FACIAL, BODY, & EAR PIERCING AFTERCARE

Instructions
Congratulations on getting your new piercing, we hope you enjoy it for years!

Taking care of your new piercing is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a smooth healing process without irritation or infection. If you are currently having issues with your piercing, consistently keeping up with proper aftercare can help eliminate any irritation you have. For any questions or concerns regarding your piercing, please contact your Piercer directly.


We recommend the following aftercare once daily, on opposite ends of the schedule to care for your piercing.
Depending on the location of your piercing, you may either perform a soak, or a gentle compress with sterile saline opposite to the cleansing once a day in the shower:


Once Daily (morning or night):
1.
At the end of your shower regimen, work a small amount of PurSan Body Art Cleanser into a lather and gently wash around the outside of the piercing (don’t get the soap into the piercing itself).
2. Rinse your piercing thoroughly under warm running water for 1 full minute. 
This helps bring blood flow to the area, remove crusties, and soap
residue.
3. Gently brush away any crusty material with either non-woven gauze or a clean paper towel, and pat the area dry. – for hard to reach areas, such as the inside of your ear, use a hair dryer on a warm/cool setting.

*Do not use any soaps that contain anti-bacterial properties, (Dove, Dial) or use chlorhexidine (Hibiclens), chlorhexidine or tri-closan as an active ingredient.* 

PurSan was designed specifically for piercings and body art, and is the best aftercare cleanser we can recommend. If you have run out, please purchase more here, and we will ship it directly to you!



Once Daily (Opposite to PurSan) Morning or Night:
Option 1: Sterile Saline Soaks
(appropriate for nipples, navels, lobes, cartilage, industrials, and more)


1. Dissolve 1 full container of H2Ocean Concentrate into 1 gallon of bottled or distilled (not tap) water, and mix thoroughly. 2. Portion solution into a small, clean vessel (enough to be able to fully submerge your piercing).3. Fully submerge your piercing for 10 minutes. After the total of 10 minutes, discard the used solution.4. Seal the un-used solution in an air tight container, and refrigerate until next use.
*Portion only the amount you need for each soak to a smaller, clean vessel each time, to avoid cross-contamination of the solution*
5. After the total of 10 minutes, thoroughly rinse your piercing with clean water, Gently brush away any crusty material with either non-woven gauze or a clean paper towel, and pat the area dry. – for hard to reach areas, such as the inside of your ear, use a hair dryer on a warm/cool setting until fully dry.
6. Repeat steps 2 – 5, once daily.
7.This container is good for up to 1 month.
After 1 month, discard remaining solution and purchase a new container.

You can purchase more here and we will ship directly to you!


Once Daily (Opposite to PurSan) Morning or Night:
Option 2: Sterile Saline Compress
(For hard to soak locations including genitals, daiths, lobes, cartilage, rooks, forward helix, septums, surface piercings & more)

1. Spray Steri-Wash® Sterile Saline Wound Wash onto a piece of non-woven gauze, or a clean paper towel until fully saturated.
2. Gently compress on either size of the piercing for 5 minutes, ensuring all sides of the piercing are saturated with saline.
3. Dispose of used compress after 5 minutes.
4. Repeat step 1-2 for an additional 5 minutes, for a total of 10 minutes.
5. Rinse piercing with clean water, gently remove crusty material  with either non-woven gauze or a clean paper towel, and pat dry. For hard-to-reach areas like forward helix piercings, or daith piercings, use a hairdryer on a warm/cool setting to dry your piercing.
(Left over moisture can irritate a piercing).
6. After you run out of Steri-Wash® Sterile Saline Wound Wash, ensure to purchase more here – We will ship it directly to you!


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your piercings, please stop in to the studio to see one of our qualified professional body piercers on staff to have us inspect your piercing, and give suggestions on how to continue in your care of your piercings! Happy healing!

ORAL PIERCING AFTERCARE

Instructions
Congratulations on getting your new piercing, we hope you enjoy it for years!

Taking care of your new piercing is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a smooth healing process without irritation or infection. If you are currently having issues with your piercing, consistently keeping up with proper aftercare can help eliminate any irritation you have. For any questions or concerns regarding your piercing, please contact your Piercer directly.


We recommend the following aftercare once daily, on opposite ends of the schedule to care for your piercing.

Ensure to purchase a new toothbrush after getting an oral piercing, to avoid introducing old bacteria to a fresh piercing.

Depending on the location of your piercing, you may either use a gentle cleaners (PurSan) on the outside of your piercing as well as a sterile saline rinse and an alcohol-free mouth wash twice a day OR just a sterile saline rinse, and an alcohol-free mouth wash twice a day:


Once Daily for Outside of (Lip/Philtrum/Monroe/Labret Piercings) (morning or night):
1.
At the end of your shower regimen, work a small amount of PurSan Body Art Cleanser into a lather and gently wash around the outside of the piercing (don’t get the soap into the piercing itself).
2. Rinse your piercing thoroughly under warm running water for 1 full minute. 
This helps bring blood flow to the area, remove crusties, and soap
residue.
3. Gently rinse away any crusty material with either non-woven gauze or a clean paper towel, and pat the area dry. – for hard to reach areas, such as the inside of your ear, use a hair dryer on a warm/cool setting.

*Do not use any soaps that contain anti-bacterial properties, (Dove, Dial) or use chlorhexidine (Hibiclens), chlorhexidine or tri-closan as an active ingredient.* 

PurSan was designed specifically for piercings and body art, and is the best aftercare cleanser we can recommend. If you have run out, please purchase more here, and we will ship it directly to you!


Once Daily (Opposite to PurSan) Morning or Night:
Sterile Saline Rinse
(appropriate for all oral piercings)

1. Dissolve 1 full container of H2Ocean Concentrate into 1 gallon of bottled or distilled (not tap) water, and mix thoroughly. 2. Portion solution into a small, clean vessel (enough to be able to fully submerge your piercing).3. Swish around your mouth, as you would mouthwash, for 1 minute.
After 1 minute, spit out the used solution and rinse your mouth.

4. Seal the un-used solution in an air tight container, and refrigerate until next use.*Portion only the amount you need for each soak to a smaller, clean vessel each time, to avoid cross-contamination of the solution*
6. This container is good for 1 month.
After 1 month, discard remaining solution & purchase a new container.
5. Repeat daily until your piercing is fully healed. – See minimum heal time chart, if you are unsure if your piercing is not fully healed, ask us!

You can purchase more here and we will ship directly to you!


Twice Daily (Opposite to PurSan) Morning/Night:
Alcohol Free Mouth Rinse

(Appropriate for all oral piercings)

An alcohol-free mouth rinse should be used in accordance with the package instructions up to two times a day.

Examples include alcohol-free Listerine and Biotine.

We advise using mouthwash no more than twice daily and using clean water to rinse after you ear, drink and/or smoke (though smoking is not recommended during your healing process) in addition to following regular and proper dental hygiene practices at home. Don’t forget to brush the underside/back of your jewelry jewelry very gently, to remove any plaque or food buildup on your jewelry!


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your piercings, please stop in to the studio to see one of our qualified professional body piercers on staff to have us inspect your piercing, and give suggestions on how to continue in your care of your piercings! Happy healing!

SURFACE ANCHOR/SURFACE BAR PIERCING AFTERCARE

Instructions
Congratulations on getting your new piercing, we hope you enjoy it for years!

Taking care of your new piercing is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a smooth healing process without irritation or infection. If you are currently having issues with your piercing, consistently keeping up with proper aftercare can help eliminate any irritation you have. For any questions or concerns regarding your piercing, please contact your Piercer directly.


The time required for your piercing to heal completely varies from person to person, however, surface anchors may take between 3 – 4 months for the initial healing process.
Surface bars will take upwards of 6 months to a year to fully heal.
Your piercing might look healed before this time, but it is important to be patient and wait the entire healing period before ceasing your aftercare routine.

It is important to keep in mind that surface anchors are considered “long-term temporary” piercings.
This means that your piercing will not last *forever* – Some may last for 3 months, others 3 years or longer, it depends on how well you care for them, and how well your body responds to them, but eventually they typically do need to be removed due to rejection.


We recommend the following aftercare twice daily:


Twice Daily Morning and Night:
Sterile Saline Compress or Irrigation

1. Spray Steri-Wash® Sterile Saline Wound Wash onto a piece of non-woven gauze, or a clean paper towel until fully saturated.
2. Gently compress on the piercing for 5 minutes, ensuring all sides of the piercing are saturated with saline.
3. Dispose of used compress after 5 minutes.
4. Repeat step 1-2 for an additional 5 minutes, for a total of 10 minutes.
5. Rinse piercing with clean water, gently remove crusty material  with either non-woven gauze or a clean paper towel, and pat dry. For hard-to-reach areas like forward helix piercings, or daith piercings, use a hairdryer on a warm/cool setting to dry your piercing.
(Left over moisture can irritate a piercing).
6. After you run out of Steri-Wash® Sterile Saline Wound Wash, ensure to purchase more here – We will ship it directly to you!

OR:
1. Irrigate piercing site with Steri-Wash® Sterile Saline Wound Wash
2. Allow sterile saline to soften any crusty build up.
3. Rinse with warm running water (as warm as you can stand without burning yourself), gently remove any crusty material, and dry with non-woven gauze or a clean paper towel.
4. Gently dry piercing with non-woven gauze


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your piercings, please stop in to the studio to see one of our qualified professional body piercers on staff to have us inspect your piercing, and give suggestions on how to continue in your care of your piercings! Happy healing!

SURFACE PERCINGS & SURFACE ANCHOR (MICRODERMAL) AFTERCARE

Instructions:
Congratulations on getting your new piercing, we hope you enjoy it for years!

The time required for your piercing to heal completely varies from person to person, however, surface anchors may take between 4-6 months for the initial healing process.
Surface bars will take upwards of 6 months to a year to fully heal.
Your piercing might look healed before this time, but it is important to be patient and wait the entire healing period before changing your jewelry out, or ceasing your aftercare routine.
Please reference your aftercare sheet, or contact one of our Piercers on staff if you are unsure of your piercing’s healing time.

It is important to keep in mind that surface anchors are considered “long-term temporary” piercings.
This means that your piercing will not last *forever* – Some may last for 3 months, others 3 years or longer, it depends on how well you care for them, and how well your body responds to them, but eventually they typically do need to be removed due to rejection.

Infection is rare for piercings; however, irritation is a very common occurrence.

For your aftercare routine, we recommend cleaning your piercing at least once a day, in combination with sea salt soaks on the opposite end of the schedule.
Depending on what your schedule is like you may either;
1. Gently clean around your piercing once in the morning (following instructions), and perform a sea salt soak at night (following instructions)
Or;
2. Perform a sea salt soak in the morning, and clean your piercing at night.

Optimal frequency will depend on your skin sensitivity, activity level, and environmental factors.
If you follow this aftercare routine for the entirety of your initial healing, you shouldn’t have any issues with your piercing!

Cleaning Solutions:

We recommend using our in house piercing cleanser PurSan, and water, to help remove debris from your piercings.
PurSan at this time can only be purchased at Piercing or Tattoo studios.
We have never found a product that worked so well to aid in the healing of a piercing!
If you are having trouble with your piercing and didn’t purchase PurSan please consider buying it.

The only other cleansers we would recommend for your piercing would be either a Pure Castile Soap (with no essential oils), or a Doctor Bronnors Baby Soap. We have found that any other soaps (face wash included) may dry out, and irritate your fresh piercings. Do not use soaps that contain Triclosan as the active ingredient, such as Dial.
These soaps are much harsher on new skin cells and can damage your piercing.
As well a mild, non-iodized (no iodine) sea salt soak is recommended to help soothe your piercing, bring blood flow to the area, and soften any crusty material that might have formed on the jewelry.
See cleaning instructions below.

Cleaning Instructions:

Step 1:  Wash your hands thoroughly with liquid antibacterial soap and hot water.
Never touch healing piercings with dirty hands. This is vital for avoiding infections.
Step 2: Prepare the piercing area for cleansing by thoroughly rinsing with running, warm water.
Step 3: Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution to the area with your clean hands. Make sure to be very gentle while cleansing the area and the jewelry, bumping or knocking your surface anchor or surface bar can cause irritation and rejection.
Step 4: Allow the solution to cleanse there for a minute.
Don’t purposely work anything other than the cleanser onto the inside of the piercing.
Step 5: Rinse the area thoroughly under warm running water to completely remove the cleanser from the piercing.
Step 6: Gently pat dry with either sterile, non-woven gauze, or a clean, soft, single use paper towel. Do not use cloth towels, as they can harbor bacteria.

If extra dry matter forms on the exit points of the piercing, underneath the ends of the jewelry themselves, you may (after either your sea salt soak, or your cleansing routine), grab a piece of non-woven gauze or clean, soft, paper towel and fold it into a small triangular point. Once the crusty material has softened, you may very gently clean underneath all sides of the jewelry in order to remove any crusty material.

Each body is unique, and healing times can vary considerably. If your piercing is tender, sore to the touch, secreting fluid, or accumulating any crusty material, you should continue the aftercare regimen, even if it is past the stated average healing time range.

Sea Salt Water Soaks:

Sea salt soaks are strongly recommended once a day, on the opposite end of the day to your cleansing routine to help bring blood-flow to the piercing site, reduce swelling, discomfort, and remove any crusty material or blood that may have formed on your jewelry.
Step 1: Wash your hands thoroughly.
Step 2: Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of distilled or bottled water. – Ensure your measurements are precise!
Step 3: Microwave your solution for 30-60 seconds, until it is warm. – Not scalding hot!
Step 4: Depending on where your piercing is located, you may soak a piece of sterile, non-woven gauze, or clean (soft) paper towel in the sea salt solution until it is saturated.
Hold the soaked dressing on either side of your piercing, applying gentle pressure, for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, discard of the dressing, grab another, and repeat step 4 for a additional 5 minutes; totaling of 10 minutes of soaking.
*If your piercing is located in a place in which a compress is inconvenient to use, you may place your sea salt solution in a (clean) shot glass or shallow dish, and soak (ensuring you envelop all sides of your piercing!) for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Once you have soaked your piercing for a total of 10 minutes, thoroughly rinse your piercing with clean water, and pat it dry with a clean paper towel.
Not rinsing or drying it may cause dryness, itchiness, and irritation.

Congratulations! You completed your first sea salt soak!
Ensure you keep performing these once a day for the duration of your healing, for a happy, healthy piercing!

Sea Salt Soak Tips:

· A stronger solution does not mean a better solution, or a quicker heal! Too much salt can actually cause more harm than good, such as dryness, itchiness, redness and irritation.
· Mix a new sea salt solution with every single cleaning. – Keeping your pre-made sea salt solution in a container for days can harbor bacteria, and is not advised.
· Do your sea salt soaks on opposite ends of the day to your cleaning, so you do not dry out your piercing. As well, ensure you aren’t doing them too few, or too many times a day! Moderation is key!
· Salt water, or sterile saline is the only additional product (other than the cleanser and water) we suggest you use to care for your piercing. – General rule of thumb: If you can’t put it in your eye, don’t put it in your piercing! (No tea tree oil, peroxide, alcohol, etc.)

What To Do:

· Wash your hands prior to contact on, or near the area of your healing piercing.
· Leave the piercing alone, except for when you are cleaning it.
· You may change the ends of your jewelry after your surface anchor, or surface bar is initially healed – typically 4-6 months after it being initially inserted.
· Dermal and surface piercings must be kept dry in between the sea salt soaks.
· Make sure your bedding is clean and changed frequently while you are healing.
· Wear clean, comfortable, breathable fabric clothing in the area of a body piercing.
· Get enough sleep, eat a nutritious diet, avoid undue stress, recreational drugs, and alcohol consumption. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal!

What Not To Do:

· Do not clean your piercing more often than twice a day, as this can irritate your piercing, and prolong your healing.
· Avoid catching your surface anchor, or surface bar on things like clothing, necklaces, loofahs, etc.
· Do not dry your piercing with material that isn’t meant for single use (such as a face cloth) as these can harbor bacteria.
· Do not use materials with fibers that can get caught or stuck on the piercing site, such as q-tips, cotton balls, tissues and the like.
· Do not use soaps that contain Triclosan as the active ingredient, such as Dial.

Common Sources of Irritation Are:

· Sleeping on your new piercing – especially with surface anchors, the added pressure can cause them to reject.
Please ensure you do not sleep on your piercing.
· Dirty hands, or saliva touching your piercing before it is healed.
· Using a cleaning agent that can damage your piercing, such an an antibacterial soap, alcohol, peroxide, and the like.
· Improper aftercare routine, including stopping your aftercare routine before you are finished healing.
· “Playing” with jewelry before the piercing is healed.
· Wearing inferior quality jewelry or metals (i.e. materials which are not up to industry standard such as acrylic, or “surgical” steel.)

If you have any problem with healing we will be happy to help! We understand that since opening up in Columbus in 1994, people see us as the experts. We will help with piercings that we didn’t perform, however, understand we can only make suggestions, we are not physicians.
A physician must be contacted as soon as possible if a problem persists.

Removing Surface Bars & Surface Anchors:

Because surface piercings have an entrance and exit point, they can be removed the same way any other piercing is. Greater care must be taken in removing these.
The removal of a surface piercing should only be done by a professional piercer.
Because surface anchor piercings are placed under the skin and have no exit point, their removal process is also different.
Because this is a whole different procedure chances for a scar are increased.
The amount of scaring depends on how well the piercing was taken care of before and after the removal process.

Surface achors have a high rate of rejection. Your body can see the jewelry as a foreign object and slowly pushes it out of your skin as it would a splinter. These piercings can slowly migrate to the surface of the skin. Surface piercings will start to grow out, or reject, from the outer edges slowly in towards the center of the jewelry.

Key signs of rejection are:
Redness, swelling, tenderness, and persistent gooey discharge. As well, if you notice one side of your surface anchor’s “foot” is raised more than the other, or if your piercing has a significant “tilt” to one side or another, your piercing may be rejecting. If you suspect your surface anchor is rejecting, please visit us for removal as soon as possible. The sooner we are able to remove it, the less severe your scarring will be. We will be happy to do so for you.
Following the correct aftercare will give you the best chance of your piercing being a part of your body for years.

Is This Normal?

Bleeding, bruising, discoloration and/or swelling is not uncommon with new surface piercings. These are not indications of any complication.
Reduce intake of aspirin, alcohol, and caffeine. For above-the-neck surface piercings, try sleeping with your head elevated above your heart (prop up on some pillows) to limit overnight swelling.
Studies show non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) can help minimize swelling.

Some tenderness, soreness or discomfort in the area of a new piercing is not unusual. You may feel stinging, burning, or aching on and off for several days or longer. During healing there may be some itching.

Secretion of a fluid which contains lymph and dead cells is perfectly normal.
This fluid is fairly liquid, and typically a whitish-yellow color, and forms a crust on the jewelry at the openings of the piercing. This is not pus, but indicates a healing piercing.

Once healed, your piercing may secrete a semi-solid white malodorous substance from the oil glands called sebum. This also is not pus, but indicates a healed piercing.

Piercings may have a tendency to have a series of “ups and downs” during healing by seeming healed, and then regressing. Try to be patient, and keep cleaning during the entire initial healing time, even if the piercing seems healed sooner.
Tightness is normal. Do not expect jewelry to swing freely in most body piercings, even after they are thoroughly healed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your piercings, please stop in to the studio to see one of our qualified professional body piercers on staff to have us inspect your piercing, and give suggestions on how to continue in your care of your piercings! Happy healing!

Average Minimum Heal Times

Oral PiercingAverage MINIMUM Healing Times
Tongue2 - 3 months (+)
Lip3 - 5 months (+)
Philtrum3 - 5 months (+)
Labret3 - 4 months (+)
Monroe3 - 4 months (+)
Vertical Labret4 - 5 months (+)
Vertical Philtrum4 - 5 months (+)
Body/Ear PiercingAverage MINIMUM Healing Times
Ear Lobe2 - 4 months (+)
Ear Cartilage3 - 4 months (+)
Daith4 - 5 months (+)
Forward Helix3 - 4 months (+)
Conch4 - 5 months (+)
Tragus3 - 4 months (+)
Rook3 - 4 months (+)
Nostril3 - 4 months (+)
Eyebrow2 - 3 months (+)
Septum2 - 3 months (+)
Industrial/Snug/Ear Project6 - 12 months (+)
Navel4 - 6 months (+)
Nipple4 - 6 months (+)
Orbital6 - 12 months (+)
Surface Anchor3 - 4 months (+)
Surface Bar6 - 12 months (+)
Gential Piercing(s)Average MINIMUM Healing Times
Vertical/Horizontal Clitoral Hood2 - 3 months (+)
Inner Labia2 - 3 months (+)
Outer Labia3 - 5 months (+)
Forchette3 - 4 months (+)
Christina (Pubic Mound)4 - 6 months (+)
Prince Albert2 - 3 months (+)
Scrotum/Hafada2 - 3 months (+)
Apadravya4 - 5 months (+)
Ampallang4 - 5 months (+)
Guiche3 - 4 months (+)