EAR PIERCING AFTERCARE
The aftercare of your new piercing is of the utmost importance. Failure to adhere to these instructions could lead to infection and prolonged healing. You should follow these instructions for a minimum of eight weeks.
Wash and dry your hands before cleaning your piercing.
Any crust formations on the jewellery should first be soaked off with boiled water, allowed to cool, using a cotton bud, do not pick them off.
Apply a small amount of anti-bacterial, non-fragrant soap such as Carex or Simple ect, onto clean hands and lather over the piercing. Rinse off thoroughly with clean water. Ensure to clean the visible part of the jewellery at both the entry and exit holes of the piercing.
When the jewellery is completely clean, use a fresh cotton bud to dry the area.
For best results repeat twice a day until healed. (Morning and Evening)
We recommend a sterile saline solution called NeilMed Wound Wash Piercing Aftercare Spray 2 times daily.
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Before use, spray a short stream of NeilCleanse Piercing Aftercare in the air or on intact skin to test stream and to clear nozzle.
To dispense, aim nozzle at the affected area and spray from a distance of 2 to 4 inches, or as is comfortable.
Cover with clear cap after each use.
Avoid unnecessary touchinging, scratching or picking of the newly pierced site as this is the biggest cause of problems such as infection.
Avoid rotating the jewellery as this will push the crust formations, dirt and germs right back into the piercing.
Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new piercing is fully healed, as direct sunlight/chlorine can interact with treated site causing skin irritation and inflammation.
Avoid changing your jewellery unless directed by your piercer.
Avoid getting any products such as make-up, foundation, fake tan, cleanser or moisturiser on or around the site of initial piercing as these can collect oil and dirt causing infection.
If possible, shower rather than bathe whilst the piercing is healing so that unnecessary water submersion is avoided.
Make sure the area is thoroughly rinsed after your daily shower.
Wear loose, cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation.
After eight weeks you may change your jewellery if the healing is complete. Remember it is advised you check with your piercer before doing so.
Only buy jewellery from a reputable retailer, or visit our online store. Your practitioner can advise you on this.
Please note that even though you may think your piercing has healed it should not be left empty (without jewellery). This could result in the closure of your piercing.
The general healing time is six and eight weeks to completely heal. However, your individual healing process depends entirely on how you care for your new piercing.
ISSUES OR PROBLEMS
A clear, odourless fluid may sometimes discharge from the piercing and form a crust. This should not be confused with pus, which would indicate infection.
Most piercings bleed at first but this should stop within a few minutes. Occasionally this reoccurs during the first few days but should stop when applying pressure for a few minutes.
A new piercing can be tender, swollen, itchy, slightly red and can remain so for a few weeks.
If excessive swelling, pain or continuous bleeding occurs you must contact the studio. If out of hours, contact NHS Direct or a Walk-in Centre.
NOSE PIERCING AFTERCARE
Apply a small amount of anti-bacterial, non-fragrant soap such as Simple ect, onto clean hands and lather over the piercing. Rinse off thoroughly with clean water. Ensure to clean the visible part of the jewellery at both the entry and exit holes of the piercing.
For best results repeat twice a day until healed.
Use Neil Med Wound Wash Piercing Aftercare Spray 3 times daily.
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EYEBROW PIERCING AFTERCARE
NAVEL PIERCING AFTERCARE
NIPPLE PIERCING AFTERCARE
TONGUE PIERCING AFTERCARE
CLEANAfter eating, drinking or smoking use a non-alcohol based, anti-septic mouthwash. Simply dilute your mouthwash one part mouthwash and one part water, then gently gargle for one to two minutes. Not a great deal of mouthwash is needed.
Anytime you brush your teeth make sure to be gentle and careful while the piercing is healing.
You have will feel swelling as the piercing heals, to reduce this softly hold wet ice against the area. Taking ibruprofen can also help to reduce bruising and swelling.
A void unnecessary touchinging, scratching or picking of the newly pierced site as this is the biggest cause of problems such as infection.
Avoid kissing, oral contact and oral sex for at least 6 weeks.
Avoid chewing gum, until the site is healed or you feel confident with the piercing.
Avoid Spicy food and alcohol for the first week.
Avoid swimming, until your new piercing is fully healed.
Avoid changing your jewellery unless directed by your piercer, and only buy jewellery from a reputable retailer, or visit our online store. Your practitioner can advise you on this.
The tongue bar size should be changed after 1 month. The tongue may swell to the length of the inserted bar, particularly in the first two weeks.
LIP PIERCING AFTERCARE
(LABRET & MADONNA)
CLEAN (INSIDE THE MOUTH)
After eating, drinking or smoking use a non-alcohol based, anti-septic mouthwash. Simply dilute your mouthwash one part mouthwash and one part water, then gently gargle for one to two minutes. Not a great deal of mouthwash is needed.
CLEAN (OUTSIDE OF THE MOUTH)
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The tongue bar size should be changed after 1 month.
The tongue may swell to the length of the inserted bar, particularly in the first two weeks.
CHEEK PIERCING AFTERCARE
GENITAL PIERCING AFTERCARE
(PRINCE ALBERT,FRENUM,SCROTAL,GUICHE,PUBIC,OUTER LABIA,INNER LABIA,CHRISTINA,HOOD)
Avoid any sexual encounters,even anal, or receiving any oral sex for the first few weeks of the piercing date. Recommended is up to a month. That also includes sex toys. After that, you can have sex with your partner, but if you want to be on the safe side, use a condom.
With a newly stretched piercing you may experience some tenderness and inflammation. It is usually mild and may pass in as little as a few days. Still, it is prudent to follow the aftercare as a new piercing. Failure to adhere to these instructions could lead to infection and prolonged healing.
Stretched piercings can bleed at first but this should stop within a few minutes. Occasionally this reoccurs during the first few days but should stop when applying pressure for a few minutes.
A new stretched piercing can be tender, swollen, itchy, slightly red and can remain so for a few weeks.
Once the artist has completed your tattoo, they’ll wrap the tattoo in cling film to aid in the healing process and reduce the chances of scabbing. As soon as this final step is complete, it’s over to you to look after the tattoo until it’s fully healed. On average the complete healing process takes between two and four weeks but it can vary based on the size, placement and the person. The first week of the healing process is when you are at most at risk of infection.
When you first leave the studio, we will clean your tattoo and wrap it in cling film.
Leave this on until you get home. 'Cling film should be left on for a minimum of 2-4 hours.
After unwrapping the tattoo it should always be cleaned using anti-bacterial, non-fragrant soap such as Simple ect.
Then rinse thoroughly with warm water and Pat dry with a clean towel.
Apply a THIN layer of bepanthen and re-wrap with a new layer of cling film over the tattoo and use micropore tape to keep it secure if needed.
This cover will remain on until the following morning.
Change the cling film, clean the tattoo, apply a THIN layer of bepanthen and replace with fresh cling film at least twice a day and before going to bed.
Repat For the next 3 days.
You might see that under the cling film there’s a build up of plasma and ink (thick excess liquid), but don’t worry. This is completely normal and it’s a sign that your tattoo is starting to heal. It will also mean that it’s time to change the cling film.
Stop using the clingfilm but continue to apply a thin layer of bepanthen throughout the day until the dry skin has cleared.
As your tattoo heals you will notice that it may look a little dull, thiss part of the healing process is caused by the new skin forming over the top of the ink. Over the next 6 – 14 days the tattoo will be forming new skin and in doing so completes its healing process.
It may take up to 2 months for the skin over the tattoo to fully healed.
Avoid direct sunlight and sunbeds as this will cause damage to your skin and increase the likelihood of the tattoo to fade.
Avoid swimming and bathing, for the first 6 weeks. Submerging your tattoo in water for any length of time can increase the risk of infection due to bacteria in the water and ink dropping out from the tattoo.
Avoid picking or scratching your tattoo, let any scabs or flaking skin fall off naturally.
Avoid alcohol and drugs. A healthy body makes for a healthy tattoo and quicker healing times.
If you do not follow these aftercare steps it could result in your tattoo looking faded or being damaged.
If you notice a small rash appear surrounding the tattoo, it’s usually from the cling film or by applying the bepanthen on too thick but feel free to contact the studio to ensure that everything is as it should be.
Everybody’s tattoo will heal slightly differently, in some cases you may need to return to the studio for a touch up. It is best to allow the tattoo to fully heal and then contact the studio.
EXTRA AFTERCARE fOR HAND AND FEET
The skin on the hand and foot is much different from the skin on the rest of the body. As such a tattoo on these areas are harder to maintain and are highly prone to infection.
The're also considered to be more painful and your more likely to experience excessive swelling. This may cause you difficulty in walking or using your hands for the first few days.
Avoid wearing socks and shoes for the first 3 days after getting a tattoo. If you have to wear shoes, make sure to wear sliders/flip flops.
It is very important to prop your feet up and elevate your tattooed foot to help decrease the swelling.
It is also a good idea to apply a cold compress or an ice pack to your feet or hand as often as you can. Do not apply ice directly to the skin as this can cause a burn.
While swelling and redness is perfectly normal during the first week, excessive swelling, redness or pain accompanied by oozing of skin that is hot to the touch may indicate an infection. You must contact the studio. If out of hours, contact NHS Direct or a Walk-in Centre.
SCALP MICRO PIGMENTATION (SMP) AFTERCARE
Do not wash, shave, touch or rub your head.Avoid any physical effort which might make you sweat (E.g Exerciseing, saunas).
No swimming in the first 30 days.
Wash your head with warm water only (no soaps/shampoos) take light showers only.
Moisturise your scalp, using a non alcohol moisturiser 3 times a day.
Now you can start to shave your head (not with a razor) only shavers or a foil shaver. However, avoid if there are still healing scabs on the skin.
You can also performactivities from which you sweat lightly. Lift some weights at a low pace but avoid tough cardio sessions.
DAY 7 onwards
you can wash your head using a gentle shampoo and resume your showering sessions as usual. However, avoid if there are still healing scabs on the skin.
You can resume physical activity's, (except swimming).
DAY 30 (after all sessions are complete)
You can resume all your usual activities (including swimming)
Take extra precautions in the sun. You will need to use a sunscreen regularly in the sun, using a minimum of SPF15 on your scalp for maximum protection.
Reconsider using sunbeds, as they can accelerate SMP fading.
Avoid topical products that contain high concentrations of alcohol. Be aware that most cosmetic creams, lotions and moisturisers contain some alcohol, but these are generally fine. Products such as monoxidil lotion contains high concentrations of alcohol and should be avoided.
Moisturise everyday, at least once a day. Keeping your scalp in good condition will benefit your overall appearance, as well as your pigments.
LASER TATTOO REMOVEL AFTERCARE
After treatment the area may become swollen and feel hot, it can be cooled with the use of a cold compress or an ice pack. Do not apply ice directly to the skin as this can cause a burn.
Wait until at least 2 hours before showering or bathing, preferably take cool showers rather than hot baths. The skin should be patted dry and not rubbed.
As long as the skin is unbroken, cooling products such as aloe vera gel or aftersun cream can be used to keep the area moisturised and the skin protected. If there is any discomfort.
Once the skin has healed, Take extra precautions in the sun. You will need to use a sunscreen regularly in the sun, using a minimum of SPF30 for 12 months to prevent pigmentation changes to the skin. Failure to do this can lead to sunburn and hyper-pigmentation of the treated area.
Sun bathing or using sun beds between treatments and for at least one month after final treatment.
Restrictive clothing around the treated area.
Using perfume, body lotions, or make up on the treated area.
Hot baths or continuous soaking.
Heat treatments such as saunas and steam rooms for at least 2 months, as your skin will be more photosensitive.
Picking at any scabs or blisters.
The area to becoming scrapped or knocked, especially during exercise.