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Healing Period

Week 1 – Inflamed.
Swelling, redness and bleeding is totally normal. Ice ice baby!

Week 2-4 – Healing.
Yellow ‘crusties’ form, don’t pick them and no touchy!

Week 5 – Matured.
Redness should be nearly gone. Keep cleaning the piercing.

Week 6 – Downsize time!
Come say hi, we may need to change your jewellery!

oral piercings
  • Use alcohol-free mouth rinse twice a day after main meals. 2x maximum.
  • 4x a day outside with H2Ocean spray.
  • cold drinks are great during healing.
  • Swelling is normal for 2 weeks.
  • Eat soft foods while swollen.
  • Do NOT play with jewellery at all.
  • Downsize jewellery in 4-6 weeks.
  • Rinse with cold water after every meal.
  • Healing can take up to 3 months.
facial and torso
  • Spray 4x daily with H2Ocean spray.
  • There is no need to rinse off spray.
  • You can also soak 2x a day with saline solution (contact lens cleaner).
  • Do not turn/twist jewellery and DON’T pick at your crusties.
  • Be sure NOT to sleep on your new piercing and avoid irritation.
  • Follow TORSO aftercare.
  • Bleeding is normal for a week.
  • No unprotected sex during healing! 😉
  • Sex can resume when comfortable (4-6w)
  • Shower before/after sex during healing.
  • Jewellery downsize after 6 weeks.
  • Piercing can take up to 6 months to comfortably heal and settle in.
  • Ice for first 24-48hrs.
  • Be very careful not to catch!
  • Hirudoid AROUND area (not inside) 2x a day for 4-5 days, or until redness is gone.
  • Let dry out, do NOT cover or bandage.
  • Anchors heal in 2-3 weeks.
  • Come in to let us change your tops.
  • Follow TORSO aftercare.
  • Many surface piercings can take up to 6-8 months to fully heal.
  • Be careful not to bump or catch.
  • Low carat gold or sterling silver is not advisable to wear for 3-6 months.
  • Sleeping on or bumping your piercing will slow healing and cause lumps.
  • Hot chamomile tea bag compress soaks reduce bumps and increases blood flow.
  • Oral piercings that are constantly played with will rip and cause white, bumpy scar tissue. Saline rinses and Aspro Clear can help to get rid of the yucky bumps.
  • Using alcohol wipes, Dettol, betadine, listerine or any harsh products will harm your piercing. Don’t use them!

Check out our full HEALING TROUBLES page for more details.