Piercing Aftercare

Premises Name: Inkhaus Tattoo
Premises Address: Winpenny House, 135-137 High Street, Yarm, TS15 9AY
Telephone Number: 01642 781266
Email: info@inkhaus.co.uk
Practitioner: (Print Name) Rebecca Crossan

Date of Treatment:
Site of Treatment:
Downsize Due:
Jewellery Information:

At Inkhaus, we pride ourselves in the cleanliness of our studio and our piercing process, but once the piercing is complete, it is vital that you take proper care of it at home. Please follow these aftercare instructions and if you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get back in touch!

Cleaning:
•Always wash and dry your hands before cleaning your piercing or touching your jewellery.
•Clean the piercing twice a day with sterile saline. We suggest Stericlens, which is a sterile saline spray. We recommend you spray this onto both sides of your piercing.
•Then gently soak or wipe away any crusty formations on the piercing site. Using a cotton bud is usually best for this. Avoid picking it with your nails.
•Pat dry the pierced area after cleaning. A flat cotton wool pad often works best for this. Do not rub as this could snag the jewellery and damage the piercing.
•If possible, shower rather than bathe while the piercing is healing so that unnecessary water submission is avoided.
•For oral piercings, we recommend buying an alcohol free mouthwash and making a solution of half mouthwash and half cold water. This should be used to rinse your mouth on a morning, on a night, and after eating, drinking or smoking. You can also clean oral piercings by making a salt water solution with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to a large mug of boiled water that has been allowed to cool.

What is normal:
•Initially some localised swelling, bleeding or bruising is normal.
•Remember, most pierced regions will swell after treatment, and the jewellery you have inserted will be designed to accommodate this.
•The ‘downsize date’ above is the date that your piercer recommends you return to the studio to have a shorter post put into your piercing. This will be the point that the swelling has gone down, but your piercing will still not be fully healed and a shorter post will help with healing process. A jewellery downsize is not necessary for all piercings – feel free to ask your piercer if you are unsure.
•If your jewellery has become too tight, please get in touch with the studio immediately for us to change it to something longer.
•Tongue piercings will often swell to the limit of the inserted bar. This is completely normal for the piercing site. If, however, you have a tongue piercing and experience neck pain or problems swallowing, contact a medical practitioner immediately or go directly to A&E. (This reaction is very rare, but must be taken seriously!).
•For tongue piercings, your jewellery downsize is included in the price you pay initially and we recommend you return to the studio one week after having the piercing to have a shorter bar put in. This will help with the healing process and protect your teeth.

Avoid:
•The most important piece of advice for looking after your piercing – DON’T TOUCH IT! Unnecessary touching, scratching or picking of the newly pierced site can introduce infection, cause irritation and slow down your healing.
•Do not apply any hot cleaning solutions, surgical spirit or tea tree oil to your piercing as they can damage delicate healing skin. Stick to aftercare recommended by your piercer.
•Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your piercing is fully healed, as direct sunlight/chlorine can cause skin irritation and inflammation.
•For oral piercings, we recommend that you avoid oral sex (including french kissing) for 10 days after your piercing. We also recommend that you avoid chewing gum while these piercings are healing.
•Avoid twisting the jewellery! This allows bacteria to be pushed into the fresh piercing, which can lead to irritation and infection.
•Avoid changing your jewellery too soon! Your piercer will advise when your piercing is ready to have new jewellery put in. Doing it too soon can make it sore!
Other advice:
•Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation on any new piercings that are covered by clothing (especially navel and surface piercings). In general, try to keep a new piercing as exposed and dry as possible.
•Always keep a new piercing covered and protected if you are working in a dirty, dusty or oily environment.
•Always ensure that any jewellery you buy is of good quality. We only pierce with implant grade (ASTM F-136) titanium or 18 karat gold. It is best to stick to these materials even for a healed piercing to reduce the risk of irritation or allergic reaction. Our piercer is always happy to advise on jewellery options even once your piercing is healed, and we also give you the option of ordering jewellery in.

Healing Times:
All healing times are approximate as each individual’s body will heal at a different rate.
•Ear lobes – 6-8 weeks
•Septum – Approx 2 months
•Tongue, Smiley, Lingual Frenulum – 2-3 months
•Labret, Monroe, Medusa – Approx 6 months
•Nose – Approx 6 months
•Helix, Tragus, Forward Helix, Conch, Anti-tragus, Daith, Rook – Approx 6 months
•Eyebrow – Approx 6 months
•Navel – 9-12 months
•Nipple – 6-9 months
•Surface Piercings – Approx 6 months
•Surface Anchors (Micro-dermals) – Approx 6 months

If you have any questions or concerns, our piercer is always happy to offer advice. It’s best to pop into the studio so she can see your piercing in person, but you can also contact us via the information on the first page of your aftercare sheet.