Body Piercing Aftercare & Instructions

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY PIERCING?

For all piercings during healing avoid:

  • Moving or rotating your jewellery where possible. This will allow your piercing to heal quickly.
  • Touching your piercing as this can increase the chance of infection.
  • Over cleaning. Only clean your piercing as directed by your piercer.
  • Oral contact from others.
  • Chlorine as this can cause irritation. So avoid pools and spas.
  • Changing your jewellery until healed - you may damage the piercing or get an infection.
  • Shampoo, conditioner residue and soaps. Make sure you rinse these away while showering.
  • Tight and unwashed clothing and linen.
  • restricting the piercing in any way by the clothing that you wear.
  • Illicit drugs and alcohol consumption initially (Especially with oral piercings).

Remember to:

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Change bedding and towels regularly.
  • Contact your piercer if you have any questions or queries.

I'M WORRIED ABOUT MY PIERCING. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Make sure you’re following the aftercare instructions your piercer gave you.
Some redness and swelling is expected for certain piercings as your piercer would have explained.
If you think you’re experiencing too much redness or swelling or you’re just not sure, feel free to call or go into your local Punktured store and have it assessed.
Even if you’ve been pierced somewhere else, we’re happy to help.

CAN I EAT OR DRINK BEFORE AND AFTER MY PIERCING?

Eating before a piercing and ensuring your body is well fuelled is great. Maintaining your regular diet after your new piercing is always suggested too,
as the human body relies on sustenance. However in the case of oral piercings, eating can be a slightly weird sensation so care is advised.

There is no situation where we can ethically pierce a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In all cases heavy consumption of these things WILL slow the healing process and promote infection.
In the case of oral piercings alcohol consumption of any type or brand will cause further complications to swelling, slow healing or a multitude of infections.
It is strongly advised against until healing is nearly complete.

AFTERCARE FAQ's

If you have any questions about your piercing, just ask - we're always happy to help!

FACIAL PIERCINGS

Eyebrow / Bridge

Healing duration: 2 - 4 months

  • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
  • Use the aftercare product and a cotton tip to clean the piercing at both entry points twice a day.
    This should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

Nostril

    Healing duration: 2 - 4 months

    • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
    • Use the aftercare product and a cotton tip to clean the piercing at both entry points twice a day.
      This should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

    Septum

      Healing duration: 4 - 6 weeks

      • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
      • Use the aftercare product and a cotton tip to clean the piercing at both entry points twice a day.
        This should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

      Cheek

        Healing duration: 3 - 5 months

        • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
        • Use oral aftercare spray to wash internally three times per day after food. Also use external aftercare spray to clean the outside of the piercing three times per day.
          These procedures should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

        Tongue / Tongue Frennulum

        Healing duration: 1 month

        • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
        • Gargle a small amount of oral aftercare product twice daily for the duration of the healing time.
          It is recommended that you should downsize your jewellery after the initial 2 - 3 weeks.

        Lip Piercings

          Lip / Snake Bite / Spider Bite / Labret / Medusa / Beauty Spot / smiley / Frowny / Dahlia

          Healing duration: 2 - 4 months

          • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
          • Use the aftercare product and a cotton tip to clean the outside of the piercing twice a day. Also gargle a small amount twice a day.
            These procedures should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

          Ear Piercings

            Earlobe

            Healing duration: 4 - 8 weeks

            • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
            • Use the aftercare product and a cotton tip to clean the piercing at both entry points twice a day.
              This should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

            Ear Cartilage / Tragus / Daith / Rook / Industrial / Conch / Vertical Tragus

            Healing duration: 3-6 months

            • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
            • Use the aftercare product and a cotton tip to clean the piercing at both entry points twice a day.
              This should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

            Body Piercings

            Nipple / Navel / Surface

            Healing duration: 3-6 months

            • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
            • Use the aftercare product and a cotton tip to clean the piercing at both entry points twice a day.
              This should be done for the first 3-4 months and then only as is needed until healed. This will ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

            Dermal Anchor

            Healing duration: 2 - 4 months
            • Use the aftercare product your piercer recommends.
            • Use the aftercare product and a cotton tip to clean the piercing at both entry points twice a day.
              Do not immerse your piercing in water and do not move the jewellery in any way for the duration of healing.
              This should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

            Genital Piercing

            All Male and Female

            Healing duration: 4 - 8 weeks

            • Use the recommended aftercare product (anti-bacterial liquid soap & saline solution).
            • During showering, rinse the piercing site with anti-bacterial liquid soap. After showering, bathe the piercing with saline solution.
              Repeat twice per day, making sure to use a cotton tip to remove any excess secretion.
              These procedures should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.