Body Piercing

Body Piercing
Frequently asked questions about Body Piercing

Body and Facial Piercing Aftercare

Cleaning Solutions

  Use either one or both of the following solutions for body piercing:
* Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label!) or non-iodized sea salt   mixture: Dissolve 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon of non - iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup (8oz)   of warm distilled or bottled water - a stronger mixture is not better! Saline solution that is too   strong can irritate the piercing.
* Liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap

Cleaning Instructions

1. WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning, or touching on or near your piercing for any    reason.
2. SALINE soak at least two or three times daily. Simply invert a cup of warm saline solution    over the area to form a vacuum for a few minutes. The longer you soak the better. For certain    placements it may be easier to apply using fresh gauze or a cotton ball saturated with saline    solution, a brief rinse will remove any residue.
3. SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl sized drop of    soap to clean the jewellery and the piercing, leave the cleanser on the piercing for no more    than thirty seconds then rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing.
4. DRY with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, because cloth towels can    harbour bacteria and catch on a new piercing causing injury. Pat gently to avoid trauma.

What is Normal

* Initially: some bleeding, localised swelling, tenderness or bruising.
* During Healing: some discoloration, itching, and secretion of a whitish - yellow fluid (not Pus)   that will form some crust on the jewellery. The tissue tightens around the jewellery as it   heals.
* Once Healed: the jewellery may not move 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 healing is fully complete. This is because a piercing   heals from the outside in and although it may feel as though it as healed the tissue remains   fragile on the inside. BE PATIENT and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
* Even a healed piercing can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This   varies from person to person, if you like your piercing, leave it in place.

What to Do

* Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing, leave it alone except when cleaning. It is not   necessary to rotate the jewellery while healing, except possibly during cleaning.
* Stay Healthy. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. The healthier your lifestyle, the   easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Exercise during healing is fine, just "listen" to your   body.
* Make sure your bedding is clean and changed regularly. Wear clean comfortable breathable   clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
* Showering is safer than taking a bath because bathtubs tend to harbour bacteria. If you would   like to take a bath, clean the tub well before each use.
* Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with   the jewellery and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and   uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing and other complications.
* Avoid the use of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, betadine, hibiclens or ointment.
* Avoid over cleaning, this can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.
* Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with other bodily fluids on or near your piercing   during healing.
* Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
* Avoid submerging the piercing in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, Jacuzzis etc, or   protect your piercing using a special waterproof bandage such as Tegaderm, which is   available at the chemist.
* Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics,   lotions, sprays etc.
* Do not hang charms or any object from your jewellery until the piercing is fully healed.

Hints and Tips


* Unless there is a problem with size, style or material of the initial jewellery, leave it in place   for the entire healing period. A qualified piercer should perform any necessary jewellery   change that may be required during healing.
* Contact your piercer if your jewellery must be temporarily removed (such as for medical a   procedure). There are non-metallic jewellery alternatives.
* Leave the jewellery in at all times. Even an old well healed piercing can shrink or close in   minutes after being there for years! If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.
* With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your   jewellery for tightness.
* Carry a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage.
* Should you decide you no longer want the piercing seek professional help in the removal of   the jewellery and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a   small indentation will remain.

For Particular Areas


* A hard vented eye patch (sold at chemists) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon   stockings) or secured using a length of ace bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from   adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation and impact   during physical activities such as contact sport.

Ear/Ear Cartilage

* Use the T-Shirt trick: dress your pillow in a large, clean T-shirt and turn it nightly, one clean   T-shirt provides four clean surfaces for sleeping.
* Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats and anything   that will come into contact with the pierced area.
* Use caution when styling your hair and advise your hairdresser of a new healing piercing.


* The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable,   especially for sleeping.


* In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready, comfort and   hygiene are essential.
* During healing all sexual activities must be gentle. To increase comfort and decrease trauma   soak in warm saline solution or plain water to remove any crusty matter prior to sexual   activity.
* Use barriers such as condoms, dental dams and tegaderm etc. to avoid contact with a   partners bodily fluids, even in long term relationships.
* Use clean disposable barriers on sex toys.
* Wash hands before touching on or near the piercing.
* Use a new container of water based lubricant, do not use your own saliva as a lubricant.
* After sex an additional saline soak or clean water rinse is suggested.
* A Prince Albert and Apadravya piercing can bleed freely for the first few days.
* If using soap urinate after cleaning any piercing that is near the urethra. Each body is unique   and the healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your   piercer.


These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from your doctor. If you suspect an infection seek medical attention. Keep in mind that the removal of jewellery can lead to further complications. Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding piercing. Your local piercer may be able to refer you to a piercing friendly medical professional.

Suggested Products

* Saline solution: 9% sterile isotonic solution of "Normal Saline" or prepared Saline.
* Liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap for cleaning: Proven or satin or other fragrance free   mild anti-microbial soap.
* Waterproof bandage: Tegaderm,Cleanseals, Polyskin or other breathable non-water   permeable wound sealant bandage.

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