About the materials we use
We use ASTM certified jewelry materials for initial piercing (astm.org). This means they are proven safe for use in piercing applications by scientific testing. Any jewelry that is made of materials that are not certified for human implant applications should be treated as novelty jewelry and never worn in contact with body fluids or worn for extended periods of time. Serious and permanent damage to skin and vital organs can occur from certain materials as toxins from the materials are absorbed through your skin and into the bloodstream.
Proper fit guaranteed
We guarantee the fit of your piece. Jewelry for new piercings should be fitted for comfort without excessive movement. Contact us for replacement if you think it might be loose or tight. Tight jewelry tends to indent the opening. Loose jewelry tends to move about and cause irritation.
How the body heals
The body will heal by sealing the new opening and defending itself with white blood cells and your natural healing factors. New skin can grow very quickly when a piercing gets protection from irritation and infection. The body heals quickest when protected and left alone, usually in 30-90 days. The better your nutrition and care during this time, the quicker your piercing will heal.
What you need to do
Protect your piercing from biological and chemical contamination. Don't use any antibacterial or antibiotic products, peroxide, or alcohol on your piercing. Twisting and turning your jewelry have not proven useful in healing piercings and are not required. It is irritating like picking a scab. Check the jewelry regularly and keep the ends tight at their connections. Wash your hands thoroughly and then use medical gloves, sterile gauze, paper towel or folded tissue to grip without direct contact. If you are wearing an occlusive bandage such as TEGADERM for your nipple or navel piercing ensure that the seal is watertight and replace the dressing when the edges start to peel up.
Your piercing should look good and feel healthy every day. You should never feel extremes of pain, swelling, redness, heat, discolored discharge, or weeping from any piercing. These are signs of a problem.
What to expect
Phase 1: This occurs in the first few weeks:
Dry, small scab forms around the jewelry; skin begins to grow. Keep the piercing isolated, dry, and clean. Don't touch, move or rotate the jewelry. Avoid pressure from tight clothing, or sleeping on your piercing, etc., which can cut off the circulation and slow healing. Don't contaminate your piercing with dirty hands, soap, tap water, make up, or skin care products, etc. While bathing or swimming, keep the piercing dry. Keep your back to the shower and cover it up with a plastic cup, or wear a waterproof seal such as TEGADERM (latex free). Prior to applying any bandage over the piercing, clean off the area surrounding the piercing using a gauze pad and distilled water (take care to avoid the jewelry and the wound).
AVOID GETTING THE PIERCING WET OR DIRTY FOR FASTER, EASIER HEALING. AVOID SEXUAL AND ORAL CONTACT WITH UNHEALED PIERCINGS.
Use barriers such as condoms, gloves, and dental dams even with a monogamous partner. Healthy nutrition and avoiding alcohol, smoking, and drugs will benefit your piercings. GET YOUR VITAMINS AND MINERALS!
If it gets wet, rinse with distilled water and blot dry with sterile gauze or tissue. Make sure it gets completely dry again. If it gets dirty wash it with a mild liquid soap (such as castile, olive oil or glycerin without dye, fragrance, moisturizer, deodorant, or antibacterial ingredients), then rinse and blot dry as described above. We like Dr. Bronners liquid soap.
Phase 2 (Usually occurs after the first week):
Healthy people will notice the inside sheds dried scab and cellular waist material; the growing of new skin is delicate. Continue to protect it until skin is sturdy and has completely healed and no more of the waste material is secreted on the jewelry. Jewelry should not be moved or changed at home until solid healthy skin has sealed the area. We can do it for your safety.
Phase 3 (Usually occurs within 30-90 days):
For a healthy individual, by now a tunnel of skin should be sturdy and sealed. Keep cleansers, shampoo, and soaps out of the opening and off the jewelry. Rinse well if you do get anything on or in the piercings. Blot dry with sterile gauze or tissue after bathing to prevent irritation from moisture retained inside. Rinse and dry after bathing when healed. When the skin has become sturdy, you can carefully ease back in to you regular activities. Changing jewelry on your own should be easy when the piercing is healed. We have many options waiting for you: shapes, colors and gems! Should you take out your jewelry for an extended period of time, reinsertion could become difficult. The longer the jewelry is left out, the tighter and more difficult reinsertion can be. The elastic nature of skin can make a healed piercing shrink, but not sealed shut. We can usually put the jewelry back in for you pretty easily with a guide taper, as soon as possible after you remove it.
Use a new mechanical toothbrush and bottled water to brush teeth and tongue each day after eating or drinking during healing. Keep it cold. Wash out food particles and residues with bottled water after meals and snacks. This will help avoid bad breath and infection. Don't use toothpaste, mouthwash, peroxides or other oral care products during healing. Such products do not aid in the healing and may irritate the piercing. Use bottled water and mechanical toothbrush instead. Drink plenty of cold liquids (ice water, fruit juice, and electrolyte drinks). Continue until the area has relaxed back to normal. Ice should be soothing if applied consistently for the first few days until any swelling is completely gone.
AVOID ORAL CONTACT WITH ANYTHING IRRITATING, KISSING OR ORAL SEX WITHOUT PROTECTIVE BARRIER, SMOKING, ALCOHOL, SPICY, SALTY, SUGARY, OR HIGHLY ACIDIC FOOD AND DRINK, ETC. UNTIL HEALED.
Within two weeks come back and change to a shorter post to prevent potential damage to teeth and gums. A closer fit will reduce wear and increase comfort. You keep your longer post, as it may be useful later. Skin colored (matte pink) titanium pieces are suggested for disguise and can also be used for healing. However, there are currently no clear or flesh tone plastic pieces that meet ASTM standards for implant certification.
Tips for Better Healing
Boost your immune system with great nutrition. Consider taking a multivitamin. Ice can help prevent swelling for any piercing that you accidentally bump or catch. Try a soft dry, hot compress for 10-15 minutes as often as every hour and each night at bedtime to increase the circulation and bring healing factors to the area. This can be accomplished with an electric heat pad set on medium, a hot water bottle, a hot cup of liquid with a lid, or a warm washcloth in side a Ziplock bag. With repeated application you may be able to significantly speed your recovery. Repeat often. Keep sterile gauze or a tissue between you and the compress for hygiene and to absorb perspiration.
Hot weather suggestions
Moisture around the are of the piercing should be dried as soon as possible with sterile gauze to prevent germ growth. Piercings do not need to be protected from the sun any more than normal skin. Do not put sunscreen on or too close to your piercing.
Swimming with a bandage for protection
Sterile watertight dressing provides a barrier to outside contaminates while allowing you to bathe or swim. 3M Nexcare, Tegaderm, CleanSeals, or Bioclusive watertight bandages are available at most pharmacies. Protect the navel or nipple from excessive friction also. Transparent dressings allow you to monitor piercings without the need to change dressing as often. Change or remove in 72 hours. Dressing conforms to the body for easier application and longer wear time for cost effective use. Breathable film allows for exchange of moisture vapor and oxygen while providing a moist wound environment for enhanced healing. Make sure to clean your piercing if you get sweat or other liquids under the bandage. May be combined with sterile gauze to absorb perspiration