ABOVE NECK PIERCING AFTERCARE
Estimated healing time for earlobe, eyebrow and septum is 4 to 8 weeks; for nostril and cartilage piercings, the healing period is 2 to 6 months. The purpose of cleaning a piercing is to promote proper healing. It is vital to remove any dead skin cells and discharge secreted by your body as well as external dirt and bacteria picked up during the day.
Thoroughly wash your hands with an anti bacterial soap before cleaning the piercing. Using a fresh Q-tip saturated in the cleaning solution (for brand names see below), gently remove any crusted matter from the openings of the piercing (this does not apply to tongue piercings). Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution to the outside of the piercing and gently move the jewelry up & down. This procedure should be done no more or less than 3 times a daily, as over cleaning can damage the regrowth of skin cells and cleaning less frequently may cause healing complications.
Warm salt water soaks can help accelerate the healing process. Salt water soaks draw out discharge, prevent infection and accelerate healing. To soak, add 1/4 teaspoon of non iodized sea salt (not table salt) to 1 cup of warm water. Stir and invert the cup over the piercing forming a vacuum. Hold it there for 3 to 5 minutes or until water cools Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a day.
The following steps can be taken to assist the healing process. Zinc or vitamin C supplements are suggested to help speed the healing process and regeneration of tissue. Vitamin C supplements should be taken in doses of 100mg, zinc in 60mg doses. It is recommended to eat before taking zinc to avoid an upset stomach.
Please avoid the following:
Never touch your piercing with unwashed hands; this is crucial in order to ensure proper healing. The only time a piercing should be touched is when being cleaned in the shower. Avoid contact with oils, powders, creams, perfumes and suntan lotion. Avoid contact with other bodily fluids, even if you are in a monogamous relationship. Your partner has different natural bacteria than you and an infection can occur. Do not go into pools, hot tubs, lakes or oceans for at least 4 weeks.
Suggested name brands of cleaning solutions.
Neosporin, A & D Ointment, Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol.
H2ocean Piercing Spray(coral reef sea salt) Bactine (diluted 50% with bottled water), Ear Care solution, Saline Solution.
if you have any questions or concerns about your tattoo aftercare, feel free to give us a call at (626) 570-9224 or email us.
The information provided on this care sheet is based on our experience as well as current industry standards. My Tattoo does not offer the information provided as an alternative to medical advice of any kind. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.
*NOTE* If any allergy or irritation occurred, you must seek medical attention