If you have any questions or concerns about your aftercare or your healing piercings please feel free to call us during business hours. you can also reach us through email at EleganceWorc@gmail.com
- WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
- Do not rotate, twist, or move your jewelry.
- Do not remove your jewelry for cleaning.
- We would suggest using Neilmed Fine Mist Sterile Saline Spray. This is available for purchase at our front counter. Sterile saline wound wash can also be found at most pharmacies in the first aid aisle. You are specifically looking for sterile saline designed for wounds (not for contacts or nasal spray)
- If using the sterile saline spray, spray your piercing 2-3 times per day – morning and night. We suggest one of these times be after your shower. Make sure to use a minimal amount of saline and dry the piercing after. We suggest using a hairdryer on low or cool setting or clean gauze.
What is normal
- Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness or bruising can occur. If these last past 1 week or if you are ever concerned please contact us for a free assessment.
- During healing: Some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish- yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry as it heals.
- Once healed: the jewelry 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 the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
- Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep the jewelry in. Do not leave it empty.
- Your piercer can answer any questions.
Good things to do
- Leave the piercing alone unless you are cleaning.
- Make sure your bedding is clean and changed frequently while healing.
- If your jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure) contact us for help.
- If you suspect you have an infection, DO NOT REMOVE YOUR JEWELRY! If you are ever worried about a possible infection we would suggest seeking the advice of a medical professional. We would suggest contacting us if you think the piercing is irritated or inflamed.
Don’t do this
- Avoid moving jewelry in an unhealed piercing, or picking away dried discharge with your fingers.
- Avoid cleaning with Betadine, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, dial or other soaps, as all of these can damage cells and hinder healing.
- Avoid over cleaning. This can delay your healing and/or irritate your piercing.
- Avoid submerging your piercing in water during healing.
- No playing, rotating, touching, or moving your jewelry during the entire healing period.
- Do not change out the initial jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.
Special Tips for Ear & Facial Piercings
- Shield piercings from hair products
- Avoid getting makeup or lotion on your piercing.
- Change your pillowcase frequently.
- Avoid placing dirty items on your piercings, such as cell phones and ear buds.
Oral Cleaning Instructions
- Rinse your mouth out with a non-alcoholic, antiseptic mouthwash no more than 3 times a day. We suggest doing so after major meals. During the day rinsing with water after smoking is suggested.
- For facial-oral piercings (such as lips), ensure that you are keeping up with sterile saline spray for the outside of your piercing.
What is Normal?
- Swelling of the area is perfectly normal.
- You may experience bleeding or bruising on and off. However, if anything exceeds past one week we suggest coming in for a check-up.
- A whitish-yellow secretion may come from your piercing; this is normal. It is a combination of blood plasma and dead skin cells. This is not pus, and it indicates a healing piercing.
Good Things to do
- Replace your old toothbrush with a fresh one so you do not introduce bacteria into your oral piercing.
- Try to sleep with your head propped up for the first few nights to minimize swelling.
- Try to go slowly when you eat and take small bite as you are getting used to the new jewelry.
- Leave your jewelry in at all times. Even a well healed piercing can close in seconds.
Don’t do this
- Avoid alcoholic beverages as these can cause additional swelling, bleeding, and discomfort.
- Reduce smoking or quitting is recommended for faster healing.
- Do not play with the jewelry for the initial healing time. Beyond normal eating and talking, playing can result in the formation of scar tissue.
- Do not use Listerine or other mouthwash that contains alcohol; they do more harm than good.
Single Point Piercing
- Remember to keep your single point piercing covered with a Band-Aid while sleeping during the first week of healing. If the Band-Aid gets wet or compromised, change it.
- Try to avoid undue stress and anything that may get caught on it such a loofah, sponges, knitted clothing, blankets, seat belts, necklaces, backpacks, or purses.
- Remember that this piercing is different than others in the respect that you should not try and remove it on your own. If you want to take it out. Please come back in. Removal is quite easy when done properly.
Special Tips for Genital Piercings
- Sexual activity is not prohibited, but it must be hygienic, use condoms without spermicide and dental dams for all sexual contact to avoid sharing bodily fluids, even if you are in a monogamous relationship.
- Use water-based lubricant such as KY Jelly.
- Pleasure plus condoms have extra room for jewelry.