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Healing times:

Body Piercings

Facial Piercings

Oral Piercings

Navel: 6 months Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks Lip/labret: 6-8 weeks
Nipples: 2-6 months Septum 6-8 weeks Tongue: 4-6 weeks
Hood: 4-6 weeks Lip/labret: 6-8 weeks Cheek: 8-10 weeks
Inner labia: 4-6 weeks Cheek: 8-10 weeks  
Outer Labia: 8-12 weeks Nostril: 8-10 weeks  
Prince Albert: 4-6 weeks Ear cartilage: 12 weeks+  
  Ear lobe: 6-8 weeks  
These are approximate healing times. You may heal faster or slower. Taking good care of your piercing and adding a multivitamin which includes Vitamin C and zinc to your diet may help you heal faster.

Avoid first aid products like BZK “ear care” solution, alcohol, peroxide, Bactine, Neosporin or iodine. These are not meant for puncture wounds and are very harsh. Using these products can slow the healing process and cause scarring.

You may change your jewelry after healing is complete, but do not change or remove your jewelry during healing. Doing so may cause complications. If you have a problem with your jewelry during healing, see your piercer to have a new, sterile piece inserted if necessary.

After the piercing is healed, do not leave your jewelry out for any longer than it takes to change it. There is no guarantee your piercing will stay open without jewelry.

What to expect from a new piercing:

  • Some redness, swelling, light bleeding and/or bruising is normal and will decrease. Ibuprofen or other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can help with swelling
  • Clear or slightly yellow discharge called lymph is normal. It will form a yellowish crust on the outside of the piercing. Your piercing should be soaked several times a day for about 5 minutes with warm salt water (1/4 tsp non-iodized sea salt to 8oz of water) or H2Ocean spray and dried with a clean cotton swab. You do not need to move or rotate your jewelry; this can drag bacteria into the piercing and slow healing. A mild soap (Johnson’s Baby Wash, castile soap, Dove, Ivory) may be used around the piercing if desired, but should be used sparingly and rinsed off thoroughly
  • Do not touch or pick at your piercing. If you have to touch it, make sure your wash your hands thoroughly before
  • Tenderness may last for a week or two following the piercing. Some burning, throbbing, itching and redness are normal during healing. If you are concerned or if symptoms seem excessive, please call your piercer
  • Do not let anyone else’s hands, mouth or genitals touch your piercing until it is completely healed!
  • If your piercing tears or is caught while it is healing, the healing process may regress and the piercing will need extra care- consult your piercer. If this happens after it is healed, treat it like a fresh piercing
  • Ups and downs throughout healing are normal. Many piercings are prone to bumps and lumps during healing, which may go away with time and proper cleaning. However, all piercings carry some risk of scarring. Consult your piercer if you are concerned about your healing
  • Exercise or other heavy physical activity may irritate your piercing while it is healing. If your piercing becomes sweaty or dirty, wash it immediately. Avoid tight clothing and stick to breathable clothing like cotton. Listen to your body- if it hurts, stop!
  • With clean hands, check the tightness of the balls on your barbell at least once a day
  • Remember to change bedding and towels regularly. For female nipple piercings, wearing a cotton sports bra to bed can provide support. Don’t let pets sleep with you while you’re healing


Failure to take proper care of your piercing can result in scarring, discomfort, infection and medical complications

These are approximate healing times. You may heal faster or slower. Taking good care of your piercing and adding a multivitamin which includes Vitamin C and zinc to your diet may help you heal faster.

You may change your jewelry after healing is complete, but do not change or remove your jewelry during healing. Doing so may cause complications. If you have a problem with your jewelry during healing, see your piercer to have a new, sterile piece inserted if necessary.

After the piercing is healed, do not leave your jewelry out for any longer than it takes to change it. There is no guarantee your piercing will stay open without jewelry.

What to expect from a new piercing:

  • Some swelling and/or bruising is normal and will decrease. Drinking plenty of water and sleeping with your head elevated can reduce swelling in oral piercings. Ibuprofen can also help with swelling.
  • Clear or slightly yellow discharge called lymph is normal. It will form a yellowish crust on the outside of the piercing. Your piercing should be soaked several times a day with warm salt water (1/4 tsp non-iodized sea salt to 8oz of water) or H2Ocean spray and cleaned with a clean, moist cotton swab. A mild soap (Dove, Ivory, Johnson’s Baby Wash, Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap) may be used to clean around your piercing. You do not need to move or rotate your jewelry; doing so can drag bacteria into the piercing and slow healing
  • Do not touch or pick at your piercing. If you have to touch it, make sure your wash your hands thoroughly before
  • Tenderness may last for several weeks following the piercing. Some burning, throbbing, itching and redness are normal during healing. If you are concerned or if symptoms seem excessive, please call your piercer
  • Do not let anyone else’s hands, mouth or genitals touch your piercing until it is completely healed!
  • Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, bath tubs and swimming in the ocean/lakes until your piercing is healed. You have an open wound, and bacteria found in the water can cause infection
  • If you experience symptoms of infection (heat, pain, swelling, thick, colored discharge, fever, etc.) consult your doctor as soon as possible
  • If your piercing tears or is caught while it is healing, the healing process may regress and the piercing will need extra care- consult your piercer. If this happens after it is healed, treat it like a fresh piercing
  • Do not use first aid products like alcohol, antibiotic ointment, iodine, hydrogen peroxide or Bactine on your new piercing! Harsh products like these will slow your healing and may cause pain, rejection or excess scarring
  • Ups and downs throughout healing are normal. Many piercings (especially ear cartilage and nostrils) are prone to bumps and lumps during healing, which may go away with time and proper cleaning. However, all piercings carry some risk of scarring. Consult your piercer if you are concerned about your healing progress
  • With clean hands, check the tightness of the balls on your barbell at least once a day
  • Remember to change bedding and towels regularly. For ear piercings, putting a clean t-shirt over your pillow case can provide a fresh, clean sleeping surface. Don’t let pets sleep with you while you’re healing.


Failure to care for your piercing properly can result in scarring, discomfort, infection and medical complications

     
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