PIERCING AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS


Pikes Peak Tattoo & Piercing® Colorado Springs, CO

Circle Dr. (719) 632-5300

 

The aftercare that you give your new piercing will greatly affect the healing process. It is your responsibility to follow our guidelines. If you have any questions feel free to stop by or call us. Please be sure to read the left sidebar content.

 

We offer free cleanings and free check-ups on
all piercings we do.

 

The time required to heal your new piercing will vary, and is dependent on the aftercare in which it receives. Even after the initial healing has taken place do not attempt to remove your jewelry for a long length of time and expect it to insert easily. Even though healed, newer piercings need time to “toughen up”. If the jewelry must be removed, please consult us about ways to maintain your piercing.

It is very important to clean the jewelry before cleaning the piercing. Remove all 'krusties' before attempting to move your jewelry. A cotton-tipped applicator and warm water works very well. We recommend the use of a dye-free and fragrant free Liquid Antibacterial Soap ie:  Softsoap or Dial) for cleaning your piercing.

Apply the soap and water to the pierced area and the jewelry, do not move the jewelry back and forth. Let it 'soak' for 3 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with water.  We only recommend an organic sea salt solution!  Soap should only be used when the piercing comes in contact with dirt or dirty fingers.  The sea salt solution should be applied twice a day.

Note: for ‘Natural Healing’, the use of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap with Tea Tree Oil is recommend for cleaning, followed solely by the organic sea salt soaks.

Hydrogen Peroxide should NEVER be used on a fresh piercing! The peroxide acts to break down the newly formed tissue. Isopropyl Alcohol is also inappropriate for use on piercings, as it is very drying.

We DO NOT recommend the use of antibiotic ointments! They seal off your piercing trapping in bacteria and allowing it to grow. It is best to prevent infection with proper cleaning…NOT with antibiotics!

We like to recommend that you eat a nutritious diet, and if you wish to take some form of vitamin/mineral supplementation, this can go a long way in helping the body to fight infection and heal itself. Care should be taken not to contaminate new piercings. Never touch without first washing your hands. Even more importantly… Avoid all oral contact with the piercing until it is though the initial healing stage. Avoid “rough play” until the piercing is well seasoned.

During the healing process:

Do Not allow your new piercings to come in contact with others' bodily fluids!
Do Not expose your new piercings to pools, saunas, spas or hot-tubs (the risk of exposure to bacteria is too great, and soaking a new piercing is not good for it). It is best to protect your new piercing from extreme sun exposure, as the jewelry heats up more quickly than your skin.

Listed below are some 'area specific' healing instructions. Please take the time to read them, and if you have any questions please contact us.

 

Facial Piercings

(Average Healing Time 1-6 Months: Ear, Eyebrow, Nostril, Septum, Etc.)

  • Cleanse the piercing at least twice a day with a liquid antibacterial soap, rinse with water follow up with the recommended sea salt solution.
  • Make sure that you rinse well after using the soap. Always remove all of the dried discharge first with a cotton-tipped applicator and warm water.
  • Makeup, foundations and powders should be avoided during the initial healing process. When using hair spray, avoid contact with your piercings.

 

Mouth-Related Piercings

(Average Healing Time 1-3 Months: Tongue, Lip, Labret, Etc.)

  • Cleanse the piercings on the outside per the Facial Piercing instructions above. Cleanse piercings on the inside of the mouth with Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash 3 times a day. You should dilute the mouthwash 50% with water to avoid irritation. A non-alcohol based mouthwash may be substituted for the Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash.
  • Tongue piercings will normally swell for 3-5 days. Avoid eating solid foods until the swelling goes down. Taking an Anti-inflammatory (i.e.: Ibuprofen or Advil) and sucking on ice helps.
  • Eat slowly at first. Remember…Rinse with water after eating, drinking or smoking, and avoid oral contact.

 

Body Piercings

(Average Healing Time 3-12 Months: Navel, Nipple, Etc…)

  • Cleanse the piercing 2 to 3 times a day with a liquid antibacterial soap, make sure you rinse well with water.    Always remove all of the dried discharge first with a cotton-tipped applicator and warm water. Avoid tight clothing during the healing process.

 

Genital Piercings

(Average Healing time: 1-3 Months: Below the waist piercings)

  • These piercings should be cleaned following the instructions for “Body Piercings” (see above). However, the cleaning products might irritate the piercings if one does not urinate after cleaning to “flush out” the urethra.
  • Women should take care not to let any of the cleaning agents to enter the vagina and to rinse thoroughly with water, as the depletion of bacteria may contribute to the incidence of yeast infections.
  • Genital piercings should be cleaned after intercourse. During the healing period the use of a condom during intercourse and dental dams during all other contact is required.
  • Also, certain lubricants and spermicides may irritate the piercings.
    Do Not allow your new piercings to come into contact with others' bodily fluids!

If you experience any problems while your new piercing is healing and you wish to consult with a physician please contact us first. We will be happy to help you in any way we can.

However, please understand that we are not physicians; rather we will offer suggestions based upon our many years of experience in healing piercings.

Thank You! Enjoy Your New Piercing!

(Revised 8/2014) *A Division of Yates Enterprises, Inc.©2005