The first step to healing is to be healthy! Happy, healthy bodies make for happy, healthy piercings. Good personal hygiene and a stress-free life, complemented by a nutritious diet with proper hydration will enable the body to heal faster. The combination of showering daily along with proper saline irrigation will reduce chances of infection and minimize irritation. Keep it simple: eat your veggies and please, keep your dirty hands off.
Sterile saline is the universal accepted choice for wound care in hospital and medical facilities. Sterile saline and shower water are the only “solutions” to use directly on your piercing.
Over or under-cleaning is counter-productive to your healing. Rinsing your piercing in clean, warm, running water once or twice a day is usually sufficient. Follow with saline.
Swelling is a normal part of the healing process and varies in intensity dramatically depending on a multitude of individual and environmental factors. Consequently sizing adjustments are a normal part of the healing process. The jewelry we use for initial piercings will likely not be the best/final size for your healed piercing. It may require a couple size adjustments to heal properly. Keep all the various lengths safe and accessible for the different phases you will flow through. If the jewelry seems uncomfortable in any way, long or short, come in for assessment and possible adjustment. Please note: There is a charge/fee for any new jewelry used to make size adjustments.
Actual infections are rare. Often what clients feel is an infection is simply an irritation that can be remedied without medical intervention. Signs of infection include pain, swelling, heat, and discolored discharge.
Do not remove your jewelry! Bacteria cause infections, not piercings. Stop by the studio at the first sign of trouble. If we can’t help you we will gladly refer you to a physician
NEVER handle your piercing!
The information herein is based on our extensive experience as professional piercers and current industry standards. We are not doctors. In case of infections or other medical issues please consult your Physician!
You have been lovingly pierced with professional care. And now, with great piercings comes great responsibility.
In order for tattoo to heal properly, good aftercare is essential. Each individual artist has his/her own preferences based on their particular style. Follow their instructions until the tattoo is completely healed.
Your tattoo will take approximately 3-4 weeks to heal. Immediately after getting tattooed there may be some minor tenderness, redness, bleeding or oozing, swelling and/or bruising of the area for the first few days.
Next, your tattoo will start flaking and may appear pale and uneven in color, this is totally normal and doesn’t mean that the color is coming out, it’s just your new skin cells growing over the fresh tattoo. Itching during this phase of the healing process is normal, but it’s important to fight the urge to scratch it!
You can give yourself light little taps with clean hands to give some relief but keep it light and minimal. Eventually, the waxy, pale look will slowly leave and the skin will return to its normal appearance and texture.
You are welcome and encouraged to call or stop by the studio if you have ANY questions or concerns. We are always happy to help.