The following activities can be harmful to your new piercing. Damage to your piercing can happen if you are not safe, including prolonged irritation, swelling and rejection.
1) Horseplay: wrestling with friends, playing with kids, holding small children and playing with animals.
2) Contact Sports: cover with a bandage while healing. It will take 4 months to be healed.
3) Dressing: Be careful getting dressed and undressing. Choose baggy clothing to prevent snagging.
**FOR NAVELS: be careful of high-waisted clothing. Lululemons are ok if they are a soft material and not too fitted. Avoid high-waisted jeans for the first 3 months**
4) Sleeping: Do not sleep on your piercing. Wear a bandage over your new piercing to protect it from snagging on clothing, blankets and pillows.
5) Bathing: Loofas are NOT your friend during the healing process. Pat the area with a facecloth or towel to wash and dry. Do not use a wiping motion as it can snag and cause pressure on your new piercing.
6) **FOR NAVELS - Bending and sitting: bend at your hips so you do not cause pressure on your piercing.
Clean your piercing ONLY if crusty or if debris is present. If there is no visible debris, there is no need to clean your piercing. Over-cleaning can cause prolonged healing. Cleaning solution is only needed to take away bad bacteria! (Crusties)
I have demonstrated how to clean your piercing at the end of your appointment, so just stick to that exact same method. When cleaning make sure your hands are clean and then gently remove any debris with Qtips and cleaning solution.
FIRST MONTH: 2x a day max - morning and night ONLY if there are crusties present
SECOND MONTH: ONCE a day max - ONLY if it’s crusty!
Always clean hands before touching the piercing and area.
Lakes, rivers, streams, pools and hot tubs are a non-issue as long as you spray your piercing with H2O Cleaning Spray afterwards to neutralize any bacteria that may be present. To avoid any possible infections, DO NOT expose your piercing to bacteria for at least ONE MONTH. If your piercing has been well taken care of during the first month, it will develop a layer of scar tissue surrounding your piercing. This scar tissue acts as a barrier that provides a layer of protection against bacteria and provides your piercing with much needed support and strength. During this first month, your piercing relies on you to keep it safe, clean and bacteria free.
For micro dermals and skin divers, compression is the technique of using a plain Band-Aid on your piercing to keep it safe while its new, and to ensure it heals as flush to the skin as possible. Compression should be applied to new piercings for the first 7 nights, 8 hours a night, as well as any time it has been irritated. Simply fold a Band-Aid onto itself and place on your piercing then cover with another Band-Aid. Do not cover it with round Band-Aids or gauze.
YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
While you are healing it is best to be as healthy as possible. If you become ill due to a cold, flu, lack of sleep or get your menstrual cycle during your healing process, your piercing could become red, irritated and swollen. These symptoms commonly last 3 or 4 days and then will return to normal. If these symptoms don’t go away or come back, do not panic and call me ASAP. The sooner you call me, the sooner I can help you get your piercing back on track.
If you follow these simple instructions to heal your piercing, it should be completely healed in 4 to 6 months. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your piercing it is your responsibility to call me. If you do not call I cannot help.
BE SAFE MY LOVES