Aftercare 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. genital 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. anchors 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. surface Follow TORSO aftercare. Many surface piercings can take up to 6-8 months to fully heal. Be careful not to bump or catch. troubles 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.