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 touching, 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 morning and
evening – we recommend to use Easy Piercing aftercare products; a
clean gauze or other non-disintegrating cotton wool swabs are best for
this. Sterile saline purchased in sachets and special cleansing
solutions recommended by your piercer are also suitable. Easy Piercing
solutions are available to buy at our studios as well as through our
- 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, sunbeds and sunbathing 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;
- We recommend using Easy Tattoo aftercare cream 3-4 times
a day, to assist healing and prevent skin cracking. Avoid petroleum
based creams as they may affect the colour of the tattoo. Easy Tattoo
can be purchased at our studios and through our webstore.
- 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
Laser removal aftercare
- Do not exercise for 24-48 hours post treatment. The area will feel slightly tender post treatment, so the last thing you want to do is aggravate or hurt the area.
- Avoid excessive heat to the skin. Whilst it is ok to shower 2 hours after treatment, please avoid high-pressure hot showers, or soaking in a bath or sauna for at least 24-48 hours afterwards.
- Make sure to keep the area clean and dry during the healing process. A mild soap can be used and make sure to pat dry and do not rub.
- Do not expose the treated area to the sun. If you must be in the sun for work or any other reason, please make sure to use a good sunscreen. For extra protection from the sun, use sunscreen and keep
the area covered up with clothing.
- It is quite common to get blisters after a treatment. This is no cause for concern as it is all part of the healing process. Blisters are a sign that your immune system is healing the area and removal of ink has started. Let the body break the blister down naturally (as we don’t want to cause scarring or infection) and apply antibiotic ointment after the blister has popped and keep the area covered up for added protection.
- For pain relief, you can take Paracetamol and it is best to avoid Aspirin as it can increase the risk of bruising or bleeding.
- Do not pick or scratch the treated area. This is important as we do not want to scar the area or cause infection.
- Try to avoid shaving until the area has completely healed.
- If the treated area has that slight sunburn feeling, a cool compress can be used to ease discomfort.
- A few weeks after a treatment, as the area continues to heal, it may get itchy. This is all part of the healing process. To ease the itchiness, you can apply 1% hydrocortisone cream or a Vitamin E
- Complete healing takes 6 to 8 weeks. It may seem like the surface of the skin has healed in a few weeks. The deeper layers, the Dermis, is still healing. This is why we wait at least 6 weeks before the next treatment.
- Your immune system plays a huge part in the healing process as well as the ink elimination. Look after your immune system by getting rest, drinking plenty of water and eating healthy.
- Avoid using perfume, body lotions and make up on the treated area.
- Avoid heat treatments such as saunas and steam rooms for at least 2 months, as your skin will be more sensitive.
- Avoid swimming during the healing time.
- We recommend using laser tattoo aftercare which is available to buy at our studios or through our webstore.