your own with state issued photo ID or equivalent; 16 or 17 years of age with a legal guardian and both individuals are required to have a state issued photo ID orequivalent with matching last names.
1695 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, Colorado
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