*Follow the aftercare instructions found below for the duration of time listed beside the type of your new piercing.*
Helix, Daith, Rook, Tragus & Conch: 3-4 months
Tongue, Smiley & Web: 2-3 weeks
Labret & Medusa: 2 months
Nostril & Septum: 2 months
Eyebrow & Bridge: 2 months
Nipple: 3-4 months
Navel: 4-6 months
Lobe: 1-3 months
Cheek: 6 months
Body Piercing Aftercare
1. Before cleaning or touching a new piercing, always wash your hands with antibacterial soap or hand sanitizer to avoid cross-contamination and infection.
2. Clean your piercing with the help of a Sterile Saline Solution that you can purchase in studio or at your local pharmacy. Sterile saline solution is also known as "saline wound wash" and it is found in an aerosol cannister. *Homemade saline solutions are strictly forbidden.*
3. Twice a day, morning and night, or after exercise, soak a Q-tip in saline solution and clean the secretions around your piercing jewelry by applying a gentle pressure around the wound. If secretions resist, do not remove them by force. *This would be like picking a scab. Picking off a scab before the wound is healed slows down the healing process, sometimes considerably.*
4. Always clean your piercing after your bath or shower to remove any soap or product residue. Never use scented/fragranced soaps or bubble bath during the healing process. *Doing so can lead to irritation, infection, and/or rejection of your new piercing.*
5. Never use the following products on your piercing:
- Isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) or Peroxide; using them will dry out the skin in and around your piercing.
- Antibiotic oitment or cream with Zinc Bacitracin base; these will inhibit proper oxygenation and may generate an abcess.
6. All contact (swimming, soaking, playing) with bodies of water (rivers, lakes, pools, hottubs, sprinklers) are strictly forbidden during the healing process. *The only exception is if you protect your new piercing with an over the counter waterproof adhesive medical bandage such as Tegaderm bandage that you can purchase at your local pharmacy.
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