AFTER A PIERCING IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE PROPER CARE OF IT, TO AVOID SCARRING AND EXTENDED HEALING TIME. THE PROPER ROUTINE MAKES HEALING AS QUICK AND AS EASY AS POSSIBLE.
How to Clean Your Piercing
- You should clean your piercing until it is fully healed. This timeframe can vary depending on piercing placement and the individual. See healing times below.
- Using a saline wipe or a sterile pad with saline spray, apply light pressure to the piercing twice a day, for about 5 minutes.
- Make sure you dry the area thoroughly, either with a wipe or you can use a hairdryer on the cool setting. Keeping the area dry promotes healing and keeps your piercing free from bacteria.
- Wash hands throughly before cleaning. Your piercing is an open wound and can become irritated, dirty hands can transfer bacteria to the area.
- During the healing process do not remove your jewelry, your piercing will begin to close immediately.
- Do not clean your piercing with chemicals such as: alcohol, Neosporin, or Bactine as these products can lead to irritation and slow down healing.
- Do not turn or rotate jewelry, we know it's tempting but can irritate the wound and promote scarring,
- Avoid putting moisturizers, makeup, and perfume on the area. If you feel like the surrounding area is dry, try a dry, skin product such as Aquaphor.
- While showering, avoid the area with shampoo and conditioner as much as you can, and rinse throughly.
- If there is dried matter on the piercing, do not pick it as it's attached to healing tissue,
- Use caution with your new piercing, to avoid aggravating the area. Be careful when washing or styling hair, changing clothes, and avoid sleeping on the pierced area.
- We suggest avoiding chlorinated water, lakes, and ponds during healing.
During each session your piercer will answer any and all questions you have regarding your piercing. Contact us for a separate consultation.
Placement is determined during the piercing session based on what the client requests, their anatomy, and the piercers recommendation.
Healing processes vary by piercing placement, see the chart below to get a time frame.
The Lobe is the lower section of the ear made up of soft tissue. It is a versatile location that takes 2-4 months to heal.
The Lower Helix or Snug is the area above the lobe on the outer side of the ear. It does have cartilage. It takes 4-6 months to heal.
The Helix is located on the inside ridge of the upper ear. Located between the forward helix and lobe. It's a popular location that takes 6-12 month to heal.
The Tragus is the skin that sits directly in front of the ear canal. This unique placement can fit small hoops and studs and is known to relieve migraines as well. Takes 6-12 months to heal.
The Conch is located in the middle section of thew inner ear. Rings can be worn that loop from the inner to the outer ear or it can showcase a beautiful stud. Takes 6-12 months to heal.
The Rook is a vertical piercing placed through the ridge of the inner ear, closest to the head. Choose either a ring or curved barbell for this placement. Takes 6-12 months to heal.
The Forward Helix is the section where your skin attaches the top of your ear to your head, following the helix placement. Small studs make for a beautiful look. Takes 6-12 months to heal.
The Daith is located between the Tragus and the Rook in the inner fold of the ear. Perfect to showcase a unique hoop[ piercing, it takes about 9-12 months to heal.
The Anti-tragus is the section of cartilage located above the Lobe and opposite the Tragus. THis is a unique spot that takes about 9-12 months to heal.