Expected healing time: 8-10 weeks or longer
- Wash your hands before cleaning or touching your piercing.
- Do no rotate your new piercing. This can cause tearing to the new scar tissue forming. Your skin will naturally 'let go' of the jewelry when healing.
- Do not remove your jewelry to clean your piercing.
- Repeat piercing clean after submerging in any unhygienic bodies of water(bath, pool, ocean etc). 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.
- Stay Healthy. A healthy body can heal much faster than a run-down one.
- Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
Clean at least twice a day. Soak a cotton tip and clean both sides of the piercing, gently removing any discharge (dried lymph).
Rinse mouth with cleaning solution (Saline mix or mouthwash containing no alcohol) for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily) during the entire healing period.
What to expect initially:
Bleeding, significant swelling, tenderness, and/or bruising.
What to expect during healing:
Secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form a 'crust' around and on the jewelry.
What to avoid:
- Do not clean your new piercing with alcohol or any harsh chemicals.
- Avoid using mouthwash containing alcohol. It can irritate the piercing and delay healing.
- Avoid moving jewelry in an unhealed piercing, or picking away dried discharge with your fingers.
- Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning.
- Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others' bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
- Avoid smoking! It increases risks and lengthens healing time.
- Do not play with your jewelry.
- Do not sleep on your new piercing.
- Avoid over-clean your piercing.
- Avoid aspirin, alcohol, and large amounts of caffeine as long as you are experiencing bleeding or swelling.
- Do not change the piercing jewelry during the healing time.
- Avoid any makeup or beauty care products around or near your piercing.
Doing any of the actions listed above can cause irritations to your new piercing and prolong the healing period. If you have any questions please contact us!
These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience. This is not the be considered a substitute for medical advice.