Aftercare

Aftercare advice for all piercings. We have done everything we can to make sure your piercing will heal well, but a healed piercing is a team effort between piercer and client! Please follow the instructions listed here to care for your piercing.

The Aftercare Golden Rules

  • Piercings must be kept clean.
  • Piercings must be kept dry.
  • Touching must be kept to a minimum. This means no twisting or turning the jewellery.

Body Piercing Aftercare- all piercings unless specified

A photograph of our recommended sterile saline aftercare solution.
Sterile Saline Solution
  • Clean piercing twice daily with sterile saline.
  • Clean hands with soap and water first.
  • Use sterile saline to soak and soften crusties.
  • Don’t use any products or chemicals unless recommended by your piercer.
  • Use a piece of gauze to gently remove crusties.
  • Dry piercing with a disposable paper towel (No toilet paper!).
  • Do not twist, turn or fiddle with your jewellery! This damages the healing piercing and can extend your healing time. Leave it alone for at least 12 weeks.
  • Follow Downsize instructions and book a checkup when your piercing is 4 weeks old.
  • If you’re unsure then contact us! We’re happy to help. Contact us via email or through our instagram.

Cartilage Piercing – Ears, Nose etc

  • Follow Body Piercing Aftercare as above.
  • For nose piercings- Don’t clean the inside unless there is a build up on the jewellery. The inside of the nose is self-cleaning and cleaning may cause irritation.

Oral Piercing – Lips, Tongue, Cheeks etc

  • Clean outside of piercing twice daily following body piercing aftercare.
  • Use an alcohol free mouthwash morning and night and after each meal for a maximum of 5 times a day.
  • Rinse mouth out with clean water after eating, drinking, smoking or having sexual contact using your mouth.
  • Avoid spicy foods for 2-4 weeks.
  • Avoid sucking or using straws as this can exacerbate any swelling.

Surface Piercing – Surface, Microdermal etc

  • Follow Body Piercing Aftercare as above.
  • Use a dental floss pick to help remove large build ups trapped between jewellery and skin.
  • Wear a disposable bandage for 12 hours on, 12 hours off for first 5-7 days.

Intimate Piercing

  • Follow Body Piercing Aftercare as above.
  • Use a sanitary towel/liner for the first week (change twice daily).
  • Keep other people’s body fluids away for 4 weeks minimum.
  • Wear a condom for sex for first 4 weeks.
  • Listen to your body. If it hurts then stop!

Downsizes

Downsizing is important for a happy, healthy piercing that lasts a lifetime. Downsizing means switching the post or ring to a snug fit after swelling has gone down. 2-4 weeks is the common time to downsize. Your piercer will let you know what is ideal for your piercing. Book your appointment for a downsize here.

Jewellery Maintenance

Once a week tighten any threaded ends to ensure jewellery isn’t lost.

Gold body jewellery can slowly tarnish over time. A simple buff using a polishing cloth will bring your gold back to full shine.

Check Ups 

A checkup 2-4 weeks after piercing is recommended even for piercings which don’t require a downsize. This helps us make sure your piercing is healing well and we can help solve any issues early on. Book a free check up here.