AFTERCARE bible

When you get a new piercing or tattoo that you love, it’s easy to forget that the treatment in the studio was only the first step in having a truly beautiful body mod. Each type of piercing and tattoo requires its own aftercare. It doesn’t take much, with a minimal amount of time you can prevent any future problems and keep your latest piece healthy.

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TATTOO AFTERCARE

You’ve got a tattoo that you love, awesome! It’s easy to forget that the treatment in the studio was only the first step in having a truly beautiful tattoo. Next comes aftercare and this is a vital part of the process that will have a huge impact on how your tattoo heals and looks. With a minimal amount of time you can prevent any future problems and keep your latest piece healthy, just follow the steps below! 

… STEP ONE … 
Leave the dressing on for at least 4 hours, then remove the dressing and wash the tattoo well using our tattoo wash and warm water or a non-perfumed soap.


… STEP TWO … 
Make sure you wash away all the Vaseline that has been applied to the area. 


… STEP THREE …
 
Clean the area well, but ensure that you DO NOT scrub the skin.


… STEP FOUR …
 
Pat the area dry with a clean towel and start to apply your tattoo healing cream. Apply a good amount of the cream all over the tattoo making sure not to rub deeply into the skin.


… STEP FIVE … 
Apply the cream 3 or 4 times a day making sure the tattoo does not fully dry out, as this can lead to bad healing and heavier scabbing.


… STEP SIX …
  
As your tattoo heals you will notice that it may look a little dull, this is part of the healing process and is caused by the new skin forming over the top of the ink. Over the next 6 – 14 days the tattoo will be forming new skin and in doing so completes its healing process. During this time it is of the utmost importance that the tattoo is well cared for and kept out of the sun or sun beds and try to prevent anything rough rubbing over the area.

… IMPORTANT POINTS … 

Swimming should be avoided for the first 6 weeks.

It may take up to 2 months for the skin over the tattoo to fully heal.


While your tattoo is healing, avoid alcohol and drugs. A healthy body makes for a healthy tattoo and quicker healing times.

Everybody’s tattoo will heal slightly differently, in some cases you may need to return to the studio for a touch up. It is best to allow the tattoo to fully heal and then contact our studio for advice.

If you do not follow these aftercare steps it could result in your tattoo looking faded or being damaged.

 

… ISSUES OR PROBLEMS … 

 If there is anything you are unsure about or if you would like advice about your aftercare, please feel free to contact the studio you were tattooed. All of our studios stock a full range of our tattoo aftercare products designed to help new tattoos heal easily and look their best.

 

ear piercing aftercare

The aftercare of your new ear piercing is of the utmost importance. Failure to adhere to these instructions could lead to infection and prolonged healing. Never touch the new piercing with your fingers (use cotton buds only). This reduces the chances of infection. You should follow these instructions for a minimum of eight weeks. At NO point during the eight week healing time should the studs be removed from the piercing. 

For cleaning instructions, follow the steps below.

… STEP ONE … 
Always wash your hands thoroughly before you start.

… STEP TWO … 
Using a cotton bud soaked in Metal Morphosis Antibacterial Cleansing Lotion gently push the stud backwards through the piercing. This will move the butterfly clip away from the ear allowing you to clean off any dried matter with the cotton bud. Please be diligent in this process as this is where most of the dried matter will collect.

… STEP THREE … 
Once this area is sufficiently clean take a fresh dry cotton bud and dry the area you have just cleaned. Do not rotate the stud as this can trap hair around the stud which can lead to infection.

… STEP FOUR … 
Next with a clean cotton bud soaked in Metal Morphosis Antibacterial Cleansing Lotion, push the stud forward from the rear (butterfly clip) allowing you to clean the front of the piercing stud.

… STEP FIVE … 
Once this area is sufficiently clean take a fresh dry cotton bud and dry the area you have just cleaned.  Do not rotate the stud as this can trap hair around the stud which can lead to infection.

… STEP SIX …  
You must repeat this process twice a day for at least eight weeks.

… IMPORTANT POINTS … 

After eight weeks you may change your jewellery if the healing is complete. Remember it is advised you check with your piercer before doing so.

Even after the eight weeks are up, it is key that you still use suitable jewellery as your piercing may not be fully healed. We carry a full range of ear piercing studs and other jewellery which can be fitted into any piercing after the initial eight week period.


Please note that even though you may think your piercing has healed it should not be left empty (without jewellery) for 6-8 months. This could result in the closure of your piercing.

Do not touch or play with your piercing, as this is the biggest cause of problems such as infection. If you have issues regarding your piercing please do not hesitate to contact us at the studio which you were pierced.

body & FACIAL piercing aftercare

Different body piercings will require slightly different levels of aftercare, so it is important to make sure you know exactly what is required in order to keep your new piercing healthy and clean. All body piercings should be cleaned twice daily. For detailed information on how to care for your piercing check the general piercing cleaning page.

NIPPLE & NAVEL  … 

When you leave the studio you will have a sterile adhesive dressing covering the piercing. Leave this on until the following morning giving the piercing time to settle.

Apply the dressing only during the night; leave it off during the day so it can breathe. Please wear a cotton shirt at night to protect it. We would advise you to shower not bathe, as this is more hygienic. Cover with a dressing each evening and repeat this for 4 nights.

The navel area tends to collect dirt and can be prone to infections even without a piercing. A small amount of redness and crusting is normal, as is a discharge of a small amount of clear fluid. Clean both piercing holes twice a day with a cotton bud, for more info check the piercing cleaning page. Use a separate cotton bud for each hole.

Avoid tight clothing around the waist and do not use belts until site is healed. Cover the site with a clean, dry, breathable dressing if doing stretching, exercise or contact sports. It is recommended that navel jewellery is only changed on the advice of, and by your piercer. This is usually done between the first six to twelve months after a navel piercing. Average healing time is four months to one year.

EYEBROWS  … 

Clean twice a day and keep all other touching or movement to a minimum during healing. Be careful not to get any cleaning fluid into your eyes when cleaning.

… SEPTUM & NOSE  … 

Clean both piercings twice a day, cleaning the nostrils inside and out. Be careful when washing or dressing not to catch the jewellery as this will harm the piercing.

oral piercing aftercare

You’ve got an oral piercing that you love, awesome! Oral piercings are different to other types of piercing on the face and body and it is important to know how to properly care for your new oral piercing.

… TONGUE … 

Use Metal Morphosis Antiseptic Mouthwash after eating, drinking or smoking. Anytime you brush your teeth make sure to be gentle and careful while the piercing is healing.

You will feel a small swelling as the piercing heals, to reduce this softly hold wet ice against the area. Taking ibruprofen can also help to reduce bruising and swelling.

Kissing, oral contact and oral sex should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. Chewing gum should not be used until the site is healed or you feel confident with the piercing. Care is needed when using cutlery. Spicy food and alcohol may need to be avoided for the first week.

The tongue bar size should be changed after 1 month. The tongue may swell to the length of the inserted bar, particularly in the first two weeks. If the bar becomes too tight please see your piercer. If out of hours, contact NHS Direct or a Walk-in Centre.

If you have problems with swallowing or any neck pain you must contact a medical practitioner immediately. The minimum healing time is two months.

… LIP, CHEEK, LABRET & MADONNA … 

Clean the outside of the site twice daily with a cotton bud. If you have a ring, then clean the jewellery also as you move it around. The Minimum healing time is three months.

For all surface piercing, follow the general cleaning advice but be extra careful not to knock, touch or move the jewellery or piercing. Your piercer will advise you of additional aftercare instructions specifically related to surface piercings. Follow these to aid healing.

General piercing cleaning

Having a new piercing involves breaking the skin surface, so there is always a potential risk for infection. While the piercing is new try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation. Most piercings swell to some extent so jewellery inserted will be longer than between the piercing holes at first. New piercings should be kept as dry and exposed as much as possible. It is important that this advice is followed so that the risk of infection can be minimised.

… STEP ONE … 
Wash your hands thoroughly before you start.


… STEP TWO … 
After a few days the piercing will start to excrete fluid (lymph), which will dry hard on the jewellery and should be removed using a cotton bud soaked in solution. Begin by removing any dressing applied by your piercer. Do not use fingernails to move jewellery or manipulate the piercing at any time.

… STEP THREE … 
Using a cotton bud soaked in Metal Morphosis Antibacterial Cleansing Lotion clean off any crust formation before you attempt to turn it or move the piercing. Ensure to clean the visible part of the jewellery at both the entry and exit holes of the piercing.

… STEP FOUR … 
When the jewellery is completely clean, gently ease the jewellery through the piercing (once only) to clean the part that normally remains inside the piercing. Make sure you also clean around the piercing area. 

… STEP FIVE … 
Dry the entire area with a fresh dry cotton bud. 

… STEP SIX …  
Repeat this process two to three times a day. Make sure you clean the area after your daily shower.

… IMPORTANT POINTS … 

Caution: Ointments do not clean or disinfect piercings. Do not use soap to clean your piercing. To ensure your piercing heals as quickly as possible avoid using antiseptic ointment. 

Use a zinc supplement daily to speed the healing process. You will find this in your After Care Pack.

Only change the jewellery as directed by your practitioner. Only turn or move the jewellery when you are cleaning it.

It is advisable to shower rather than bathe whilst the piercing site is healing so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented.

Only buy jewellery from a reputable retailer, or visit our online store. Your practitioner can advise you on this.

Avoid getting any products such as make-up, foundation, fake tan, cleanser or moisturiser around the site of initial piercings as these can collect oil and dirt causing infection.

A clear, odourless fluid may sometimes discharge from the piercing and form a crust. This should not be confused with pus, which would indicate infection.

 

… ISSUES OR PROBLEMS … 

A new piercing can be tender, itchy and slightly red and can remain so for a few weeks. Most piercings bleed at first but this should stop within a few minutes. Occasionally this reoccurs during the first few days but should stop when applying pressure for a few minutes. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs seek medical help. 


Current medical advice strongly recommends that a new piercing is handled as little as possible. Handling of your piercing increases the risk of infection through the spread of bacteria. 

Microdermal aftercare

Now you’ve got an awesome microdermal piercing, it’s easy to forget that the treatment in the studio was only the first step. Next comes aftercare and this is a vital part of the process that will have a huge impact on how your microdermal piercing will heal and look. To stay as healthy and as clean as possible follow the steps below! 

… MICRODERMAL … 

If your piercer has told you to use micro pore tape to keep the jewellery taped down then do so. Clean the jewellery and surrounding area twice daily with cleaning lotion and a cotton bud and then use a dry cotton bud to dry the area. Continue to clean the area for eight weeks. Some positions on the body will heal differently and need to be treated in different ways, if you have any problems or concerns with your implant please contact your piercer.

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common problems

A new piercing can be tender, itchy and slightly red and can remain so for a few weeks. Most piercings bleed at first but this should stop within a few minutes. If the proper care is not taken in order to keep the piercing clean and healthy you may encounter the following complications.

INFECTION … 

If aftercare advice is not followed correctly, infection can occur. Possible indications of an infection are; increased redness and/or swelling, the piercing is painful to touch, a painful throbbing sensation occurs, the site becomes hot around the piercing, the discharge becomes yellow or green in colour and smells offensive. If any of the following happen please be sure to contact us or visit a doctor or clinic.


… JEWELLERY MIGRATION … 

This is when the jewellery starts to move outwards through your skin. Eyebrow and navel piercings can be particularly prone to this. Please see your piercer if you notice this occurring, if left unchecked this can lead to the piercing being pulled or torn out of the skin. This can lead to permanent scarring.


… EAR & NOSE COMPLICATIONS 
 

Small ‘lumps’ may form around the piercing site, these are called granulomas. To reduce, try to keep the site of the piercing clean and dry as granulomas are usually the result of a build up of dirt and oil clogging the piercing site.

If a granuloma forms apply a salt water soak daily. Add 1/4 tsp of sea salt into 1 mug of boiled water (that’s cooled down so it won’t burn you). Soak clean cotton wool, gauze or tissue into the solution and soak the piercing site for 5-10 minutes. Dry the skin clear of solution afterwards. These are not dangerous but if left untreated they can become more problematic to your piercing.


… EYEBROW COMPLICATIONS …
 

Eyebrow piercings can be problematic as the skin is quite thin. Migration can also occur forcing the piercing out. Please see your piercer if this occurs.


… TONGUE COMPLICATIONS … 

Tongue piercings may cause permanent damage to teeth due to the constant friction of the jewellery against enamel. This can be reduced by using the correct sized jewellery and making sure you change the jewellery to a smaller size when your piercer advises you to. If you have any problems or queries please contact your piercer initially and they will refer you onto your GP if there are signs of adverse reaction or infection. However, in an emergency, you must seek urgent medical help by going to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

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