(nipples, navel, genitals & surface to surface.)
Healing time for most of these piercings is 6 months to 1 year with proper aftercare. Some genital piercings can heal as quickly as 3 months. Navels are one of the most difficult piercings to heal. Irritation and infection are common if not properly cared for.
Clean your new piercing twice daily with the appropriate cleaning solution. This solution should consist of anti-bacterial soap such as Softsoap, Dial, or Provon. Always wash your hands first before handling your piercing.
No oral contact whatsoever on the piercing for at least 3 months. Oral contact can almost guarantee infection. Use warm water and cotton swab to remove any dried matter from jewelry and surrounding area.
Pour the cleaning agent on the piercing and surrounding area, lather it up and move the jewelry back and forth through the piercing several times. Leave the cleaning agent on for about 3 minutes.
Now rinse the piercing very thoroughly under running water. Again, move jewelry back and forth to insure all of the cleaning agent is washed out. Any cleaning agent left in or around the piercing can cause problems.
Sea salt, being a natural astringent, can help speed the healing process. Dissolve 1/8 tsp. sea salt with 1 cup of warm water. Do this either in a clean glass or by making a compress with a clean wash cloth or gauze pad. Soak the area for 10-20 minutes using the glass or compress, every day. Sea salt, when used too frequently, can dry out the area and cause problems.
Due to hormonal changes caused by menstrual cycles, females may encounter a longer healing time on some piercings. Genital piercings usually heal with no problem. Problems occur when proper aftercare is not followed, or you play too rough with the new piercing. Bodily fluids, such as saliva and semen, be it yours or someone else’s, can lead to an infection. Safe sex, and the use of condoms, gloves and dental dams, is highly suggested during the first 2-3 months of healing. This applies even to monogamous couples, so be safe!
WOMEN! – If you become pregnant within the first year of the piercing, we highly reccomemend you remove the jewelry from the piercing immediately. During pregnancy your body demands much more of you than a healing piercing. With the hormonal changes that occur and the demand on your immune system, chances of rejection or infection are greatly increased.
Again, any questions, comments, or problems, please feel free to contact us, by either calling, or stopping in. Enjoy your new piercing!