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 are:
Ear lobe piercing - 6-8 weeks
Ear cartilage piercing – 3 months
Cheek piercing – 3-4 months
Eyebrow piercing - 2-4 months
Nose piercing – can take up to 6 months
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. To reduce these risks take advice from your operator regarding aftercare. 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 aftercare 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.
Ear and Facial Piercing Aftercare – Includes: Lobes / Tragus / Anti Tragus / Conch / Helix /Snug / Diath / Industrial / Rook / Translobal / Transverse Lobe / Eyebrow / Bridge / Jestrum / Vertical Labret / Septum / Nostril.
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.
- Expect some swelling and soreness from your new piercing. Any knock or bang can cause swelling or soreness to flare up again throughout the healing phase.
- Cartilage piercings occasionally form lumps commonly known as granulomas. This is just trapped fluid and can easily be resolved using the heat and pressure from a warm water compress once a day, replacing one of your daily cleanings.
- Antibacterial wound wash can be used on ear piercing. Ask your local pharmacist and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If irritation, redness or drying occurs, discontinue use. Antibacterial wash is NOT suitable for nostrils, septum or vertical lips due to the tissue’s delicate nature.
Whilst healing a vertical lip piercing it is advisable to avoid alcohol until swelling has subsided.
If you have any concerns regarding piercing please contact us or seek medical attention.
The Belly Bar
EAR AND FACIAL AFTERCARE