Piercing & Jewelry

Fresh piercings require sterile jewelry to be placed in the body, along with sterile instruments to be used during the procedure.  The use of appropriate jewelry; regarding material, and length dictates the feasibility of the piercing healing properly and timely.  The jewelry we use to pierce with is all 316L surgical implant grade steel or higher.  All the titanium we use is solid titanium ASTM F-136.  The better the material, the better the chances are for healing, and in a more efficient manner.  Titanium is recommended but definitely needed for those with nickel allergies.  So due to quality, the cost of titanium jewelry is a bit more than surgical implant grade.  Prices for piercings are dictated due to material and if specific jewelry is desired for initial use.  So we keep up with very high standards for all our body modification procedures.  You should keep this in mind the next time you are going to have someone poking and inserting metal into your body. Do you want to pay less and not know what your getting? Or do you want to trust someone professional and reliable who is also willing and wanting to help in every way possible?  Make sure you go somewhere you are comfortable and with a staff who is knowledgeable and experienced with providing you the best service possible.

The products we like to carry are all welcomed and recommended to all of our clients.  It’s not a sales pitch, due to self use and promoting products that have been tried and true.  Aftercare for piercings can be kept simple.  We like to deal with piercing aftercare very simple and as time efficient as possible.  Sterile saline solutions are very trustworthy.  Soaking piercings with this solution is recommended more than spraying the solution.  However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with spraying.  It is very simple and efficient with people always on the go these days.  We carry Steriwash which is a sterile saline spray product.  The contents are contained in a compresses bag also then contained in a can.  This makes the contents remain sterile and no chance of contamination from the can, whereas the two never touch.  They contain 0.9% sodium chloride with no additives.  This is all expressed on the label and is what you should look for when purchasing a product for cleansing your wound/piercing(s).

Oral Piercing Aftercare

Aftercare reminders
-Be healthy and you will heal faster.
-Eat nutritiously and be hygienic.
-Clean with the following, 1/4tsp sea salt to one cup warm distilled or bottled water or alcohol free mouth rinse.
-To clean the inside of your oral piercing (lip, tongue, frenlum) rinse your mouth with a saline (salt water) solution (follow the above mixing instructions) or alcohol free mouth rinse for 30 seconds, in the morning, at night and after meals (4-5 times daily) for 8-10 weeks.
-To clean outside of your oral piercing (lip any variation) fully saturate a cotton ball, gauze or paper towel with sterile saline.
-Apply the disposable paper product with the saline solution directly on the outside of your piercing for for 5 minuets, 2 times per day for 8-10 weeks.

DO’S

-For the first three to five days expect a lot of swelling, some bleeding, possible bruising, redness, discoloration and or soreness/mild pain.
-See your piercer ASAP if you get a rash, irritation, have extreme swelling or if you have any questions or concerns.
-Once your swelling has gone down, you must downsize the jewelry to a shorter post/barbell/ring. Leaving the longer starter jewelry can cause damage to your teeth and gums.
-You should wait roughly a week and a half to two weeks after you get your piercing to downsize. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, please see your piercer, they will gladly do this for you.
-After you are healed, brush your jewelry with a new soft bristled tooth brush to avoid plaque build up
-Avoid kissing, contact with others bodily fluids, gum, chewing on your finger nails, putting your hands in your mouth, smoking, spicy food, putting any other foreign objects in your mouth that could have bacteria on them.
-If you think you have an infection seek medical attention.

DO NOT!!!!!

-Touch, chew, rotate or move your jewelry. this can cause permanent damage to your teeth, gums and other oral structures.
-Turn/slide/move your jewelry to loosen “crusties”
-Clean with alcohol, soap or hydrogen peroxide.
-Use a mouth rinse with alcohol in it
-Over clean your piercing
-Swim, take baths or use a hot tub
-Sunbathe or use tanning beds.
-Clog your piercing with creams, ointments, oils or makeup.

Appropriate aftercare products

FOR THE INSIDE OF YOUR MOUTH
-Biotene mouth rinse
-Tom’s all natural mouth rinse
FOR THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR PIERCING
– Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label)
-H2Ocean Sterile Sea Salt Spray
-Wound Wash Saline
-Simply Saline
-Saline Wound Wash
(NOT CONTACT SOLUTION)

Hints and Tips

-If your jewelry/ball/end of your jewelry falls out, DO NOT attempt to re-insert any jewelry UNLESS your piercing is fully healed and you are comfortable/confident to do so yourself (wash the jewelry you are going to re-insert with hot soapy water.) If you need help re-inserting jewelry/ball/ends in a fresh/healing piercing please see your piercer ASAP.
-Leave your jewelry in at all times, even a fully healed piercing can shrink and close in minutes.

Body and Facial Piercing Aftercare

Aftercare Reminders
-Be healthy and you will heal faster.
-Eat nutritiously and be hygienic.
-clean with sterile saline for five minutes two time a day.
-Fully saturate a cotton ball, gauze or paper towel with sterile saline. Hold the saturated cotton ball, gauze or
paper towel directly on piercing with light pressure (about the amount of pressure used to apply a temporary
tattoo) for 5 minuets two times per day. If you choose can microwave the fully saturated
disposable paper product for 3-5 seconds so it is warm. A warm sterile saline compress is suggested.

DO’S

-Only touch piercing when you are cleaning it, with clean hands or gloved hands
-Remove “crusties” (dried lymph) by applying a warm sterile saline compress for 5 minuets
or by letting warm water run over your piercing in the shower. This should help remove any dirt
debris etc.
-Avoid alcohol, nicotine
-See your piercer ASAP if you get a rash, irritation, have extreme swelling or if you have any questions or
concerns.
-If you think you have an infection seek medical attention.
-Wait at least 2-3 months to switch out jewelry, (unless you are told other wise by your piercer) if you are not
comfortable doing so yourself please see your piercer, they will gladly do it for you.
-Some piercings can take up to a year to fully heal. Switching out your jewelry too soon, too often, or to poor
quality jewelry can seriously irritate your piercing.

DONT’S

-Play, touch, rotate or move your jewelry.
-Turn/slide/move your jewelry to loosen “crusties”
-Clean with alcohol, soap or hydrogen peroxide
-Over clean your piercing
-Swim, take baths or use a hot tub
-Let others bodily fluids near your piercing.
-Sunbathe or use tanning beds.
-Clog your piercing with creams, ointments, oils or makeup.

Appropriate Aftercare Products

-Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label)
-H2Ocean Sterile Sea Salt Spray
-Wound Wash Saline
-Simply Saline
-Saline Wound Wash use a clear waterproof bandage if you go swimming
-Tegaderm, is a clear breathable bandage that is safe to put over your fresh and healed piercings

Hints and Tips

-Unless there is a problem with the size, style or material leave your jewelry in at all times. Fresh and even healed piercings can shrink/close with in minuets of your jewelry being out.
-If you need to down size the length of you jewelry and your piercing is fresh, please see your piercer. They will gladly do that for you.
-If your jewelry/ball/end of your jewelry falls out, DO NOT attempt to re-insert any jewelry UNLESS your piercing is fully healed and you are comfortable/confident to do so yourself (wash the jewelry you are going to re-insert with hot soapy water.) If you need help re inserting jewelry/ball/ends in a fresh/healing piercing please see your piercer ASAP.

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