PIERCING AFTERCARE FORM
Getting a new piercing involves breaking the skin surface so there is always a potential risk for infection to occur afterwards. Your piercing should be treated as a wound initially and it is important that this advice is followed so that the infection risk can be minimised.
MINIMISING INFECTION RISK GUIDANCE TIPS:
-Most piercings will bleed at first but this should stop within a few minutes. Gentle pressure on or around the pierced site will slow bleeding.
-Always wash and dry your hands before and after any essential handling of a newly pierced site.
-Avoid unnecessary toughing, scratching or picking of the newly pierced site to reduce the risk of introducing infection. In particular, avoid using fingernails to handle jewellery, as the underside of nails are more likely to introduce infection to the pierced site.
-Clean the piercing at least twice a day if possible – the use of boiled water, allowed to cool, and clean gauze or other non-disintegrating cotton wool swabs is best for this. Sterile saline purchased in sachets and special cleansing solutions recommended by your piercer are also suitable for this.
-Gently soak off and wipe away any crusty formations at the wound site – do not pick them off.
-Avoid applying hot cleansing solutions or surgical spirit on the treated area as they can damage delicate healing skin.
-If possible, shower rather than bathe whilst the piercing is healing so that unnecessary water submersion is avoided;
-Pat dry the pierced area after cleansing – do not rub as this could tear out the jewellery.
-Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new piercing is fully healed, as direct sunlight/chlorine can interact with treated site causing skin irritation and inflammation.
-Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation to a newly pierced site, and in general try and keep a new piercing as dry and exposed as possible.
-Always keep a new piercing covered and protected if working in a dirty, dusty or oily environment
-Only every change your jewellery as directed by your piercer, and ensure any new jewellery you buy is of good quality
-If you have any problems/queries, please contact your piercer initially if there are signs of adverse reaction/infection.
For body piercing, expected (complete) healing times are difficult to predict because individuals healing abilities vary, but all clients should be told what to expect. The healing time is the time required for the jewellery to become dry and healed after the initial tissue damage.
-Ear lobe, eyebrow and nasal septum: 6 to 8 weeks
-Ear (cartilaginous region) and nostril: 2 months to 1 year
-Tongue: 4 to 8 weeks
-Lips and cheeks: 6 to 12 weeks
-Genital (female and male): 4 to 12 weeks
-Nipple, scrotum, outer labia: 2 to 6 months
Navel and ampallang (a transverse penile piercing): 4 months to 1 year
TATTOO AFTERCARE FORM
Getting a new tattoo involves breaking the skin surface so there is always a potential risk for infection to occur afterwards. Your tattoo should be treated as a wound initially and it is important that this advice is followed so that the infection risk can be minimised.
MINIMISING INFECTION RISK GUIDANCE TIPS:
-Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking of the new tattoo site to reduce the risk of introducing infection.
-Always wash and dry your hands before and after handling a new tattoo site.
-Your new tattoo will consist of an area of tiny skin breaks, caused by the tattooing needles, so it should be kept covered afterwards for at least an hour using the sterile, non-adherent dressing, applied by your tattooist. This dressing is only intended to get you home without the treated area catching on clothing, or being exposed to the air. The dressing will also help to stop any bleeding/fluid oozing, but should be removed before it dries on the treated area.
-After removal of that dressing, gently wash the tattoo site with warm tap water and pat dry with a clean hand towel or tissue. Do not rub or your skin will become irritated.
-If possible, shower rather than bathe whilst the tattoo is healing so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented;
-Do not use skin products on the treated area that have not been recommended by your tattooist or are not intended for open wound healing. You may apply moisturising cream (Bepanthen) 2-3 times a day to assist healing and prevent skin cracking, but avoid petroleum based creams as they may affect the colour of the treated area.
-After approximately two weeks, any scabbing should have gone and been replaced with new, intact skin. The area should be completely healed in a further 10-14 days
-Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new tattoo is fully healed, as direct sunlight/chlorine can interact with tattoo dye pigments causing skin irritation and inflammation.
-Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation to a new tattoo site.
-Always keep a new tattoo covered and protected if working in a dirty/dusty/oily environment.
-If you have any problems/queries, contact your tattooist initially if there are any signs of infection