The aftercare of body piercing is important to promote good healing and prevent the risk of infection. Healing times for piercing will vary with the type and position of the piercing and vary from person to person. For the first few weeks it is normal for the area to be red, tender and swollen. Approximate healing times for the various piercings:
Navel and nipple piercing - can take from 6 months to 1 year
Remember these times are approximate and will depend on how healthy you are and whether you look after the piercing properly until healed. As with all body art, infection is a risk.
The risk of infection can be greatly reduced by good general hygiene including:
· Hand washing before touching the piercing.
· Keeping the piercing clean.
Hand washing is the single most important method of reducing infection. Hands must be washed prior to touching the affected area, therefore reducing the risk of infection. Wash your hands in warm water and liquid soap; always dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel or paper towel. This should remove most germs and prevent them being transferred to the affected area.
Signs of Infection
If appropriate after care is not followed infection may occur. The signs of infection are:
· Swelling and redness that increases around the wound.
· A severe burning and throbbing sensation round the site.
· Increased tenderness and increasingly painful to touch.
· An unusual discharge (yellow or green) with an offensive smell.
Body Piercing Aftercare for Navels and Nipples
Clean the piercing with the Caflon solution we give to you. Put 2 drops of the Caflon solution onto the end of a cotton bud. Clean the entry and exit points of the piercing with the cotton bud. Once the discharge is removed or softened then jewellery can be gently moved and the area can be cleaned. Alternatively, use some antibacterial hand soap when in the shower.
· Do not forget to dry your piercing.
· Do not move, twist or turn the piercing whilst dry. If any secreted discharge has hardened then turning jewellery may cause the discharge to damage the piercing and prolong healing time.
· Do not wear tight clothing e.g. fancy/lacy bras following nipple piercing
· Do not wear tight clothing e.g. belts, tights, high waisted clothing after naval piercing as may cause irritation.
· Do not use sun beds for the first two weeks. However if this is unavoidable then cover the piercing with a breathable plaster during tanning.
· Do not swim for the first two weeks as the chlorine may act as an irritant. Thereafter always thoroughly rinse out your piercing after swimming.
Surface Piercing Aftercare
Clean with the Caflon solution twice a day, remove any discharge or use mild antibacterial washes/soaps and wash the wound site. Your local pharmacist may be able to advise you further; always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Surface piercings usually take longer to heal.
If you have any concerns regarding piercing please contact us or seek medical attention.
The Belly Bar