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AFTERCARE
INFORMATION

HEALING BASICS

Every healing process is different, impacted by

your individual body, diet, climate, and lifestyle.

Consistent aftercare and not touching, twisting, or interfering with the natural healing process ensures a positive healing experience. Your body was designed to heal itself. Help it along by following the guidelines and aftercare instructions given to you now and recommended by your piercer in store. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

The stages of healing

A body piercing will go through three main phases of healing. During each phase, the piercing will look and act different. “Aftercare” focuses on the first two phases, where the piercing is prone to infection or irritation. Any kind of trauma to the piercing could see it take steps back in these healing phases.

INFLAMMATION/
ACCEPTANCE PHASE

You may experience soreness, swelling, heat, bruising and bleeding as your body tries to reject the piercing. Infections are common in this stage, it is important to downsize your jewellery once all swelling has subsided to avoid irritation.

HEALING/CRUSTY PHASE

Your piercing(s) will be discharging fluids as it makes new scar tissue and forms the important fistula around the jewellery, the piercing is still prone to infections at this stage

MATURATION/SEASONING PHASE

Piercing will have no discharge, no tenderness, you can change your jewellery as infection is unlikely. Good quality jewellery should be used until the full healing time is reached.

AVERAGE HEALING TIMES

EAR LOBE:
3-4
Months

CARTILAGE:
9-12
Months

EYEBROW:
3-4
Months

LIP:
3-4
Months

NOSTRIL:
6-9
Months

NIPPLE:
8-12
Months

NAVEL:
6-9
Months

SEPTUM:
2-3
Months

TONGUE:
2-4
Months

AFTERCARE METHODS

BODY
PIERCINGS

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water each time you touch your new piercing

  • Use your cleaning solution to clean the piercing twice a day, once in the morning, once at night.

  • Spray your solution on to a cotton bud, gently clean around the piercing to remove discharge.

  • Tighten the balls of your jewellery daily.

ORAL
PIERCINGS

  • Always maintain excellent oral hygiene

  • Rinse your mouth with alcohol free mouth wash after everything you eat, drink, smoke or vape for the first 5-7 days

  • Rinse twice daily until the piercing is healed

  • Avoid foods hot in temperature and spice while your tongue is swollen to avoid irritation

  • Avoid highly fermented food e.g dairy products and foods high in citric acid e.g oranges.

  • Tighten the balls of your jewellery daily.

ALL
PIERCINGS

  • To reduce swelling try; intermittent icing, sleeping with your head elevated for above the neck piercings, over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen 

  • If at any time the swelling becomes uncomfortable, please call us straight away.

  • Once your swelling has subsided ensure your jewellery is downsized by a professional.

PLEASE DO NOT:

DO NOT treat your new piercing without first washing your hands with warm water and soap. Touching your piercing with unclean hands will inevitably introduce bacteria to the open wound.

DO NOT touch, twist, pick at or play with your new piercing. Any twisting or turning you do to your jewellery can irritate your piercing and rotate bacteria from your environment into your healing tissue.

DO NOT use chemicals or any type of ointments on your piercing, as they will cause irritation and prolong healing time. This includes rubbing alcohol, peroxide, methylated spirts or other harsh chemicals.

DO NOT submerge your piercing during the initial healing process. This includes pools, baths, and hot tubs, to avoid exposure to infection- causing bacteria. (The sea is ok, but clean afterwards)

DO NOT remove your jewellery yourself. If you need to take out your jewellery for a medical procedure, come by the shop and one of our piercers will do it for you. We can also fit retainers.

DO NOT listen to your friend’s advice over our professional advise. Please call us or visit the shop, we have heaps of experience and want to help.

(09) 250 4004

BE CAREFUL not to snag your new piercing. Watch out for towels, clothing, seatbelts, gym equipment and while you’re sleeping

Infection, irritation bump or keloid?

Although piercing bumps and keloid scars can initially look similar, there are ways to differentiate between them.

Use the following info to help you best care for your piercings.

INFECTION

Infections in new piercings are quite common as they can occur when a person is unable to keep the piercing completely clean or haven’t followed the aftercare correctly. The symptoms of an infected piercing include; redness and soreness, swelling and puffiness, yellow pus oozing from the piercing.

IRRITATION BUMP

Irritation bumps are small lumps that can appear after a piercing. They often occur following cartilage piercings, such as nose or upper ear piercings. Piercing bumps occur when the body’s immune system responds to the wound and initiates the healing response. This response leads to inflammation, which is what causes the bump. These bumps are generally not painful, and improvement should be seen within one week of treatment. If not, come back to see us.

KELOID

A keloid is raised scar tissue that occurs as a

result of trauma or injury to the skin. Very rarely, this type of scar may appear after a piercing. This needs to be treated by a Doctor and will not go away on its own.

99/100 times these bumps are irritation bumps or an infection and not a keloid.

There are some simple steps to follow to treat irritation bumps and infections to get the best outcome!

  • Always follow aftercare instructions given to you by your piercer.

  • Always wash your hands before touching the piercing.

  • Gently clean the area with a recommended solution twice a day.

  • Make sure to be fitted by a trained piercer to ensure the correct size and type of jewellery is used.

  • Use medical grade titanium jewellery when possible.

  • Downsize your jewellery when the initial swelling has subsided.

  • Keep your piercing jewellery in, do not change or remove it until downsizing
    is an option, your piercer can let you know when this is possible.

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Following this guide, you should start to see an improvement within 3-5 days.

If not, please come back to see us for more advice.

Contact us for any further concerns or queries.

 

info@adorn.nz        (09) 450 4004