PIERCING AFTERCARE - Authent/Ink
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Piercing Aftercare

Things To Note

Do not sleep on your piercing for the first 1-2 weeks (longer of possible).

Be careful when changing clothes, using towels, hugging, styling hair, wearing glasses.

Inform your stylist of a fresh ear piercing if visiting during healing period.

Avoid touching your piercing with gels, hairsprays, hair dyes, etc during healing.

No make-up in/near your piercing.

Clean your mobile phone and be mindful when using it on your fresh ear piercing. Ideally use your other ear for 1-2 weeks.

Avoid earphones that rest on or agitate the pierced area.

Cover your piercing for the first 1-2 weeks if you are around areas that are dirty or filled with dust.

No spas, saunas, chlorinated pools or baths during healing.

Avoid contact sport or any exercise that may cause distress to the area around the piercing.

No oral or rough sexual play on area until fully healed.

 

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BUT WAIT

THERE'S MORE

Your piercing needs time to heal entirely before changing your jewellery. Even though it may look and feel healed after only a couple of weeks, there is still much healing to be done that you cannot see.

Each person’s healing time will be different as there are many factors involved. Some piercings will take months to fully heal.

Diet, alcohol/drugs, lifestyle and aftercare play a massive part in the health of your fresh piercing.

Improper care during this time or changing the jewellery too early can lead to issues that may harm your piercing.

If an infection occurs it is advised to keep the jewellery in so fluid does not become trapped and to immediately seek professional medical treatment.

Only under certain circumstances will a jewellery change be necessary before being healed entirely

In these cases any new jewellery that is placed in the site will need to be sterile and care must be taken during the changeover procedure to avoid damage to the site.

A well looked after piercing should leave a less visible mark if you ever decide or need to remove your piercing in the future, however some piercings will migrate over time and should be removed before they pull through.

Putting in the time and effort during the healing period will ensure that your piercing will have the best chance for a beautiful result for years to come.

Always feel free to contact your piercer if you require any further assistance.

 

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SPECIFIC PIERCING AFTERCARE

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SPECIFIC PIERCING AFTERCARE

NOSE / SEPTUM

Do not push too hard on your nostril/septum when blowing your nose or cleaning jewellery, and ensure tissues do not catch on your jewellery.

Wear a band aid over your nostril piercing during sleep for the first week or until the site firms up. If your nose stud falls out, please seek advice before reinserting if your piercing has not fully healed

Take extra care during face washing, make up application/removal, changing clothes.

Upgrading your nostril piercing to a ring should only be done once the site is healed. This usually takes 10-12 weeks.

 

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SPECIFIC PIERCING AFTERCARE

EAR

Clean your piercing twice daily

Always clean your hands prior to touching or cleaning your piercing / jewellery

Your first clean should be performed after your first shower, then twice daily until healed

Gently clean your piercing using a cotton bud using saline solution (recipe provided)

Do not use harsh agents such as betadine or hydrogen peroxide to clean your piercing.

Saturate the cotton tip with your solution and gently clean the area around the jewellery and clean away any built up residue on the jewellery.

Be careful not to agitate close to the fresh wound.

Do not pull roughly on the jewellery or wash the site with soap/other products whilst in the shower.

After showering is the ideal time to clean, use a mirror and be very gentle, especially during the first 1-2 weeks.

Keep your jewellery in during the entire healing process unless otherwise advised.

 

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SPECIFIC PIERCING AFTERCARE

NAVEL / NIPPLE

Clean gauze padding should be worn over navel/nipple piercings during the night for the first few nights.

This should be done for the first 1-2 weeks during the day as well if wearing tight clothes/bras or participating in physical exertion (such as sports / gym) or work that may cause friction around the area.

Ideally no tight clothes should be worn over the fresh piercing until healed.

This can take up to 10-12 weeks.

When you are at home remove the bandage and wear a clean loose cotton shirt.

Do not sleep on your stomach during healing.

If a downsize of your jewellery is required this should be done based upon personal healing times and only with sterilised jewellery if still within the healing period.

 

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SPECIFIC PIERCING AFTERCARE

LIP / TONGUE

Gently rest ice or cold water in your mouth until bleeding stops, then on and off throughout the first evening.

Rinse your mouth 4-5 times a day or after eating with non-alcoholic mouthwash.

Brush your tongue, bar, top and bottom ball gently twice daily with a clean toothbrush.

Eat only cold or cool foods and continue to ice occasionally to minimise your swelling during the first 1-2 weeks.

Avoid dairy, tough/crunchy foods, spicy, heated foods, for the first 1-2 weeks

No heavy tongue play/oral play until fully healed.

Do not play with your jewellery or drag it around on your teeth.

Be careful with cups/bottles and cutlery around your piercings.

Your tongue/lip will be swollen and tender and you may feel pain in your mouth and underneath your tongue.

You may have intermittent bleeding during the first few days. Icing the tongue should remedy the situation.

As your lip swelling subsides the posts will begin to show more prominently. Extra care is needed during this time so as not to knock or catch your jewellery, else the swelling may rise again or damage may be caused.

Downsize your piercing with sterile jewellery in 2 weeks or more when your swelling has subsided and is no longer tender or bleeding. This gives enough time for your piercing to settle before a changeover.

Your piercing is still not entirely healed at this point and will require another 8-10 weeks minimum of initial aftercare.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Can I swim with my new piercing?

We recommend no swimming in oceans, spas, baths, jacuzzis, hot springs, or any chlorinated or salted water during the early healing phase (2-3 weeks). Furthermore we also recommend against saunas and steam rooms


Do you use a piercing gun?

No. A professional piercer would never use a piercing gun. This causes a lot of trauma to the area which causes longer healing times and more scar tissue that will be very visible if you even chose to remove the piercing and have it heal over.  All of our piercings are done with single use catheters, and sterilised instruments and jewellery.


When can I take my jewellery out without the hole closing up?

This can take up to 6 months and is not recommended if you want to keep your piercing. This is because the hole will begin to shrink as soon as you remove the jewellery. How long it takes to shrink so that you cannot reinsert the jewellery varies on the person. It is best not to take the chance. Never force body jewellery into a piercing.


What are the chances of infection when getting a new piercing?

Our studio is NSW Health and Safety certified. We use a hospital grade autoclave and ultrasonic to clean and sterilise our instruments and jewellery, and all needles are single use. If you get pierced at our studio, and follow our strict aftercare guidelines, the chances of infection are close to zero.


How long does it take for my piercing to heal?

This will depend on your own body and how well you look after your piercing. Healing times vary from piercing to piercing and from person to person. The skin can also be affected by the aftercare the piercing receives. If you touch a healing piercing with dirty hands, let it come into contact with body fluids or rough treatment or use cleansers, soaps, or antiseptic solutions that are too harsh, this can cause problems and significantly lengthen your healing time. If you follow our strict aftercare guidelines and you’ll minimise healing time and the risk of problems.

Below are estimated healing times for specific piercings. The jewellery you are pierced with should not be removed during the healing time. Here is a rough indication of piecing locations and they’re estimated healing times.

Ear Lobe                    1-2 months

Ear Cartlidge              6-12 months

Nostril                         2-4 months

Septum                       3-4 months

Lip                               2-4 months

Tongue                       1-2 months

Navel                          6-12 months

Nipple                         4-6 months

Always remember that a new piercing must be treated gently with care and may remain tender or red for up to 3 weeks.

After the times listed above, you can remove your jewellery for a short time. However, your piercing may begin to shrink. We cannot give you an exact time for how long you can remove your jewellery before it becomes difficult to reinsert. This varies between people. Just remember – never force jewellery into a piercing that has shrunk and wait for the appropriate healing time as listed above.


Why can't I have a smaller /shorter piercing?

Sometimes, what you imagine will look best will not work best when you get pierced for the first time. The size of the body jewelry needs to be tailored to your body’s individual structure. You may have to start with a practical piece first and then choose something more fashionable later on, once your piercing has healed.


What is the best metal to be pierced with?

Titanium  is the optimum choice for new piercings, followed by 316L surgical implantation grade stainless steel. Gold must be at least 14 carat or higher for initial piercings. You must avoid silver, gold plated, brass, bronze and copper.

We use ONLY titanium jewellery for piercing in our studio.


Are the piercing needles every re-used for other people?

Never. You can relax knowing that we absolutely never use a needle on more than one person. All needles come individually wrapped in a pre-sterilised packet. To reassure you on this process, your piercer will open the sterile packets infront of you for all your new and sterilised equipment.

We use hospital grade IV catheter needles in all our piercings.


Can you re-pierce holes that have closed up?

This one is easy. Yes we can. Please feel free to contact the studio to discuss any special requests you may have.


How long do I have to wait before I can change my jewellery in my new piercing?

This timeframe will differ from person to person, as healing times is a very individual thing. We recommend a minimum of 3 months, but you are welcome to pop in to the studio to discuss this at any time.

 

 

 

 

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