Below, you will find aftercare instructions for tattoos, body piercings, and oral piercings in that order.

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Tattoo Aftercare

Now that your artist has done their job applying a beautiful new addition, it’s yours to look after your new tattoo and treat it with care through the healing process. Proper aftercare is crucial to the longevity of your tattoo. Follow the instructions and what to expect below to help you achieve a perfect heal.

 

 

ONE HOUR AFTER THE PROCEDURE

 

Remove the bandage and wash your new tattoo with warm, soapy water. Make sure to only use unscented antibacterial soap. Scented soaps will irritate the new tattoo and could affect the healing process. Gently wash the area to remove any blood and plasma with clean hands. Do not use a washcloth or any other abrasive material.

 

Once you finish washing the tattoo, use a single use paper towel to pat the area dry. Do not rub or wipe dry. Once dry, apply a thin layer of Aquaphor over the tattoo. Make sure not to put too much as you will smother the tattoo. Your skin needs to breathe in order to heal properly. Some redness and swelling of the area is normal for fresh work.

 

 

THE FIRST FEW DAYS

 

Continue to gently wash your new tattoo once a day and apply Aquaphor once or twice a day as well. The most important part of this stage is keeping the area clean. After the first few days, you may notice scabs starting to form or some flaking in the area. Do not pick at these scabs or peel any of the flakes. Doing so will cause some of the ink to fall out as well, causing a spotty or patchy look once completely healed. At this point, the tattoo is likely going to be very itchy. Once the flaking or scabbing begins you may switch over to an unscented lotion instead of using Aquaphor. Once again, make sure the lotion is unscented as scented products will irritate the healing tattoo. You may apply a thin layer of unscented lotion one to three times a day if needed.

 

 

THROUGHOUT THE HEALING PROCESS

 

Your tattoo should be completely healed after about two weeks. It is vital that throughout the process you avoid: tanning, excess sun exposure, hot tubs, pools, oceans, lakes, and baths. Showering with the tattoo is fine, just avoid soaking it in any body of water. Soaking a new tattoo increases your chances of infection. Sun exposure will damage your skin, making it even harder on the area that was tattooed to heal properly.

 

 

AFTER YOU’RE DONE HEALING

 

After your tattoo is healed, you’ll want to protect it from the sun’s rays. Sun damage will accelerate fading, making the tattoo look dull. Be sure to use a minimum SPF30 sunblock and apply according to the package’s instructions for best protection. This will help keep your tattoo vibrant for many years to come. Take pride in your new addition!

Body Piercing Aftercare

 

CLEANING SOLUTIONS

 

Use one or both of the following solutions throughout the healing process:

 

-Packaged sterile saline wound wash with no additives OR a non-iodize sea salt mixture

-Mild fragrance free liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap. We recommend the brands Provon or Satin Soap.

 

To mix your own saline solution dissolve ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong will irritate your piercing.

 

 

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY PIERCINGS

 

  1. WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

  2. SALINE soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vaccum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using a clean piece of gauze or paper towel saturated with saline. Rinse briefly afterwards to remove any residue.

  3. SOAP no more than twice a day. Bring a pearl size drop of soap to a lather with a Q-Tip to clean the jewelry and piercing. Leave the soap on the piercing for no more than 30 seconds.

  4. RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. Do not rotate the jewelry. This will cause trauma to the piercing.

  5. DRY by gently patting the area with a clean, disposable paper towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing infection or injury.

 

 

WHAT IS NORMAL?

 

Initially there may be some bleeding, swelling, tenderness, and bruising.

 

During the healing process some discoloration, itching, secretion of whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that forms a crust around the piercings is normal. Tissue around the jewelry may tighten as it heals.

 

Once healed the jewelry may not more freely in the piercing. Do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.

 

A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in and although it feels fine, the interior tissue remains fragile. Be patient and continue to clean throughout the entire healing period.

 

Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been healed for years. This varies from person to person, but if you like your piercing, do not leave the hole empty.

 

 

WHAT TO DO?

 

Always wash your hands prior to touching the piercing. Leave it alone except when cleaning. Do not rotate or play with the 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 sleep.

 

Showers tend to be safer than baths as baths can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.

 

 

WHAT TO AVOID?

 

Do not clean with Betadine, Hibiclens, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial or other harsh soaps that contain triclosan or iodine, as these products can damage healing cells. Do not use ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.

 

Do not use Bactine, pierced ear care solutions an dother products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long-term wound care.

Avoid over cleaning as this may delay healing and irritate your piercing.

 

Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing and other complications.

 

Avoid any and all oral contact, rough play, and contact with other’s bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.

 

Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

 

Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. or protect your piercing using a waterproof wound sealant bandage such as 3M Nexcare Clean Seals. These are available at most drugstores.

 

Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays.

 

Don’t hang charms or any objects from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.

Oral Piercing Aftercare

 

CLEANING SOLUTIONS

 

Use one or both of the following solutions throughout the healing process:

-Antimicrobial or antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse

-Packaged sterile saline wound wash with no additives OR a non-iodize sea salt mixture

 

To mix your own saline solution dissolve ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong will irritate your piercing.

 

 

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSIDE THE MOUTH

 

Rinse your mouth with one of the cleaning solutions listed above for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily) during the entire healing process. Cleaning too often or using too strong of a rinse can cause discoloration and irritation of your mouth and piercing.

 

 

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHEEK AND LIP PIERCINGS

 

Soak the piercing in saline solution and/or wash with a mild anti-microbial or germicidal fragrance-free liquid soap. We recommend the brands Provon or Satin Soap.

 

  1. WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

  2. SALINE soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vaccum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using a clean piece of gauze or paper towel saturated with saline. Rinse briefly afterwards to remove any residue.

  3. SOAP no more than twice a day. Bring a pearl size drop of soap to a lather with a Q-Tip to clean the jewelry and piercing. Leave the soap on the piercing for no more than 30 seconds.

  4. RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. Do not rotate the jewelry. This will cause trauma to the piercing.

  5. DRY by gently patting the area with a clean, disposable paper towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing infection or injury.

 

WHAT IS NORMAL?

 

For the first three to five days significant swelling, light bleeding, bruising and tenderness can be expected. After that, some swelling and light secretion of whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) are common as well.

 

A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in and though it may feel fine, the interior tissue remains fragile. Be patient and continue cleaning throughout the entire healing period.

 

Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been healed for years. This varies based on the individual. If you like your piercing, keep the jewelry in and never leave the hole empty.

 

 

WHAT TO DO…

 

…TO HELP REDUCE SWELLING?

 

-Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth

 

-Take an over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium according to package instructions

 

-Don’t speak or move your jewelry more than necessary

 

-Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights

 

…TO MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HYGINE?

 

-Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush and store it in a clean area away from other toothbrushes

 

-Brush your teeth and use your choice of cleaning solution (saline or mouthwash) after every meal

 

…TO STAY HEALTHY?

 

-The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal

 

-Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet

 

-Avoid emotional stress as it can increase healing time

 

-To help healing and bolster your ability to fight infection, take nutritional supplements daily. These can include, but are not limited to; iron, B vitamins, vitamin C, and zinc

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