water soaks help stimulate air and blood circulation, which facilitates
faster healing. At least two soaks per day should be done for 5-10 minutes.
Additional soaks can be shorter. It is important that the solution be
To make the solution, dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized Sea Salt into a one-cup (8 oz) of warm water in
a clean cup. (A stronger solution is not better, as it can burn the
piercing) Invert the cup over the area to form a seal and soak for
desired amount of time. For certain piercings, a clean cotton ball or
gauze pad soaked in the warm salt water and applied to the piercing may be
easier, though you will then have to re dip for the warmth to be maintained. Follow the soak by a clear water rinse.
Warm Chamomile tea soaks are also acceptable. Though this is a less widely accepted means of doing your warm soaks, in my experience it can be quite helpful. Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory, & the warmth will also stimulate the needed increased blood circulation to accelerate healing. if you choose to use this method, make sure you use unbleached tea bags. you can directly place the tea bag onto the piercing, but you must make sure to re dip it to maintain it's warmth. this method should also be done for 5-10 minutes at least twice daily.
piercings should be cleaned twice daily, once in the morning and once
at night. Cleaning more than twice can result in a longer healing
1. Before cleaning, wash hands thoroughly with an anti-bacterial or anti-microbial liquid soap.
2. Soak the area with warm water and remove any crusties with a Cotton Swab.
3. Apply antimicrobial soap, Provon or Satin. Cleanse the area and the jewelry. Do NOT rotate or move the jewelry at all while cleaning the piercing area.
4. Allow the soap to cleanse the piercing for a minute, then rinse the area thoroughly with running water.
5. Pat the area dry with either gauze or tissue. Do not use cloth towels because they harbor bacteria.
Good Things to Do:
1. Leave the piercing alone unless you are cleaning it. NO PLAYING
2. Take a multi-vitamin with zinc and vitamin C for faster healing.
3. Make sure your bedding is clean and changed frequently while healing
Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old and well-healed piercings
can shrink in a matter of minutes. If your jewelry must be
temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure), contact Haven body Arts
5. If you suspect you have an infection, DO NOT REMOVE YOUR JEWELRY
If the jewelry is removed, you can trap the infection inside
resulting in an abscess. Contact your Piercer and we will advise you
in what to do.
Don't Do This:
Don't use Bacitracin, Neosporin, Rubbing Alcohol, Peroxide,
Hibiclens, or Betadine. These products will hinder healing and cause
more harm than good!
submerging your piercings in dirty water, such as pools, lakes and
Hottubs. If you have to go in the water, make sure you cover your
piercing with a breathable, non-water permeable wound sealant such as
Tegaderm or Clean Seals (found at your local drugstore).
3. Avoid sleeping on your piercing during healing and any other undue stress.
4. NO PLAYING!!! NO TOUCHING!!! NO LICKING OR KISSING!!!
5. Don't change out starter jewelry until piercing is fully healed unless otherwise advised by your piercer.
Special Tips for Ears and Facial:
1. Shield piercings from Gel and Hairspray.
2. Avoid getting makeup or lotion in or near your piercing.
3. Change your pillowcases frequently.
4. Clean your telephone receiver or headphones with alcohol frequently.
Special Tips for Genitals:
Sexual activity isn't prohibited, but it must be hygienic. Use
condoms (without Nonoxynol 9) and dental dams for all sexual contact to
avoid the sharing of body fluids. Even in a monogamous relationship,
it is important for your piercing's health.
2. Use water based lubricants such as KYJelly.
3. Pleasure Plus condoms have extra room for jewelry.
What is Normal:
bruising, discoloration, and swelling are not uncommon. Some
tenderness or discomfort by the new piercing is not unusual. You may
experience stinging, burning, aching, or other unpleasant sensations on
and of for several days or longer. You may also have some itching,
which indicates healing.
a fluid which is whitish-yellow in color and makes crusties on the
jewelry is perfectly normal. This is not pus but a combination of
dead cells and blood plasma and indicates a healing piercing.
Piercings have a series of "ups and
downs" during healing by seeming healed and then regressing. Be
patient, and clean through the entire healing time even if the pierce
appears to be healed. Feel free to contact HBA with any questions.
Oral Cleaning Instructions:
1. Rinse your mouth out with either Biotene or Tech 2000 mouthwash for 30-60 seconds when you wake up and before you go to bed.
2. Rinse with Sea Salt Water or sterile saline after
everything you eat, drink, or touch with your mouth other than water
for the first 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks, rinse before and after bed
and after major meals.
3. Make a Sea Salt Solution using 4 Tablespoons of non-iodized Sea Salt to 1 gallon of purified or distilled water.
Good Things to Do:
Ice your piercing for the first 48 hours. Slushies, ice pops,
anything cold... just remember to rinse with salt water or saline
2. An over-the-counter,
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, Aleve, or Advil can
be taken to reduce discomfort and diminish swelling for the first few
3. Replace your old toothbrush with a fresh, clean one so you don't introduce bacteria into your new piercing.
4. Try to sleep with your head propped up for the first few nights to minimuze nighttime swelling.
5. Try to go slowly when you eat and take small bites when you are getting used to your new jewelry.
6. Leave your jewelry in at all times. Even old and well-healed piercings can close in a matter of minutes!
Don't Do This:
No oral or sexual contact including French Kissing for the entire
healing period. Besides mouths and other parts being dirty, you have
an open wound in your mouth, STD's can be passed that way (So don't
lick things you shouldn't).
2. Avoid all alcoholic beverages. These can cause additional swelling, bleeding and discomfort.
3. Reducing smoking or quitting is recommended for faster healing.
Do not play with the jewelry for the intital healing time beyond
normal talking and eating. Playing can result in migration or the
formation of scar tissue.
5. Do not use Listerine or other mouthwashes that contain alcohol. They do more harm than good.
What is Normal:
of the area is perfectly normal and usually lasts for around 7 days.
Some tenderness and/or discomfort is also common. You may feel
aching, pinching, tightness or other unpleasant sensations on and off
for several days or longer. You may experience bleeding or bruising
on and off. This is perfectly normal and not indicative of any
secretion may come from your piercing. This is normal. It is a
combination of blood plasma and dead skin cells. On non-oral
piercings, it forms crusties, but in the mouth, it doesn't get to dry
out so it remains moist. This is not pus, and indicates a healing
Single point tips:
Remember to keep your single point pierce covered with a band aid during the initial healing...3-5 days. I like the small circle band aids best. If the bandage is compromised, or gets wet please change it. Some people expierience a reaction to the glue from the band aids, if this happens, try a different brand or gauze with electrical tape. Warm soaks should be done at least twice daily, and cleaning around the pierce with a mild antibacterial soak should be done once a day. Try to avoid undue stress, and anything that may get caught on it should be avoided (ie. loofa sponges, knitted clothing or blankets, seat belts, necklaces or purses & backpacks). Remember this pierce is different than others, in the respect that you shouldn't try and remove it on your own, if you want it out please come and see me. Removal is quite easy when done properly. The expected healing time is 2-4 weeks, and as soon as it has anchored,you can begin to change your ends. If you remove the end & the tissue grows over the top of the anchor, don't worry, come in and we can remove the thin layer of skin and re-install an attachment. Any other questions or problems, feel free to call or come in for a free consultation.
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